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Volunteer in Ghana on the Malaria prevention programme
Volunteer in Ghana on the Malaria prevention programme
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Rachel - UK

Programme Completed: Malaria Prevention Programme (MPP)

Date Posted: 02/11/2018

I have been a volunteer with Partner West Africa for 5 weeks working on the Malaria Prevention Programme.

I have been a volunteer with Partner West Africa (PWA) for 5 weeks working on the Malaria Prevention Programme (MPP) alongside my friend, Freya. During this time we developed new education workshops which we delivered to over 500 local school children. It was great to see the knowledge they already had about malaria and even better to see them learning from our workshops. Although the screening event we had planned did not take place whilst we were still in Ghana, it was fascinating to see how an NGO must work and the different steps required to organise such an event. It also provided an opportunity to view differences between the Ghana Health Service and the UK, something I will take with me as I embark (hopefully!) on a medical career.

Whilst in Ghana I also got to work on already running projects started over the summer, including the EPP workshops [educating girls about menstruation and providing emergency sanitary items to keep girls in school, part of PWA’s Gender Programme] and at House of Grace [a school for deaf and hearing-impaired children, part of PWA’s International Schools Partnerships Programme]. It was great to get involved in other work whilst here, especially whilst we waited on our own MPP work to be organised, and to see the other projects PWA is involved with.

The PWA staff were extremely helpful, especially before I arrived and was having a few visa issues. I felt like I was constantly emailing them but they always happily replied with everything I needed to get to Ghana. As this was my first trip to Africa, I was apprehensive about what to expect as I had nothing to base it on.  It was very easy to settle into the guesthouse and get used to Ghana life, even though I will never get used to the heat! The food was so much better than I ever expected and it will be strange returning to boring British food once home. During Freya and I’s time in Ghana, there was only one other volunteer staying. This meant we were able to get more involved in each other’s projects and see a variety of work. Although, I could imagine, it would be a completely different experience volunteering within a large group.

At the weekends we took the opportunity to see various sites close to and further away from Kokrobite [the village near the PWA guesthouse]. This is the great thing about having normal working hours as there is plenty time to see Ghana as well. We took a weekend trip to Cape Coast, visiting Kakum national park and Cape Coast Castle, a very worthwhile and interesting trip for all volunteers. We also visited Koforidua one weekend, from where we travelled to Boti Waterfalls. We took an unexpected canoe ride where I’m sure you would get a spectacular view of the waterfall, had I not had the spray of the waterfall in my eyes for most of the time! We also hiked into the forest which added something extra to our trip. However, in future it would be better to find out the difference between your taxi driver and the tour guide to avoid any confusion and any grumpy, sweaty taxi drivers!

I am heading home now appreciative of the work we managed to achieve, and the experiences I have had and excited to hear how the project we started is continuing in the future.

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