TAKE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE, LEARN, AND BE PART OF A COMMUNITY IN WEST AFRICA IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY WITH VOLUNTEER WORK 

AT BANKO WOMEN ORGANIZATION 

FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS THEY DISCOVER THE WORLD
overview of the bar, terrace and dorm entrance at our guesthouse in Ghana

VOLUNTEER WORK IN GHANA, WEST AFRICA

Are you looking to contribute to a meaningful project abroad?

Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of escaping to a new country and making a positive impact while enjoying a pleasant climate. 

Now, imagine waking up in beautiful, warm Ghana, surrounded by the soothing sounds of the village. 

DO YOU WANT TO BECOME MY TEMPORARY COLLEAGUE AT THIS GREAT ORGANIZATION IN GHANA? REGISTER SOON AS A VOLUNTEER!

We know that finding the right volunteer opportunity can be challenging amidst the wide array of options available.

When you volunteer with Banko Women Organization, you work at 2 locations along with me. But it’s not all work and dread.

Picture stepping into the garden and being greeted by a paradise-like setting. Each morning, indulge in a delicious breakfast before embarking on your volunteer work.

Just a 5-minute stroll from your accommodation, you’ll find the women’s center bustling with activity. The friendly dogs accompany you along the way, and you’re treated to breathtaking views of the mountainous landscape.

At the center, the students eagerly welcome your assistance, engaging in meaningful conversations and collaborating on daily activities. Later, Dutch coordinator, Patricia guides you to the office, where you collaborate on impactful projects.

As the day winds down, you return home with a sense of fulfillment, having successfully supported the women in this vibrant Ghanaian village. 

overview of the bar, terrace and dorm entrance at our guesthouse in Ghana
BWO students, volunteers and teachers in Banko, Ghana, West Africa
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THE TWO (2) VOLUNTEER LOCATIONS

At the BWO Learning Center, we offer a safe space for education, meetings, and dialogue. Currently, we run two courses: a sewing workshop and a hairdressing course, both taught by local women for local women. Additionally, we equip our students with essential knowledge on entrepreneurship, health, household management, and resilience skills.

At the BWO Hostel, we not only offer employment to some of our students but also serve as a platform for hospitality training. It’s also where we showcase and sell products crafted by our talented students at the Learning Center. The proceeds from our guests’ stays and tour bookings directly support the Banko Women Organization’s initiatives.

If you want to read more about the ins and outs about the organization, click here.

YOUR VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BWO

volunteer in Ghana coordinator Pat with her 2 kids

Hello, I’m Patricia, the founder of this inspiring project, and I’m thrilled to welcome you to our team! I’m originally from the Netherlands. My journey in Ghana started in 2001 and has grown ever since.

Starting this initiative was a burst of energy for me, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how rewarding and enjoyable the work has been. The camaraderie among everyone involved is truly uplifting, and the variety of tasks keeps things exciting. Of course, there are administrative challenges, but the positives far outweigh any hurdles.

What brings me immense joy is the opportunity to develop products, showcase and sell them at our guesthouse, fundraise for our cause, witness the progress of our students, and collaborate across two locations. I’m especially proud that we’ve created a sustainable system that harnesses everyone’s unique talents effectively.

As a foreigner joining our project, you can make a meaningful contribution without disrupting the delicate balance we’ve established!

 

nominated as travel hero  in Columbus magazine for our efforts in ethical tourism<br />

We are thrilled to share that the Banko Women Organization has been recognized as a remarkable initiative. In November 2022, we received recognition from Columbus Travel magazine, receiving the following message: 

‘You have been nominated in the ‘travel hero of the year’ category! Congratulations! Your work as a Ghana coach and the women’s center in your village showcases in an inspiring way how tourism at a local level can be of invaluable economic and social value.’ 

This nomination is truly a testament to the passion-driven work we have embarked upon.

AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE IN GHANA:

Become a volunteer at Banko Women organization!

Have you always dreamed of an adventure in Africa?

Then come and work as a volunteer at BWO Hostel in Ghana! Away from mass tourism, in authentic Banko Ashanti, a unique experience awaits you.

 

Make a difference and learn new skills.

Help us with fundraising, create catchy content for our website and social media, or contribute to the development of new products. Are you adept at teaching? Then support us in designing training programs for our students and staff.

 

There is room to explore in your free time.

Explore the beautiful nature, taste the local culture and make unforgettable trips. Relax after a day full of impressions in our guesthouse, where you can enjoy Ghanaian hospitality together with other travelers.

