Ghana

Global Crossroad

The home base is very clean and comfortable to live in. The family here makes it feel like home. Every morning i have gotten a cheerful good morning from christie which has been a wonderful thing to wake up. everyone in the neighborhood is very nice and welcoming. overall a good place to call home while i was in Ghana.
I would not call the staff here staff, more like family. everyone in this home is absolutely wonderful. without the company of all the family members i would not have enjoyed Ghana as much as i have Everyone is always ready to help me and i feel as if i am a part of the family. i am definitely going to miss everyone a lot when I am back in Canada.
Volunteering at countryside has been amazing. the children alongside all the staff are all wonderful. all the kids at this orphanage are so full of life, while teaching them, i myself have been learning. the teachers here have been so helpful and are always open to trying out suggestions i give on teaching methods. i am very happy i had the opportunity to volunteer at countryside.
This has been a great opportunity. From my placement to the family here in Kasoa, everything has been exceptional. I would love to come back and stay longer.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Aug 10, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Action Volunteer Alliance

Action Volunteer Alliance (AVA) and Next Generation Youth Force (NGYF) organized my entire volunteer placement very well. I felt that my transition into their program went smoothly. I was happy with how often AVA and NGYF contact me prior the trip to Ghana to ensure I have everything ready and also during the program to check on me and see how I’m doing. I really enjoyed my 6 weeks volunteer in Ghana. All of people are truly amazing! AVA and NGYF gave me amazing rich experiences at a deaf school in Ghana. Both of AVA and NGYF constant support me throughout the program well. I was really happy and satisfied with AVA and NGYF. I wish I stay there longer than 6 weeks. I miss everybody already and been thinking of them often. I definitely would go back there someday in future and recommend others to join AVA/NGYF program! They are awesome!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I recently completed the two week medical special with Projects Abroad in Ghana. I am quite comfortable saying that it was a truly memorable experience. On arrival, despite the fact that I was traveling alone, the Projects Abroad team made me feel comfortable with the chaotic Accra airport. At no point was I uncertain where to meet Projects Abroad. During my time in Ghana, I was mainly located in Cape Coast. A unique aspect of the two week special was its ability to immerse volunteers like myself in Ghanaian culture. The friendly staff played a significant role in this; not only were they helpful but I feel as if I made several friends along the way. The host family also surprised me; the living conditions were acceptable and the food was good. The members of the household were also quite friendly. Finally, the medical experience I gained during this time was valuable, I always felt as if I was learning something new. Most importantly, you get the impression you are genuinely helping people in need. I would highly recommend Projects Abroad to anyone seeking a special experience overseas.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 20, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

This past spring break, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Cape Coast, Ghana and provide medical service in the local communities. I have participated in a variety of medical service trips abroad, and ProjectsAbroad was one of my favorite and most memorable trips. Of all the trips, I had the most staff support from the ProjectsAbroad staff members. Prior to travelling to Ghana, I spoke with three staff members. They informed me of all the details of the trip and were thorough with answering my answers. They always kept me informed of information that I needed to know. When I arrived in Ghana, the staff members welcomed me and made sure I was comfortable with my new surroundings. If we had any problems, they were always available to help. When they addressed me, they did so in a fashion that made me feel like an equal, not someone younger or inferior to them. They made sure that the other volunteers and I met the long-term members. They hosted a wonderful and delicious dinner for all of us. On the last night, the staff members took us out to local “hang out” spots where they introduced us to their friends and other colleagues. They made us feel like we had been friends for longer than a couple of days. In addition to wonderful staff, the homestay family was an absolute thrill. The entire family welcomed us with opened arms and did everything they could to make sure that we felt comfortable in the household. I had a wonderful time getting to know my family – we stayed up late at night telling each other funny and interesting stories.
In addition to having a wonderful experience, I became very good friends with the other volunteers. They had the same passion as I: wanting to provide medical care to those who didn’t have easy accessibility to care. It has been two months since I have been in Ghana and I still remain in contact with my fellow volunteers. I attended the graduation of one of my new friends – the other volunteers on this program are wonderful and are dedicated individuals wanting to help out and provide medical care.

