The Agriculture Project in Ghana is designed for those volunteers who enjoy the more physical aspect of volunteering and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. The focus of this project is to address the difficulties facing orphanage placements in terms of providing a sustainable food source for the children. Volunteer work on the Agriculture Project involves both crop farming (eggplants, capsicums, palms etc.) and animal farming (rabbits, goats, chickens etc.). The work available is dependent on the season and where volunteers are placed.
Volunteers will be involved in clearing land for growing crops, assisting with fertilizing the land, developing land for cropping, planting crops, nurturing crops, teaching farming techniques to local staff, assisting with purchasing stock, caring for stock, and fencing and moving stock.
To support the orphanages where our volunteers’ work, the produce grown through the Agriculture project is donated to these orphanages, thus supplementing the children’s food intake. Work on the Agriculture project usually stops during the hottest period of the day and during this time volunteers will assist with teaching in local schools to ensure they have sufficient volunteer work.
While previous agricultural experience is not a prerequisite for this project, more experienced volunteers will be able to assist in developing the project and teaching techniques to the staff and older children at the orphanages, helping them to farm their crops and animals more effectively. Please note, resources and machinery are extremely limited on this project and most work is very labour intensive.
Volunteers should bring gloves, flash light, light weight scarf for sun protection or hat, insect repellent, working boots, water bottle (all can be purchased in Accra)