Ikando Foundation

Ikando helps organisations across Africa to access free development solutions, so enabling them to progress and achieve their ultimate aims. We provide consultancy services, skilled volunteers and a contact network to our partner organisations. These combined services allow the nonprofit partner organisations to manage their affairs better, access different skill sets through the placement of volunteers and link up with other organisations who are of benefit to them.

Ikando's partners include:

  • The National Museum of Ghana

  • African Aurora Business Network

  • Construct LLC - Architects

  • Foundation for Contemporary Art

  • Ghana Red Cross Society

  • Society for Women & AIDS in Africa

  • School for the Deaf

  • Autism Awareness Centre

  • BusyInternet - Africa's largest ICT Centre

  • Though we recruit volunteers on behalf of other organisations and projects, we also require a few volunteers. All of our volunteer placements working directly for Ikando are free of charge.

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    Available Positions

    Professional Photographers

    FREE: Ikando is looking for a professional photographer to document in photos our projects and volunteers. The volunteer will be required to submit previous work. (Not available until August 2010).

    Code: IK01

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    Web & Graphic Designers

    FREE: Ikando is looking for a web designer to develop the websites of Ikando projects. The volunteer must have substantial PHP script & Dreamweaver experience.

    Code: IK02

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    Database Designer

    FREE: Ikando requires a dedicated volunteer to help them set up a range of online databases. The volunteer must have previous experience.

    Code: IK03

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    Filmmaker

    FREE: We are seeking a volunteer to help us make small promotional films to help us inform people on the work we do. You will need to bring your own equipment, camera, laptop, etc.

    Code: IK04

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    SEO Consultant

    FREE: An experienced and dedicated SEO Consultant is required to monitor overall search engine performance and assist with keywording.

    Code: IK05

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    Marketing Assistant

    FREE: Ikando is looking for a marketing assistant to help develop brochures and market our services online to universities and career development organisations.

    Code: IK06

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    Translators

    FREE: We are looking for bilingual volunteers to help us translate our website into different languages. Any European (including Eastern European) languages are required.

    Code: IK07

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    Business Development

    FREE: We are looking for someone to help us develop & set-up new and existing profit-making projects to help keep the costs for our volunteers as low as possible.

    Code: IK08

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    DIY Volunteer

    FREE: We need someone to help keep our accommodations looking spick and span. Work will include painting, gardening, putting up shelves, etc.

    Code: IK09

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    Requirements:

    • You must be at least 18 years of age upon application.
    • You must have a background of relevance to the individual position and have a strong interest in helping the underprivileged.
    • We have limited computers available for volunteers to work on, as such you will be required to bring your own laptop to work on.
    • In order to maintain the sustainability and high performance of this project all interns are required to complete a detailed hand-over document for successive interns .
    • You will need to be flexible and tolerant, show initiative and enthusiasm to face the many hurdles and challenges that you will encounter.
    • All volunteers working with Ikando are expected to adhere to the same rules as our local staff. This means you will be expected to work a full 8-hr day, turn up to work on time and complete assignments in a timely fashion.
    • Volunteers must be able to work independently with little or no guidance.
    • Volunteers may be required to meet our partner organisations, please therefore ensure you pack one or two smarter outfits.
    • All volunteers may at times be required to help out in and around the office with general office administation duties.
    • Volunteers working directly for Ikando can take time-off during their placement. You can take the equivalent of up to 30 days off per year.

    Documentation Requirements:

    • A completed application form - required for application.
    • A personal or professional reference given by an employer, teacher, lawyer or doctor. This reference must include detail of the context in which the referee knows you and stating that he/she knows of no reason why you should not volunteer. The referee should also provide their contact details in order that Ikando can contact them prior to your departure to confirm the reference given. This reference should be emailed by the referee to info [at] ikando.org.
    • A copy by email to info [at] ikando.org of your travel (including medical) insurance certificates.
    • Information on your travel arrangements (flight number, airline, arrival and departure time and dates). We always recommend volunteers who book online to email us their booking.
    • A copy of the photo page of your passport to be emailed to info [at] ikando.org.

    All Documentation must be sent to us at least two weeks before arrival.

    Academic credit is available for this placement. Email us for more information.

    Important Details

    Project Duration Minimum Duration 4 weeks - Maximum Duration 26 weeks (can be extended in-country)
    Dates Not available in June, July and August. Available September through to May.
    Pricing FREE
    Deposit FREE
    Location Accra
    Airport to fly into Accra Airport (ACC) - (also known as Kotoka International Airport)
    In-country Budget From $50 on a tight budget to $150 p/week if you wish to explore Ghana. Read more...
    Time-off Volunteers working directly for Ikando will be given the equivalent of 30 days holiday per year.

