A Gap Year in Ghana

Why go backpacking in Ghana?

Ghana is the jewel of West Africa. In what has long been a turbulent region, it has, for some time, been a pillar of stability and success. ‘Ghana’ derives from the Mande language and means ‘Warrior King’, but despite this fearsome title, the Ghanaian people are renowned for being welcoming, friendly and taking life at a slower pace that quickly becomes endearing. This means backpacking in Ghana is a great experience.

Bordered by Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo to the west, north and east respectively, it stands out as a country that has had peaceful, democratic transitions of power and that has begun to realise its potential as a beautiful and bountiful land. It has also seen a rapid growth in tourism and some, relative, economic success earning it the rather double-edged title of ‘Least Failed State in Africa’.

With a fast growing economy and a rapid demand for English language teaching, there is great potential for gap years to be rewarding and educative to all parties concerned. There are also volunteering opportunities in teaching and coaching sport. If that’s not enough to tempt you to visit this beautiful corner of the mother continent, it’s also a great place to try out overlanding and see one of the less well-trodden corners of the world. Mary wrote a guide to overlanding and we’re sold on it ourselves!

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Coach and Play Sport in Ghana

from £250

7 - 84 days

Ghana

Experience sport at all levels on this unique experience in West Africa and take your understanding of sport to new...

Medical Assistant in Ghana

from £2500

90 - 360 days

Ghana

Although Ghana is one of Africa’s most stable countries, there are still many children and adults that live in poverty...

Sport and Education in Ghana

from £2500

90 - 360 days

Ghana

Lattitude's sport programme in Ghana works in partnership with Football For Hope (FFH) which uses sport to help re-engage young...

Teaching and Community Work in Ghana

from £2500

60 - 360 days

Ghana

Although Ghana is one of Africa's most stable countries, there are still many children and adults that live in poverty...

NGO Building Work in Ghana

from £795

7 - 84 days

Ghana

Work alongside the local team of builders and carpenters to build schools, health clinics, community buildings and vital hand washing...

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