Film and photography volunteering in Ghana

Price
£995 excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Small group
Group size
1 - 2 people
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More info
This trip is available for up to 12 weeks.
Families can join this project with children from 7 years old.
Offers
We are still looking for volunteers to support our team in Ghana. Flexible and free date changes Ė personal support from our friendly team!
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Description of Film and photography volunteering in Ghana

Price information

£995 excluding flights
This trip is available for up to 12 weeks.
Families can join this project with children from 7 years old.
Make enquiry

Check dates

2022: 10 Dec
2023: 7 Jan, 21 Jan, 4 Feb, 18 Feb, 4 Mar, 18 Mar, 1 Apr, 15 Apr, 29 Apr, 13 May, 27 May, 10 Jun, 24 Jun, 8 Jul, 22 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov, 9 Dec
2024: 6 Jan, 20 Jan, 3 Feb, 17 Feb, 2 Mar, 16 Mar, 30 Mar, 13 Apr, 27 Apr, 11 May, 25 May, 8 Jun, 22 Jun, 6 Jul, 20 Jul, 3 Aug, 17 Aug, 31 Aug, 14 Sep, 28 Sep, 12 Oct, 26 Oct, 9 Nov, 23 Nov, 7 Dec

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Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

Reviews

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were so many memorable and exciting parts to this volunteering. The opportunity to stay within a relatively remote local community and work with the Village by Village team in Ghana has got to be a highlight. Visiting schools around the region, meeting the teachers and the school kids was a joy. Driving to the different schools through the beautiful countryside with Ghanaian pop music blaring on the radio and the team laughing and chatting is a special memory. And finally being able to say in Twi 'Good morning, how are you?' along with the appropriate responses was a real achievement!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Throw yourself into the experience and enjoy every moment. Say 'yes' to every opportunity. Suspend all judgement and learn from how other communities successfully live and work. Be prepared for a basic standard of life knowing this is how local people live and it's absolutely survivable. For every tough moment, there are a hundred amazing experiences.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The work that Village by Village do is amazing for the various local communities that they support. While I was there, we opened a new toilet block at a school which means students and staff don't need to run home - or go into the forest - to answer the call of nature. The VbyV team regularly visits schools around the region to check the polytank system of collecting rainwater and teach children the importance of hand hygiene and clean drinking water; they provide tablets for children to develop awareness of and ease with digital technology; they provide and maintain bikes to allow children to cycle to school; and they do lots more besides. Just by visiting remote schools only accessible along terrible country roads - a journey rarely taken by educational leaders or politicians - we were recognising the work of the school and the teachers. I was taking photos
and creating videos to demonstrate the work of the charity. It was a joy to do so and I definitely feel that my work was, and will be, of benefit.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was an amazing opportunity and I feel so fortunate to have been able to do what I did with such a fabulous group of people. There were some tough moments just being in a different culture but I never felt in danger, indeed I was well looked after. Life is poor in Ghana and basic facilities that we take for granted are not always available (I am loving every hot shower I have now!). But the people are delightful, the colours are amazing and the country is beautiful. I learned so much about a different way of life and about myself.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Social responsibility: Before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed information pack on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs and get involved with local communities.

Economic responsibility: For over 10 years we have been providing volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has now been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.

The majority of the fee that volunteers pay goes directly to the project which provides employment for local staff. While volunteers are in-country, we encourage them to buy locally and support local businesses.

Volunteers are accommodated in simple shared accommodation with low environmental impact. While our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment.

People

The charity started their work in the community in Ghana in 2006 when they completed their first well which allowed a village of around 300 people to access safe drinking water. Since then they have expanded into helping other villages by building wells and school toilets through community partnership projects.

They actively promote health education through school and community seminars. In 2007 the charity built an information center, health center and library which helps to educate the community on health, hygiene, sanitation and family planning while working in partnership with local government staff.

Although education is free in Ghana pupils are required to have shoes and a uniform in order to attend and for some of the poorest families this is not financially possible. The charity works alongside the local Head Masters to identify the families most in need and has provided over 700 school scholarships in over 60 remote villages. Volunteers provide additional English lessons at the local schools.

The charity has built a strong long term relationship with the villagers and has built a new health center, well and toilets within the community working alongside local partners. Volunteers are welcomed into the village individually by the village Chief including a special drinking ceremony and after this you are under the protection of the Chief during your stay!

This trip has been screened against our policies for working with vulnerable children.

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