99% of our volunteers are Solo Travelers. We meet all volunteers at the airport and will introduce them to the organisation, people they will be working with and our other volunteers in Ghana. Most volunteers end up traveling around Ghana together, exploring the beaches, rainforests, markets and everything else that Ghana has to offer.
Our aim is to have happy volunteers, as happy volunteers are of most benefit to the organisations they will be working for. Ikando was founded by ex-volunteers who both came to Ghana on their own, as a result we know what it feels like and will make sure you are well looked after and supported.
Read some volunteer blogs.
Melissa, a volunteer in July 2008 wrote:
"If you are a first time traveler or a first time volunteer to Ghana, then partnering with an organization such as Ikando is a good approach. As a firs timer myself, I can confidently say that it was reassuring to know that if any problems arose during my stay or my placement, I had someone to either find a viable solution, guide me towards one or act as a liaison between myself and my placement. Aside from volunteering, Ikando is also a great way to meet friends and meet people that could become travel buddies for weekend excursions."
Michelle, a volunteer at Cape Coast in May 2008 wrote:
"During my 5 week stay in Ghana I was able to create memories that will last a lifetime. Ikando was readily available to help me out with anything that I needed, whenever I needed it. They provided me with an orientation session where they introduced me to the city, which allowed me to feel more comfortable in traveling on my own after."
"Throughout my time here I felt very safe and comfortable within the environment. People were always willing to help you out if you needed to find your way somewhere. Often the person will take you there directly without wanting anything in return. Many Ghanaians are just looking for your friendship, so stopping to say ‘hello’ to the people is a great way to become apart of the culture. Ghana is a very beautiful country with much to see and do, with people who are always looking to talk to you. It’s a place where the people are so often happy, and you can’t help but feel the same way while you are here."
A selection of solo volunteer blogs
Elise Wray came to Ghana in the summer of 2008 to work as a teacher for Street Academy.
Cassandra Mark joined us in May 2007 from Florida State University to help Ikando on some of our projects.
Ralph Stone came to work at the Refugee Settlement as a teacher. He returned again in May 2008 to help the school with their repatriation efforts.