Ghana

Global Crossroad

My experience in Ghana was amazing and unfortunately too short. I spent two weeks at Good Shepherd orphanage and loved it, I spent the weeks with the children and got to travel on the weekend. I would recommend this trip to anyone the people were very friendly and I felt safe and comfortable at the hostel, though you may be staying by yourself which at first, is a scary thought but at the orphanage there are other volunteers. Also there is always someone from the program there to check up on you and take you out if necessary.
I hope to go back to Ghana and this time stay longer.
USA

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jun 3, 2010
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

My experience with the IFRE program was awesome. Both the US based operations and the Ghana field staff were expectional. Franklin(The Ghana Country Coordinator) and Richard(The Field Laison) were both responsive and effecient! They went out of their way to ensure the volunteers had all they needed for the program. They even went above and beyond(for example bringing me to an Easter Convention of 400 local Ghanians, which was a highlight, and Richard showing me his family's pig farm). Another example is Franklin helping coordinate hotel options for me for after my volunteer program. I traveled after my program ended and both Franklin and Richard would call me every few days to ensure I wwas okay and make sure I was able to return safely to the US. The attention to specifics and ensuring I had a complete experience was refreshing. The accomodations were basic(which I know from the summary sheet provided before depature). The only area where I could see improvement is in the Breakfasts and Lunches. Dinners were always good and had a nice variety.
OVERALL AN EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE THAT I WILL TREASURE FOR A LIFETIME!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: May 25, 2010
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Disaster Volunteers of Ghana

I was glad to volunteer with DIVOG.they were four great guys who had the welfare of the youth in their communities at heart. WElcome to their world of fun and laughter. i call them the "naughty" four. I miss their jokes and care over in Ghana

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Apr 22, 2010
Overall:
6
Support:
10
Value:
9

ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

Don't pay ELI a cent. They sent me over to Ghana to "intern" at a Women's Health Clinic (there isn't a women's health clinic in the village I was in) with a very unprofessional and selfish in-country coordinator. The coordinator placed us with her own mother, who was a terrible person and created an awkward situation for us because we didn't feel comfortable complaining to the person we should have been able to because it was her own mother. After things declined in the home, we requested to be moved and also experienced difficulty through both the organization as well as the coordinator with that. But, at least they didn't tell me I would be working at an HIV/AIDS clinic like they did some of the other interns, which doesn't even exist within at least 2 hours from the village. The orientation was the most unorganized thing and for each volunteer it was a totally different experience, lasting totally different lengths. Before I even went, it would take the company days to respond to my e-mails and the "program packet" they gave me from the coordinator was full of false information. After my return, I requested a refund of my money and in a couple of weeks it will have been 4 months since I sent that letter with no response as of yet. If you want a company that will have your back in a bad situation, this is certainly not the one. I would have been better off going on my own and figuring stuff out that way.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 27, 2010
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Comments

I am considering medical volunteer program and am looking for suggestions. All I've looked at are ELI and Projects Abroad. Do know anything about Projects Abroad and I am open to any other suggestions of who to consider and how to check them out. Thanks

Global Crossroad

I was well taken care of by Global Crossroad. The American staff gave me good info prior and the staff in Ghana took good care of me. They picked me up at the airport and went above and beyond to make sure I experienced the Ghanaian lifestyle. They took me to a wedding, to church, to the beach on my birthday and to a Christmas dinner and on the mini-venture to a few other cities. There was a little confusion about which days I was volunteering and which days I was going on the mini-venture, but it all worked out well. I think flexibility, sense of humor and a strong desire to understand the local ways are necessary to have a successful experience. The living conditions were very primitive- no running water and bunk beds but this is on par with how the people in the country live, so very legitimate. There was a woman who cooked for us as well and she was very nice. We also took local transport to get many places as part of the experience. On the mini-venture I had thought we'd have a driver to get around faster, but it turned out fine on the tro-tro's and shared taxis. Franklin and Richard are both very responsive, helpful and caring. The experience at the orphanage was amazing. You have to be somewhat enterprising to figure out what you should and can do to help there as no one gives you an assignment or directions. There are about 100 children and only 7-10 staff members and there were 5-7 volunteers when I was there, so any extra attention and love the children get makes a big difference. I mainly played with the children and took care of the infants which was exactly what I wanted to do. It was Christmas vacation so school wasn't in session so teaching wasn't a possibility. The children are loving and beautiful and I loved the experience of playing with them. They need love and attention and it was amazing. Other things that volunteers were doing were painting a map mural, working in the nursery, creating a hand-washing before meals program, cleaning dishes in the kitchen. Some volunteers seemed to have issues with the orphanage management as to what they were/weren't able to do but I found that I was able to do everything I wanted to. I brought tons of children's clothes, toys, soccer balls, infant formula, children's vitamins, first aid kits and they were all useful and needed. The clothes didn't get used immediately as they did have a supply already. The toys were stored in the office and not given directly to the kids as the staff was afraid the kids would spoil them but whenever I wanted to share the toys with the kids, I would just go into the office and get them and play games, soccer, puzzles, read books etc with/to the kids. I fell in love with the amazing beautiful children there and I fully recommend this program and am happy to share my experience in more detail with anyone who is interested. I am missing the beautiful children and my experience very much and would definitely volunteer with and travel with GC again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 15, 2010
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I've been here for only a week but for the moment I'm having a great time.Everyone welcomed me with open arms.Richard and Franklin took me around Accra and showed me where I was going to work.The Language and Culture course is very helpful and I learned a lot in only a few days.I recommend to every volunteer to do the Language and Culture program as it will help you fit in.
It was my birthday on Tuesday and Richard took me and another volunteer to Krokrobite beach where we all had a great time.
We also visited Accra (Accra is much more exciting than what Guide books say) as well as a pineapple farm (pineapple trees are not what I expected them to be).In short: the staff is amazing and I'm having a great experience