Overall, I truly enjoyed my time in Ghana. I highly recommend travelling with ProjectsAbroad and I plan on working with them again in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: May 26, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

From the very beginning I felt comfortable and part of the family. The house is filled with joy and laughter. The rooms are spacious and had a fan and the bathrooms had running water. The place was kept clean every day and the food was amazing. Mary Ann who was in charge of our accommodations ensured that I was comfortable, enjoyed the food and had everything I needed. Franklin (the head of the house) made sure that our safety was a priority although I never felt unsafe in Ghana as the people are amazing. I never felt homesick because the people in the house became my family from the start. The girls were my sisters and helped with anything I needed and always had a smile. From washing clothes, going to the market, translating…anything I needed they were there. And when I had to extend my trip franklin went above and beyond to help me take the proper steps. One of the hardest part of leaving Ghana is leaving this family. They changed me so much personally and spiritually and for that I’, forever grateful. I will never forget what I have learned with my interactions with them. Because of this family, I’m sure to visit Ghana year after year.
Wow what can I say? My experience was truly life changing. One thing I learned for sure is that I didn’t find my purpose here…My purpose FOUND ME!!!
Initially, I was assigned to countryside orphanage. I was there for about a week until I helped a former volunteer take a little girl to the hospital that was at an orphanage in Bentum. There were 18 orphans in that school and from the start those kids stole my heart. To make a very long story short after battling with the owner of the orphanage to take little Ophelia to the hospital, we started realizing that the children were malnourished. Myself along with other volunteers began to care for these children by bringing them balanced meals, medical attention and education…nevertheless we saw little effort from the caretaker to improve the health of these children and started to notice that his heart was not at the right place. Any way it turned out that Ophelia had burulli ulcer;a very painful condition. Anyone who saw her wound saw how much the little girl suffered which made us question why the care taker wasn’t on top of it. After sometime, the truth started to come to the surface of what the children in Bentum were experiencing. The children were completely neglected. They were purposely starved, beaten if they mentioned they were hungry, beaten for any reason actually. They never bathed with soap, so sanitation was terrible. The food we bought for the children were never given to them and the medication from the hospital was thrown out.
Thankfully, with the work of a handful of volunteers, franklin, Mary Ann and myself we saved those children. It turned out that the children weren’t actual orphans. They instead had parents that loved them so much… Mary Ann which is one of my sisters in the house helped us every step of the way. She translated to the family what was going on and was part of the process from the beginning to the end…
Franklin opened up our home to the children for us to feed them and bath them while we got them together with their parents. The family at our house was so supportive and became part of a great cause. The children are now in good hands. They live in the village of Oklu-Nkwanta with their parents…
These 18 children touched our hearts so much (especially after finding out what they went through) that we decided to do a fund raiser to raise enough money for school… the reason they ended up in the wrong hands in the first place was because the man went to their village saying he had a boarding school because he didn’t require a lot of money, yet he told volunteers they were orphans and that they didn’t have anybody.
But now the children are now enrolled at St. Nicholas Mission School. With the help of Mary Ann, Franklin and the volunteers involved, the people who donated, the children now have uniforms, new shoes,books school and more importantly safety. After 3 months of Ophelia being admitted to the hospital, she no longer has the ulcer in her arm and has full function of her hands and fingers. Before, she wasn’t able to move them.
All praise goes to God as he placed the right people at the right time to save these children. I’m not saying all orphanages are run this way and that all people are evil in Ghana because it is quite contrary…majority of the people are heaven sent. It’s just like anywhere in the world, there are evil people and most of the time, the children become the victim. So as you are here in Ghana and you hear the call to serve, know that it is not by chance. It is a bigger purpose than you can imagine and with God your purpose will be clearly revealed. Therefore you do not find your purpose, your purpose finds you. Also aside your project, open your eyes to serve others that may cross your path. Whether it be walking throught the market or in the “trotro”. Serving can be a simple smile, help with a bag or help a child cross the street. Your presence here is more than enough if you are like me, you are not rich but love is something money cannot buy so give abundantly and selflessly and the rewards will be endless.
I will blog the entire story from the beginning to the end with all details. I will also include pictures. I will do this once I get home. Follow me on face book at: Health Epiphany.
I found this organization through the internet and felt that the communication and follow through was consistent. Any email that I sent with questions prior to my trip was responded to in a timely manner. This was my first time doing any volunteer work so naturally I was skeptical but the representatives quickly made me feel secure about my decisions with their friendliness and professionalism.
TIPS
1. Do not find your destiny, let it find you.
2. The world is a reflection of who you are… if you smile, it will smile back
3. You are here for a purpose, make every day count.
4. Everywhere you look, you will find an opportunity to serve. Give it all you’ve got.
5. Yes this trip is what you make of it…make it memorable or miserable… you choose!
6. Leave your mark, leave your stamp. It will be as unique as your finger print
7. Let the love of God flow through you and from you and you will attract beauty all around you.
8. Remember we typically see things as they we are not as they are… how does your world look?
9. Out of all the places in the world, you are here and not there and it’s for a reason

