VPWA

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9.5 / 10 after 6 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.vpwa.org/

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I strongly recommend volunteering with VPWA. It is a very well run and organised NGO that is achieving real progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The health and wellbeing of the volunteers is a priority and the facilities at the volunteer residence are basic but comfortable. Expect to work hard but also see the results of your efforts.

VPWA has a broad range of projects and is therefore suitable for people with a variety of skill sets. My experience involved supervising the construction of an orphanage during a ten week stay. I found this to be both challenging and rewarding. VPWA was supportive while also allowing volunteers freedom and independence.

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Posted: May 19, 2011
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By: ejrussell
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My time at VPWA was the best time of my life! From the minute I stepped off the plane and was greeted by Hayford, the director, and Numo, the chief whose compound volunteers live on, I was fully supported and entertained in every way possible! The conditions at the compound are fine, and delicious (spicy!) local food is supplied every evening. Hayford is the most enthusiastic man alive, and so full of knowledge and ideas it is a privilege to listen to him.
VPWA is a small organisation with big projects and it's flexible, Hayford being keen for volunteers to learn and be involved in as much as they want, so you can try out different things and visit different sites during your time, and really get a taste of all aspects of an NGO's workings.
I worked on the Women's Empowerment Project through the microfinance office, and from day 1 I was walking round the towns meeting families and getting involved. This program is great for you if you want to use your initiative and try out your own ideas, as Hayford is very keen to see volunteers do that. But it's also perfect for volunteers who want to learn. I learnt so much about Ghanian culture whilst at VPWA as everyone there, from the people you live with to the people you work with or get on the tro-tro with are desperate to welcome and host you!
I couldn't recommend VPWA or Ghana more - the best people, most interesting culture and a charity with genuine, ambitious, and truly effective projects. Ultimate value for money!
Enjoy!

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Posted: May 18, 2011
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By: adjoa
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I volunteered in summer '10 for four weeks, working at a small community clinic about an hour from the compound where volunteers sleep. It was a fantastic experience, and I would recommend wholeheartidly for anyone to work with VPWA. The compound is a fantastic place to stay, with a perfect combination of very comfortable conditions and a great family atmosphere- with volunteers living alongside the compound owner and his family. The VPWA director, Hayford, is a very honest and open man, who will work tirelessly to ensure your trip is a success. Every project is different, and if you have a particular idea for something extra you'd like to do, Hayford can be very accommodating. For the medical project specifically, I can say the people I was working with were fantastic, the project was well organised, and you get experiences that let you learn about a very different set of medical and social issues to those seen in the west. So long as you aren't expecting to come out as a student and do the work of a doctor straight away (staff are generally not in too short a supply and are well trained), you can get a lot of clinical experience and are genuinly useful. Overall, great people, great work, great country- can't recommend it enough.

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Posted: January 16, 2011
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By: jjedmonds
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I volunteered for VPWA for five weeks during the period of June and July 2009 during which I helped the microfinance institution of VPWA. The experience was great since I have learned a lot and Hayford Siaw (Executive director of VPWA) allows you to give your own ideas and visions that could be implemented.

The great thing about VPWA is that there are volunteering opportunities in many different areas of interest. Just look on their website and you will most probably find something you are interested in.

The location of VPWA is also where the volunteers sleep. It was comfortable and the place was situated in a very safe and quiet area. The price is very reasonable and allows all people who are motivated to help with little financial requirements (especially when you compare to other volunteering institutions).

During the week you have to put all your efforts into helping the people. This is demanding, but also very rewarding and fun. However, during the weekend you are able to do whatever you want. During my time, I went through the main parts of Ghana.

I really enjoyed myself at VPWA and received so much in return.

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Posted: January 13, 2011
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By: rderks
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VPWA is a wonderful organization, filled with volunteer and internship opportunities for EVERYONE! Life in Ghana is something spectacular waiting to be experienced. During my internship with VPWA, I was able to focus on my preferenced area, as well as others. I learned to be innovative, to experience a culture much different than my own, and how to fall in love with a home away from home.

The accomodations are very well suited for westerners and the people are so supportive. I am very thankful for the time I spent there.

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Posted: January 9, 2011
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