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Ethical volunteering in schools in Ghana
Ethical volunteering in schools in Ghana
After volunteering you can explore Ghana on your weekends
Volunteer on the school partnerships programme promoting ethical cultural exchange
Oral health workshops in schools, just one aspect you can volunteer in
Enjoy weekends on the vibrant Kokrobite beach

Lucy - UK

Programme Completed: Multidisciplinary Volunteering Programmes

Date Posted: 05/08/2017

I spent three weeks volunteering with Partner West Africa, and they were some of the best weeks of my life?! I have made some amazing friends, and most importantly I feel the work I have put time into has made an impact. The more you put in, the more you get out, and if you are willing to work hard and are passionate about seeing good changes, then volunteering with PWA is sure to be a rewarding experience.

I spent three weeks volunteering with Partner West Africa, and they were some of the best weeks of my life! I spent some time researching different NGOs before deciding that the ethical views of Partner West Africa were most in line with my own. PWA looks for ways to help long-term, through education, and I find this to be of great importance in making a lasting impact. I was surprised at how quickly I felt at home at the guest house, and I had no time to feel homesick! All of the members of staff were incredibly welcoming and right from the beginning you are made to feel a part of the PWA family.

My favourite experiences with PWA were our visits to House of Grace School for Deaf. Here we worked with the children on PWA’s International Schools Partnership Programme, as well as doing some oral health workshops with them. Every time we arrived at the school, the young students would run up to us all and hug us, and even though the children were deaf, and our sign language was limited, they were still always so excited and happy to see us and be around us. This was very heart warming and meant I always looked forward to arriving at the school and spending time with the children. We also did a lot of work at St Peter’s School, and I really enjoyed doing the oral health workshops there, as the children really surprised me with how much they knew about teeth and how to care for their teeth! They were also all so eager to learn more and were very engaged with the workshop.

I would massively recommend PWA for a number of reasons. Prior to arrival Sophie, who’s in charge of managing the volunteers, sent frequent emails updating us with any current plans and making sure we were always kept in the loop. PWA was very honest and upfront about what we should expect, and because of this there hasn’t been anything that I’ve been unhappy with. The input of the volunteers is always encouraged and valued. Every day we have a meeting to start off the day and in this meeting we go over the plans for what the day will include. Throughout the meetings we are encouraged to share our ideas and there are constant opportunities to voice any concerns and to ask questions. Sophie always made sure we were all happy with any decisions and plans before finalising them, and I think this is a big factor in why I hope to return to volunteer with Partner West Africa in the near future.

I was so surprised at the level of support offered, and all the nervousness I felt before arriving was unnecessary, although completely natural at the time. I was also surprised at the close bond created between the volunteers and staff at PWA in such a short amount of time. Not only do you spend a lot of time working together, but you also live together. Every evening we all had dinner together, and this is a great time to catch up. Some days we would end up working until quite late, but other days we would finish early, depending on how hard the work had been and depending on how tired we were feeling. There is a very relaxed atmosphere, so you aren’t made to feel bad if you are feeling tired and want to finish a little earlier or if you want to take a break at any point. Once we had finished work for the day we would often go for a walk along the beach or for a drink at a bar, or we would even just stay in and play a game or watch a film. The weekends are also a great time to spend the day at the beach and go out in the evenings to experience the great African music and dancing! It is therefore incredibly easy to bond quickly with everyone you’re living and working with, and you are sure to make friends wherever you go in Ghana, as Ghanaians are extremely friendly. If you ever get lost, there is always someone willing to point you in the right direction! 

I also found it surprising that things seemed to take a lot longer than anticipated, and often plans would have to be adapted last minute. This was usually out of our control, so I’ve learnt that a bit of flexibility is sometimes required in development work. This did nothing to change my overall incredibly positive experience with PWA. I have made some amazing friends, and most importantly I feel the work I have put time into has made an impact. The more you put in, the more you get out, and if you are willing to work hard and are passionate about seeing good changes, then volunteering with PWA is sure to be a rewarding experience.

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