Conservation Research and Advocacy

National Disaster Management Organization - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-876 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Wildlife and the Environment Category: Conservation Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The main duty of the National Disaster Management Organization, (NADMO) is to control, manage and prevent the incidents of disaster in the country. The organization is facing challenges in daily operations due to inadequate donor and government support.

NADMO provides educational sessions to the people of Ghana such as the farmers, miners, and other social groups in the communities to aid in the reduction of incidents of disaster in the country. A conservation awareness volunteer may be expected to conduct training sessions and workshops for the workers of the organization and other government agencies. The volunteer must have the ability to work effectively as a team member, as well as in unsupervised conditions.

A conservation awareness volunteer may be asked to assist staff of the organization to carry out community outreach programs on disaster control and management.

Conservation awareness volunteers do not need any specialized academic training at this placement. They should have a keen interest in the environment and the protection of its resources, as well as good communication skills in order to project a positive image to the people in Ghana about conservation issues.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Organize Workshops

A conservation awareness volunteer would be asked to organize and co-ordinate community awareness workshops for workers of the organization, relevant government agencies and also local authorities on disaster related issues.

Community Outreach

As a conservation awareness volunteer, you would need to support the staff of the organization to carry out outreach programs. The outreach programs are aimed at educating community members on how to prevent disasters, as well as how to best manage disaster situations should they occur.

Mine Inspections and Education

A conservation awareness volunteer may be asked to join the staff in visiting mining areas. This exercise is to stop the activities of operators who cause harm to the environment. Registered mining companies would be given education on proper environmental management and protection.

Conservation Lectures

Conservation awareness volunteers may be asked to conduct conservation awareness lectures in local schools on disaster management, prevention and control. Lectures may involve the causes and effects of incidents of disaster.

Host Organization Details

National Disaster Management Organization

The National Disaster Management Organization is a governmental organization who's main duty is to manage disasters, as well as emergency services in Ghana. NADMO gives relief support in times of emergencies in any location in Ghana. The organization has offices at the national, regional and district levels in Ghana.

NADMO is engage in specific functions which are all aimed at ensuring and enforcing that in times of emergency, the government is ready to support relief efforts. Some of these functions are; reintegration services for victims of disasters in Ghana, deployment of people at various levels of society to support governmental programs, enforcing the preparedness of the country in the management of disasters, coordinating and managing the tasks of governmental and non-governmental agencies in the management of disasters.

NADMO is also responsible for dealing with earthquakes, floods, rainstorms, and market fire cases. The organization faces a major challenge in lack of adequate resources to function effectively and hence appeals are sent out to donor communities for support in the form of food, medicine, clothing, tents, mattresses, and other materials and supplies to enable NADMO to provide basic necessities to those in need.

NADMO provides educational sessions to the people of Ghana such as the farmers, miners, and other social groups in the communities to aid in the reduction of incidents of disaster in the country.

When They Were Founded

The National Disaster Management Organization was formed in Ghana in 1996 and was backed by an act of Parliament (Act 517) to manage disasters and emergencies in Ghana. NADMO was formed after Ghana had reacted to the United Nations Declaration GAD 44/236 of 1989 declaring 1990 to 1999 as the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR)

How Are They Funded

The National Disaster Management Organization is funded by the Ministry of the Interior since it is a governmental agency in Ghana. The organization also receives donor support from communities in the provision of food, medicine, clothing, tents, mattresses and other materials.

Donation Requests

The organization would appreciate donations of clothing, blankets, shoes, slippers, medicine, mattresses and other supplies and materials.

Placement Location Information

Kumasi, Ghana

The National Disaster Management Organisation, (NADMO), is located in densely populated areas in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The organisation has many offices in the Ashanti region of Ghana but the regional office is located in Kumasi.

NADMO operates in five regions but the placement is at the Ashanti Region, where there are offices and a number of staff who work in the offices. The organisation does not have adequate computers or enough supplies of other office equipment. NADMO works with other local governmental organisations such as the Forestry Department who gives some support to the organisation.

The Ministry of the Interior does not provide adequate materials to ensure the smooth implementation of programs and projects of the organisation; so currently the organisation depends more on donor support.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center by taxi or tro tro (public transportation) to the VIP Bus Terminal, which depending on traffic will take between eight to ten minutes. From there volunteers will take a bus to the city of Kumasi, usually taking between four to five hours.

The regional /Project coordinator will be there to meet you at the station. The coordinator will take you to your accommodation residence which is about a 15 minute drive.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 257.5 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 4:40

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through March and temperatures generally range from 29-34 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurs in April until August and is a bit cooler at temperatures of 19-20 degrees Celsius. As the name of the season suggests, rainfall increases dramatically throughout these months. It is generally not constant rain, but when it does rain, it usually pours...

They calculate sunshine hours per day using their past forecast data. For August expect the sun to shine for an average of three hours per day. This represents the average number of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by clouds.

City/Village Description

Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana and the capital of the Ashanti Region. The city is buzzing 24 hours a day, and is home to the large Kejetia Market. Traditional Ashanti pride is much more prominent in this area, and volunteers are likely to see more cultural dress and practices during their stay.

Kumasi is a hub for travellers planning on going in any direction in Ghana, and has good transportation (bus or tro tro) to all major cities. Drivers in the city are aggressive and down town traffic can often be a challenge.

However, all the suburbs around Kumasi are fairly close and walking, (if you're up for a bit of a hike), is never out of the question. The down town core has a few major tourist spots, (Vic Baboo's restaurant and Chopsticks), where you can always find good Western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Komfo A. Teaching Hospital (KATH)
Komfo Anokye Road
TEL 1: 03220 22301
TEL 2: 03220 22301-3

Placement Address

National Disaster Management Organization
Golden Tulip

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Ghana and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Ghana to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

BaseCamp Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana
BaseCamp Ghana Address

C/O Pink Hostel
5th Crescent
Accra, Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana Contact Details

Tel: 233-243-745-771 (Hostel Number)
Mobile: 233-245-916-108

The BaseCamp Center in Accra is a hostel situated in the residential neighbourhood of Asylum Down. This is a relaxing and peaceful area, away from the continuous activity and hubbub of the tourist district, but central enough that we are within walking distance of many attractions in Accra including the National Museum, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Adabraka Market.

The centre itself is a three-story building with several dormitory rooms. There are also several quiet areas where volunteers can study and relax including a covered area outside. There is an internet cafe, allowing volunteers to stay in touch with friends and family abroad. In addition to this, free WIFI can be accessed throughout the building.

All volunteers spend their orientation in this centre when they first arrive in Ghana. The workshops and language training take place in this building as well although each day we incorporate outings to learn about the area and how to get around independently.

Living With a Host Family in Ghana

Living with a host family in Ghana is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ghana.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ghana

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022
Oct 07, 2022 Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022
Jan 06, 2023 Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023
Apr 07, 2023 May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023
Jul 07, 2023 Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023
Oct 06, 2023 Nov 03, 2023 Dec 01, 2023
Jan 05, 2024 Feb 02, 2024 Mar 01, 2024
Apr 05, 2024 May 03, 2024 Jun 07, 2024


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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