Part of the experience of visiting a new country and volunteering, is to travel. We suggest you decide before hand with your country coordinator what excursions you might be interested in doing so that you can plan appropriately.
Most volunteer placements allow you to travel on the weekend, however if you want to make sure you don't miss a particular excursion that may take more time than 2 days, plan to stay longer in order to have this once in a lifetime experience.
Here are some getaway ideas!
From a fort—Cape Coast Castle—that figured in the slave trade (it's Ghana's premier must-see) to artisans at work weaving textiles, you'll see the highlights of southern Ghana, with plenty of human interaction along the way.
The Central Market in Kumasi is West Africa's largest market. It is a stall-after-stall affair, with spices, grains, crafts and lots—lots—more. Located in the heart of Ashanti Kumasi, down the road from the cultural centre, the market can accommodate some 10,000 vendors. As for food, there's plenty of it, some that goes down easily (smoked fish, a swell variety of fruit) and some that the less adventurous might want to turn away from (dried chameleons).
This village is edged on three sides by hills and cliffs that are prime hiking grounds through stunning rock formations and waterfalls. Take a guide with you to explore the caves and find out about their sacred aspects and the role they played in the 18th century, when there was a war with the Ashantis.