Duke of Edinburgh Residential in West Africa

Help us empower communities by providing education, clean water, and hope

DofE Gold Residential & Volunteering AAPs

A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is so much more than a ‘pat on the back’ for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people gain through achieving a DofE Award.

We are a DofE Approved Activity Provider for the Residential and Volunteering sections

DofE Approved Activity Providers are organisations whose opportunities have been approved by the DofE as meeting their programme and sectional requirements and can count towards the achievement of a DofE Award.

DofE Gold Residential

Complete your Gold Residential section with us by volunteering in Ghana.

DofE Vounteering

Complete your Volunteering section with us in the UK by helping to raise funds to support our projects in Ghana.

Is it safe to volunteer in Ghana?

Ghana is one of the safest countries in Africa. Our volunteer base is in the grounds of one of the schools we built so you will be surrounded by children most of the time you are with us. We have a purpose-built building based in a village in poverty designed with the community to house all our volunteers whilst they are with us.

Licensed DofE AAP’s are vetted for suitability of their programmes. For more information, have a look at the DofE website here

When you first come to the village we must ensure you are introduced to the village Chief as a matter of culture and the Elders of the community agree to let you fall under their protection whilst you are with us in Ghana. This isn't a tourist thing, it is good manners as we are guests in the local community.

Some of the ways you can help change lives for children in rural Africa

Education/Early Learning

Education/Early Learning

Get out there and light up young people’s lives. You can make a positive difference to the next generation. You don’t have to be a qualified teacher (no TEFL required, but you can do more if you do) to volunteer on our teaching/learning project.
Construction Volunteers

Construction Volunteers

Build a brighter future for some of the world’s poorest communities, roll up your sleeves and get directly involved living and working with locals. All whilst you are getting a tan and working muscles you didn't know you had.
Film & Photography and Impact Story Teller

Film & Photography and Impact Story Teller

Got the eye for a great images and story telling? Africa is bursting with vibrant colourful imagery just waiting for that perfect shot. And imagery is one of the more vital ways we can explain how important the charity is to those people living in poverty.
Healthcare (Baby Weighing)

Healthcare (Baby Weighing)

Working with local district nurses you will help deliver public health interventions with activities such as baby weighing, vaccinations and sanitation education, ensuring the youngest community members are happy, healthy and getting stronger every day.
Children’s Sports Coach

Children’s Sports Coach

Our rural village sports programme seeks to add fun and excitement to the lives of those living in poverty as well as the possibility of finding the continent’s next great sports star! You’ll coach football, volleyball, rounders and other sports.
Specialist Volunteer

Specialist Volunteer

Professional skilled people like to volunteer and we want to utilise their specific skills to the utmost and we love: Builders, mechanics, electricians, teachers, Doctors and nurses, First Aid trainers, bike mechanics Prior to departure these volunteers will be asked to bring and any necessary paperwork/qualifications etc.

Former Volunteer’s Quotes

“The people and staff really made the trip great with their kindness and care. I thought it would be a lot harder to adjust but they are more then happy to help you with anything from cooking to organising days out. I had a lovely time as a sports volunteer. The kids I taught were a laugh and eager to learn. I hope to come back in the near future and help out again” 
India Duffy, 18, Gap Year Student, Cambridge, England

“Working on the building site and coaching football has allowed me to build genuine relationships with a warm and welcoming community. Whilst it is hard work and at times you really feel challenged, the experience is one I feel I have grown from and will continue to grow from. By living in the community Village by Village provides a unique insight into African culture that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone thinking of volunteering.” 
Duncan Lewis, 19, Student England

The ADVENTURE starts here!

Break the ice and make contact, we love chatting with volunteers to see if they have what it takes to make a difference, or they are willing to learn.

Be part of the solution not just another well-intentioned young person with a white saviour complex!

Give Anna a call

Office: 0161 870 6300
Mobile: 07887 87 0090
Email: anna@villagebyvillage.org

N.B You must be over 18 years old or accompanied by someone over 18 to come out to Africa

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