The willingness of undergraduate students to volunteer for NGO work: a Ghanaian case study
International Journal of Social Economics
Article publication date: 12 June 2017
Despite the increasing awareness on students’ volunteerism globally, and its potential benefit to national development, there is limited research information on the subject in developing countries including Ghana. The purpose of this paper is to assess the willingness of university undergraduate students in Ghana to volunteer for non-governmental organisation (NGO) work.
The research used a quantitative research approach using a descriptive survey design. The data were drawn from a survey of 678 students from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
The study shows high willingness of university undergraduate students to volunteer for NGO work. The motives relate more to students’ search for understanding of people and their context, values and career enhancement, than for their social, protection and recognition needs. The students are more likely to engage in NGO activities relating to peer education, counselling and environmental protection, than in administrative duties, relief and advocacy.
The study suggests that there is a great potential for students’ volunteerism in Ghana, and recommends that Ghanaian universities should integrate volunteerism into their curricula to prepare and link students to volunteer opportunities in NGO and the service sectors.
The case study provides new thought and suggestions on students’ volunteerism to developing countries and Ghana in particular. The evidence and context of likelihood to volunteer among tertiary students are lessons for developing countries with similar context to Ghana.
Okorley, E.L., Owusu, A.A. and Akuamoah-Boateng, S. (2017), "The willingness of undergraduate students to volunteer for NGO work: a Ghanaian case study", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 44 No. 6, pp. 751-759. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-10-2015-0284
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