Ghana is located on the west coast of Africa about 750km north of the equator on the gulf of Ghana between latitudes 4.30 and 11.30 degrees north.
The capital, Accra, is on longitude zero degrees of the Greenwich Meridian with a total 238,533 sq km land area the country is bounded on the north by Burkina Faso on the west by Cote d’Ivoire on the east by Togo and on the south by the Gulf of guinea. The land area stretches 672km north-south and 536km east-west.
Ghana’s coastal area consists of plains and lagoons near river estuaries. The land is relatively flat and the altitude below 500m, over half the country, is below 200m.The Volta basin dominates the river system and includes the 8,500 sq.km Lake Volta (second largest man-made lake in the world) formed behind the Akosombo Hydro-electric Dam and is navigable over some 400km.In the north, vegetation is savanna and scrub, the south, an extensive rain forest. The major natural resources are Gold, Diamond, Bauxite, manganese, Timber and cocoa.
Ghana’s population totals 20,757.032(July 2004 estimate).With about 79.3 persons per km density and annual growth of 2.7 percent. The country is divided into ten administrative regions. The greatest population is concentrated in the southern parts with the highest densities in the urban and cocoa producing area.
Ghana has a tropical climate with round moderate temperatures of around 21-32 C (70-90 F) and constant breeze and sunshine. There are two rainy seasons from March to July and September to October separated by a short cool dry season in August and a relatively long dry season in the south averages 2.030mm but varies through the country, with the heaviest in the Western Region and lowest in the North.
There are over 100 Ghanaian languages. The major being Twi, Ewe, Fante, Dagaare, Ga, Dangbani, Dagaare, Kasem and Nzema.The official language of the country is English. Hausa is also widely spoken. Principal ethnic groups in Ghana are Akan (Twi and Fante), Guans, Ewes, Dagombas, Gas, Gonjas, Walas, and Frafras. Read More
What to expect as a volunteer
As a volunteer in Ghana, there are amazing tourists sites and destinations that you can visit and there won’t be any dull moments. At least each region in Ghana has one tourist site that you can visit to see the beauty and natural allure of the country firsthand.
These vary from natural environment, religious buildings to waterfalls and canopy walkways. There are also festivals that occur at various times of the year in every region in Ghana. These are all very vibrant celebrations and you’ll enjoy being a part.
You can take pictures and get souvenirs that will last as wonderful moments of your time spent in Ghana. Trust that we have quite a lot planned for you. You will be having an experience of a lifetime. You can always be part of this tourist attractions if you are looking for an opportunity to both experience Ghanaian culture as well as making a lasting change in the lives of our children.
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Kpando is located at the central point of the Volta Region almost sharing the eastern boarder with the Republic of Togo and bounded on the west by the Volta Lake by a town called Torkor. Kpando is about a 3-4 hour drive from the capital Accra through the eastern corridor. It is a pretty big town and has a population of 15,000 people. Kpando is the administrative capital with almost all the social amenities such as electricity, good drinking water.Read More
LANGUAGES AND ACTIVITIES
The main languages of the people in Kpando are Ewe, English, and Hausa and they are mostly farmers, fishermen, woodcarving, pottery, and others a white color jobs.
While in Kpando you will stay with the host family at the orphanage home. All volunteers also have the option of living on the second floor at the orphanage itself.Read More
Kpando is hot and dry. Daytime temperatures range from 27-35 C (79-95 F) throughout the year
Mobile phones are widely available in Kpando. You can buy and activate a mobile phone for about 40 USD from one of the many mobile phone shops in town. You can also bring your mobile phone from home and buy a local SIM chip to get a local Ghana number. There are 5 networks in Kpando to select from namely: Vodafone, MTN, Tigo,Airtel and Kasapa (the ones that look Ghanaian).The nearest internet café is approximately a 15-minute walk from the orphanage called EDNO CAFÉ opposite Cedes GUEST House. Prices of their services are moderate.
The home will soon have an access to the internet.
SIGHTSEEING AND ACTIVITIES
There is not much in the way of sightseeing in Kpando and the surrounding areas. There are very few tourists who even visit Kpando.
The lakeside at Kpando Torkor is also attractive and there is a large market which operates every three days.
We have a strong, formidable football team called the Heart of Lions.
Kpando was a German historical site during the Gold Coast era and has a number of tourist sites such as Grottos at Agbenoxoe and Aziave all at Kpando. It is mostly patronized by Christians and non-Christians from all over the world. There is also a modest pottery factory in the town of Fesi that is worth a Saturday visit. Also, take a 15-minute taxi to see Lake Volta to the west of town, where you will see locals making their living from the lake in various ways like collecting driftwood and selling goods to the ferry passengers. There are also several waterfalls in the area such as Wli and Tagbo Falls and a monkey sanctuary outside the municipality which are too far.Read More
Arriving at Kpando
Certain qualities show the good character, identity and values of every Ghanaian and the people of Kpando are noted for their kindness, sympathy which makes them unique. However since all hands are not equal you may find few odd ones but it doesn’t mean that everything is the same everywhere.
Everyone is kind and welcoming. In the villages everyone especially will stare and call you ‘yevu’ meaning ‘white man’ it is not an insult. For many children especially it is the first time they have seen a white person. Everyone will greet you with ’woezor’ meaning welcome just say ‘Akpe’ meaning ‘thank you’
Some Cultural Practice
Hospitality is one of the traits that are associated with every Ghanaian and for that matter the people of Kpando to strangers.
It is most interesting to see the use of the right hand to eat or pass anything to an elderly person. It is considered very disrespectful to pass anything to anyone with the left hand. Others are:
Shaking of hands starts from the right to the left.
Most of our funerals are held on the weekend amidst drumming, noise making etc.You will get used to them very quickly.
Time: You will learn the meaning of patience here. Everyone is incredibly busy and on their own timeline. No one is on time including almost everything.
Be prepared to wait on tro-tro (the local transport) for a long time for them to fill up with people.
Speak out if you are hungry or thirsty, sometimes people forget about food and water. They are eager to help you with any and everything
Not many people in the village drink alcohol or smoke. Feel free to do what you want; they respect your culture as well.
Not many people in the village like wearing caps/hats with the front facing the back.