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Inclusive volunteering in Ghana, West Africa
Inclusive volunteering in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteer with children on educational and cultural exchange projects
International School Partnerships provide a variety of volunteering opportunities
Complete work in schools when volunteering in Ghana with Partner West Africa
Ethical volunteering with children in Ghana, West Africa

How PWA Do Volunteering Differently

Date Posted: 30/12/2017

My two months summer work with Partner West Africa (PWA) as a volunteer Project Assistant, has given me an insight into what they do, which has been interesting coming from my previous working background with two other international non-governmental organisations.

My two months summer work with Partner West Africa (PWA) as a volunteer Project Assistant, has given me an insight into what they do, which has been interesting coming from my previous working background with two other international non-governmental organisations.

PWA, a UK registered charity working in Ghana, has many unique differences in their work and approach of doing things compared to work I have seen previously. I have primarily been involved in the ‘International Schools Partnership Programme’; at the heart of this programme is the emphasis placed on building a world of understanding of the differences and similarities between children growing up in Ghana and the international community.

Currently, schools in Ghana are entered into partnership with schools in the United Kingdom. The use of students in schools as an entry point for the partnership relationship is phenomenal. I feel this is important because they are the future leaders of their countries and the world at large, and hence must have a positive attitude towards one another. This program is certainly one that can offer it.

There is exchange of letters between the children in the partner schools about themselves, their school, environment and indeed all the things they want to know about each other’s country. The benefits to the children, are enormous and because the letters do not follow the traditional personal, one-to-one communication they can be used by the whole school to bring to life aspects of the partner school and its students in a way that simply learning through books cannot do.

PWA’s use of international volunteers in the programme is also key. The volunteers are the people who use their resources and time, to offer services for the partnership to be stronger, sometimes fundraising prior to arrival to supply learning materials and resources that will enhance the project.

Furthermore, the volunteers during such visits are involved personally, and take a lead role, in activities in the schools. The direct engagement with the students and leadership of the schools, provide the opportunity for more interaction and learning for the volunteers.

The non-discriminatory working approach of PWA is also worthy of mention. One of the partner schools in Ghana is a school for deaf and hearing-impaired children. Despite this disability, PWA is working with the school, which is in sharp contrast to a child sponsorship program that I have been involved in through my previous work, which does not register children with such disabilities because they do not have the facilities to engage them. Volunteers, visitors and PWA staff are able to break through the ‘communication barrier’ by willingly learning basic sign language improving their ability to interact with the children and their teachers; in addition, the school willingly provides teachers to act as interpreter between the children and PWA. All this obviously means planning is crucial and adapting the activities to be easily explained by the volunteers to the teachers in writing is an additional step that needs to be taken – a truly inclusive, universal way of working. These considerations clearly show that PWA is breaking new grounds to make the school partnership a true partnership of equality.

Author: Prosper - PWA Volunteer

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