    What is included?

  • Accommodation

  • Welcome pack

  • In-country introduction to life in Ghana.

  • Airport pick-up & drop-off

  • Emergency support.
  • What is not included?

  • Flights & Visa

  • Vaccinations (please speak to your local GP)

  • Insurance (required)


  • Health and Safety
    Ghana is one of the safest countries in Africa. In the Global Peace Index it is ranked above the US. It is the perfect introduction for first time volunteers to Africa. It has a democratic electoral process and a stable economy. Our ten-strong team in Ghana is there to ensure your health and safety at all times and you'll have emergency support 24/7.

    Accommodation
    The volunteer will be housed in our accommodation in the centre of town, with it possible to walk from the accommodation to nearby shops, communication centres, bars and restaurants. The spacious accommodation with a fully furnished kitchen is well maintained and has live-in staff to ensure you are well looked after. The surrounding garden and balconies overlooking Accra are perfect for chill out sessions with fellow volunteer housemates.

    Food
    Food is not included in our placements as in our experience volunteers prefer to cater for themselves. We have a fully furnished kitchen and our staff will show you where you can do your shopping. Western-style supermarkets and the bustling markets can be found nearby. A weekly vegetable & fruit shop can cost as little at $10, however shopping at the western-style supermarkets can be quite dear as most goods are imported.

    "Quarshi (Ikando Staff) will introduce you to a woman named Felicia who sells mangos and bananas. Her mangos may very well be the sweetest in town. And, you will love shopping in the market." Elise Wray.

    Airport Pick up
    An Ikando member of staff will be at the airport arrivals to meet you and take you to the Accra accommodation. Please be aware that arrivals is located outside the airport, just keep an eye out for a sign with your name on it. Please ensure you send us your flight details two weeks before arrival.

    Flights
    Volunteers must arrange their own flights to Accra Airport (ACC). Please be aware that you should aim to arrive on the day your placement is due to start. If you are unable to do so please just check first with your volunteer coordinator whether the new dates also work for us. The following airlines fly into Accra:


    Volunteer Visa

    You must obtain a volunteer visa for travel to Ghana. Once you have secured your placement we will send you a letter confirming your placement for your visa application. Your visa must be obtained at least ten days prior to traveling.

     

    How do I apply?

    To apply for one of our positions please complete our application form. Once we receive your application we will review it and send you additional information on the placement(s) of your choice together with an sign-up form.

    Placements

      The Ikando Community

      Join our online community to stay in touch with us, receive Ikando updates and to help promote the work Ikando Volunteers do.


      Our Ghana Team

    Our Ten-strong staff team will be available 24/7 to help you throughout your placement.

     

    "Ikando is an excellent organisation, and I would recommend you to anyone! Your choice of volunteer opportunities is excellent, and the placements are efficiently run and well supported (before, during and after the placement period). Your accommodation is very comfortable, and your staff are some of the most friendly and helpful I have ever encountered! I would definitely volunteer with Ikando again, and hope to see you all again soon. Thank you so much!"

    Charlotte Morgan - May 2009

    Resource Centre

    Check out our extensive resource centre where you will find documentation on working with children, fundraising, volunteering with Ikando and much more.

    Our Accommodation
    Ikando Accra Accommodation

    The newly refurbished Agoo Hostel is located in a residential area dot in the centre of town.

    How safe is Ghana?

    Ghana is generally a very peaceful and stable country. In the Global Peace Index it is ranked above the US. It is the perfect introduction for first time volunteers to Africa.


    Explore Ghana


    Ghana boasts beautiful white sandy beaches, dense tropical rainforests and wild savannahs. Volunteers usually spend their weekends together exploring the country

    Airport pick-up
    Quarshi Quarshi will most probably be the member of staff to meet you at the airport. Arrivals is located outside the building. Just keep an eye out for an Ikando sign with your name on it.

    Ikando volunteer blogs


    Want to know previous Ikando volunteer's experiences? Just check out their online blogs detailing their volunteer experience.

    "All of the Ikando staff were so helpful and made the experience so much easier than it could have been" Thank you!!"

    Laura Berlinger - July 2008

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    "I had such a wonderful experience with Ikando, please extend mygratitude to the team again, I have nothing but wonderful memories!"

    Jana Pinto - April 2009

    History of Ghana

    Ghana is a fascinating culture at a cross roads between the past and the present. It is historically rich and amazingly diverse. It boasts the legacy of the great Ashanti Empire of the 11th century along with the dubious distinction of being the most traveled route for the transport of Africans to the new world.