GHANA HIGHLANDS

The highlands of the Volta region are remote, lush and cooler because of the altitude. The people see fewer visitors, so the interactions are more authentic.

Mountain Afadjato

At 885m, Mount Afadjato is the highest peak in Ghana. It forms part of the Agumatsa range which runs along the Ghana-Togo border. The difficult hike to the top is rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of surrounding communities, forests, and in the distance, Volta Lake.

Amedzofe, Biakpa, and Logba Tota are three Volta villages that are nestled in the mountains that have a good infrastructure for visitors. A more recently developed village is Likpe Togome, just north of Wli Falls. At this location are ancestral caves, mountain hiking trails, and a soon-to-be-opened paragliding site.

Tongo Hills & Gambaga Escarpment

The Tongo Hills is a rocky granite outcrop rising from the savannas of the Upper East Region. The unique village of Tenzug rests below the cliffs in this land of many sacred shrines. The hills host colorful festivals, while the village is home to the amazing maze-like chief's home, the largest of its type.

Tenzug can serve as your starting point on a loop to explore the remote and rarely visited Gambaga escarpment. Rising hundreds of meters out of the plains, this is a place that was home to one of Ghana's oldest ancient kingdoms. Relics of the slave raider days as well as a kukoa, or "witches camp" that is a refuge for outcast women can also be visited here.

Ghana recognizes her responsibility and has ratified international agreements protecting biodiversity, endangered species, tropical forests, wetlands, and the ozone layer.

Kwahu Plateau

The Kwahu Plateau has the highest inhabited place in Ghana, at Abetifi, though this is not the highest mountain in the country. The plateau parallels the Accra-Kumasi road from Bunso to Nkawkaw, where scenic diversions can be taken off the main road at either end of the plateau.

At the south end of the plateau is Adjeikrom, where a cocoa farm can be visited and crafts purchased, and the village of Begoro, higher up the plateau and home to the seasonal Begoro Falls.

At the north end of the plateau is the busy town of Nkawkaw, which is full of old colonial buildings. The plateau road from Nkawkaw is an extraordinarily beautiful drive, passing highland villages with old colonial buildings, the aforementioned Abefiti, and Kwahu Tafo, home of waterfalls and the Buruku Rock Pillar Shrine, which suspiciously looks like the Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings, and has similar mythology.

For a true adventure, you can circle the plateau, moving from Begoro to Kwahu Tafo on the remote backside of the Kwahu Plateau which would follow the western coast of Volta Lake for a short way.

Aburi Botanical Garden

Aburi Botanic Garden was officially opened in March 1890 and is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and fascinating places in Ghana. Covering 64.8 hectares and overlooking the Accra coastal plain from an elevation of 370 to 460 meters, the Aburi Botanic Garden is a must experience for every Ghanaian as well as visitors to Ghana. Butterfly and bird lovers would love Aburi Gardens for the presence of many species. Another delight of Aburi Botanic Garden is the blossoming mixture of indigenous and exotic trees. Various hikes are possible as well as bike rentals.

Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary

Located 20 km on the Kumasi and Accra highway, it is quiet research showcasing an arboretum, forest hiking trails, and a butterfly sanctuary; lodging, guiding and interpretative materials are available.

The Forest is an undisturbed rainforest. In front of the guesthouse is the butterfly sanctuary where different butterfly species could be observed. The butterflies are at their best during mid-day since they do not like moisture.

The reserve is ideal for rain forest walk through the carefully laid paths. Visitors would also have the opportunity of identifying different tree species. The forest canopy creates a cool and conducive environment which you will love.

 

Volunteer As A Teacher in Ghana

Pass On Your Skills & Language To Eager Children

 

As a teaching volunteer in Ghana, you will be helping to provide lessons to children in one of our local partner schools. Though doing amazing work to nurture the talents, confidence and life skills of underprivileged children, these schools are often underfunded and consequently under-staffed.

This is where you come in!

Are you a teacher or current teaching student? Then you have both much to offer and to learn from volunteering as a teacher in Ghana.

Ghanaian schools are very vibrant places with most pupils extremely willing to learn. You may be asked to take lessons in English, maths or science, but don't worry if you feel your strengths lie outside these areas - the children you teach will benefit from your enthusiasm and your ability to construct sentences in English. Games and sports are another important part of school life, so please be prepared to get involved with these as well.

Will I be supported?

If you like you can spend the first few days working alongside a local teacher or established volunteer, but we also encourage our volunteers to bring their own ideas and to get stuck in! You can make the classroom your own with your own rules and decoration. This will help to develop your skills as a teacher whilst providing help to those most in need.

Additional Incentive:

Grassroots Volunteers offers a variety of Tours for our volunteers in Ghana. There’s something for everyone, including cultural excursions, and visits to a variety of National Parks and animal sanctuaries.

Volunteer With Orphans in Ghana

Give marginalized children the care and love they need

 

Grassroots Volunteers is proud to support a project in Ghana which provides accommodation, education and pastoral support to underprivileged children in the area. Although the local staff is extremely committed, orphanage volunteers can be a valuable tool to supplement their stretched resources.

This is where you come in!

Whether you work in child care, social outreach or are a student, this placement is perfect for those who realize that children are our future, and want to help make this future as bright as possible.

Our orphanage volunteering placement takes place in what is properly referred to as a 'children’s home'. It exists to provide support and care for vulnerable and at-risk children. These kids may have living parents or a family who are not currently able to care for them. We provide care when a child’s family cannot, and aim to return the children to a stable family environment once the vulnerable period has passed. We also place volunteers at a number of other care homes and initiatives in the local area.

What will I be doing?

While volunteering in an orphanage in Ghana some of your duties will involve teaching small classes, and helping to organize structured games and activities. We run free educational sessions for local children and you may be asked to help out with these. Helping to foster a sense of family and community at the home is hugely important. In addition, you will be expected to engage in a wide range of other activities, depending on the specific needs of your placement. This will include plenty of practical work such as cleaning, laundry, cooking and washing the dishes, as well as painting classrooms and gardening.

Additional Incentive:

Grassroots Volunteers offers a variety of Tours for our volunteers in Ghana. There’s something for everyone, including cultural excursions, and visits to a variety of National Parks and animal sanctuaries.