Welcome - Akwaaba


ARA stands for "Agricultural and Rural Development Association", and is a non- profit and non- governmental organisation (NGO) under the registration No. G.306 of the Republic of Ghana. ARA is a non profit and non governmental organization working to empower rural communities in Ghana to strive for sustainable development in terms of environmental integrity, social equality and economical growth. In realizing these objectives ARA undertakes projects in the areas of environmental protection, agricultural development, rural infrastructure, renewable energies, health, education, youth mobilization/ international youth work camps and internship placements.

Best Environmental Award


ARA is one of the leading environmental organizations in Ghana and our mission is to promote public participation in caring for the Earth. ARA has adopted a holistic approach to environmental issues and is involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives. ARA was awarded the best environmental NGO in Ghana in the year 2006, by the ministry of Environment and Science.

ARA Volunteer Placements


Project: Ghana Community  Development: Real hands-on experience while working in Rural communities while simultaneously honing their personal, career-based/oriented skills pertaining to international development agencies
Project: Teaching Assistance: You don't have to be a teacher to volunteer with ARA. The programme is open to all volunteers whether you are on a gap year, at university or wanting a career break.
Project: Agriculture Development:The focus of ARA in promoting sustainable ways of farming has been in the setting of educational and training workshops for farmers, school children, teachers and other NGOs at local, regional and district levels.
Project: Sports Development: During term time Volunteers will assist in PE classes in rural community school, teaching football and other sports activities  to help develop health and core values for the children ...
Project: Health Care Assistance: An important element of these placements is learning about healthcare practices in different cultures including: assisting doctors and nurses in local hospitals,
Internship: Orphange Assistance: In collaboration with local orphanages and day care centers in Ghana, ARA provides volunteers who are willing to offer caring, nurturing assistance to these impoverished children. 


About Ghana

Ghana is nestled on the west cost of Africa, with sandy beaches along the coast, forests to the east, and plains and shrubland blanketing the north of the country. Ghana is rich in gold, timber, and cocoa, and the birthplace of Kofi Annan. 1957 saw Ghana become the first sub-saharan state to gain independence from colonial rule, and its 22 million people today maintain a mix of traditional and colonial influences.

Why volunteer with ARA?

Welcome to - Ghana's top on-the-ground facilitator of volunteer work. We offer a variety of exciting and rewarding volunteer programs suitable for anyone looking to make a real difference during their gap year travel, career break, leisure travels or working holiday in Ghana. 
Our volunteer projects focus on making a measurable impact on the people and wildlife in Ghana, while ensuring that our volunteers have a safe, enjoyable, adventurous, unforgettable and life-changing experience in Ghana.