The Ghana Volunteer Program (GVP) is a program being run by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. National Volunteer Day, which falls around the 21st of September each year, is our major activity. It was instituted as part of GVP in 2013. This year, the event falls within the 19th – 21st Sept 2015 time frame. The initiative aims to get as many people as possible in Ghana to volunteer their time or do community service during the Founders' Day Holiday weekend. While volunteerism is not very popular and part of our society’s fabric, many individuals and organisations volunteer occasionally. National Volunteer Day (NVDay) is to increase these numbers and unify efforts in volunteerism in Ghana. We are encouraging more people to do community service within Ghana. That’s the same spirit our founding fathers engendered within our citizenry.

Ato Ulzen-Appiah, the director of the GhanaThink Foundation stated: “Volunteering is a great way to show leadership in our communities and for our nation. It’s great to see National Volunteer Day growing and becoming a yearly feature”. By having volunteer or community service activities during the 19th – 21st September time frame, we would be championing the ideals of our founding fathers and joining a national effort to work for Ghana. Volunteering demonstrates initiative and hard work, two ideals that many organisations look for while hiring. We believe that by participating in NVDay, participants would be building their CVs and professional capabilities.

We expect several individuals and organisations to hold different activities throughout the country on the day. Last year, over 80 activities were organised and registered with us, mostly by individuals and groups that were organising volunteering activities for the first time. Their activities directly impacted the lives of thousands of people. These activities happened in 9 out of the 10 regions in Ghana and in several cities and towns. Activities ranged from skills training programs, clean up exercises, tutoring in a particular course, reading clinics for kids, blood donation drives, creating playing grounds for kids in the government schools to painting schools and faded zebra crossings. More than 300 people volunteered and their work benefited thousands of people. The impact on the volunteers and beneficiaries was massive and was captured on social media via the #NVDay14 hashtag.

Eleanor Asare, the lead coordinator for the Ghana Volunteer Program said “NVDay has not only come to stay, but it is also here to cause a positive change in our attitudes towards volunteerism and to serve as a development tool.” Make it a point to be a part of NVDay15 this year by organising and registering your event on our volunteeringh.org website. The registration of your activity will allow us to support you with more volunteers and some publicity. At the volunteeringh.org website, you can also join volunteer activities that are being planned by others. We look forward to hearing about the incredible things you will be doing on NVDay15. Stay updated with what’s happening with the #NVDay15 hashtag and on social media Twitter, Facebook and Google+ . You can also support the organization of National Volunteer Day activities by donating through gofundme.com/Nvday15. Volunteerism, the heart of community development.

From July to September 2015, Junior Camp Ghana is rolling out a Ten Week Internship Programme for Senior High School leavers. This programme is meant to expose them to the world of work. The Internship Programme will focus on grooming 10 participants in their various fields of interest, as they undergo 8 week internships at companies in Ghana. These will include Agriculture, Technology, Art, among others.

The Junior Camp Internship Programme (JCIP) will boost their confidence and capacity to improve their employability. “Experience is the best teacher, which is why internships are so valuable for career development,” Thelma Boamah, the JCIP project lead said. “JCIP participants will be supported to gain a better understanding of their career interests and, through practical experience, develop the soft skills employers want to see.” Final year students in Senior High Schools in Ghana should apply via Bit.ly/JCIPAppForm before 1st May, 2015.

Junior Camp Ghana is a career guidance and mentorship programme run by the GhanaThink Foundation. This foundation believes in investing in the potentials of young Ghanaians, especially at the Junior High School and Senior High School level. They believe this will help heighten their interest and participation in ensuring the progress of the country. The main message in the Junior Camps is to encourage students to build skills. JCIP will give 10 senior high school graduates the opportunity to experience work and implement learning as they continue to build skills.

Last year, over 3,000 students benefited from the career guidance and counselling sessions on their campuses with mentors from various industries. This is an extension of the overall vision of the GhanaThink Foundation which has the slogan; “Less Talk, More Action”. JCIP is an effort to put more action to all the talks where students learnt about building skills in the previous year. The internship programme will offer successful applicants a unique opportunity to gain vital work experience and industry exposure.

Stay updated on this internship program and Junior Camp Ghana via our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ channels. Email us at jcinternships at ghanathink.org.

International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5 is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). December 5th, 2014 marks a year since the inception of the Ghana Volunteer Program. This was created by the GhanaThink Foundation after the successful first edition of the first National Volunteer Day (NVDay) 21st September, 2013. The NVDay Initiative was to get as many people as possible in Ghana to volunteer their time or do community service on the Founder’s Day Holiday(September 21).

Volunteerism is not very popular and part of our society’s fabric. National Volunteer Day aimed at its inception to increase these numbers and unify efforts in volunteerism in Ghana. The Ghana Volunteer Program has rolled out and partnered several volunteer activities with the aim of ensuring the spirit of volunteerism is cultivated amongst most Ghanaians especially the youth.


