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Prosper Leo Dadzawa - Ghana

Programme Completed: Multidisciplinary Volunteering Programmes

Date Posted: 02/09/2017

My [2 months] volunteer work with Partner West Africa (PWA), offered me an insight about what they do.  My motivation when I was ‘searching’ for an organization to do voluntary work with was just fulfilling my passion to serve humanity, having just come from early retirement.

My [2 months] volunteer work with Partner West Africa (PWA), offered me an insight about what they do.  My motivation when I was ‘searching’ for an organization to do voluntary work with was just fulfilling my passion to serve humanity, having just come from early retirement.

I will say my time spent with PWA has been worthwhile and fruitful. As a Project Assistant, I was given a job description and as such, had a responsibility to fulfill. I therefore worked together with other volunteer colleagues, both local and international.  

I learnt a lot of things during my short stay. I have not worked in such a program before. Indeed for me, it is another learning experience. My first great surprise was when I was made a ‘non-paying’ volunteer, when indeed I had to pay for my stay. I believe this is a special dispensation extended to me, and I am so grateful for it [PWA offer a small number of funded internships to exceptional candidates whose skills are urgently needed in a particular project at a specific time].

Sophie Ashmore (Volunteer Manager) and Matt Craig (CEO), were so welcoming the first day I met them. There is no doubt that throughout my stay, I felt really at home working here. I am grateful especially to Sophie my supervisor, for making my work easy, because she really supported me to know much of the work of PWA.

I also did not rest on my oars, but put myself into every activity that was organized. I will always remember the morning ‘Tool Box’ meetings, which is a very good project management practice of useful feedback session of reviews and planning ahead. This is the first of its kind I have met, which was not the norm in the other international organizations I have worked with. This is a new thing I will keep to my chest, and use in my other engagements.

Various project activity visits to St. Peter’s School at Opeikuma, House of Grace and Child Craft Academy respectively, has had a lasting impression on me. The International Schools Partnership Programme is certainly a unique one, which tries to bridge the cultural and understanding people in general, especially for school children in Ghana, and other parts of the world. As a trained Social Worker, I was found ‘wanting’ with my deficiency in sign language, when having activities with House of Grace. This tells me that, learning takes place any time you find yourself in a ‘new’ environment.

The malaria prevention program that we undertook in the community, also added to my learning curve. Although I did supervise people working in the malaria area in my previous work, I was not so much involved in it like I did here. Going into the community to do mobilization (house to house), telling people to come out to do malaria screening, is a whole experience.  I also learnt the process of a screening exercise, and how the nurses practically, do their work at the health centers.

Some of the things I also did was writing of reports of activities (tooth brush workshop and malaria prevention). I contributed to discussions and sharing a few things about strengthening PWA’s partnership with the community and other stakeholders. My time with other colleague volunteers (Lucy, Juliet, Larissa, Toni and Chillie) was great. Informal discussions, sharing personal things and jokes was indeed pleasant… I cannot complete this testimony without mentioning the other supporting staff - Naa, Isaac and Peter for all the things they did for our comfortable stay. Naa’s food preparation was tasty and good.

I wish PWA all the best in their future work in Ghana, especially helping the vulnerable children, the school program and the community at large. I pray I might have the opportunity to work here in the future. It is a great place to be.

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