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What It’s About: Though Ghana is considered one of the friendliest and most accessible of African countries (it was the first on the continent to gain independence, and most of the population speaks English), many Ghanaian communities—like those in the easterly Volta region—suffer from poverty and lack of educational and medical resources. Volunteers who assist in local orphanages, schools, businesses and health-care centers can make a difference in these communities.
What it Involves: Cross-Cultural Solutions first established volunteer operations in the Volta region in 1998—and since then volunteers have participated in a wide range of projects in several different Ewe tribal communities. These include providing childcare at orphanages, teaching or assisting at schools, and instructing community residents in subjects ranging from computer technology to proper nutrition. Since volunteers live right in the communities where they work, they also get to experience Ewe cultural traditions—like welcome celebrations, weddings, and even funerals—firsthand.
Roughing-It Rating: Low to medium. Volunteers stay at a “home base” in the Volta region, with basic but comfortable dorm rooms, phone access, cooked meals, and modern bathrooms—but no hot water. Occasional water shortages can also require the use of bucket-water baths rather than showers.
Cost: $2,994 for three weeks
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