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Ethical volunteering in Ghana, West Africa

Western Privilege

Date Posted: 23/05/2018

Western privilege, first world privilege, whatever name you give it, it is alive and kicking, though it’s something many people haven’t considered, especially if you’ve never spent time outside of ‘the West’. Take a look at this article and you might be surprised at how many privileges you see when you stop to think.

Western privilege, first world privilege, whatever name you give it, it is alive and kicking, though it’s something many people haven’t considered, especially if you’ve never spent time outside of ‘the West’. Take a look at this list and you might be surprised at how many privileges you see when you stop to think.

For Partner West Africa (PWA) the first two on the list ‘people from other countries don’t enter your city, town, or country to try to “save” you’ and ‘people don’t go to your country to do voluntourism, a well-intended, but often dehumanizing and harmful practice’ are at the forefront of our work.

While we do encourage you to come to volunteer in Ghana, West Africa (and yes, to go out at the weekends to explore the incredible country we call home) we know neither you nor us, are here to ‘save’ the people and communities we work alongside or prescribe a single solution to what is always a complex set of circumstances. Our programmes are led by people and communities and our work is primarily based around sharing knowledge and expertise to empower the individuals, groups and communities to use this knowledge to find their own solutions to their individual issues and development needs.

Your work as a volunteer is never a single, standalone piece of work; it combines and builds on that of past, present and future volunteers to build a complete picture from which to work and to learn from people’s differing knowledge, skills and expertise. For example, a small group of volunteers working on our ‘Female Health and Gender Equality Programme’ have spent the last 2 months researching other NGO’s, organisations and governmental department’s work in the area of gender and consulting with five communities along the south coast of Ghana where PWA is based to find out their views on how gender affects health, education and relationships. We have additional volunteers arriving over the coming months who will continue to analyse the data collected, conduct more in depth, specialised research as needed based on our initial findings, design tutorials and workshops in partnership with other organisations, groups and local actors, and to seek funding to pilot these in our target communities. Monitoring and evaluation of each pilot is another activity for future volunteers to ensure the work we are doing is having impact and meets the needs identified, as well as recognising if the needs have changed over time, precipitating a new set of research.

Check out our other volunteer projects and programmes here and get in contact with us to see how we can build a work placement specifically for you based on the needs of the communities we serve.

Author: Everyday Feminism Magazine

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