Contact info:
IRIS DIANEDSY FIGUEROA
dianedsy@ymail.com(facebook)
healthepiphany@gmail.com(working email)
www.health-epiphany.com

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Feb 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

The host family has been amazing in every possible way. Although facilities here are a lot different than what I’m used to, this is an excellent experience and would do it all over again. Everyone has been very welcoming and accommodating… safety here hasn’t really been an issue here. The neighborhood is nice and host ensures that doors are locked at a certain time. The meals have been really good- especially love the local stew! It’s also nice to have the neighborhood kids dropping by and mixing with them you learn so much about the local culture.
Every single person in the household has been very welcoming… I definitely feel part of the family which is how such programmes should be. Never once felt apprehensive or felt like I can’t voice my thoughts. Everyone also frequently ensures that I’m comfortable with the situation- frequently asking if I was ok or if the food suits my taste bud. On day one of meeting the family, I instantly felt at ease and at home.  Thank you.
Volunteering in Magro maternity clinic… the clinic not only deals with expecting mothers but also sees pediatric cases and other general medical problems including male patients. The extent of knowledge gained from this place is extremely broad and you will only benefit from it if you show your enthusiasm in getting involved with labor cases, helping with general medical clinics, circumcision sessions and even simple wound treatments. Sometimes it can be a little frustrating as patients aren’t treated holistically as they should be but every case there is an unforgettable experience. You will see certain conditions that are extremely rare in the developed world or even different methods of delivering, patients’ management ( I was surprised by their circumcision method and their analgesia and episiotomy free deliveries). Everyone in the clinic is also very welcoming and helpful especially the head midwife mama Lu!
I really appreciate how quickly global crossroads was able to process my application as this was a last minute project for me… if not I wouldn’t have met such amazing Ghanaians with such a big, warm and open heart, a country that has so much to offer in terms of life experiences and knowledge and most of all this life time opportunity to be here in Ghana/ Kasoa to reflect upon my own life in appreciating the simplest things that life has to offer. Thank you very much for everything you have done. I really appreciate it… I will definitely be back again!  lots of love.
Email: Francesca_is@hotmail.com

