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Choosing ethical volunteering in Ghana, West Africa

Volunteering for change: identifying responsible overseas charity work

Date Posted: 17/05/2017

Here Joe, a student and past volunteer from the University of Oxford, talks about some of the criticisms and bad press that international volunteering has had, he also discusses some organisations who offer positive, ethical volunteer work. See how Partner West Africa stacks up.

Here Joe, a student and past volunteer from the University of Oxford, talks about some of the criticisms and bad press that international volunteering has had, he also discusses some organisations who offer positive, ethical volunteer work. It’s great to hear about other organisations who, like us, aim to make genuine positive differences to the individuals and communities each work with. Joe identifies some common points that all NGOs offering volunteer opportunities should follow and are all things you should consider and ask yourself or the organisation you are considering volunteering with.

 

Read the article, particularly the points in bold, and see how Partner West Africa (PWA) stacks up…

  • All our programmes are approved by local traditional chiefs and elders as well as the community themselves meaning we respond to a need identified by the community not what we assume they need.
  • Our volunteers are invited to Ghana to share their knowledge and skills (and also learn from our staff and partners here in Ghana) rather than ‘doing’ the work. We employ local people to do the work with guidance, if appropriate, from suitably skilled volunteers. We employ local women in the PWA Daycare Centre who are a stable and dependable influence on the children, they develop relationships with the parents to enable us to provide the most appropriate, targeted support, not something someone on a month long volunteer placement can do. If something needs building, we employ local tradesmen with the knowledge and skills to safely complete the project, not volunteers who may have never built so much as a wall in their lives.
  • PWA’s accounts are published on the UK Charity Commission’s website, additional information is available on request and we display a breakdown of running costs in the guesthouse office so volunteers and visitors can see what gets spent where.
  • All volunteers who choose to volunteer with PWA do so because they have knowledge or a skill that we either can’t access or can build and improve on. Some come to share their knowledge of nutrition assessment, some have experience of malaria prevention, while others have practical experience in early years’ creative education. Whatever their job is while volunteering all volunteers receive an in-depth induction and training as required to help them understand the culture and context and to enable them to work effectively and sensitively from the start.

 

Take a look at our volunteer programmes and contact us for more information.

Volunteer in Africa to improve early-years education

Volunteer in Africa to prevent malaria

Volunteer in Africa to improve women’s health

Volunteer in Africa to assist vulnerable children

Volunteer in Africa to improve children’s health

Volunteer in Africa to promote cultural exchange between school students

Volunteer in Africa to monitor and evaluate projects and programmes and work on development policy

Volunteer in Africa in fundraising and journalism

If you think you have a skill that isn’t included here take a look at our multidisciplinary volunteer programme – if you’ve got a skill we need we’ll welcome you with open arms

Author: Oxford University

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