The NVDay team with the help of various GhanaThink members approached many organizations who have volunteer events and encourage them to organize something on September 21st every year. Some of partner organizations like Utopia’s Wishlist were very interested and planned activities. On September 21 2013, about 40 activities with about 300 volunteers happened. There was a lot of online and offline engagement and publicity for these activities. Reactions and feedback were captured via Storify.


The focus of the programme at present is to acquire volunteers for volunteer opportunities around Ghana. GVP also helps volunteer activity organizers find volunteers. This program seeks to encourage volunteerism in Ghana, and to market and make attractive volunteer activities. In furtherance of this focus, in 2014, GVP sourced for Volunteers for three events namely: Dain Agribusiness Workshop, Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Lifebuoy Global Handwashing day.

The second National Volunteer Day spanned across from 20th - 22nd September. Volunteers used the holiday and weekend to create, support and join volunteer activities. Many people joined to volunteer in GH for NVDay14. About 80 activities were documented, in 8 of our 10 regions and this involved 1,022 volunteers. There was a lot of online and offline engagement and publicity before, during and after these activities.  Reactions and feedback were captured via Storify.

On the occasion of 2014’s International Volunteer Day, the GVP team engages the media all over Ghana discussing the work done so far under the program and what the future plans are for our nation. Through these engagements, we will encourage more people to do community service within Ghana. The GVP lead, Eleanor Asare commented: “The volunteer spirit is the same our founding fathers engendered within our citizenry. We would be cherishing the ideals of founding Ghana and joining a national effort to work for Ghana”. Volunteering demonstrates initiative and hard work, two ideals that many organizations look for while hiring. The GVP team and all of GhanaThink believes that by volunteering, volunteers would be building their CVs and experience.

We envisage that Ghana will be developed through volunteerism, that is why we say at Ghana Volunteer Program that VOLUNTEERISM IS THE HEART OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

National Volunteer Day 2014 activities in Kasoa

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Below are registered volunteer activities around Kasoa you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Organization: Patriots Ghana
Town: Kasoa
Location: Saviour children orphanage, Kasoa
Beneficiaries: Saviour children orphanage members
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: We will be giving a health talk, and doing a motivational session. Together with our MUCG group.
Time: Monday, September 22
Support needed: We welcome you to join
Contact: +233262626182, Opong - 0268775196, team at patriotsghana dot org

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Below are registered volunteer activities around Bolga and the Upper East region you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Organization: Barcamp Bolga (MIDAS BAMBILLA)
Location: Address and/or directions: NEAR SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH,BOLGATANGA
Beneficiaries : NEXT GENERATION HOME(ORPHANAGE)
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: CLEAN UP,INTERACTION AND DONATION
Time: 20TH SEPTEMBER,2014.FROM 8AM TO 2PM.
Support needed: WE WILL NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS
Contact: 0245857061-MIDAS 0242729557-DANIEL @JONMYDAZ

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National Volunteer Day 2014 activities in Sunyani

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Below are registered volunteer activities around Sunyani you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Organization: Barcamp Sunyani
City/Town: Sunyani
Location: Hanukah Children's Home. Baakoniaba, Sunyani.
Beneficiaries: Orphand Beneficiaries
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: We'd be making donations to the orphange, and also spend time.with kids, reading to them.
Time: 20/09/2014; Duration is 3 hours.
Support needed: Social media promotion will be appreciated
Contact info: @barcampSunyani

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Below are registered volunteer activities around Ho and the Volta region you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Organization: Actuators
City/Town: Keta
Location: Keta Senior High School. At the ICT Lab
Beneficiaries: SHS student and JHS
Type: Tutoring
Activity: Will be Teaching a couple of student how to use the computer.
Time: 20 and 22nd September. 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Support needed: Yeah! I Need more volunteers to come and join me make it big.
Contact info: @plasmadray, 0240748375, noahalorwu@gmail.com
Sign-up form for volunteers: http://www.jooners.com/guest?l=4a879f75-2584-4b29-a61a-ce85c0fc157d

Organization: BLUE-MED AFRICA
Location: KABAKABA HILL,HO
Beneficiaries : MEDICAL DOCTORS
Type: Health screening or talk
Activity: COMMUNITY MEDICAL OUTREACH SCREENING AND TREATMENT
Time: 15TH TO 22ND 2014
Support needed: WE ONLY NEEDS MEDICAL DOCTORS WHO WANT TO HELP CONSULTING.
Contact: 233243380168

Organization: BarCamp Ho
Location: St. James Catholic Church, Ho Bankoe, Sava. Near Foresight Clinic
Beneficiaries: Basic Students
Type: Other
Activity: Reading Clinic
Time: 22nd September 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Support needed: We will need water, and some reading materials and Volunteers.
Contact: http://twitter.com/barcampho. http://facebook.com/barcampho. 0207547053 0206112756
Sign-up: http://facebook.com/barcampho.

