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The age that I am and where I live, were two reasons why I had never thought of volunteering in an African country.
I had an exciting week because things were so different compare to our country that I could not believe what I saw.
The first week was a bit of orientation to the projects we were about to do. I had an exciting week because things were so different compare to our country that I could not believe what I saw, such as how people worked at the market or the condition of the roads and taxis or "trotros".The second week was more normal because we had got used to some things in the country.
Working at the orphanage was amazing; the summer camp was successful, well organized and above all, the children were so nice and polite, they made our stay in Ghana much more pleasant, and always made us come home and feel happy for the work we had done that day.I thought of this trip as a challenge or an adventure, and I did not know what would or could happen. But fortunately everything went well and, for me, it has been so far the most rewarding experience I've ever had-certainly one to be repeated

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 1, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I was lucky enough to volunteer in Ghana for 3 weeks. I was involved in the turquoise programme (medical), which also allowed me to help with the children at the orphanage we stayed at. My trip to ghana was one that can only be described as amazing. I learnt so much about the amazing culture that ghana has, each day I learnt something from the people and children I was involved with. The ivhq staff were an amazing support and teaching aid ( they helped teach us some ghanian words....Awkwaba), Mr Seth who runs the orphanage is an unbelievable man than shows only greatness for what can be achieved when able to. This experience has only left me wanting to do more for people and enabled me to know I can do so. While I was there I was involved in a local clinic, it was there we were able to work with the Chief, maternity unit and general concerns such as malaria and sickness. The staff there were lovely, couldn't do more to make us feel welcome and show us the way in which they work. With working with Mr Seth and the local clinic we were able to achieve a free screening clinic for children for malaria, this was truely an amazing experience to be involved in. The turquoise programme also allows us to work with an orphanage known as Beckys House. The children there are children that have left a print on my heart and will never be forgotten. From teaching me how to dance Azonto style, to the way they cook there food. The children there have the biggest hearts that only make you open your heart more. My time in ghana was one that was truely great and has left me wanting to return, the turquoise programme is an amazing programme to be involved in.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Nov 28, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Thanks for sharing your experience volunteering in Ghana with IVHQ. It’s great to read that you felt looked after and welcomed by our local time and placement staff. Your time in Ghana sounds truly special and we hope to see you on another IVHQ program soon.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent 6 weeks volunteering in Ghana, Africa with International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) at the beginning of this year and it changed my life forever. It was an absolutely amazing experience and I owe it all to the ease of the program getting me prepared for the trip, picking me up from the airport, transitioning us from arriving in Ghana to our program placement, and all throughout the length of my stay I saw an IVHQ employee at least once a week if not more who just came to check up on us and see how we were doing. IVHQ really cares about their volunteers and their experience. I had the misfortune to end up in the hospital for a few days due to an infection and my IVHQ placement guide was by my side within hours, he came to sit with me, to see how I was doing, communicated with my family back home, they really care about your wellbeing and safety. I felt so comfortable volunteering with IVHQ and extremely cared for and protected. I fell in love with the amazing children I got to spend my 6 weeks in Africa with and I long for the day that I can see their sweet faces again. I highly recommend IVHQ volunteering!

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

Comments

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your volunteer experience in Ghana with IVHQ. It is great to read your review and we are glad to hear that the care you received from IVHQ while in Ghana was what you expected. We hope to have you volunteer with us again in the future.

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I spent one week in Hohoe, Ghana with Cross Cultural Solutions. This was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences of my life. I was picked up by the in country director and was able to talk to him the whole way to the home base. He shared with my information about Ghana and the Volta Region, which is where I was stationed. Upon arriving at the home base I was greeted with a hot meal and a bedroom ready for me and my belongings. While in Hohoe, I felt so welcomed by the staff and within the first day felt like part of the family. My placement was at a local private school and I chose to work with Junior High School students. The experience and relationship that I made with the students was something I will never forget. The staff at the school was so welcoming and enjoyed my being there. The town of Hohoe itself is such a great place. I never felt unsafe walking around and everyone was extremely friendly. While most people speak English, they would say various phrases to me in Ewe to help me learn and were happy to correct me if I stumbled with my wording. The children were also excited when I tried to speak Ewe to them and would laugh and correct me when I messed up. The cultural excursions were very fun and memorable. Atsu, the house manager, spent most of the time with us while on excursions and knew very much about each location and was able to answer any questions and also give his input. Leaving my class on the last day was a very emotional day for me and also leaving Ghana altogether was very hard. I plan to make another trip to Hohoe in the next few months to be re-united with my Ghanian family!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Oct 11, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI)

My four week experience volunteering at AFAWI was short but sweet. I gained a surprisingly large amount of experience and knowledge despite only being there for a month, and I believe my ability to do so is reflective of the quality and efficiency of AFAWI, and how it works with its volunteers.

Despite never having officially worked in microfinance before, I was immediately given a lot of trust and responsibility upon arriving at AFAWI. Volunteers who were already there showed me a lot of support and my ability to quickly become acquainted with the work that was being carried out, definitely enhanced my overall experience. Furthermore, I was able to work directly with local people and coordinate, exactly where money and resources were directed. This, I believe, was one of the huge benefits of working within a grassroots NGO, and a fantastic way for anyone interested in the field of development to gain a strong insight into what the field involves.

Although the work itself was extremely challenging at times, the support I got from fellow volunteers and Philip, was excellent, and helped me to achieve my goals with my fellow team members.

