Start the year off by helping families realize their dream to live in safe and sturdy homes! Give yourself a wonderful gift by joining a rewarding, fun adventure in the Ashanti region of Ghana. In addition to building, we’ll have opportunities to learn about Ghanaian culture, get to know the people and participate in community activities. No construction skills required – just an open heart, an open mind and an eagerness to experience the real “global village.”
Ghana is located on the Gulf of Guinea only a few degrees north of the equator in western Africa, situated between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. The climate is tropical: warm and dry along the southeast coast; hot and humid in southwest and hot and dry in the north.
Ghana’s population is nearly 23 million. The country’s ethnic groups include Akan (45.3 percent), Mole-Dagbon (15.2 percent), Ewe (11.7 percent), Ga-Dangme (7.3 percent), Guan (4 percent), Gurma (3.6 percent), Grusi (2.6 percent), Mande-Busanga (1 percent) and other smaller tribes making up the rest.
Christianity is the dominant religion in Ghana, accounting for 68 percent of the population. Muslim (15.9 percent) and other traditional tribal religions (8.5 percent) account for most of the other faith traditions in the country.
English is the official language, but Ghanaians speak many different languages and dialects, including Asante (14.8 percent), Ewe (12.7 percent), Fante (9.9 percent), Boron, or Brong (4.6 percent), Dagomba (4.3 percent), Dangme (4.3 percent), Dagarte (Dagaba; 3.7 percent), Akyem (3.4 percent), Ga (3.4 percent) and Akuapem (2.9 percent).
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a thriving city. Accra is the political, commercial and cultural center of Ghana. It was founded in the 15th century by Ga settlers and became a magnet for the economically active, including local and foreign industry owners, manufacturers and workers. Its status and location as a good natural port and fishing center and as the hub for local trading industries make it just as important today.
About Habitat for Humanity Ghana
Habitat for Humanity Ghana began in 1987 and now operates in 65 affiliates, having built more than 5,000 houses in 145 communities countrywide. HFH Ghana uses the community-managed affiliate concept through which committees made up of local volunteers manage each affiliate. The partnership between HFH Ghana and the local communities and other stakeholders facilitates the goal of providing shelter for more families.
HFH Ghana homeowners are mostly farmers who own small plots of land they cultivate by hand. Even with a good harvest, these farmers do not earn more than US$50 per month, and they struggle to care for their families. The farmers are able to afford a mortgage with HFH Ghana, which is never more than 20 percent of their monthly income.
For more information about HFHG visit www.habitatghana.org.
Types of construction for volunteers
A typical HFH Ghana house is composed of two bedrooms and a hall, with an external latrine and washroom. Houses typically have a concrete foundation, walls made of sun-dried earthen blocks plastered with cement and aluminum roofs. Volunteers can expect to participate in all stages of construction.
Day 1, typically Friday: Depart for Ghana.
Day 2, Saturday: Arrive in Accra; greeted at airport by HFH Ghana staff; travel to hotel; dinner and overnight in Accra.
Day 3, Sunday: Breakfast at hotel; travel to host project site with HFH Ghana staff; welcome and orientation with local staff member; welcome dinner.
Days 4–8, Monday–Friday (typical work day): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 9, Saturday: Visit market, orphanage, etc.; possible half-day work on build site, if desired; cultural experience in the community
Day 10, Sunday: Visit local church; other cultural activities (vary based on host project location).
Day 11, Monday: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; possible visit to local school for half of day; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 12, Tuesday: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. with lunch on site; closing celebration and house dedication.
Day 13, Wednesday: Breakfast at hotel; travel to Accra; free time; dinner and overnight at hotel
Day 14, Thursday: Breakfast at hotel; depart for home.
The team will spend the first and last nights in Accra, and the remainder of the time near the build site, staying in small hotels or guesthouses, typically with double-occupancy rooms and shared baths. Breakfast and dinner is provided where team members are lodged, and lunch is provided on site.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
This will be Collin Wild’s eighth Global Village trip, and her third as leader. Collin has found HFHI trips to be the perfect way to combine her love of travel with her desire to help others by building a sense of community as well as houses.
Janet Caffray is a management consultant who lives in Charlotte, NC. This trip will mark her fourth Global Village trip and her second time as a leader. She has traveled with Habitat to Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea. Janet also worked for the Habitat ReStore in Charlotte and has participated in several local builds.
Collin and Janet met on a volunteer trip to Africa and discovered their shared passion for combining service and international travel. This is their fifth trip together and their second as co-leaders. They are eager to share this terrific experience with a diverse, adventurous, enthusiastic team of volunteers!
For more information, please contact Collin and Janet at Ghana13125@gmail.com.