Volunteering Projects In Ghana, Africa
Destiny Volunteers: Volunteer work in Ghana, Africa
Destiny Volunteers welcome any foreign volunteers whether on gap year, cultural exchange, research, holidays or a break from work, to visit Ghana, West Africa. Training is available for all placements so that you are well equipped to undertake meaningful involvement with deprived Ghanaian communities. We make placement to orphanage centers, health, education, environment, construction, research projects and rural development. Detailed outlines of our projects are outlined below.
Many children in Ghana abandon their homes and families to search for prosperity in bigger cities. Unfortunately, the harsh reality of life happens and they end up on the streets and these innocent and naive young children are struggling to survive on their own in the real world. Most times, circumstances are not what they hoped for and these children live in the streets under harsh conditions with society looking down on them.
Volunteers contribute in achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including teaching them basic conversational English, providing emotional support, housekeeping, creating educational games (art, dance, music and other physical activities), teaching life skills and helping improve hygiene practices.
Volunteering in the health sector is divided into two types of projects; i) Hospital or clinic placement, or ii) health education. Participation in these projects will depend on your expertise and interests. Each volunteering health project will begin with 4 – 5 days introductory course and training. This is to educate volunteers in health issues specific to Ghana and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Our partners at regional health offices will run these training sessions, teaching on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Guinea Worm, TB and personal hygiene, amongst others.
Specific to health education, you will live as a mixed group, Ghanaians and foreign volunteers, and will be divided further into groups to plan your educational sessions. Each group will be assigned communities to visit. Volunteers may visit schools and houses, talking to individuals and groups whilst using spoken and visual aids. There may also be opportunities to communicate to larger gatherings at an open place such as parks and community centers. In these places, video footage may be used. Each group will present a daily report and at the end of each week there will be a general feedback meeting for volunteers to further improve the effectiveness of the program. The volunteers that are placed in hospital and clinics will work alongside Ghanaian staff to assist them in their work. These placements will provide practical experience for medicine students at all stages of their education.
Destiny Volunteers provides the opportunity for voluntary placements in nurseries, orphanages and primary, junior and secondary schools. The specifics of the placement will be arranged according to you and the school’s requirements and preferences. Materials informing volunteers about the school syllabus will be provided before volunteers start their placements. The supervisory Ghanaian teacher will give any further necessary information. In Ghana, for most, the school day starts at 7:00am and ends at 14:00pm. This allows the volunteer time to prepare for the next day’s lessons and write reports that are submitted daily or weekly.
As well as educational provision, placements in educational institutions can include the following roles: playing, cooking, farming, drawing, painting and general care of the pupils and their needs. Similarly, volunteering at an orphanage allows you to positively affect the lives of the most impoverished of Ghanaian society. This placement will involve your time, strength and commitment in your role of teaching, caring and engaging in games with the children under your care.
Environment and Conservation
Ghana’s tropical rainforest is now only 25% of its original size (Oxfam, 2009). Deforestation has occurred in Ghana due to logging and clearing of land to plant cash crops – a much-needed source of income for this developing country. For more information about deforestation in Ghana, follow the link below. http://www1.american.edu/TED/ghana.htm
As well as affecting bio-diversity, loss of forested areas can affect the sustainability of Ghanaians livelihoods and access to water; which is needed both for agricultural and household activities. As most rural communities in Ghana live by subsistent means, the effects of a lack of access to water can be catastrophic. By planting more trees and educating communities about the need to replace the trees that they harvest, volunteers will be contributing directly to the sustainability of peoples’ livelihoods and the rich bio-diversity that Ghana has inherited.
Construction projects in the following areas, schools, clinics, orphanage home and other projects to serve the poor communities for sustainable development.
This may be in the form of individual student research for dissertations or thesis’, or assistance for institutional research. We will provide you with a dedicated Ghanaian research assistance to help in translating, organizing interviews, orientation and providing local knowledge, ensuring efficient and effective fieldwork experience. Research is important in all aspects of our project work and we welcome those who are willing to contribute to our research projects or will like us to undertake a research on their behalf.
Rural Development Projects
A large percentage of Ghanaian people live in rural areas and practice subsistence farming to support their families’ dietary needs. Whatever the family cannot eat is sold at market to earn an income for the family, which they invest in school fees, health bills, next year’s crops and luxury items. Whilst the income they make from selling crops in this way is not much, poor access to clean water and sanitation facilities means that a disproportionate amount of this income is spent on medication and hospital bills.
Destiny Volunteers is raising funds to implement various rural development projects, encouraging communities to participate in small and medium-scale enterprises that are within their abilities and expertise and which can supplement their income, allowing them to invest in improving their own living conditions.
Also included in rural development is construction. Schools in many communities, with burgeoning pupil attendance, are forced to teach lessons outside and under the shade of trees. Normal lessons are often disrupted during the rainy season, affecting pupil attainment. Health clinics and sanitary facilities are also constructed following research of communities’ needs.
As a volunteer, you will be able to help and lead the implementation of these projects by means of research, applying your own expertise and manual labour.