Ghana

Projects Abroad

I took part in one of the projects abroad care and community Christmas programs volunteering in Ghana. It was an absolutely amazing experience. I got the chance to work at an orphanage teaching English, organizing activities, fundraising, and just spending time with the kids. I made some really good friends from around the world and got to really submerge myself in Ghanaian culture. My host family was so great and the projects abroad staff were very helpful and kind. Overall an unforgettable 2 weeks.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

My journey with Projects Abroad was definitely one to remember! I decided to travel to Ghana to volunteer in the medicine field, and I definitely have no regrets doing so. At first, I was a little hesitant to travel across the country from the United States to Ghana being only 15 years old, but that changed quickly upon my first day in Ghana. I arrived in at the Accra airport in Ghana and was warmly greeted by the Projects Abroad drive, Nyame. He was extremely welcoming and friendly, making small talk with us along the way. My placement, however, was in Cape Coast, Ghana, which is 3 hours away from Accra. However, Projects Abroad was very helpful in sending along a staff member with me to taking the bus to Cape Coast.
Once I had arrived at my host family's house, I was met by my host mother, brothers, and sister. My host family truly felt like family to me by the end of the trip. During my 2 weeks in Cape Coast, Ghana, my schedule had filled with interesting volunteering works and activities. We were able to bandage wounds in leprosy camps, observe in the teaching hospital, as well as blood tests, checking vitals, and blood pressure at community outreaches. I enjoyed the community outreaches very much because it seemed like I could directly help the people in Ghana and get to know the culture of the people of Ghana more. The Project Abroad supervisors that took care of our groups played a huge role in making this journey even more memorable. The supervisors helped to guide us along our ways, but I saw them as more of friend than anything else. They were easy to talk to and even joke around with. Not only were my 2 weeks in Ghana very productive, but also filled with a lot of smiles and laughter.
Moreover, this trip brought me many new friends from all over the world, whom I would never meet unless I joined this trip. Everyday working with my new friends from different parts of world, as well as my new friends in Ghana was very enjoyable and we made many memories together that I will forever remember. I will also never forget my host family. Every evening after our volunteer work, we would gather in the dining room and just hang out with the host brothers and sister as if we were one big family. This trip has brought me so many teachings, friends, and new experiences. I definitely recommend Projects Abroad as a program to join!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

From the time when I started thinking about volunteering abroad, over a year ago, and speaking to so many people who have done this type of work, I can now say what many of them said to me – that I received so much from this experience and am so happy that I did this, especially in Ghana. I was very thankful that I had a friend to join me, a very special experience we shared together. This experience, with the orphanage/refugee camp and with the host local family, made this time one that I hope many other people try. It will be with me for life.
I taught the kids stand-up yoga for their first time. They loved it and asked to do it just about every day. This was so special that I could introduce something new that they liked. Doing yoga with all of them, outside the school, and with the smaller group on the beach, was a memory I’ll always cherish.
It was wonderful to take two trips to visit five different different places in the Eastern Region and Cape Coast region. We also took a wonderful trip to Accra Arts & Crafts center. Such a diverse and amazing country. The driving and road conditions are like the best roller coaster ride you’ll ever have! I love that there was music everywhere you went, from morning until night!
The US staff were very helpful with all of my questions and needs preparing for this journey. I appreciated their timeliness in responding electronically. I felt very positive and prepared for this trip due to ABV’s support. I did a great deal of research with many similar organizations like them and I felt that I made the best decision. Thank you! After being in Ghana, I highly recommend that ABV advertise that more volunteers are very much needed in this country. They need much more help.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 3, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

"In terms of my internship, it’s been an incredible experience. There isn’t much speech therapy going on in the school, so this is why volunteers like myself are necessary! The students I worked with were amazing. Joe* is an 8 year old boy I worked one-on-one with. He has autism and severe ADHD. He is nonverbal and clearly not much has been established for him in terms of speech services because other than pointing and gestures, he cannot communicate at all. There are no communication boards, PECS systems, or any other alternative forms of communication for him. Behavior is a big issue as well. Although they reprimand the kids, there is a lack of corrective feedback and DRI. The kids get yelled at but behave more out of fear than because they know right from wrong. So corrective feedback is essential in therapy but culture differences and lack of training in the field contribute to that.