 

Volunteering is more than just helping.

It’s an opportunity to learn and grow, develop your language skills, gain intercultural skills and make new friends from all over the world.

 

Are you ready for the adventure?

Get to know Ghanaian customs and traditions.

Develop your English language skills.

Enjoy the beautiful nature and culture.

Make new friends from all over the world.

Do something good and help us increase our impact.

We hope to meet you soon in Ghana!

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WHERE DO I END UP AS A VOLUNTEER?

As a volunteer, you’ll find yourself in the midst of Ghana’s captivating diversity. From its stunning coastline to the lush, water-rich Volta region and the savannah-like landscapes in the north, Ghana offers a wealth of natural and cultural experiences. We highly encourage you to explore more of Ghana during your stay, and we’re more than happy to assist you in planning your adventures.

The village of Banko is nestled in a picturesque hilly area within the Ashanti region, with the bustling city of Kumasi—also known as the Garden City—located about 1.5 hours away. Banko itself offers serene surroundings and a tranquil atmosphere.

During your time as a volunteer, you’ll enjoy comfortable accommodation in your own room with a private bathroom at BWO Hostel. Our grounds feature various relaxing spots, including lush gardens, a tranquil terrace, and nearby forest areas.

Our dedicated team at BWO Hostel prepares delicious meals blending local flavors with European cuisine, accommodating dietary preferences such as vegetarian or gluten-free options. If you’re interested, you’re welcome to join us in the kitchen and learn some local recipes.

Volunteer hours are flexible, allowing you ample time to unwind and explore. Whether it’s enjoying leisurely walks, reading a book, watching a movie, assisting in the kitchen, or engaging in conversations with our team, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for relaxation and enrichment. Plus, there’s a swimming pool nearby for a refreshing dip within walking distance.

WHAT WILL I DO AS A VOLUNTEER FOR THIS PROJECT IN GHANA?

As a volunteer, you’ll collaborate closely with me, Pat. Your energy and assistance will be invaluable in various areas, including fundraising, website and social media content creation, and product development. You might also contribute to setting up our upcoming training courses. Fundraising tasks may involve applying for subsidies and initiating sponsorship campaigns. 

In my role, I primarily facilitate and organize, and having a sparring partner like you would be fantastic!Additionally, you can lend a hand in training the team at the guesthouse, leveraging your insights as a traveler to enhance our services.
We welcome multiple volunteers, so if you wish to come with a companion, that’s absolutely feasible!
During your free time, you’ll have ample opportunities to explore the wonders of beautiful Ghana, including a swimming pool within walking distance of BWO Hostel. 

Volunteering abroad is not just about making a difference; it’s an opportunity for personal growth, cultural exchange, and exploration. Let go of the notion of ‘saving the world,’ and you’ll discover a whole new world of experiences waiting for you! Join us here in Ghana!

COSTS AND MINIMUM STAY FOR VOLUNTEERS

The minimum duration of your stay as a volunteer is 4 weeks.

As a volunteer for Banko Women Organization, you do not pay for your volunteer experience. But you pay for the accommodation and 3 meals a day. The costs are $499.00 per month. 

Sustainability is very important to us and to ensure you have more fun and impact during your time in Ghana, you will take an online course and receive an E-book to help you prepare. The investment for this is $45.00.

So in total you pay $544.00 for a great month in Ghana. Of course you can also stay longer. The costs are $125.00 per week.

breakfast with fresh coffee served at our lovely terrace in Ghana
meet new people at BWO Hostel in Ashanti, Ghana
Fantastic Volunteer Experience at Banko Women Organization! I recently spent a month volunteering with Pat and Dorcas at BWO, and it was an incredible experience. I primarily developed and taught classes on business, life skills, and health at the learning center, and I can confidently say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
 
The organization’s commitment to empowering women and fostering entrepreneurship in the local community is truly inspiring. Though my instruction style was not the typical norm the women were used to given the Ghanaian education system, the enrolled women were enthusiastic learners eager to absorb knowledge.

The staff members were incredibly supportive and dedicated, making my role as a volunteer both fulfilling and impactful. That plus the stable internet plus the delicious cuisine at the guesthouse!

Pat also allowed for time to go on a few of her tours she sets up for guests and so I was able to be a tourist every now and again – work hard, play hard. I highly recommend volunteering with this organization to anyone looking to make a meaningful difference and contribute to positive change.
Vanessa

Boston, United States

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See you soon!

 

These are some of the ladies you support by stayng with us in Banko Ashanti, Ghana