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Volunteer with children in schools in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteer with children in schools in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteers explore Ghana on the weekends
Volunteer on ethical, community based projects in areas such as gender and female empowerment
Enjoy time volunteering n Ghana with lots of people from different countries and backgrounds
Spend the weekends with other volunteers exploring Ghana

Ellie - UK

Programme Completed: New - Female Health & Gender Equality

Date Posted: 18/08/2018

I have been working with PWA for six weeks on the Gender Project...I can’t thank the PWA team enough for their support and help over the past 6 weeks, and for helping make some unforgettable experiences happen. I will miss my time in Ghana and remember this experience forever!

I have been working with PWA for six weeks on the Gender Project, working with other volunteers to analyse the data previously collected and to draw conclusions from this data and recommend future projects. My time here has also included a dental health workshop in Divine Home School, three days working in House of Grace School for deaf children, as well as writing and delivering two pilot workshops about menstrual hygiene.

My experience of learning about Ghanaian culture and life has been amazing and Kokrobite is a wonderful place full of welcoming and friendly people, fun bars and live music in Big Milly’s on reggae night. The PWA staff have been especially welcoming, and getting to know our amazing cook Naa has been a highlight – as well as the delicious Ghanaian dishes she cooks!

During my experience I had the opportunity to visit both Cape Coast and Boti Falls in Koforidua on different weekends, and would highly recommend these trips to anyone who comes to Ghana. Cape Coast offers an eye-opening and informative tour of the castle, and the Canopy Walk at Kakum National Park not far from Cape Coast was an unforgettable but terrifying experience. Boti Falls, a waterfall in the Eastern Region, was absolutely beautiful and something I will never forget. Furthermore the Volta region looks amazing, but unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to go during our stay – would recommend spending a few days in Volta for anyone who can!

In terms of the PWA work, I believe it is vital to ensure you receive precise information about your placement and the pace of the NGO before arrival. Without very clear goals it could feel as if your time in PWA is not used effectively, and for my first two weeks I struggled without a short term plan of what my placement would involve, and felt as though a lot of my time was spent filling in the gaps. After a discussion with staff members, in which a clear plan was made for what the NGO needed from me before the Gender Project could be set in motion, my placement did improve. I do believe that I could have done more with my time here had there been clearer goals from the start of my placement.

Regardless, after creating a clear short term plan I do feel as if I made a valuable contribution to the Gender Project in terms of taking research from its raw data, through analysis, and attempting to draw conclusions and propose future project ideas. Furthermore, being able to be a part of the Emergency Period Pack project, as well as writing and delivering the Menstrual Health workshops were valuable experiences I will never forget. The highlight of my trip was doing the work with House of Grace School for deaf children, in which we created a sign language tutorial for the students in the partner school in England as well as many other fun activities – along with being taught American sign language by the students!

Furthermore, it is important to understand the pace of the NGO; at the moment, the gender and nutrition work are the only moving projects and they are in very early stages, except for sporadic work in dental health and work with partner schools in England, and the website’s advertisement of the many different ongoing projects, for me, felt misleading. Lastly, analysing data was quite a stressful experience for volunteers who had no experience in data analysis, and so it is important to ensure you have asked what will be expected from you during your stay, and guarantee that you feel comfortable with the work you will be doing.

The work I have done here has been valuable to me and to get projects started, and I look forward to visiting the Birmingham based partner school to House of Grace deliver the sign language tutorials and games, as well as hopefully receiving updates on the progress of the Gender Project. I can’t thank the PWA team enough for their support and help over the past 6 weeks, and for helping make some unforgettable experiences happen. I will miss my time in Ghana and remember this experience forever!

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