The other children are Jake* (16) who has autism, Jesse* (16) who has Down Syndrome, Isa* (11) who I has cerebral palsy, seizures and feeding difficulties, Andy* (7) who has autism and Griffin* (8) who has autism as well. All of the children in my classroom were nonverbal except for Isa* who speaks very little, and mainly repeats echolalia. The kids are awesome though and so sweet. The teachers definitely do their best given the circumstances and genuinely care about the kids. Each day is very routine, and they even adopted the visual schedule system which is great for children with autism"

This is an excerpt from my blog that I kept over the course of my internship in Ghana. The Projects Abroad staff was unbelievably supportive through my transition into African life, and are some of the most friendly people I have ever met. I am currently a senior studying Speech Language Hearing Sciences at Loyola University Maryland in the USA, and felt that this internship was the perfect opportunity to gain some real life work experience before applying to graduate school. I thoroughly enjoyed going to work every day and the children and staff at the school are all incredible.

I highly recommend going through Projects Abroad if you want this type of immersion experience. They help book flights, provide information such as how to obtain a visa, what to pack, and what to expect once in Ghana. When I arrived, a staff member picked me up directly at the airport, sporting his green Projects Abroad shirt for identification, and brought me directly to my home stay to help me settle in. I never once felt unsafe or nervous, and felt very comfortable in the care of Projects Abroad. My housing accommodation was awesome, the friends I made through volunteering were amazing, and one of the staff members is even willing to write my letter of recommendation for graduate school. Regardless of how much experience you have in the field, or how comfortable you are with traveling, I am here to tell you that I managed just fine and I traveled this journey alone. Luckily, I had the supportive Projects Abroad staff to help me navigate through it.

Thank you Projects Abroad! Volunteer with them, you'll be glad you did!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Aug 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

I really enjoyed Ghana. People are really nice and welcoming, sometimes a bit too much. I genuinely really enjoyed the people and the country. My host Franklin was extremely welcoming. I felt at home from the moment i arrived. the whole family was very nice. the room in which i slept was perfect, it was spacious, the bed was comfortable and i wasn't hot. The house was very convenient too. the food was good but a little bit repetitive and we had too much food to eat for breakfast sometimes. We taught kids in Countryside orphanage. We gave them French, Maths, Science, English and Art lessons We also taught songs to the children in Kindergarten. Outside of school hours we played with the kids and they followed us everywhere. The weekends we went on excursions to canopy walk and slave castle in Cape Coast, went to the beach and also rested at home. We were constantly supported at home. We were never left on our own and the same thing in the orphanage. However if we wanted to go somewhere on our own during the day we were free to do so. I would recommend this experience a million times. It was such a wonderful out of the ordinary and enriching experience. it also gives the opportunity to discover a whole different culture and country in a total immersion due to staying with local people

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I had a fantastic stay in Ghana which is a very welcoming country. Ghanaians are very friendly but sometimes a bit too much. Franklin our host and his family were incredible. i could not have felt more at home. the accommodation was great, we had our privacy and lots of space. The food was delicious even though sometimes too spicy for me but very varied and we got to taste many different local foods which was great. during my two-week stay, i worked at an orphanage teaching children of different ages school subjects such as mathematics, french or English, played, cared and had a lot of fun with them. the children are so caring, sometimes stubborn but enriched my experience here in so many ways. in our spare time, we visited the market, the beach, a slave castle in Cape Coast and went on a canopy walk. these activities permitted for me to discover Ghanaian culture and made my trip very exciting and full of emotions. if i ever had a problem,i knew i could count on Franklin,his daughters or anyone at the orphanage. The people are so caring that i felt constantly well supported. i would greatly recommend my experience in Ghana if you wish to discover a new culture, help children and come back as a different human being. this trip was eye-opening, so gratifying and a magical experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

Ghana was the ideal "first time volunteering" destination in Africa; a safe, politically stable, friendly country steeped in West-African culture and tradition. The project I attended was based in a rural village some 5-hours drive North from the capital. The volunteer house was a great place and had a good community-spirit. All individual rooms, with communal outdoor area, kitchen and a lounge (which has a TV and DVD player!!) It also had electricity, running water, showers and western-style toilets.

