In recent years, more and more schools are looking to do volunteer work on their overseas expeditions. Volunteer trips are an excellent way to make a positive impact, visit exciting destinations, and for students to immerse themselves in diverse cultures and increase their global awareness.
However, organising a School Trip Abroad involves A LOT of preparation. PMGY have the expertise, experience and networks to make such an expedition accessible, safe and stress-free. Furthermore, as a social initiative we are able to guarantee affordable prices without sacrificing the quality of our programmes.
We can tailor a trip around your requirements. Whether you wish to solely focus on volunteering, or would like to incorporate volunteering into a wider trip – we can work together to create the perfect itinerary for you.
PMGY’s UK team will help you in preparing for your trip. Each member of the group will receive a personalised printed expedition handbook, which outlines everything they need to know to prepare for the trip.
The group will also receive a pre-departure briefing by a member of our UK team, which will take place at a location of your choosing. Parents are welcome to attend this session.
We will also set up a dedicated email address for the school group where all students, parents and teachers can email questions to PMGY. You can also contact our UK team at any point with any queries one may have. We will also create a group Facebook page where we will post regular updates to keep families informed of the trips progress.
Whilst you’re in-country, the PMGY UK team will provide you and your family with a 24 hour UK based support service. PMGY maintain strong links with Embassies and High Commissions around the world, and we are well aware of the various economic, social and political situations in each of our host countries. Whatever the circumstance, our UK team are always on-hand to help.
Our in-country teams are experienced in hosting international volunteers and have extensive networks in the local community to ensure they can react quickly and thoroughly in cases of an emergency. We will assign several members of staff to work solely with the group, 24/7. So whatever the issue, we are ready and prepared to assist you.
WHEN CAN WE GO?
We are flexible with our start dates and can arrange the trip around dates that suit you. Just let us know when you can go and we will put a plan in place!
All trips include the following services, factored into the cost price -
• Accommodation and 3 meals per day
• All in-country transport
• 24/7 UK and in-country support
• All travel activities outlined in the trip itinerary
• Project materials and donations for the volunteer work
• PMGY Volunteer Abroad T-shirt and printed expedition handbook for each participant
• One initial information session undertaken by a member of the PMGY UK team - at a location of your choosing
• One pre-departure information session undertaken by a member of the PMGY UK team - at a location of your choosing
Kumasi is Ghana’s second city and the capital of the Ashanti region, the cultural heartbeat of the nation. It is a vibrant city that will keep you entertained on so many levels. Kumasi is a bustling city with so much going on. The surrounding area is made up of rolling hills and small communities which adopt a more laid back way of life – our local team can take you to these villages during your spare time. You will find all the amenities you may require such as international standard hospitals, banks, supermarkets, restaurants and lively bars.
Whilst in Kumasi, the Volunteer in Ghana group will stay at our Volunteer House. This is a large gated property that can host up to 35 people at one time. Students will stay in single-sex rooms, between 4 to 8 people per room. Teaching staff will share a private room (male and female staff will have separate rooms).
The house is basic but comfortable. Wi-Fi is available, rooms are fanned and their are shared western bathrooms. There are two large communal areas where the group can hang out in the evenings and have their meals. We will have a member of staff living at the house (in separate quarters) who are on-call to support the group 24/7.
Meals will be traditional Ghanaian cuisine, although some western options will be included, and we can cater for all dietary requirements. Purified water filters are also provided.
For the time the group will spend outside of Kumasi, you will stay in guesthouse accommodation. We will endeavour, but cannot guarantee, that this will be exclusive to the group. Our local team will also be staying at the guesthouse with the group.
The group will volunteer at Kumasi Children’s Home. Kumasi Children’s Home is government based housing for over 100 children, many of whom attend the school on their grounds. We aim to restore between 3 to 5 classrooms (based on the group size) including painting, decorating, repair of doors and windows, repair of desks and chairs, donation of learning materials, etc.
For those students who do not wish to get involved in renovation work, they may want to assist the caregivers with the small children or play on the playground/ football field with the older children. Having the projects within one location allows for more freedom for the students to get involved in a variety of tasks and spend time with the children they are working so hard to help.
All transport is included in your Programme Fee. We will arrange private vehicles to transfer the group throughout their stay. The vehicles can accommodate up to 12 people per vehicle, so we may not use multiple minivans. There will always be a member of the PMGY Ghana accompanying the team.
The cost is £699 per person. This includes:
• Accommodation and meals
• In-country transport
• Project donations and building materials
• Travel activities outlined in the itinerary
• 24/7 UK and pre-departure support
The additional costs to factor into an overall budget would be:
• Travel Insurance & vaccinations
• Spending money (£50 to £100)
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DAY
Arrival into Accra. Transfer to partner guesthouse in Accra. Most flights arrive in the evening so we will grab some food and get some sleep.
DAY 2 - ORIENTATION
Breakfast and initial orientation briefing. Transfer to Kumasi (approx 5 hours). Further orientation on-arrival to Volunteer House in Ghana. Sightseeing in Kumasi in the afternoon, followed by dinner and a traditional Ghanaian drumming performance.
DAY 3 TO 6 - PROJECT WORK
Begin project work. Typical day (9am to 1pm). Return to the Volunteer House for lunch and a rest. Afternoon volunteering an option if requested.
DAY 7 TO 9 - CAPE COAST
On the Saturday morning, travel to Kakum National Park. The 607 square kilometres (234 square miles) of protected rainforest are home to an assortment of animals, including forest elephants, giant hogs, flying squirrels, leopards and various species of monkey. We will do a walking safari and canopy walk during the day.
Later we will go to Hans Cottage, a restaurant that is home to numerous creatures of crocodiles, birds, and aquatic, terrestrial and other biodiversity species.
Overnight stay at Cape Coast.
On the Sunday morning, the group will visit ape Coast is Cape Fort museum and the slave market. The tour is a fascinating but harrowing experience, an unfortunate insight into human cruelty. Thousands upon thousands of West African men and women were imprisoned within the castle, in the most inhumane conditions, before passing the ‘Door of No Return’ and being shipped off to the Americas, the majority of them not surviving to reach their final destination.
Later on we will go to visit Busua Village, where we can relax by the beach and potentially have some surf lessons for those interested. Overnight stay at Busua Beach.
On the Monday morning we will spend some time at the beach, explore the surrounding village, witness the fishermen take their daily catch.
That afternoon we will return to Kumasi.
DAY 10 TO 13 - PROJECT WORK
Final few days of project.
DAY 14 - ACCRA
Travel to Accra. Visit some of the main sights around the city and then head to the beach for the afternoon. Overnight in guesthouse.
DAY 15 - RETURN HOME
Transfer back to the airport for your return flight home.
*Please note this itinerary is flexible and subject to change depending on the weather and any other unforeseen circumstances.
We will arrange afternoon/evening activities for the group on most days. Some of the activities will include -
• A traditional Ghanaian drumming and dancing performance and lessons.
• African oil painting course.
• Lake Bosomtwi - swimming, bbq and Ghanaian naming ceremony!
• Football match with the locals.
• Cooking class
10-40 Students Per Trip
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