What is the volunteer program?
The Royal Seed Home (RSH) volunteer program selects and places motivated individuals to help out at the orphanage, school, and community. We are looking for enthusiastic people with a sincere inspiration to help those in need.
What do volunteers do at RSH?
Volunteers become an integral part of the day-to-day activities of the children and students at Royal Seed Home. They provide relief for the overworked Ghanaian staff by caring for the children (feeding, dressing, bathing) or teaching at the school. Volunteers can also assist in cooking meals or cleaning the property.
What skills or traits do volunteers need?
Royal Seed welcomes all volunteers who are motivated and inspired to help others! As with any international volunteer experience, it is important to be open-minded, self-motivated, creative, patient, and flexible. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and in reasonable good health due to the extreme heat conditions in Ghana.
If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer, please fill out the volunteer application.
When can I volunteer?
All volunteering projects begin on the first and third Monday of each month.
Why do I have to pay to volunteer?
Royal Seed is committed to offering quality volunteer programs at an affordable price. We strive to keep costs low as the humanitarian .Unfortunately, Ghana is a very expensive country so we do ask that the volunteers help contribute towards room and board.
What are the costs to volunteer?
There is a one-time application fee of US $200. Program fees depend on length of stay.
What do the fees go towards?
Application/placement fee: The application fee covers our cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries). This fee also reserves your space.
Program fee: The program fee goes towards accommodation, all meals, and airport pickup. A small portion of this fee is a donation to the orphanage itself.
How do I apply?
What is NOT included in the fees?
Volunteers need to pay for their own plane ticket, vaccinations, medical insurance, tourist visa, background check, and taxi back to the airport upon completion of the volunteer project.
Where do volunteers stay?
Royal Seed Home is located in Ofaakor, Ghana, a small and safe village about an hour and a half drive from Accra. Volunteers are picked up from the airport and housed in a volunteer house within walking distance of the orphanage and school. The bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen are shared with other volunteers.
What do volunteers eat?
Volunteers will receive three meals a day comprising of local Ghanaian food. There is plenty of clean water to drink.
Is a visa necessary?
Yes, as visa is necessary. To obtain a tourist visa, contact the Ghana embassy in your country. Please be sure to apply for a visa ahead of time as it may take time to process.
Do I need vaccinations?
Yes. Meet with your doctor and/or contact your nearest vaccination center in your country to learn about the required vaccinations for Ghana.
Why do I need to obtain a police background check?
Royal Seed Home requires that volunteers provide a police background check in order to identify candidates who may be unsuitable to work with children or other vulnerable members of society. Go to your local police department in your country of residence to obtain the background check.
What about money?
Application and Program fees must be paid in full prior to a volunteer’s arrival at Royal Seed Home. For payment details, please see the Application page.
Once you arrive in Ghana, it is ideal to change your local currency into Ghana cedis at the airport. We recommend changing the equivalent of US $100 for incidentals. Visa credit cards are widely accepted but Master Card and travelers checks are extremely difficult to use.
What should I pack?
- Clothes for tropical weather that are in line with local Ghanaian culture. (Shirts must cover mid-drift and shoulders). Women must wear skirts, shorts, or trousers that are knee length or lower.
- Personal toiletries: Soap, shampoo, deodorant, contact lens solution, etc. Note for women: TAMPAX may be hard to find in the village so please pack accordingly.
- Hand sanitizer, mosquito repellent, sunscreen
- 2 Sheets and 1 pillowcase
- Medicine: Speak with your doctor about necessary vaccinations and medicine. We recommend brining malaria pills, a small first aid kit, antihistamine, diarrhea medicine, painkillers, multivitamin tablets, and any other personal medication.
What can I bring as gifts for the children?
Our policy is to share any gifts among the children so as not to encourage rivalry. Individual gifts are not permitted. However, if you would still like to bring something, we always welcome:
- Second hand clothes for warm weather
- Toys, especially educational toys or therapeutic toys for disabled children.
- Sports equipment (footballs, handballs, volleyballs, etc.)
- School supplies (pencils, calculators, rulers, coloring books, crayons/colored pencils, watercolor paints)
- Baby formula
- Powdered milk
Will I have access to Internet and telephone?
Yes, there are internet cafes that can be used and a phone and/or phone card can be purchased. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card for your mobile phone, upon arrival in Ghana (note: make sure your phone is unlocked prior to buying a SIM card).
Can my friends and family send me mail during my stay in Ghana?
Yes. You can receive letters but please note that it may take anywhere from a few weeks to a month for a letter or package to arrive. The address is: P.O. Box ok207, Kasoa, Central Region, Ghana. We instead recommend communicating by email.
I cannot make a trip to Ghana now. How can I still help?
We understand that not everyone can spend the time or money to physically volunteer. We welcome “virtual volunteers” in many forms. Please check out our virtual volunteer page for more information.
Have a question we have not answered?
Send us an email at [email protected].
*A welcome packet will be emailed to all accepted volunteers with many of these details.