Original Volunteers were a fantastic organisation in the UK, and they people I spoke to were always very helpful (including during my time in Ghana when I had to email them - they got straight back and solved my problem!). Original Volunteers definitely were very helpful and friendly! :)

The organisation in Ghana which Original Volunteers sent me to was a local NGO involved in Education, Construction, Healthcare and Outreach work in the villages. The NGO was ran by a local politician, who had 3 members of staff below him.

I had the opportunities to teach in local schools - both primary and senior high schools. The schools have wonderful, enthusiastic, positive children who are very eager to learn and love the fact that Westerners are there teaching them. Some tips would be to bring pens, pencils, crayons and as much coloured paper as possible (the local shops sell bland stationary like white paper and standard pens and pencils, but the kids love anything coloured which has "luxury" value!). As for jotters and ordinary pens and pencils, these can be bought extremely cheap in the local stationary shop. The kids absolutely LOVE crayons, colouring-in pens, stationary, picture-books (especially ones teaching English) and school jotters. Also, the local schools are very deserving of things like chalk, blackboard dusters, teaching material, etc. (even simple things like pretend-clocks to teach kids the time, etc).

In addition to teaching, we also had a fantastic opportunity to do construction work and (if you're a healthcare professional) you can do nursing and medical-related volunteering with the local hospital too. Very good opportunities.

In our spare time, we had amazing trips with the other volunteers. Most people came on their own as solo-travellers, and we went in January-March when it was quieter, which was great because we bonded very well as a group. There's plenty places to explore locally, but at weekends it's cheap to hire a minibus + driver and drive down to the Coast. Although it's a 5-hour journey, it's amazingly cheap and the road-trip is an experience in itself!

All in all, a great experience, met great volunteers, the locals are really nice, and Original Volunteers in England were very helpful to me, including whilst I was in Ghana. :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jun 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I am a returned volunteer in Accra, Ghana. I volunteered with Projects abroad two summers ago and I still constantly think about my experiences and share them with friends. I volunteered as a basketball coach for three weeks and it was the best experience of my life. I have always wanted to travel abroad but I had no idea where to start. When I found projects abroad, I knew that it would be a perfect fit for me. From the application process to my returning flight, everything went smooth. Projects abroad has a very good support system and they give you many sources of information. My experiences with projects abroad while volunteering in West Africa were so good, that I have decided that I want to return this summer. I highly recommend volunteering with projects abroad to anyone who wants to go overseas, volunteer, and gain a new outlook on life because it is truly an unforgettable expierience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: May 12, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter, Nicole 16 at the time, sat my husband and I down to ask to go to Ghana Africa. We thought she was crazy! We immediately said no and then realized she was serious so we did our research into Global Leadership Adventures and Accra where she would be staying and it was very safe. We left her at the airport and waited 3 weeks to see her again. She came back a new person she had more appreciation and she was so happy. She raved about her trip and the children and the Staff and everything about it. So as a review I will highly suggest the trip all aspects were safe and my daughter got so much out of the experience that she will carry along with her throughout he whole life. As well she has experiences many kids her age do not have in which she can put on applications and apply to her work in the future because of the new aspect she has gained thanks to Global Leadership Adventures! As a parent I highly suggest this program for high school kids!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Apr 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I traveled to Akuapem Hills, Ghana for one week as part of the alternative spring break trip. I did the care project, so I volunteered in an orphanage and school for that week. I have traveled a good amount, so I was not nervous about navigating to and around Ghana. I was more concerned with learning about my roles and responsibilities while at the placement. The Projects Abroad staff helped me learn what my roles and responsibilities for the week were, introduced me to my placement's staff, and showed me how to get to my placement. My host family provided delicious Ghanaian meals during my stay. The other Projects Abroad volunteers and I got to know each other by exploring the area such as hiking, visiting the botanical gardens, and going shopping at the markets. The children that live in the orphanage and the students that attend the school are energetic, curious, and playful. They welcomed me with hugs, holding my hand, wanting to read books together, throw the Frisbee together, and much more.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Apr 19, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

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