Venture South // Ghana

Schools Community Project, Ghana

True Global Citizenship!

For many years we have been working with the local communities in the Volta region of Ghana. The warmth, hospitality, and friendship given to us by the local people has changed our lives. We value the experiences we have shared and everything we have been given by these wonderful people. This fabulous partnership with our Ghanaian friends has resulted in the completion of various construction projects for the local community. This includes the installation of water purifications systems, communal toilet facilities for small rural villages, and the refurbishment of medical facilities. Our biggest project, which started in 2012, has seen us take up the cause of a small local orphanage, the ‘Eugemot Orphanage’. True teamwork and a desire to achieve what we started, has resulted in the construction (from scratch) of their new home. It now consists of three large comfortable accommodation blocks, kitchens, their own bakery and a playpark complete with swings and a climbing wall.

Venture Force offer community projects designed to immerse team members in the very fabric of Ghanaian village life.  Our teams are based directly within our host villages in the Volta region, located five hours north of Accra, allowing them to really experience the community.  If it’s an overland developmental expedition that you require, then Ghana is an excellent option.  Teams will be mentored by our experienced leaders and helped to manage their transport, food and accommodation, whilst travelling in an anti-clockwise direction through the country.

Photos: David Higgs

All our Ghana expeditions include a community project phase.  This not only enables us to assist in a project that directly benefits the host community, but also gives students the opportunity to live with and really get to know what rural Ghanaian life is like.

Teams are hosted by local tribal clans and stay within the village where the project is based.  Students work together with local tradespeople, local villagers, our in-country team and the expedition leadership team, to complete the project.

Every project is a collaboration, with decisions on which projects to tackle based on what the local community feel is a sustainable resolution to a problem they’ve highlighted.  Our projects benefit not only our host communities, but everyone that takes part. A true collaboration of cultures and global citizenship!

Our expeditions also include local interest visits, providing educational opportunities as well as rest and relaxation.  These visits can include trips to:

  • West Africa’s highest waterfall (Wli waterfall at 130m). Ideal for an exhilarating dip in the jungle
  • Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, home to troops of Mona Monkeys that, although wild within their sanctuary, roam through the local village and have become revered and loved by its inhabitants
  • Kente weaving village, to watch and take part in the traditional weaving of the Volta region
  • Safari in the Mole National Park, an expedition on foot from one village to the next through the national park
  • Kakum National Park, an overnight stay in one of the canopy treehouses is an unforgettable experience
  • Cape Coast, an excellent  opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the history of the transatlantic slave trade
  • Kumasi, Ghana’s second city and home to the craft trade

To further immerse students in the community, teams take part in numerous activities that can include:

  • African drumming & dancing
  • Meeting the village school children at the local school
  • Taking part in Sunday school at the community’s place of worship
  • Visiting local family homes, allowing the community to teach the team about Ghanaian life
  • Sports competitions with  local students
  • Joining local families fishing on Lake Volta

We feel it is important to respect local traditions and therefore all our teams will meet the Chiefs and Elders of local clans at a welcome ceremony.  These ceremonies are fun, entertaining and a valuable insight into traditional Ghanaian life.  A formal and heart-warming experience.

Expedition Project

All our Ghana expeditions include a community project phase.  This not only enables us to assist in a project that directly benefits the host community, but also gives students the opportunity to live with and really get to know what rural Ghanaian life is like.

Teams are hosted by local tribal clans and stay within the village where the project is based.  Students work together with local tradespeople, local villagers, our in-country team and the expedition leadership team, to complete the project.

Every project is a collaboration, with decisions on which projects to tackle based on what the local community feel is a sustainable resolution to a problem they’ve highlighted.  Our projects benefit not only our host communities, but everyone that takes part. A true collaboration of cultures and global citizenship!

Local Interest Visits

Our expeditions also include local interest visits, providing educational opportunities as well as rest and relaxation.  These visits can include trips to:

  • West Africa’s highest waterfall (Wli waterfall at 130m). Ideal for an exhilarating dip in the jungle
  • Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, home to troops of Mona Monkeys that, although wild within their sanctuary, roam through the local village and have become revered and loved by its inhabitants
  • Kente weaving village, to watch and take part in the traditional weaving of the Volta region
  • Safari in the Mole National Park, an expedition on foot from one village to the next through the national park
  • Kakum National Park, an overnight stay in one of the canopy treehouses is an unforgettable experience
  • Cape Coast, an excellent  opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the history of the transatlantic slave trade
  • Kumasi, Ghana’s second city and home to the craft trade

Community Activities

To further immerse students in the community, teams take part in numerous activities that can include:

  • African drumming & dancing
  • Meeting the village school children at the local school
  • Taking part in Sunday school at the community’s place of worship
  • Visiting local family homes, allowing the community to teach the team about Ghanaian life
  • Sports competitions with  local students
  • Joining local families fishing on Lake Volta

We feel it is important to respect local traditions and therefore all our teams will meet the Chiefs and Elders of local clans at a welcome ceremony.  These ceremonies are fun, entertaining and a valuable insight into traditional Ghanaian life.  A formal and heart-warming experience.

Embrace the challenge and remember the unique experience!

Our aim is to take our student teams out of their comfort zone.  Don’t expect air conditioned rooms and coaches with waitress service.  We don’t provide luxury tours, knowing from experience that real, traditional Ghanaian life cannot be found there. 

Our accommodation is always basic but clean. Showers will on most occasions be a bucket shower (but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it – we think they’re magical) and food will be local, fresh, plentiful and cooked by one of our in-country team.  We encourage all team members to get involved in every aspect of expedition life and, by doing so, they will take away some forever memories. 

KEY INFORMATION

All our expeditions are bespoke and tailored to your team's needs

Community Project

Village Hosted

Cultural Visits

Conservation/Safari

Duration

10 to 21 Days (UK to UK)

  • International Flights
  • Two Venture Force expedition leaders
  • Two funded teacher places
  • 24/7 Operations Room support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (see our COVID info page)
  • International communications package
  • All in-country travel
  • In-country agent support
  • All in-country activities, food and accommodation
  • Team t-shirts
  • Heavy duty travel bag
  • Group kit and equipment
  • Online expedition portal
  • Carbon off-setting
  • Project donation (expedition dependent)
  • Training weekend (only for 14 day & above)
  • Personal vaccinations
  • Personal equipment (a kit list will be provided)
  • Visa costs and passport renewal (if applicable)
  • Spending money for gifts and additional drinks/food

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