A Partner West Africa Testimonial
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Ethical volunteering and work placements in Ghana, West Africa

Sophie (the Serial Volunteer!) - UK

Programme Completed: Children's Health, Hygiene & Nutrition

Date Posted: 17/01/2016

I've volunteered with Volunteer West Africa before so I knew what an amazing experience it would be...Even though PWA is still a relatively young organisation, their care for the volunteers and professionalism is wise beyond their years. You're a fully functioning part of the team and the unique knowledge and skills each volunteer brings is treated like a prized asset.

"I've volunteered with Volunteer West Africa before so I knew what an amazing experience it would be: this time I spent 3 weeks with the team over Christmas and new year. Despite the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre children being on school break, there was still plenty of activities for me to be involved in. 
 
As a qualified dietitian back in the UK, I continued the nutrition training that I did with the PWA daycare & nursery staff on my first visit, but this time I worked with Sarah - a 17 year old school-leaver who PWA sponsored through school and who is now with working with PWA full-time completing an internship.  Sarah is an example of how people's donations to PWA have added benefits that can snowball into something truly amazing. Education is at the heart of everything PWA does; when financial pressures meant attending school was difficult PWA helped support Sarah through secondary education at her village school, once she had finished they offered her a catering internship so she now lives at the volunteer house and helps Mary the PWA House Manager to prepare delicious meals for the children, staff and of course us volunteers. It's great to see her learning new recipes, trying out new ingredients and working out how to use different equipment, all skills she can take away and use in her dream job running a catering business. and you never hear anyone in the house complain when she tests out a new cake recipe!
 
We also had a huge array of new resources for the nursery that had been brought over by various volunteers so I spent some time with the teachers and other volunteers testing out ways and coming up with ideas of how to use these resources to bring more creative play into the children's learning. Part of this included giving the crèche classroom a mini makeover which I loved doing, though I wasn't there long enough to really let my imagination run wild... maybe something for another volunteer to have a go at!
 
It also felt great to come back and help new volunteers settle in and share my experience, it really brought home how much I learned while I was here last time; I could just slot back in and after only a few hours it felt like I'd never been away. On a personal level it was interesting to come back and see how things had changed in just 8 months, the roads are better (when you come and volunteer you won't have to endure the bone shaking, pot-holed road journey to the house) and one of the villages I visited before has its own clean water supply, a simple thing taken for granted by us in developed countries but a huge change for the hundreds of people in the village. The volunteer house in Kokrobite is still the safe, clean, happy place I remember, relative luxury for all the hard working volunteers!
 
Even though PWA is still a relatively young organisation, their care for the volunteers and professionalism is wise beyond their years. You're a fully functioning part of the team and the unique knowledge and skills each volunteer brings is treated like a prized asset. They genuinely care about you and the staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome, though saying that everyone is so great you can't help but love them all anyway.
 
I hate having to leave, especially this time as I know how hard it was to go back to normal life last time; when I'm back in England there's not a week that goes by that I don't think about everyone, you've made a serial PWA volunteer out of me! 
 
I'll be back soon, or as they say in Ghana. I'm coming!
 
Sophie the Serial Volunteer x"
 
 
How can you help?
  • If you would like to also volunteer on the Children's Health, Hygiene and Nutrition programme, please click here.
  • If you would like to volunteer or partner with PWA on any of our other projects or programmes, please click here.
  • If you would like to make a donation, of any amount, on a one-off or monthly basis, to the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre, please click here.
  • If you would like to make a general donation, either on a one-off or monthly basis to our charity, please click on one of the three 'Donation Payment Methods' boxes below. 
  • If you would like to support our charity in any other way - for example by donating goods like children's clothes or materials like mosquito nets, or helping us promote our charity through social media or identifying like-minded potential partners - please download the 'How you can support  us' Brief which is located in the introduction text of our Donate Page here.
  • Or, finally, if you would like to talk to our team about any other issue regarding our charity, our projects, or our volunteering & partnership opportunities, please click here.

Thank you

Donation Payment Methods

CharityCheckout

Charity Checkout accepts all major debit and credit cards and allows you to make one-off or monthly donations that will be used to support our charity in general, so if you would like to donate to a specific appeal, or become a sponsor of our Daycare & Nursery Centre, please follow the donation information provided within those specific appeals. All donations to PWA are regulated by the UK Charities Commission and in line with our Terms & Conditions. Thank you.

JustGiving

JustGiving is a great fundraising site for friends of our charity who would like to set up their own fundraising pages, alllowing your friends and family to donate towards your specific project, aims or objectives with PWA. If you set up a JustGiving fundraising page, you describe your story and reasons for supporting PWA & your donors can link through to PWA's JustGiving page to learn about our charity & its work. All donations are regulated by the UK Charities Commission and made in line with our Terms & Conditions. Thank you.

Direct Bank-to-Bank Transfers

PWA banks with the Co-operative Bank, UK, the leading bank for charitable organisations. If you are a UK or international bank account holder, donations can be made quickly & simply online. You can also use this method to make one-off donations or to set up monthly donations to our charity. Please contact us to request our bank account details to set up a bank transfer. All donations made to PWA are regulated by the UK Charities Commission & made in-line with our Terms & Conditions. Thank you.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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