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Below are registered volunteer activities around Koforidua and the Eastern region you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Person: Precious Akplome
Location: At the premises of Atimpoku R/C Primary School,Atimpoku in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region
Beneficiaries: Basic School Pupils
Type: Other
Activity: Reading Clinic
Time: 22nd September,2014. 9am to 3pm
Support needed: I need more volunteers
Contact info: akplomep at gmail.com or whatsapp on 0245126088

Organization: Mandate Institute of Excellence
City/Town: Koforidua
Location: I.C.G.C. Jesus Temple conference hall
Beneficiaries: People in the community
Type: Teaching a particular skill or talent
Activity: Teaching and training on personal development
Time: 22nd Sept. 10am to 12pm
Support needed: volunteers
Contact info: mailto:tinagyei@gmail.com @tinagyei

Person: Sheila Adufutse
Location: Asitey/Odumase
Beneficiaries: Orphans
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: Tutoring and donation
Time: 18th to 20th September
Support needed: Surely
Contact info: @Sh3lls 0249727617 sheilamawusi at yahoo.com

Organization: Mountain of Faith and Deliverance Ministry
City/town: Anyinam, Atiwa District, Eastern Region.
Location: Address and/or directions: Church Premises
Beneficiaries: Upper Primary and Junior High School of the Community
Type: Other
Activity: ICT Training
Time: 21 September, 2014
Support needed: We would need people to lend us computers to train the kids
Contact Info: @encode 0264183277 wk4christ at gmail dot com

Organization: DMAC FOUNDATION
Location: Bossovilla in akyemansa district,eastern region.
Friday 7pm-9pm
***Film/documentary show on severe malaria
Saturday 10am -4pm
***donation of 1000 clothes and 100 shoes to 100 needy women
***health education on ebola and cholera
***health screening on diabetes,hypertension,malaria,syphilis,hepatitis B,HIV,body mass index
***counselling and consulting
***treatment of minor ailments
***community documentary
This project is proudly sponsored by Joy herbal industries
0342197396 www.dmacfoundation.org

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Below are registered volunteer activities in Kumasi and the Ashanti region you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Person: Millicent Koranteng-Yorke
Location: KNUST campus
Beneficiaries: People in Kumasi
Type: Blood donation drive
Activity: I would like to join a group organizing a blood drive on tech campus.
Time: September 20, 8am - 3/4pm
Support needed: Need more volunteers
Contact info: Whatsapp or message me on viber @ 0501377801. Look for me on Facebook under the name Millicent Koranteng-Yorke

Organization: Wellness and healthy life advocates (WAHLA)
Location: We will like our event to be around the Kumasi township, to be precise senior high schools
Beneficiaries: shs students
Type: Health screening or talk
Activity: giving a health talk on exercise and nutrition
Time: start when shs resumes and end after reaching at least 5 schools
Support needed: help us get sponsors for our program in terms of finance
Contact info: phone number 0274338638 email; simple20303030@yahoo.com

Organization: Creativity Group
Location: All Nations Orphanage, Ayigya, Kumasi.
Beneficiaries: Orphans
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: Having a practical educational session with the children and donate in aid of the completion of a girls' dormitory and wall of the Orphanage compound.
Time: Monday, 22nd September, 2014. 1pm- 5pm
Support needed: It would be appreciated if Volunteer forms were disseminated to increase monetary donations.
Contact info: psceaba@yahoo.com, bkforsterforson@gmail.com
Sign-up form for volunteers: http://goo.gl/AoqlBT

Organization: DGG
Location: Apagya R/C Primary School
Beneficiaries: Students of Apagya R/C Primary School
Type: Other
Activity: Painting of Apagya R/C Primary School
Time: September 21, 11-4pm
Support needed: This is an ongoing project where facebook friends mobilized and solicited funds to roof and paint the school. Roofing is 70% complete. Painting is scheduled for Sept. 21. We need paint donations and paint brushes and rollers. Volunteers are sorted already. We will be grateful if you can help us secure paints and painting items.
Contact info: Ama - 0269722004/0243068037 Seyram - 0244778275 / 0260800801 Twitter: @ahiabor, @ndamoah
Sign-up form for volunteers:http://nanaaweredamoah.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/appeal-for-funds-to-repair-damaged-roof-and-paint-school-building-apagya-jss/

Organization: Barcamp Kumasi
Location: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, blood center
Beneficiaries: general public
Type: Blood donation drive
Activity: Donate blood to the centre
Time: 20/09/2014, 8 00am - 6 00pm
Support needed: More volunteers + sponsors
Contact info: Barcamp kumasi on Facebook or twitter 0264460067

