VOLUNTEER IN CAPE COAST
Travel to a true tropical paradise on Africa’s coconut-palm-lined Western coast to assist with education and gender equality initiatives. Enjoy Ghana’s year-round summer weather, while immersing yourself in the diversity of distinct local cultures while exploring the expansive sandy stretches along the Atlantic coastline.
Located two hours from Ghana’s bustling capital of Accra, Cape Coast, is a unique blend of historical port city, university town, and seaside village. A range of colonial influences have left a series of scars along its coast, including Cape Coast castle, known as the site to which Michelle’s Obama has traced her ancestral lineage. On a hill above the city sits the University of Cape Coast, one of the most prestigious institutes of higher education in West Africa. Down by the shore, innumerable fishing boats, painted a wide range of vivid colors, line up to meet the tide.
About half an hour away, the pristine tropical rainforest habitat of Kakum National Park holds the largest population of elephants in the country. Iconic African birdlife like the grey parrot and hornbill can be spotted from a walkway set high up in the tree canopy.
During the week, explore noteworthy cultural sites, like the life-sized shrines of the Asafo group, situated throughout Cape Coast. On the weekend, make the trip to Accra, where you can learn more about how Ghana became the first African country to gain independence at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, learn more about contemporary West African design by visiting the street art district of Jamestown, or buy one-of-a-kind artisanal handicrafts in the sprawling Makola market. If you are keen to explore the rest of Ghana, why not take a riverboat out onto beautiful lake Volta, hike Mount Afadjato and take a dip under the magnificent Wli Waterfalls, or travel up North to see the distinct architectural wonder that is the Larabanga Mosque.
GVI Volunteer Programs In Cape Coast
Many of the families in the Cape Coast area rely on fishing and farming for their income. In addition to going to school, students are often expected to help their parents with the family business. Cultural norms also hold many girls and women back from achieving their full potential.
GVI works to develop awareness of the increased opportunities education can provide students of both genders and the long-term benefits for their families. Volunteers work in primary and secondary schools to increase access to English language, mathematics, and science tuition. In-country mentors, for girls specifically, are provided by the University of Cape Coast. GVI volunteers can also choose to work with local women’s empowerment groups to conduct workshops in vocational training, household budgeting, and family planning to help women in the Cape Coast region have the choice of becoming more self-reliant.