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  • How safe is Ghana?
    Safety is our number one priority, and we only send our volunteers and interns to countries that are safe and politically stable. We are constantly in contact with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office regarding safety and stability. We also advise and train our local staff on crisis management plans, so they know what to do should any problems occurs. We keep in touch with you every step of the way in order to keep you safe. From the moment you sign up until you fly back home.
  • How do you ensure your volunteer projects and placements make a difference?
    We don’t leave our positive impact up to chance. Every one of our projects is carefully planned and monitored so that we know we’re making the positive change that we’re committed to. We plan, monitor, and evaluate all our projects in close consultation with local communities, conducting regular rigorous impact assessments.
  • What can I do in my free time?
    There’s plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time in Ghana. There’s a variety of different activities to do while you’re in Ghana from live music, relaxing at the beach to exploring Ghana’s rich history. Accra is Ghana’s capital city where you can spend evenings at one of the many restaurants, bars and nightclubs. We highly recommend a visit to The Accra regional centre for culture, or “The Arts Center.” Here you will find a warren of stalls selling arts and crafts, kente cloth, woven baskets, bead work, wooden sculptures, and traditional handicrafts from all over Ghana at reasonable prices. For those that want to explore the history of Ghana you can tour Cape Coast Castle and and learn more about the country’s history of slave trade or visit one of the many museums the country has to offer. Nature lovers should add trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park to the top of their lists.
  • Who are your staff and are they reference checked?
    We employ all our staff directly which means we never use third parties or agencies for our support staff. All of them are vetted and trained to our high standards. Many of them are locals so they know our host families and the local area well.
  • Will I be able to meet other volunteers before travelling?
    We’re happy to arrange for our volunteers to get in touch before their departure. Once they have applied, they will also be added to a Facebook group where they can interact with upcoming and current volunteers, and host families. They can post questions in the group, share photos, and more.
  • Who will pick you from the airport?
    Prior to your departure, you will be given the details of the VTP staff member collecting you. They will be waiting at the airport with a VTP sign and appropriate identification. We will keep track of your flight and ensure we are there when your flight lands. You will even receive a picture of our driver ahead of arrival, so you know who to look for.
  • Can Volunteer Travel Projects help organise flights?
    Yes. Searching for flights online can be a time-consuming, overwhelming, and frustrating process. So, let us do the work for you! We can help you book the best return flights, making sure you have the safest, most convenient, and cost-effective flight options.
  • Can Volunteer Travel Projects help organise a visa?
    Yes. Our experienced, friendly staff can support you with your visa application and are only a phone call away should you have any questions.
  • Can you cater my dietary requirements?
    Yes. We ask about dietary requirements during the application stage and update our staff and host family accordingly. With this in mind, we will place volunteers with host families that can best meet your requirements and we always do our best to accommodate your requests.
  • I only speak English, is this an issue?
    Not at all. English is widely spoken in Ghana.
  • I do not want to get vaccinations, can I still volunteer?
    It is mandatory to have the yellow fever vaccine to travel to Ghana. You will be expected to present a yellow fever certificate on arrival in and departure from Ghana.
  • Do I receive insurance coverage during their trip?
    No, insurance is not included in the package. You are required to obtain appropriate travel and medical insurance to cover you for the entire duration of your project and time abroad. Your travel insurance policy must include emergency medical including repatriation, personal accident, personal liability, and loss of baggage. If you need us to organise travel and medical insurance for you, we are more than happy to assist. The additional cost will be added to your programme fees.
  • Do you provide scholarships or financial aid to help cover the cost of their volunteer trip?
    We do not offer any financial aid, but we do encourage volunteers to fundraise for their projects.
  • Can we meet you in person before booking?
    Yes. You’re welcome to visit our office, or we can meet via Zoom.
  • How do you select their host families?
    Each of our host families are carefully chosen for security, comfort, and friendliness. The family, their home, and the neighbourhood are all fully vetted by our expert staff before and during your visit. Our host families are also often associated with one of our projects, for example, a teacher from one of the schools we work with.
  • What happens if you do not like the host family?
    If there are any issues with your host family, you must raise your concerns with your assigned supervisor. Your supervisor will investigate the issue and reassign a host family accommodation to ensure you are more comfortable.
  • Can you stay in a hotel instead of the accommodation organised?
    Our volunteers are welcome to organise their own accommodation. Keep in mind that you will need to organise your own transport to and from drop-off points as well.
  • What happens if volunteer gets sick while at their project?
    In the unlikely event that a volunteer is unwell during their trip, our staff will be there to support them. They will be taken to the doctor or nearest hospital, if necessary.
  • What happens if you want to come home early?
    Should you wish to end your project early, you can do so at any time. Our staff will accompany you to the airport. However, you will not be refunded for the remainder of the project.
  • Do I need a Covid-19 vaccination or test to volunteer with VTP?
    To keep our volunteers, staff and local communities safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers must present a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival at their program. We accept both Lateral Flow tests and PCR tests. This must have been dated from within the last 72 hours and is a requirement regardless of whether you have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or not. We strongly encourage our volunteers to be fully vaccinated before starting their trip as currently you are required to be fully vaccinated to avoid quarantine upon arrival in Ghana. Some VTP programs or projects also require you to be fully vaccinated. For more information on any vaccination requirements for your preferred project, please contact us.
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