Surf & Impact volunteers are placed in host families that provide an experience closer to the local life. We believe cultural exchange is a vital part of a volunteer’s experience and a core principle of responsible tourism. For volunteers to really experience the community in which they are living, we believe that they need to be fully immersed in a family experience. This means, volunteers will eat what the family eats every morning, lunch and supper and are also entitled to help the family in most of the house chores after their daily volunteering at their various projects and the house chores may vary from family to family but most likely to be helping cleaning of plates, cleaning of the house and helping with washing/laundry by hand.
Each of our host family have had enough training to work with volunteers and is accustomed to working with and caring for foreigners. All rooms will provide a bed, desk, chair, and fan. The bathrooms are very basic, and volunteers should expect to use a bucket for showering. Sounds difficult, but after a few days we guarantee you will be a pro.
There is another accommodation option where volunteers are placed in our Volunteer House. The Volunteer House has two rooms each with a fan and a bathroom. There is also mosquito protection in front of the windows and if you wish you can have a mosquito net. If you deciding to stay in the Volunteers house, you are sharing your room with other volunteers. Therefore, up to six people can stay in one room. The house contains showers with running water, and you will be also having meals in our house prepared by our lovely cook Dinah (our Volunteer Coordinator). She makes sure everyone is happy and enjoying his/her stay at the volunteer house.
Volunteers should also bear in mind that, they will mostly eat local Ghanaian dishes such as Fufu, Banku, Yam, gari, Ampesi, Kenkey etc. and that there is not a great variety of dishes. The same belongs to the stay in a local host family. Volunteers should not expect to be fed with any European or international meals. However, volunteers are free to visit one of numerous restaurants on the beach or the street to have any continental food they crave for. In that case you are paying for your food yourself and you should let your family know it advanced that you are not eating with them. Just communicate…
Volunteers will be having food 3 times daily (Monday to Friday) with the Host Family and at the Volunteers House. On the weekends you are responsible to look after your own food. So, try one of the many different chop bars on the street or treat yourself with a delicious meal at the beach side.