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Feb 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I just recently returned home from volunteering with IVHQ in Ghana doing childcare work. If I had to describe my entire experience in one word, that word would be amazing. I had no idea what kind of program IVHQ was going to offer me but they were terrific. The local staff at the main volunteer house in Accra were always so helpful, friendly, and nice to volunteers. The volunteer coordinator for my childcare program, Evans, was great and always made sure we were doing well at our placement. By the end of my trip the local staff felt more like friends than staff members. At my placement program I always felt welcomed and well taken care of. The food was excellent and if there was something we did not care for on our menu, our cook was always willing to change it and make something we did enjoy. We had two cooks while I was there, Ike and Mina, and both were really great. Volunteering is truly what you make it, and if you are someone who travels to another country with an open mind and put in the effort, you will definitely have a wonderful time. IVHQ is extremely affordable and definitely worthwhile. If I volunteer abroad again I know that I will go through IVHQ. I have only been home for a few days but I am already missing the beautiful children and friends that I made in Ghana. Ghana itself is a beautiful country with great beaches, landscapes, and people. I would recommend IVHQ and volunteering abroad to anyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 12, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8

Comments

Hi Melinda, It’s great to hear that you had such an amazing time. Thank you for sharing your experiences from volunteering in Ghana with IVHQ. We look forward to see you on another of our programs soon.

uVolunteer

My experiences with uVolunteer were great. From the first minute I was in Africa I enjoyed it. I was teaching at a school. The children were really nice and I loved to teach there.
My arrival and pick up was good. All the things I did here were so amazing. My family here were so great and I would love to see them again. The house where I stayed is really good and the people are so nice and took really good care of me. The project had just started so they don't have yet a lot of material. I did what I can and hopefully the children enjoyed it. I also hope that in the future there will be more material for them and a good organized schedule. I enjoyed it there so much.

On one Tuesday they had: our day. I didn't know what the meaning of it was, but it was a nice day. The children brought food with them and the children were really happy. I experienced so many different things here! And all the people there are nice. I was very quickly used to the way of living there, and I liked it so much. Kokrobite is a real nice place. It's a so different than the Netherlands but now I'm used to the way of living there.
I have seen a lot in Ghana. I traveled to Cape Coast and Kumasi and other places. I had a great time.

It is definitely a life time experience. When somebody is hesitating to come to Africa for holiday or better for volunteering, the only thing I can say: just do it! You will never feel regret, I'm sure.

Charlotte

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 18, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad provided a tremendous amount of support before I left which was very helpful. This was my first time travelling to Africa so the extensive pre-departure guide book provided reduced any potential for stress.

The family that Projects Abroad placed me with was amazing. They cooked my meals, taught me about their culture, and treated me like a son. I still talk to them regularly via Facebook and I know that when I go back to Ghana I'll have a place to stay.

I was on a Microfinance internship, which was a new project for Projects Abroad in Ghana. I helped shaped the program which was a cool experience. By the end we started two businesses: a soap manufacturer and a chicken farm, both of which were set up to operate independently after I left.

I would recommend Projects Abroad to anyone looking to volunteer internationally!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 16, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

When I first touched down in Accra and walked out of the airport I did not know what to expect or what the next 2 weeks would hold for me. I can honestly say in the short period of time I was able to get to spend time with a large amount of the children from the home, go out and really observe yet experience what the Ghanaian culture had to offer in Kpando and Accra. I went on this mission trip with the intentions on touching those I met but in reality they touched me in ways I could never describe. The experience was extremely humbling and it was amazing to compare a country that had very little but were the happiest in comparison to mine that is quite fortunate yet unappreciative and stressful. I enjoyed being careless and living life day by day. They taught me to appreciate all of my blessings and look at my glass as half full and never empty.
The host family was great. Mary did the best she could to accommodate our meals that were always very much on time (ironically) for 12pm lunch and 6pm dinner. I personally brought bars which I brought for breakfast and snacking. I felt very safe in my environment even when walking along at night I never feared for my safety in Kpando walking from the children's home to the host home.
The local ABV Coordinator was great as far as a volunteer and I enjoyed their company. The coordinator is a very passionate man and I admire how he puts his heart and soul into what he does. He is usually busy running around trying to keep all of their projects running as well with helping the locals in his community.
I was surprised the most with how approachable the people in the community were. Coming from Boston where people go about their day without greeting strangers which was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the kids in the neighborhood most. They were so happy to see new faces and would randomly go up to me to hug me or greet me while I was walking and I love it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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