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Volunteering at Christmas in West Africa: The VWA Experience

Volunteering at Christmas in West Africa: The VWA Experience

Date Posted: 04/01/2015

Meet Holly. Holly is 17 and, unlike most girls her age from the UK, spent this Christmas helping Volunteer West Africa care & support some of West Africa's most vulnerable children.

My name is Holly, I am 17 years old and I'm in my final year at sixth form currently doing A-levels in the UK. This year I decided to spend two weeks over the Christmas period volunteering in Ghana with a charity or NGO called VWA (Volunteer West Africa). 

Some of the things that VWA do - amongst running around 20 development programmes and initiatives for vulnerable West African children - include distributing food, clothes and presents out to needy children and families at Christmas. They also. in their spare time(!), run a free daycare & nursery centre for underprivileged children from the local area to attend for free. 

During my time in Ghana I was involved in a range of exciting activities with some of the most amazing children I have ever met. As soon as I got to Ghana I felt welcomed by everyone at VWA, arriving at the VWA volunteer guesthouse I was surprised at how modern it was... it feels like a family home and is situated in the perfect place only a five minute walk from Kokrobite village and its beautiful beach.

I have far too much to say about my amazing experience volunteering in Africa to fit it all in here, so please:

read my full account of my wonderful time with Volunteer West Africa here.

Author: Holly

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