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PWA Volunteer Kim with students working on the international schools partnership programme

Kim - France

Programme Completed: International Schools Partnership Programme

Date Posted: 24/07/2014

Coming to Ghana with Partner West Africa (PWA) was my first ever volunteering experience! As I was joining PWA for quite a short period of time I was worried not to be able to achieve a lot. However, what I have lived and experienced during these last two weeks, all the people I've met, the places that I've visited, and what I have managed to teach to my lovely students, has considerably exceeded my expectations.

"Coming to Ghana with Partner West Africa (PWA) was my first ever volunteering experience! As I was joining PWA for quite a short period of time I was worried not to be able to achieve a lot. However, what I have lived and experienced during these last two weeks, all the people I've met, the places that I've visited, and what I have managed to teach to my lovely students, has considerably exceeded my expectations. 

My main project was teaching French language to four different classes, aged from nine to fifteen years old, at a local school in Kokrobite. Although the school has little means and poor facilities, all the staff are incredibly friendly and the pupils are so happy to study, discover new things, and they absorb knowledge rapidly. I had to rearrange the timetable I had prepared, as in only one lesson I taught them what I was expecting to cover in four lessons! It was my first teaching experience and I really loved it, and in only two weeks I felt like I had worked there for months! 

After school, I spent time in the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre, which is in the compound with the volunteer guesthouse. There was nothing better after a long, tiring teaching day to go to the nursery for a few hours and spend time with the kids that just ask for hugs, songs and games. Lots of the kids locally are malnourished and have a really tough life, but thanks to the PWA nursery, they can now grow up and develop in a safe and friendly environment. I will miss their little faces a lot! 

I also had the great opportunity to take part in some other PWA projects. I especially enjoyed visiting Agbogbloshie in Accra, which is one of the biggest slum areas in West Africa, and I will forever remember what I've seen there. thousands of people, families, and children, live in indescribable conditions in this area, where e-waste (the majority coming from the West) are dumped. The situation and the environment of these courageous people is terrible and heartbreaking, but they don't complain, they try to live with what they have, and they received us with a warm welcome. I also had the chance to visit Big Chris' (the PWA Security Guard) village, Opeikuma, where Chris and PWA are working on different projects to develop this beautiful and authentic village that has very little, and especially no water access. Finally, Inusah (the PWA Project Manager), gave me the responsibility to visit and assess some schools near Kasoa in preparation for future potential partnerships with PWA, which I really enjoyed doing! 

The guesthouse was a great surprise to me as I was expecting something quite rustic. In fact it is really comfortable, with everything you need, the rooms and living room are lovely and the garden is big and beautiful, with lots of places to relax. It is located only five minutes away from Kokrobite village, and less than two minutes away from the beach. Kokrobite is a friendly village, where I quickly felt comfortable walking around on my own. In my opinion, the village combines an environment convenient for a genuine volunteering experience, as well as being a great place to relax, as there are different restaurant, bars and music nights to socialize during your free time. 

The PWA team is great and there is a real family atmosphere that I really enjoyed. Matt, PWA's Director, is really cool and helpful and gave me a full orientation of the culture, the place and of my itinerary as a volunteer. Inusah, the Project Manager, also helped me a lot with my teaching project and was always here to help, advise me and took me on different projects, which I really appreciated. Chris, the Security Guard, is so nice and I am so glad I had the chance to visit his beautiful village, in which he puts a lot of time and energy. Peter, the Caretaker of the guest house, is great and always available if you need anything. Finally Mary, the Cook at the guest house, prepares amazing Ghanaian dishes and is one of the most friendly and funny people I've ever met! 

The achievements and projects of PWA inspired me a lot, and I really hope that more volunteers will come to enjoy the experience I've lived! If you have any questions, feel free to ask my contact details from PWA!

Thanks again to PWA for what they are doing here and thanks to the team and all the people that contributed to my experience!"

 

 

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