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Ethical volunteering and work placements in Ghana, West Africa

A day in the life of a PWA volunteer

Date Posted: 10/04/2014

Read about what a typical day might be like when you volunteer with Partner West Africa...

When considering a day in the life of a Partner West Africa (PWA) volunteer, it is very difficult to know where to start. My days can be extremely varied, offering me new and exciting challenges and tasks. Having such a wide variety of tasks day by day helps to keep me focused and stimulated and really helps me to feel that my work and my contribution is really meaningful and being valued. 

My day usually consists of getting up reasonably early and taking the short stroll to the beach with my fellow volunteers and volunteer co-coordinator, so that we can jog on the beach before the temperature becomes too hot. Running along the beach isn't such a bad way to kick start the day and it is always a fun challenge dodging the friendly local fisherman and jumping over their ropes. 

Then, after the run the day can begin. One example of a common daily activity could be working alongside the PWA nursery staff and helping to teach the adorable nursery children. As my volunteering placement involves me sharing the nutritional information I have learnt through my time at university, my days also involve me planning and producing the information that will be delivered during the workshops for the local schools and communities. The first work shop was based on the importance of a balanced diet as well as the importance of hygiene and oral health. So, I put together the information that needed to be delivered as well as making leaflets and posters to reinforce the information. Being able to use my degree for something so worthwhile really feels rewarding and seeing the eagerness of the children and the community to learn made it even more enjoyable.
As well as the nutritional workshops, I have also been involved in the process of gathering all the information for the children who attend the Partner West Africa Daycare and Nursery Centre. Having up-to-date information on the children will enable health and nutritional recommendations to be made. This will ensure that each child that attends the PWA nursery will be as healthy as possible. As well as this, the information will be used to help attract the right support and for the children.

In order to really grasp the food that is typically eaten in Ghana, I have been to several nearby bustling markets to see and purchase some of the local ingredients before learning how to prepare and cook the flavoursome local dishes. Although the markets are hot and extremely busy, the food available is so different from back in the UK and the sellers are friendly, which makes the experience tremendously enjoyable. 

An unexpected task was teaching the children at Opeikuma School how to play netball, which was thoroughly rewarding and fun. Although they might not have a court or nets, that did not matter as the eagerness of the children made the coaching so much more meaningful and rewarding. 

Volunteering with PWA also allows time for traveling to other parts of Ghana and experiencing the history and cultural differences of each region. The wonderful trip to the Volta Region, which involved climbing Wli falls to see the beautiful waterfalls as well as feeding the adorable monkeys at the nearby sanctuary, has made me excited for the next trip to different regions within Ghana. 

The evenings usually involved relaxing in the PWA house with the other volunteers, as well as enjoying some of the yummy local dishes cooked by the lovely Grace who cooks all the meals during the week in the house. So far, my favourite is rice balls with ground nut soup.

Weekends always allows time for relaxing and enjoying the local bars and restaurants along the beach. My favourite being Big Millie's which has a reggae night on a Saturday as well as traditional African music and extremely impressive dancers!

Author: Emily - PWA Volunteer

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