What is the PAAJAF Foundation?
The acronym PAAJAF stands for “Providing Adolescents and Adults Jobs for Advancement in Future” and we are working on behalf of underprivileged children, youth and women in rural Ghana to end poverty and illiteracy through education and job training programs.
How do I volunteer?
There are two ways you can volunteer at PAAJAF – online volunteering and on-site volunteering.
Where are volunteer job openings listed?
Open volunteer jobs are listed under the Explore Menu – Volunteering Jobs or at the Homepage under “Find volunteer jobs”.
What is the cost of accommodation if I go to Ghana to volunteer?
The cost of your volunteer placement will depend on the length of your stay and your accommodation preference. However, below is a general cost break-down.
Volunteers may incur the following costs:
- Airport pick-up and drop-off ($70)
- PAAJAF staff t-shirt ($15)
- Orientation tour of Accra (Independence square, National Theater etc.) ($100)
Volunteers can choose their accommodation preferences, and the volunteer fee will be paid accordingly.
- One night cost of living with a host family (room with bed, utility bills, use of bathroom and common space) ($7)
- Food with host family (both breakfast and dinner) ($7)
Citizen Kwasi Hotel is located in the Gbawe community, within walking distance from the PAAJAF base and many schools. It has been selected upon suggestion of a project visitor from the UK.
One night – room with fan, running water, double bed, desk, generator, TV, fridge ($15)
One night – room with fan, AC, running water, double bed, desk, generator, TV, fridge ($20)
We can also organize a day or overnight trip for you to Kakum National Park, Cape Coast castle and other tourist areas. The cost of this can be discussed upon arrival.
What is the accommodation like in Ghana?
To gain insight into the way of life and culture in Ghana, volunteers are normally placed with host families. The volunteer eats breakfast and an evening meal with the host family and sleeps in one of the rooms in their home. The other option is living at the selected hotel in our community.
What is the daily routine for a volunteer in Ghana?
For online volunteering, PAAJAF expect that our volunteers commit at least 2 hours per day or 10 hours per week. For on-site volunteering, it is expected that you spend at least 4 hours per day or 20 hours per week.
Do I need a visa to legally enter into Ghana?
You should contact the Ghanaian Embassy or High Commission in your country to get information on visa requirements. Additionally, upon arrival in Ghana you will receive a customs stamp indicating the extradition date of your current Ghanaian visa (normally one to two months). Visa renewals are handled at the local Ghana Immigration office and require two passport size pictures per application. PAAJAF Foundation will assist volunteers in extending their stay if required.
What can I expect from PAAJAF Foundation?
PAAJAF Foundation is here to support you. The Foundation will secure your placement, arrange your lodging, provide necessary advice and do everything possible to help make sure your experience is a rewarding one.
How do I create a fundraising page through this website?
First, you have to register and sign-up by applying to volunteer at PAAJAF. Then, you can get started by clicking here. You can create a fundraising campaign as follows:
- Creating a campaign for a child or a project
- Creating a campaign for your flight and volunteer living expenses in Ghana
How can I get the most out of my volunteering experience?
The volunteer experience will give back as much as you put in. Here are some helpful suggestions to maximize the benefits of your stay:
- Come with eagerness, an open mind and a flexible attitude
- Bring additional materials or donated funds so you can kick-start innovative and engaging projects
- Be patient and willing to listen and learn. Enthusiasm goes a long way!
How or where can I donate to this foundation?
PAAJAF accepts donations online, via bank transfer, cheque or through our project partner GlobalGiving. Any amount of donation is welcome (from $1 upwards):
- Online Giving: secure payment with PayPal, Credit Cards and GlobalGiving (our project partner)
- Bank Wire/Transfer: You can send donations to our Bank Account:
- Account Name: Paajaf Foundation
- Account Number: 0073074429778101
- Bank Name: EcoBank Ghana Ltd
- Branch: McCarthy Hill
- Swift Code: ECOCGHAC
- Cheque Payment: You can issue a cheque in the name of PAAJAF Foundation to the organization’s postal address and drop us email, chat or call:
Ideas for a personal fundraising campaign?
Yes, you can find some ideas by clicking on the menu and select “How It Works – Personal Campaigns”
What type of volunteers or skills do the PAAJAF foundation require?
The types of volunteers or skills required are listed on this website under the volunteer jobs. But we welcome any other skills and ideas that would be beneficial to help us in reaching out and implementing our vision and mission at PAAJAF.
What is the minimum age that is required to volunteer?
For online volunteering, all are welcome. For on-site volunteering, an individual must be at least 18 years of age.
Do I get a certificate of appreciation at the end of my volunteering work?
Yes, once a volunteer’s work has ended, the PAAJAF Foundation will issue an electronic certificate of appreciation to you. The certificate is issued for any form of volunteering work at PAAJAF.
- Bronze for achieving 50 hours volunteering
- Silver for achieving 100 hours volunteering
- Gold for achieving 200 hours volunteering
- Platinum for achieving 350 hours volunteering
Will the foundation provide a job reference for me while I am volunteering or at the end of my volunteering role?
Yes, PAAJAF will provide a reference on request and based on commitment level
Is there a newsletter or how can I subscribe to your newsletter?
Yes, you can subscribe or unsubscribe to it. Please check the footer.
Who can I contact in relation to an idea I have that may help the foundation?
If you have any ideas that can help our organisation, please send it to [email protected]
Who is currently volunteering for this foundation?
Our current volunteer team members are listed under Explore – “Our Team” http://paajaf.org/our-team/