At KickStart Ghana, the safety of our volunteers, staff and beneficiaries is our top priority. Following the advice below will ensure that your trip is as safe as possible.
1. Listen at your orientation talk
At the start of your volunteering placement you will be given an orientation talk by your volunteer coordinator, please listen carefully. They know the local area well, and will be giving you many hints and tips to ensure that your trip is as safe and enjoyable as possible. They are also very happy to answer any questions that you may have, so do not be afraid to ask!
2. Always let someone know where you are going
We recommend that you travel in groups of at least two. However, we know that this isn’t always possible, so if travelling alone let a couple of people know where you are going and what time you will expect to be back.
3. Travel light
There is a low crime rate in Ghana, but you may attract attention if you have valuable items such as mobile phones, cameras and watches on display. This isn’t to say that you cannot take pictures or make mobile phone calls, but just be aware of where you are and who is around you. It is also advisable not to carry large amounts of cash if it can be avoided. Remember that we have a safe for your use in the volunteer house.
4. Do not tell strangers where you are living
Most people in Ghana will be curious to know where you are living in their community, and whilst it would be rude to ignore the question, please do not give directions or specific details about our volunteer house in Ho. This is to ensure that we do not have lots of people inviting themselves round to dinner!
5. Look after your home
This includes locking doors when leaving the house and ensuring that valuable items are not left on display. These are things that would be routine precautions at your home too.
6. Seek advice
If you are feeling unwell or have any other problem please let a member of KickStart Ghana staff know. Once they are aware that you might be unwell they can monitor the situation and, if necessary, seek medical advice. There are two hospitals of a high standard in Ho that we have a good relationship with.
7. Do not take unnecessary risks
We fully support volunteers who want to enjoy a drink after a hard days volunteering but drinking to excess could leave you in a vulnerable situation, as well as with a terrible hangover. It is important to remember that there are different cultural sensitivities to drinking in Ghana. We do not, under any circumstance, permit the use of illegal substances. Indeed, anyone found to be using illegal substances at any time during their stay in Ghana will be removed from our projects and programme immediately.
8. Don’t panic
If something untoward does happen, do not panic. If confronted, do not resist and hand over any valuables that you may have on you immediately. In most cases this will result in the situation ending quickly. Do not pursue your attacker in any circumstances. It is important to remember that your camera can be replaced but you cannot.
When you are volunteering, you have a large support network. It will include friends, family, fellow volunteers, KickStart Ghana staff, both in Ghana and the UK as well the Foreign Office if necessary. If something does go wrong, you can rely on them. We have a good relationship with the local law enforcement agencies and will support you should you need to report a crime.
For further information about travelling safely we recommend these websites: