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Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship and volunteer work in Northern Ghana

Ghana is an English speaking country located in West Africa neighboured by Togo in the East, Burkina Faso in the North and Côte d’Ivoire in the West. There are more than 100 different ethno-lingustic groups in Ghana, but Akan, Mossi-Dagomba and Ewe are the largest ones, constituting  about 78% of the total population.

Voluntary Aid Africa’s head office is located in Tamale, Ghanas third largest city and the administrative capital for the Northern region. Even though the Northern region makes up close to a third of Ghana’s total landareal, only about 10% of the population live here. The area is mainly covered by savanna woodlands, and together with the Uppe West region and the Upper East region, the northern half of Ghana are the least developed part of the country. Several development organisations are active in the area, and most of them have their head offices in Tamale, which has also been denoted as “the NGO capital of Ghana”.

Tamale city center.

Tamale city center.

Local community in the outskirts of Tamale.

Local community in the outskirts of Tamale.

Ghana has recently gained status as a lower middle-income country, and the nation’s economic situation has seen a stable progress in the last couple of decades… to be continued…

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