Not only did the work I was involved in greatly enhance my experience at AFAWI, but the friendly, family-like atmosphere made my time there unforgettable. I was cooked traditional Ghanaian meals every day, and working and living with Ghanaians gave me a strong insight into the culture, which I do not believe I could have gained at any other NGO. As a foreigner, I was granted the chance to become a part of this unique lifestyle, and the ability to always feel accepted and appreciated made my summer an unforgettable experience.

Overall, I would strongly recommend anyone interested in development, to look into volunteering with AFAWI. Their volunteering times are flexible and span all year round, and there is a wide range of projects to get involved in. The great thing about AFAWI is that you do not have to be an 'expert' in the field to feel like you can make a difference. You just need to be enthusiastic, open minded and ready to learn. From this, as I did, you can have an amazing experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Oct 11, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
8

Cross-Cultural Solutions

This was an amazing experience that I will be doing again. Upon arrival the staff were very welcoming and they immediately treated me like family. I felt very safe at all times and had no problems getting around town or to excursions. The excursions were great! We visited a waterfall, climbed to the second tallest mountain in Ghana, visited local farms, and more! I was placed to volunteer in a local private school and I loved all the children. They welcome you with open arms and love to see you everytime you come. I will miss their smiles! I have made great friends on this trip with the staff because they are so much and make it fun for you. Do not be afraid of anything here, it is very safe and everyone is very friendly and welcoming to visitiors. The community loves visitors! I would recommend this program to everyone because it is something you will enjoy throughout! Go to Ghana!! I loved it and will return!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Oct 9, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I was blessed with the opportunity to volunteer in Ghana over the summer through IVHQ. I was on this mission for a total of 4 months and simply put..this was the absolute BEST experience of my life! I had never before traveled on my own and was paranoid about what challenges I would have to face. Honestly, right from the airport pickup (from my amazing coordinator Evans Kojo Nkansah) I was comforted and all my needs/wants were met. My coordinator was so friendly with me that I never felt home sick even once throughout my trip. The staff members has a really good way to deal with problems and I could always trust me secrets would remain secrets. Not was Evans just such an amazing boss but he also became a very good friend of mine. There were times I faced challenges but IVHQ staff members were there 24/7 to support me and this allowed me to overcome any obstacle. The experience was actually a lot more rewarding than I thought it would be. It has changed my entire life, no exaggeration. I would recommend this program to anyone looking at doing a volunteer program! IF it still hasn't convinced you ... I'm going back in a few months again to this same program :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Oct 6, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
10
Value:
7

Comments

It’s great to read about your experience and we look forward to following your progress on your next volunteer trip in Ghana in a few months. Thank you for volunteering with IVHQ and for sharing your experience.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent 10 weeks in Ghana this past summer and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. IVHQ offered awesome in-country support and provided regular visits to be sure that volunteers were settling in nicely. Both the orphanage and clinic I worked in were very welcoming. The entire staff of IVHQ Ghana was so helpful and friendly. I made great friends from all around the world this summer and I truly felt like we were able to make a difference in the community. I fell in love with Ghana all over again; It was the greatest experience in my life to date!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Oct 1, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Hi Sarah, we are so glad to read that volunteering in Ghana on our Medical project was such a rewarding experience for you. We hope to welcome you onto another IVHQ program again in the future.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I am a nursing student and decided to volunteer in Ghana in order to gain a further understanding of the healthcare conditions around the world. Even before I got to Africa the IVHQ coordinators made their emails accessible to the volunteers for any last minute questions or comments that wanted to be expressed. From the start of the program to the end of the program the IVHQ staff set up in Ghana were helpful and resourceful. When asked questions about the setting and general FAQ's they were able to give us a very detailed answer and point us to the right direction if we needed something specific that they could not help us with. The living conditions were okay. I always felt safe during the trip, even if I was walking alone at night. In totality, I would definitely recommend using IVHQ to a friend when they want to do volunteer work, and give this program an 8/10.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 29, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Comments

Thank you for volunteering with IVHQ in Ghana. It’s great to hear that IVHQ provided you with an experience where you felt well prepared prior to arriving in Africa, looked after and safe while in Ghana and one you are happy recommend. We hope to have you volunteer with us again in the future.

Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI)

I spent four weeks at AFAWI working on the final stages of Operation 100. The experience was incredible and taught me a huge amount from skills on carrying out research to understanding Ghanaian culture.

The research project involved going to communities and interviewing locals on their attitudes, behaviours, and knowledge on sex education and HIV awareness. This field work was challenging but rewarding as it allowed me to see some very rural parts of Accra’s districts and speak to locals about their opinions, way of life and education. Back in the office, I carried out data analysis on the data we were collecting and that had been collected over the past two years. This work developed my data handling skills as well as team work with the other volunteer on the project in organising all the research on how we will present it in the final report.

The project was handed to me and the other volunteer to manage on our own, which was great as it let me get straight into it from the start. Over the four weeks, it was hugely rewarding to see the progress we made and the results we had collected.

AFAWI in general is a great NGO to work at because it is small and so lets you make a real difference to the project you are working on, and it is really in touch with the communities it aims to help. Living with the other volunteers is a great way to meet people with similar interests to your own, and I went on weekend trips away with them, which was so much fun and let me see more of Ghana.

Overall, I had an amazing time at AFAWI and gained a huge amount from the whole experience - skills for my MSc studies and future career as well as personal development. I recommend it to anyone who wants to work on a project and see the difference they make to the local communities.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 25, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

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