Yes, you do!! Sleeping in Mosquito nets is the most important prevention technique of Malaria. Make sure that you always sleep under a mosquito net, if possible.
If there are more volunteers in your project then you are likely to share your room and /or other sanitary facilities.
If you are sick, the LoszuGhana team in Ghana will take care of you. We assist you to get to a hospital and support you in everything you need. You can also call your mentor if there is a need.
Please note that you always have to inform the LoszuGhana Staff if you are sick so they can give you the necessary help or assistance as soon as possible. Please note Tropical disease/infections can become serious without early treatment.
Applicants are responsible for organizing their insurance.
Please organize an insurance by yourself and make sure you are covered by insurance the whole stay in Ghana. It is important that it covers your return back you home country in case of continued sickness or accidents.
If you need support, your Mentor helps you to find an abroad insurance.
You can purchase one in your country before traveling to Ghana. You can buy cheap and good quality nets on Ghana (in pharmacy shops or market) after arriving in Ghana.
Volunteers are expected to assist and contribute to the daily activities and task in their project depending on their abilities and skills. Based on the project, volunteers are involved in basic activities such as teaching basic English or French languages, math, sports, arts or ICT.
They may also be involved in non-curricular activities such as assisting children in washing, cooking, playing and doing homework. For further information about the project you have chosen, please contact your mentor.
You can bring your own phone and buy a prepaid card (Vodafone, MTN, Tigo etc.) for a low-cost in Ghana. Please note that you are responsible for the safety of your phone and other personal property during your stay in Ghana
Yes, all projects located in villages and cities have electricity but you should still bring flashlights/power bank because of frequent power outages in Ghana.
The medical care in Ghana is good. In the bigger cities like Accra, Kumasi or Tamale are high standard hospitals.
The doctors and nurses are good qualified and well versed in tropical disease.
In case of sickness, we normally attend to you and support you with finding a good hospital within your community.
Ghana is a multi-religion country (Christian-Muslim-Traditional African) Due to this the country possess many different cultural and ethnic values depending on where you live. We recommend decent dressing code for volunteers to offset problem with the values and norms within your working community.
Below is our general idea and recommendation of clothes to take along during your travel time:
Dressing code for female volunteers
Long trousers (preferably colored for easy washing)
Long skirt (from knees)
Long jeans trousers.
Shorts (up to just above the knees)
Dressing code for male volunteers
Long black/brown trousers (for easy washing)
There are ATM in Ghana which accepts Visa-, Master-, or Maestro-Card. The easiest is Visa since availability internationally. But please contact your bank and notify them of your time in Ghana to avoid unwanted card blocking or account withdrawal limitation. You can come along with some few Notes ($50-$150) which you could save for expected events such as card error, damage or even theft.
You can withdraw money in the city, but in small villages there are no ATM machines.
DOES THE REGISTRATION ON THE WEBSITE BINDINGLY PROVE MY PARTICIPATION IN THE VOLUNTARY WORK PROGRAM?
No. After you have registered on the website, we will assign a mentor for you who is going to contact you – he/she will answer your first questions about the organization and Ghana. Once you decide to participate in our program for sure, you will have to sign a contract with which apply bindingly for the participation in our voluntary work programme.
Yes, mostly in big towns or cities, most people speak and understand English, because it is the official language in Ghana. Also, there are people in project and host family who speaks fluent English, but in a smaller community, might be just a few people who speak good English.
Yes, you do, it is mandatory to have both Insurance and Vaccination to participate in our program. Please make sure that you have an insurance for your whole stay in Ghana which also takes you back to your home country in case of continued sickness.
Also, you need vaccinations. The most important is yellow fever. You have to show your Vaccination Card at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
Other useful vaccinations are Hepatitis A/B, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio, Typhus, Rabies. These are regards of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. Please have a look at the website of your home country for more information. Also, you should talk to a tropical doctor, who is responsible for giving you the vaccination against yellow fever and others.
In most cases, we suggest taking a Malaria prophylaxis especially if it’s your first time in Ghana or Africa. The most popular are Malarone(r) and Lariam(r). Please see a tropical doctor for more information and prescription.
For traveling it’s good to have a travel guide. In this way, you get a lot of information about the country and the people living there. Also, you can find cheap guesthouses, hotels and buses. If need assistance getting the right pronunciation of the places, towns and villages right, contact anyone from the Loszughana office.
In Germany, there is only one travel guide: “Ghana – praktisches Reisehandbuch für die Goldküste Westafrikas Jojo Cobbinah“ Peter Meyer Verlag. But there are more English ones which are also really good and give you a lot of information.
Yes, there are trotros (minivans) which run usually from 4am to 11pm each day. Also, are taxi services which come in 2 forms (Dropping and Sharing). Ask your mentor for further clarification if you require one.
Yes, there is clean water available for drinking and daily household use. However, we recommend that you drink bottled water(eg. Voltic,Everpure,etc.) in your first weeks in Ghana before switching to the local plastic sachet drinking water(pure water).
It is easy (and cheaper) to buy clothes in Ghana if you want to travel light, but bring enough clothes for the first week. You can buy material on the market and the local tailors will make it for you.
You are free to travel on your own. On weekends and also during vacations. You could also plan a travel month at the end of your stay where you have time to explore Ghana/Africa. The only recommendation is for volunteers to stay in their project for the first 1-2 weeks after arriving in Ghana for the first time before traveling. Also, due to poor road network, we recommend traveling long distances in the day to avoid getting stuck in during bus or “trotro” breakdown.
Yes, you may terminate your contract of participation before departing or after arriving in Ghana. All conditions stated in the contract will no longer apply.