More blood donation drives courtesy the National Blood Service
1. Saturday, 20/09/14 at Church of Pentecost, Ahinsan Estate (8am - 4pm)
2. Sunday, 21/09/14 at Church of Pentecost, Santasi behind OWASS (Opoku Ware SHS) - 8am - 4pm

Organization: One For The Kids
Town: Kumasi
Location: Address and/or directions: Apagya R,C School
Beneficiaries : Students of Apagya R,C School
Type: Other
Activity: Donating stationery to the students of Apagya R.C School
Time: 22nd September 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Support needed: No more volunteers needed.
Contact: @elkobby, @amatuffet, 0501356775, 0542509149

Organization: Rotaract club KNUST
Town: KNUST
Location: Address and/or directions: Ayeduase market area
Beneficiaries : Market women and their customers
Type: Clean-up exercise
Activity: cleaning of the Ayeduase-kumasi market area
Time: 20th Sept, 2014, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Support needed: we need more brooms, volunteers, hand gloves and Bins for the activity
Contact: 0507840811 kojonyarkoababio@gmail.com

Organization: Technology Without Borders
Town: Kumasi
Location: KNUST Campus
Beneficiaries: KNUST Students
Type: Improving infrastructure
Activity: TeOG will be installing recyling bins on Knust to introduce the habit of waste segregation and recycle in the University community.
Time: 23 september 20014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Support needed: Yes.
Contact: @Skinnyrahim, @recycleupghana, 0242727840, 1st.rahim at gmail.com

Organization: Young at Heart Team
City/town: Donkoto in Ashanti Region
Location: Donkoto school, Meeting place KNUST.
Beneficiaries: Children in rural community schools
Type: Tutoring
Activity: Teaching children who have relatively little or absolutely no exposure to practical ICT experience
Time: 27th Sept
Support needed:Computer donations to help establish computer centers in areas visited.
Contact: @youngatheartgh, facebook Young At Heart GH,0541556529
Sign-up form: Facebook Young At Heart GH

Organization: Patriots Ghana KNUST
Town: Kumasi
Location: School in Kumasi
Beneficiaries: School children, people who need blood
Type: Other
Activity: - Blood donation - Talk to a school about patriotism - Organize quiz competition and give awards
Time: Saturday, Sunday - September 20-21
Support needed: We welcome you to join
Contact: Emmanuel - 0247602583, +233262626182

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Below are registered volunteer activities in Tamale you can join around National Volunteer Day. Contact the organizers for more info.

Person: WILLIAM DANQUAH
Location: tamale UDS, NYANKPALA CAMPUS
Beneficiaries: educational
Type: Tutoring
Activity: tamale
Time: 9AM TO 2PM
Support needed: NO
Contact info: 0245640749

Organization: African Youth Writers Organization-AYWO
Location: At the Tamale Regional Library premises near the police park.
Beneficiaries: Children
Type: Teaching a particular skill or talent
Activity: Is a playfun program dubbed "A Fun Day of Reading And Writing" with kids. Children would be lured into reading and writing by passionate/experience mentors would volunteer their time to take a specific number of kids through the joy of reading and writing. Children are also going to be exposed to fun activities involving reading and writing. Any child that comes to the event is guaranteed at least one free storybook to take home.
Time: Date; 20th September,2014. Time;9:00am-3:00pm
Support needed: We volunteers as organizers,mentors to read with/to the kids. We also need a lot of reading books with would be given out to kids that participate in the event. We estimate 160 kids at the eVENT volunteers to provide snacks to serve the kids.
Contact info: afrikanywo at gmail dot com https://twitter.com/AfriYWO 0248498800
Sign-up form for volunteers: tweet us/email africanywo@gmail.com Event page;https://www.facebook.com/events/1494301710812630/?ref=22

Organization: Camfed Alumni Sagnarigu
Location: Nyohini Children's Home Close to Nyohini New Clinic Nyohini
Beneficiaries: orphans
Type: Orphanage or charity home visit and donation
Activity: Painting of at least one structure at the orphanage
Time: 8:00am to 2:00pm
Support needed: Yes more volunteers needed to spread the word, Contribute one thing ie paint, brush, snack, labour, cash etc
Contact info: @Ruka Yaro deyaroruk27 at gmail dot com
Sign-up form for volunteers: http://www.jooners.com/guest?l=ab47938a-3ef0-4dca-a35d-359391836946

Blood donation drive courtesy the National Blood Service
TIme: Friday, 19/09/14 8am - 3pm
Location: Bawa Barrcks (Mile 9) by the AIRBON FORCE and AIR FORCE Military in Tamale.

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