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Volunteer Rachel running a creative education class with children at the Nursery and Daycare Centre, Ghana
Volunteer Rachel running a creative education class with children at the Nursery and Daycare Centre, Ghana
Volunteer Rachel discussing continuing education to primary school with children's parents
Volunteers consulting parents whose children attend the Nursery and Daycare Centre on the benefits to attending
Volunteer Rachel with one of the children from the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children at the end of term party
Volunteer Rachel geting some one-on-one creative education with the children at the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre

Rachel - Netherlands

Programme Completed: Creative Early-Years Education & Child Rights

Date Posted: 21/12/2016
Hi! I'm Rachel, a 17-year-old girl from the Netherlands. The main focus of my volunteer project was helping out in the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre for Vulnerable Children. By teaching creative arts and crafts lessons every Friday morning I was able to add something to their curriculum and to give the teachers an idea of possible creative activities.
 
I had the most amazing 12 weeks ever, and I'm never going to forget this.
"Hi! I'm Rachel, a 17-year-old girl from the Netherlands and I've just finished my 12 volunteering with Partner West Africa's (PWA) internal volunteering department, Volunteer West Africa. In those 12 weeks I've done some amazing things which I would really like to share with you.
 
As I had never been to Africa before, I didn't really know what to expect. Ghana has made a great impression on me by the very warm-hearted culture. Walking down the streets of the village of Kokrobite near to where the volunteer guest house is situated, you hear a lot of people saying 'Obruni' which means white person and they always stop to greet you or have a quick chat with you. One thing I will never forget is a local guy saying to me: "You know we have different skin colours, but 2 colours, one person." I thought that was a really great thing to say and that is exactly how people are treating you here.
 
The main focus of my volunteer project was helping out in the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children. By teaching creative arts and crafts lessons every Friday morning I was able to add something to their curriculum and to give the teachers - Small Lizzy, Connie and Big Lizzy - an idea of possible creative activities. It is really amazing to see how much the kids enjoy to get messy with glue, paint and all kinds of other things. With Christmas coming up, we made some nice Christmas decorations for the party that took place on the very last day of my stay.
 
Besides the Friday morning lessons, I also made Christmas cards with the kids. Taking pictures with the kids in front of a self-made background and decorating the cards with them made me have some one-on-one time with the kids which was really great. That way you get to know the kids a little better which was really nice.
 
Next to all the creative stuff I also worked on pieces for the PWA quarterly newsletter for people who sponsor the Nursery and Daycare Centre, and I got to visit some of PWA's partner schools once or twice a week to do some great activities with the kids there. One of the highlights of my stay here was definitely the two weeks I got to spend at a school for deaf and hearing impaired children. I went to help assess the school's suitability to be a partner school for the International Schools Partnership Programme but my time there turned out to be so much more than I expected! Seeing how those kids love to be in school because they can interact so easily with their other deaf classmates was really touching. And besides that, you would be amazed how much sign language you're able to learn in only 2 weeks'. After a week and a half, Lucy (another PWA volunteer) and I taught our own creative arts and crafts lesson in sign language, which was pretty cool! I am surely not going to forget this amazing experience.
 
Being part of the "PWA Family" really made my stay here easier. Even before I got here in Ghana, Sophie, the Volunteer Coordinator, sent me an email with an invitation to go on a weekend trip to Cape Coast on my first weekend. From that moment on I knew I would be very welcome and that I shouldn't be worried about finding my way at the guest house or with the other volunteers. It is really great to meet a lot of people from lots of different countries with different backgrounds, ages and work experience. It is great to hear everyone's stories and about everyone's lives.
 
As I was saying, in my first weekend we made a trip to Cape Coast, a city in the Central Region of Ghana. This is where we visited Cape Coast Castle, a castle that served as a prison for thousands of slaves who were being traded. The castle and the museum next to it were really interesting to see. Also interesting, but in a whole different perspective, was Kakum National Park near Cape Coast, a very beautiful piece of nature which we observed through a canopy walk across bridges suspended above the rainforest and a nature walk along the forest floor. In one of my last weekends I also got to visit the Wli Waterfalls in the Volta Region. A very long journey to get there but climbing our way through the jungle and seeing the highest waterfalls in West Africa made it totally worth it.
 
Being away from home so long really was challenging for me, but the welcoming heart of the Ghanaian culture made it a lot easier. I also discovered some new things about myself, 12 weeks without unlimited Wi-Fi and television for example, made me realise that I actually really like to read! Definitely something I will keep doing when I get back.
 
Overall I would like to say that I had the most amazing 12 weeks ever, and I'm never going to forget this. Ghana has a special place in my heart now and I would like to say a BIG thank you to Partner West Africa for making this an unforgettable experience.

Medassi (thank you in Twi)!"
 
 
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