PLACEMENTS

Community Farm Assistant

Lend a hand to rural farmers on their personal and community farms to assist and develop organic farming practices.

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Communities we work alongside

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Placement Overview

About the placement

Assist local small scale farmers from the nearby towns and villages on their personal and community farmland plots. Learn to grow local produce and manage the land in the traditional hands on approach whilst helping them to provide for their families.

Why this placement?

Farming is one of the main occupations in our area of Ghana, due to being based in a semi rural area these are small scale farmers often living under the poverty line who produce the crops to feed and sustain their families by selling any additional product to markets.
Nearly all of these farmers don’t have modern equipment and use traditional methods to manage the land which is hard work and labour intensive – due to this, you have the opportunity to come and lend a hand to help our linked farmers to increase their farming capacity to be able to grow and increase their crop yield.
For longer term volunteers we aim to study and research organic farming practices and more profitable produce and methods such as tropical fruits; watermelons and pineapples which have a higher profit margin due to demand in cities and the export market.
Working with our other conservation placements we will also be creating plastic upcylcled greenhouses created from plastic waste to share amongst our linked farmers and community plots along with further education on how these can be used to enhance their produce outcome.

What is included in this placement?

Support Staff – Accommodation – House Utility Bills – Pre Departure Support

We charge cost price for this project just so we can cover your stay and employ local support staff to increase loyal employment. This placement includes accommodation in a modern style house for the semi rural area of which we are based with great views and surroundings of the local towns and rainforest. All house utilities are included for your time, you will have use of the kitchen, electricity throughout the house and running water which is a luxury among the area of Kwahu. You will have a member of our local support team living in house or close by depending on the volunteer numbers so there is always someone on hand for any questions or support you may need.

How do I get to the placement?

Budget an additional 10 – 40 Ghana cedis per day for transport costs.

We work with a number of schools within the local community and slightly further out. Volunteers will usually take taxis back and forth to their placement site. It is very easy to take shared taxis in town and they are very reasonably priced. Most of our schools will require volunteers to pay transport between 5 cedis and 40 cedis a day, with the average being about 10cedis. The more remote village schools are usually located down tracks and therefore cost a little bit more to reach. Our team will be able to assist volunteers group together for transport and where to find taxis etc. Volunteers are usually able to head off into the town after school easily to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with friends before heading home and the ease of taxis offer a really flexible experience for the volunteers.

What will I be doing?

Depending on the time of year and our linked farmer that you will be working with, you will have a hands on approach and be involved with tasks such as weeding, maintaining the land, fetching water from nearby streams, laying seeds and harvesting.
For volunteers that have fundraised we also hope to establish community and school vegetable/fruit patches so that the children can learn the skills, whilst continuing their studies and benefitting from the free produce as some children with families living under the poverty line still struggle to be able to eat more than once a day.
Longer term volunteers will also be involved in researching organic farming methods and produce to be able to offer guidance and suggestions to our community farmers on how they can grow and develop their business as well as creating greenhouses to make use of the Ghanaian climate!

Who will I be working with?

You will be working alongside one of our linked farmers from the community who will be a small scale farmer who uses their occupation to support their families.

A member of our volunteer support team will also visit you at your placement site periodically after the initial introduction to ensure you are getting on well and making an impact on site.

What do we expect from a volunteer?

All we request is the passion and drive to make a difference with us, one step at a time. Being able to get involved and stuck in will help you much more with this project especially with the community cleanup days which can be tiring in the heat and humidity. The greatest traits of a volunteer are enthusiasm, empathetic and the ability to adjust to alternative cultures. You will get the most of our your trip by opening your mind to new experiences and beliefs whilst also bringing your own to the table.
We expect volunteers to visit their placements Monday – Friday, exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc but we hope for the children and yourselves to get the most of your placement this is kept to a minimum.

What can you expect from us?

We will be on hand any time of any day to support you in your placement and trip as a whole. There will always be someone you can speak to or get a hold of should you want to discuss anything or require any guidance, from organising and altering your timetable to changing your placement. Our team living in the volunteer house will also be able to offer advice regarding travel plans and the local area so you will soon feel at home.

What should I bring?

In terms of your placement make sure you bring at least one strong pair of shoes and full length trousers/tracksuit to use on the farmland if further out into the forests. Fundraising for seedlings is a great way you can ensure you can hit the ground running as soon as you arrive and make a lasting impact in our lovely communities which we know you will come to love upon arrival.

What happens during school holidays?

Other than for the community outreach and education part of this placement the school holidays will not affect this placement and you will still be able to continue as normal.

Typical working day

07:30am – Volunteer transport leaves the volunteer house to project sites

08:00am – Arrive at project site destination and start placement work. Eg, weeding and maintaining the land.

10:00am – 10:30am – Morning Break

12:30pm – 01:00pm – Lunch Break

03:00pm –  End of placement and start to travel back to the house to rest and meet up with the other team members.

In their free time, volunteers are free to go shopping in the local markets, return to the volunteer house or visit the local swimming pools.

Requirements

What’s Included

Dates & Fees

Program fees

You can find the current cost of our weekly fees along with a detailed breakdown of what’s included by clicking here.

We offer the lowest priced international volunteering fees in Ghana and run as a not for profit with no registration fees or hidden charges.

Duration Cost (US Dollars)
2 Weeks $103
8 Weeks $384
12 Weeks $576
16 Weeks $768

Duration

2 week minimum – There is no maximum duration and we would suggest staying as long as possible to achieve the biggest social impact possible.

Availability

We have volunteers and placements throughout the year, therefore you are welcome to arrive in any month. We are also flexible with being able to arrange airport collections so you are able to arrive on any airline into Kotoka International Airport at any time on any day of the week.

“I spent 3 months in Ghana with Atlas, it was amazing. All the area is very safe and the support from the organization is perfect, “

~ Antoine Burillon / Renovation Volunteer

 I volunteered as a Renovation Volunteer with Atlas Volunteers for 6 weeks from January/February 2019. I discovered Atlas via Volunteer World and was attracted by its various programs and the benefits they bring to the local community in a semi-rural area of Ghana. They are a relatively new charity but are building strong foundations in the areas they work in. They view their social impact as paramount. Overall the experience was fantastic; from achieving and seeing the works progress, chilling with fellow volunteers, traveling up and down the country during time off and just generally experiencing what Ghana has to offer. It was a truly wonderful experience. Atlas and the Ghanaian communities are exceptional hosts. To my fellow volunteers, to the communities I worked in and to the volunteer coordinators and the rest of Atlas – thank you. This was an experience I will never forget.

– James Thurston / Renovation Volunteer

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