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Ethical volunteering in Ghana, West Africa
Ethical volunteering in Ghana, West Africa
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Volunteer with vulnerable children in Ghana, West Africa

Rosie - UK

Programme Completed: Fundraising, Promotion & Journalism

Date Posted: 03/01/2017

Hi, my name is Rosie and I have spent two weeks volunteering with Partner West Africa (PWA) in the summer before my final year at university. I chose PWA because of its variety of projects to get involved with which many other NGOs don’t offer...Thank you PWA for giving me opportunities and memories which will last a lifetime!

Hi, my name is Rosie and I have spent two weeks volunteering with Partner West Africa (PWA) in the summer before my final year at university. I chose PWA because of its variety of projects to get involved with which many other NGOs don’t offer. Until I arrived I hadn’t visited a developing country like Ghana before and I think it’s fair to say on my induction day with Sophie, PWA Volunteer Coordinator, that I was stuck for words for the majority of it as I took everything in and experienced a bit of a culture shock! The exposure you get to both the culture and interaction with local people has made me feel more engaged with the work I have done and my time spent here as a whole.

Spending time with the other volunteers has definitely been a highlight of my trip, including reggae night at local beach bar Big Milly’s with some incredible live music; playing games such as monopoly and Oware (a local Ghanaian game) after supper; and a weekend trip to the town of Cape Coast staying in the most incredible hostel right on the beach, with showers under palm trees!

The staff at the volunteer guest house are all very friendly, and the meals were a good range of English and Ghanaian dishes. I particularly enjoyed some of the “secret” recipes (which we can’t take back with us!); we had dishes such as ‘red red’ and ‘jollof rice’. Our Project Manager, Inusah, gave us the guidance we needed to be able to carry out and complete our projects for the day.

Throughout my trip, the best parts have been when I have been involved in working on projects. I was fortunate enough to play a role in all three of the Malaria Prevention Project malaria screenings which were carried out during my two weeks here. These were held in the local village of Oshieye; one of Ghana’s largest shanty towns, Agbogbloshie; and in the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre itself. At the malaria screening events, I helped qualified staff carry out diagnostic tests, we were able to provide those who tested positive for malaria the life-saving medication to treat it and also gave everyone deworming medication and some multivitamins. This was a very rewarding experience as the malaria medicine only needed to be taken for three days but without it, would have resulted in severe poor health and possibly worse.

There was a team from UK charity ‘Engineers Without Borders UK’, one of PWA’s partner organisations, volunteering at the same time as me and I was able to participate in the presentation of their health and sanitation research by registering the members who joined us for round-table discussions and to start relationships to improve healthcare on behalf of the local community.

Ciara, my friend and fellow volunteer, and I have also started the concept of “Humans of West Africa” on Instagram, showing some individual stories of the people they help through the work they carry out here, which we hope will be continued after we leave… The children at PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children are all so friendly and eager to learn, hug and talk to you. I had not expected this, but this seems to be a reflection of Ghanaian’s personality, for those I have met everyone wants to stop and talk on the street and get to know you; something I will miss when returning home!

Although I was only volunteering for a short period of time, I feel I have experienced the Ghanaian culture from getting to know locals to being taught how to play African drums, xylophone and Gori! It has definitely given me a different perspective on life to return home with; that people with only the bare necessities retain such high spirits which has had a large impact on me.

Thank you PWA for giving me opportunities and memories which will last a lifetime!

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