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PWA Volunteer Josh consulting with a local builder in Ghana, West Africa
PWA Volunteer Josh consulting with a local builder in Ghana, West Africa
PWA Volunteer Josh in discussion with a local tradesman in Ghana, West Africa
PWA Volunteer Josh with children at the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre in Ghana

Josh - UK

Programme Completed: Multidisciplinary Volunteering Programmes

Date Posted: 10/11/2016

I have had a great experience working at Partner West Africa for the past 6 weeks, it is a great place to volunteer. They do a great job of balancing work and play creating a fun and rewarding experience, which can't be beaten!

"Overall, I have had a great experience working at Partner West Africa (PWA) for the past 6 weeks! I will start with my main negative which is that I have been predominantly house bound, due to pain in my hip area from surgery I had before coming to Ghana. I have therefore missed out on some of the outside project work and social events. However, I ask myself what else PWA could do about it and I really can't think of anything! Everyone in the house has been very empathetic and helpful at all times, making it much easier to recover. For instance, on a number of occasions my fellow volunteers have bought sometimes large amounts of food for me to save me the trip out. Matt, PWA Executive Director, took time out of his busy schedule to find a local tradesman to fix the push bike, so I could use it as a key part of my recovery process.

[Josh volunteered the PWA's internal volunteering department VolunteerWest Africa with a small team from UK charity 'Engineers Without Borders UK'] Due to the changing, reactive nature of working in a developing context our research led us to adjust our initial project plan made before arriving. The initial plan was to develop a sick bay facility for the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children and possibly the surrounding community, however it was quickly deemed unfeasible to provide care for all of the surrounding community. Consequently the project brief changed substantially to include the expansion of the whole nursery area with the inclusion of not only a sick bay but also new toilets, a shower and classroom redevelopment. Matt shared his thoughts and ideas for the project direction, however it was quite clear that he was not certain about what he wanted and, based on our knowledge and expertise, it was our job to tell him what is best.Having completed two engineering placements prior to this project, I feel this is quite unique outside of the university learning environment; and it was something I enjoyed and learnt a lot from.
 
My main research area was sanitation, which is something I had no prior experience so it was good to learn something new. My research involved analyses of the current sanitation system in place for the volunteer guesthouse and PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre and the various solutions available to them. Once we had produced a final design as a team, I spent most of my time writing up the report detailing the designs and recommendations. At this stage, I was able to utilise some of my mechanical engineering skills, however I do feel they were not fully utilised during the project, though this is simply due to the construction nature of the project, where perhaps a civil engineer would have been more useful.
 
I can't speak highly enough for the social life in Ghana. Almost every Ghanaian I met was very friendly and welcoming; something I was not used to coming from England! Despite my hip condition I was able to make it to the local Reggae night, and also a weekend trip to Cape Coast beach resort; both of which I enjoyed! I feel PWA do a good job of facilitating these social events, proving all necessary information and advice! The house itself is a great social environment too. There are always people milling about in the lounge/kitchen area and many nights were spent playing fun games or watching films. I must also mention the staff, all of which were very friendly and welcoming at all times.
 
All in all, I think PWA is a great place to volunteer. They do a great job of balancing work and play creating a fun and rewarding experience, which can't be beaten!"
 
 
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