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 6, 2010
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Update: I'm back home! My volunteer experience was absolutely amazing. The US staff was very helpful. Anytime I had a question prior to departure I would call the team and they would help me. Franklin and Richard are responsible for the volunteer on the ground. The first week, Richard brought me everywhere and answered to all my needs and questions. The language and culture programme is very helpful, especially if you’re staying for more than a month. Ghanaians are very happy when you can say a few words in Twi. Franklin, the country coordinator, picked out internships for me in three different hospitals. I worked in a malnutrition centre in Accra and two rural maternity/women’s clinics in Kasoa. I had an fantastic experience and learned so much in only a few weeks: much more than in one semester of school. The hospital staff answered all my questions, told me about their daily life as well as Ghana and Africa’s problems, traditions etc. I was allowed to do so much: injections, prescriptions, feeling the baby’s heartbeat, pulse taking etc. I even saw a few births (now that’s one amazing experience). Work is not always easy, especially in the malnutrition centre where kids are very thin and some have HIV and won’t have a long life. People are very poor and hospitals are sad places. Many women had anaemia yet cannot afford to buy blood so the other’s and the baby’s lives are at risk. However, I don’t regret anything. It really changes your perspective on many things. I decided to go to volunteer in order to make sure I wanted to have a job linked to human rights, women’s rights and development, etc. Now I’m sure that’s what I want to do. Ghanaians are amazing people. They welcome you with open arms and make you feel at ease. The kids are hilarious and yell “Obruni” (white) every time they see you. I almost felt like home after a couple of weeks. Everything is chaotic in Ghana but simply accept it and open your mind and you will have no problems fitting in. The accommodation on the ground is rather basic but compared to everyone else in Ghana it’s almost luxurious. Sure, there is no running water but taking a shower outside (with a bucket) when it’s so hot is pretty funny. The rooms are clean (no cockroaches like in some hotels I’ve been to). Joyce, the cook, prepares very good meals. Ask her for Fufu with red stew: it was delicious. The pancakes, red-red (plaintain and beans), egg sandwiches and spring rolls are excellent as well. I recommend Global Crossroad to everyone. I really had a life-changing experience and met wonderful people. The first few days are hard, but as long as your open your mind and don’t give up, you’ll be just fine.

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I had an amazing experience with CCS in Ghana. The staff were incredible and some of the friendliest people I have ever met.The support in country and out of country was worth the extra money that CCS charges. We were picked up and taken to the airport, transportation to volunteer placement, food, lodging etc.I immediately felt like family. For my first trip to Africa I wanted a lot of support and CCS gave me just that. In the morning I went to an orphanage to teach (which I loved!)and then in the afternoon we would go on a cultural activity such as a Ewe language lesson, hike the highest mountain, feed monkeys, go swimming under a waterfall etc. I stayed for 2 months and towards the end I would go back to volunteer at the orphanage in the afternoon. I have no complaints about this program. The food was excellent, the lodging was excellent and as I mentioned before the staff members were beyond excellent! I completely recommend this program. I came back to the US feeling completely satisfied by my experience with CCS. It was the most rewarding life changing experience that I have ever had.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 14, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

This is very helpful! For years I've wanted to go to Ghana, and was wondering if the high price this group charges is worth it, because I too, want to be able to have a lot of contacts/support to feel safe there.
Well in the beginning I only volunteered about 3 hours in the morning and then we went on cultural field trips in the afternoon but since I stayed longer than 3 weeks after those 3 weeks I went back to placement for another 3 or 4 hours. It is really up to you if you want to go back and volunteer in the afternoon. The driver was more than willing to take me back to placement. Hope that helps!
How much time did you get to spend doing work because it seems a lot of other people did not get to do much.

Volunteer & Culture Experience

So far I've only been here for two days, so it's all very new to me, and I'm still effected by the cultural chock that you are bound to get. But The people here are friendly and very helpful, and they keep telling you to tell them if there are any problems. They were there to pic me up in the airport, and a often checking if you are all right. There's a lot to progress at once, but you are not being stressed to do anything, everything happens a lot slower than what you are probably used to. The languagelesson are a big mouthfull, but I guess it helps once you have heard the language spoken more than now.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 7, 2009
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
5

Volunteer Adventures

This is an organization that i volunteered with and they are very professional in your volunteer program placement and are dedicated to giving you a good stay in Ghana

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Oct 8, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
6
Value:
7

Projects Abroad

The Projects Abroad team was great at giving me all the support I needed leading up to the trip. If you want to make sure you are secure at all times use this organization. At the airport I was greeted promptly and made to feel right at home right away. My host family was absolutly amazing and everyone in Projects Abroad wanted to make sure I was safe and happy at all times. The materials provided were very useful,and the staff was always available for support at any time. The program itself is a bit expensive and I the only downfall I saw was not enough money from what I paid going into the orphanage I worked at. I feel the price is a bit high, but I am glad I used Projects Abroad for my first volunteer trip to Africa because they always made sure I was comfortable and safe and healthy - so in this sense it was worth the extra cost.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 17, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

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