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PWA Volunteer Andrew on a work placement in Ghana, West Africa

Andrew - UK

Programme Completed: Multidisciplinary Volunteering Programmes

Date Posted: 23/09/2015

Hi, I'm Andrew, I'm one of the engineering students who came to Partner West Africa (PWA) through the charity Engineers Without Borders this August. It was my first time in Africa so I didn't really know what to expect other than colourful fabric and groovy dancing! Our main project here was a rain water harvesting project although during our time we have been involved in so much more, including the on-site daycare & nursery for vulnerable children.

"Hi, I'm Andrew, I'm also one of the engineering students who came to Partner West Africa (PWA) through the charity Engineers Without Borders this August. It was my first time in Africa so I didn't really know what to expect other than colourful fabric and groovy dancing! Our main project here was a rain water harvesting project although during our time we have been involved in so much more, including the on-site daycare & nursery for vulnerable children.
 
We've spent most of our time based at the PWA compound in Oshieye, just outside Accra, on the Southern Coast. It was a shock when we first arrived at how well managed and well-kept the volunteer guest house is, the hammock in the garden is a particular high light! Being right next to the beach is great, after a day of working on our designs we could just wander down to the beach for a drink at one of the bars. It's been fun meeting people who live in the surrounding area; by the time we left we couldn't walk far before seeing friendly faces around!
 
An unexpected joy has been working alongside all the other PWA volunteers who were here with us. It was amazing how quickly we all got along despite such a diverse range of backgrounds. As well as time at the compound together we took a weekend trip to Cape Coast and had a five day field trip to the PWA 'field office' in Opeikuma village. These experiences really built the team and it's been very sad to see others leave to go home. 
 
It's been a lot of fun getting to know and joking around with the PWA staff, they have been so welcoming! Thanks to the staff we've learnt new cooking skills, some local phrases and had a great time cruising around in the Land Rover on research trips. For the period we were visiting, staffing for the volunteers was quite stretched. Sometimes this came with it annoyances and delays, however it was clear that the staff were passionate about the work the organisation was achieving and were eager to ensure we had everything we needed for our project!
 
I would definitely recommend PWA as a volunteering organisation, without doubt you will be as safe as you could possibly be and the work you will be doing will be part of a long term vision for an NGO committed to helping the communities they work in. It has been rewarding to be able to use my skills and experiences from university in a project that will bring a benefit to the work done here. Although similar in many ways to a project in the UK, this has been quite different. A whole set of new challenges come up when working in Ghana which have been interesting to work through as a team.
 
Ghana certainly delivered on the colourful fabric (I've come away with some jazzy new shorts) and the groovy dancing (I have an embarrassing video to prove it) as well as giving me so much more. If I was to advise someone who was coming, I would say relax, often you have a lot less control over when things happen so just enjoy the time you have here and make the most of changing situations because your time here will soon run out!
 
Andrew"
 
 
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