Ghana pearls

Krobo beads, Ghana West Africa.

Krobo beads, Ghana West Africa.

Beautiful beads from Ghana!

Beautiful beads from Ghana!

Pearls, pearls, pearls!

Pearls, pearls, pearls!






Ghana has a great selection of beautiful handmade beads, some of them dating back a long time. Whether or not you will manage to come across a real antique or treasure, Ghana’s many markets are well worth a visit to get some fantastic gems to take home to loved ones! Scientific or not – but Wikipeda has an excellent description about different Ghanian glass pearls >>



Renting solar panel as a development strategy…?

Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship opportunities and volunteer work in Ghana.

“Solar panels traditionally require a significant up-front investment and a long-term payback period, but what if you could rent them short term?” Momentum for Change’s Lighthouse Activities.

In an earlier post we have announced that Ghana aims at having a 10% contribution of Renewable Energy by 2020, and have proposed various strategies to achieve this. One being to support development and demonstration of economic viable renewable energy technological options for  mini-grid applications – perhaps a solar panel lease could be one option…?

Read more about the Renewable Energy Act 2011, Act 832 (01) at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum >>


Ghana women making bamboo bikes – a social and environmentally sustainable initiative!

As part of a socio ecological green initiative to adress climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and high unemployment amongst the youth in rural Ghana – the Ghana Bamboo Bike initiative have started manufacturing bikes in bamboo to sell on an international scale. The initiative is especially focusing on giving young women the opportunity to improve their financial situation, but also as a way of promoting socially and environmentally sustainable development in Ghana.

Visit their site for more information >>

World economy on the rising. Recent prospect in numbers.

Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship and volunteer work in Northern Ghana.Recent numbers have indicated that the world economy growth rate is estimated to about  2.8 per cent in 2014 and 3.2 per cent in 2015. The trend is somewhat different in different regions and in Africa as a whole the numbers are 4.2 per cent for 2014, and expected to be about 5.1 per cent in 2015. In West Africa alone the same numbers are estimated to about 7.0 and 7.1 per cent respectively. Read the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014: mid-2014 >>


Ghana plays in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil !

As the only African team to escape their qualification group – Ghana is about to play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, taking place in just a few days! The first match for the Ghanian soccer team is against the USA on the 16th of june, at Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil!

Volunteer work and internship opportunities in Northern Ghana!

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Check out the programme overview at our webpage for more information about volunteer work and internship opportunities in Northern Ghana!


Read up on Ghana before your volunteer work!

To get the full potential out of your internship or volunteer work in Ghana it’s helpful to read up on some history and general knowledge regarding the local culture and traditions.

As far as general travel and country information goes, there are several publications in English that offers insightful tips about where to go, what to see, when and how. The Bradt Travel Guide by Philip Briggs is one example that we can recommend.

Dagombas are the largest “tribal group” in the Northern region, and when it comes to local culture and traditions several books have been written on the theme. One of the more sited works is The Lions of Dagbon: Political Change in Northern Ghana, which was written by Martin Staniland as early as 1975. Also Christine Oppong’s pice Growing up in Dagbon is a well renowned publication about Dagomba cultural and traditions.

Volunteer work in Ghana

The Bradt Travel Guide

Volunteer work in Ghana

Growing up in Dagbon

Volunteer work in Ghana

The Lions of Dagbon

For more information and suggestions about Ghana literature, see the Goodreads section on the right, or visit our Goodreads profile online >>