Frequently Asked Questions
1How long do placements last?
Internship programs are from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. You choose how long your placement lasts. Volunteer programs starts from 2 weeks to 12 months (volunteer programs are all year round). Normally, the average time spent by volunteers are between 2 weeks to 12 weeks, and interns also spend 4 weeks to 12 weeks. Volunteers usually customized their stay depending on program choice, and extend it after program satisfaction.
2Can I combine placements?
Yes you can combine placements Apply now to book your placement when can I start? When should I apply? You choose when your placement starts and finishes. Placements run all year. There are no definitive deadlines for application. Please apply as soon as you've decided what you want to do. The longer the notice, the more we can tailor a program. If you decide last minute, do give us an e-mail or call to see how quickly we can arrange it for you - we sometimes only need a few weeks’ notice.
3What are the costs involved?
See the Cost page for details of the cost of the program you are interested in. You will not be paid for your work, but you will gain unusual work experience and discover skills you never knew you had - and have a great time! Our partner schools and other partner organizations can barely afford to pay their own staff, so these positions have to be voluntary and self-funded. Similarly we get great work experience placements for volunteers because we don't ask our partner-organizations to pay you. Indeed, we always make sure that organizations or individuals in the developing world don't have to pay anything as a matter of principle. We do not have government funding or other outside funding.
4What do our charges include?
24/7 in-country support, airport pickup and dropping, accommodation, meals, internet, bottled mineral water, In-country transport, Eduvolgh T-shirt, program certificate, and orientation.
5Can I come with my friend/boyfriend/girlfriend?
Friends are most welcome and, if you like, we can arrange placements where you can live and work together.
6Are meals included in the cost?
With the exception of when you are travelling or socializing, all meals are provided.
7What age ranges take part in these projects?
Volunteers are welcome between the ages of 18 years and above. Many of our volunteers are between 18 and 45 years old, but a rapidly increasing number of career breakers and retired people are now taking part too. This has led to a stimulating mix of people in all our programs. We have placements offers for youth volunteers between the ages of 15 to 17 years
8Will I need injections?
Talk to your doctor, who will be happy to advice on what you may need. Don't let injections put you off - you'll be glad you had them once you are enjoying yourself abroad!
9What qualifications do I need?
No qualifications are volunteering - just reasonable spoken English. No TEFL or teaching qualifications are needed for our teaching programs (although you are very welcome if you do happen to have them).
10Do I need to be an American or Canadian citizen?
No. We accept volunteers from all over the world - in fact we actively recruit from all over the world. Our programs are devoid of racial discrimination. We like to have a multinational mix - that's what cultural exchange is all about
11Can I fundraise for this project?
Of course you can, although we certainly don't say that you have to. For tips see the resource page.
12What do I gain from this program?
The program is an excellent opportunity to combine adventurous foreign travel with a worthwhile job. As well as gaining experience that looks brilliant on your CV, you will improve your transferable skills such as team-working, presentation and communication.
13Can I talk to people who have done it?
Please see our volunteer blogs page for past volunteer's comments & contact us telling us what project you would probably like to join. We will then give you the e-mail addresses of people who have done your kind of program or are doing it.
14What to bring
Rucksack: Also a smaller medium sized bag if you wish to do weekend or other traveling trips. There are not many places to buy large rucksacks so would advise a good quality one. Mosquito Net: This is optional but those volunteers who do bring them can find them useful especially those who move to a village in the rainy season. Laptop, Digital cameras, Torch, lamps, Toilet rolls & soaps, walking boots-trainers Candies and Chocolates for children, Sandals, sneakers, one pair of nice shoes, Sunhat, Sun glasses and sunscreen, Flashlight & spare batteries, Watch , Money Pouch, Towels, Insect repellent, Mini First Aid Kit, Beach wear. You advised to carry light or cotton tops (Ghana is a bit warm).
15What vaccinations will I need for Ghana?
In Africa, malaria is the major problem; volunteers are highly encouraged to get a malaria vaccine before leaving for Ghana. Education volunteers Ghana suggests that you consult a travel doctor from your country before you depart. Volunteers are recommended to immunize for Hepatitis A, B, Typhoid, yellow fever, and polio (NOTE: Some vaccinations are needed as much as 1-2 months before arrival in Ghana).