Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA)

Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa is a volunteer driven non-profit NGO based in Ghana which aims to promote better life opportunities for people in under privileged communities through better education, health, sanitation and sustainable development.

Our work is based on a collective commitment to support the principles of the UN Global Compact to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals and thus we defend an integrated approach to sustainable development. That means that our projects not only aim to lift people out of poverty but also to:

  • promoting education to reduce illiteracy:.
  • help eradicate incidence of child labor.
  • advance governance, human rights, energy and environmental policies
  • building capacity of under privilege to fight the threat of poverty: VPWA realizes Micro-Finance, Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training for the Poor
  • fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases: VPWA aims to sensitize communities and policy makers on health-related issues including malaria, HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis and Buruli Ulcer.

VPWA is a member of United Nations OV Service, Coalition for the International Crimincal Court, International Peace Commission and an NGO Participant of the United Nations Global Compact. You can support activities of VPWA and for that matter a developing country like Ghana by Volunteering, partnering your organization with us or donating towards one of our project lines.

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to the global community and gain experience, and also fosters personal growth. Whether you would like to take a short volunteer vacation or a prolonged gap year, Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa provides challenging programs for you to contribute your services

For tens of millions of people around the world, volunteering is an expression of support for a principle that encompasses the ideals of Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa activities: that by working together, we can make the world a better place for everyone.



  • The minimum time commitment is 2 weeks. However, this depends on the volunteer position as some require a minimum stay of 4 weeks.
  • We can only host up to 24 volunteers at the same time.
  • All volunteer opportunities are open all year round.
  • Most placements take place within the Greater Accra Region as well as the Eastern Region, the Ashanti and the Volta regions of Ghana. 
  • VPWA Volunteers are required to cover accommodation and living expenses (dinner 1x). Fees start at 400 EUR (2 to 4 weeks). Each additional week is 100 EUR. 


Fees Includes

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Airport Pick Up
  • Placement
  • 24 hour support contact services
  • Pre-departure Orientation
  • Mobile phone SIM card number
  • Accra City tour
  • Internet access (at VPWA's HQ).


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Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA) Reviews

A Great Experience

I was very happy working in this NGO and living in Ghana. I volunteered for six months and I participated in different projects, such as planning, the Street Library Project, the Children’s Center and teaching English at a local school.

This was a great opportunity to gain international experience, living with people from all over the world, of different ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, and you also work with many local people.

By: Isabel Estrada-Tank
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 23

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