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Joined: 05 Jul 2007
Location: tamale, ghana, westafrica.
Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:48 pm
Volunteer in Ghana
Social Welfare (Orphanage and street children) Volunteer Work:
Volunteers assist in caring for orphans, destitute and abandoned children and street children. Caring work includes, assisting in cooking for the children and showing them love. Some of the orphans lost their parents through HIV/AIDS. Volunteers will also assist in teaching English language and other subjects and extra curriculum activities. Volunteers will be guided by a local teacher during the first week of classes at the orphanage and street children's centers in regard to lesson plans, schedules and teaching curriculum. People with initiative, drive, charisma and compassion to help the under-privileged overcome their challenges and their struggle for dignity are most welcome to participate in this program.
Social Welfare (Computer Training) Volunteer Work:
Volunteers assist in providing free computer training to under-privileged people. The training will be in any of the following areas: Introduction or windows, Internet Orientation, Ms. Word, Ms. Excel (spread sheet), Ms. Access, Ms. Power Point, Ms. Front page, Publisher, Adobe Page maker, Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop, typing etc. There will also be some computer hardware training in addition to the software training, depending the knowledge and skills of the volunteers. The target groups of people we have been focusing on training them computer skills are under-privileged people such as people from poor income families who as a result of that have become school drop outs, unskilled youth and in some cases commercial sex workers. This is to enable them acquire employable skills and live dignified lives for personal and national development.
Teaching Volunteer Work:
Volunteers and volunteer-interns assist in teaching English language, mathematics and
other subjects or extra curriculum activities at government and private nursery, primary and junior secondary schools. Volunteers and interns will be guided by a local teacher in the school. They will shadow the local teacher to become familiar with the school, the children, and the teaching curriculum during the first week of classes. If the volunteer or intern is ready at the beginning of the second week, he or she may begin teaching independently.
Health Care/Medical and Nursing Volunteering:
Medical and nursing student volunteers on electives and internships shadow local medical doctors and nurses by assisting them in their work, observing their work and volunteering under their supervision. Participants do not offer drug injections or perform surgery. Pre-medicals and other health care related students are also welcome to volunteer at clinics and assist local health care professionals in their work.
Qualified medical doctors and nurses volunteers work alongside local health care professionals and as part of a team. Their participation enables them to contribute to the development of general health care and also gain some experience or more experience in the field. Participants do not offer drug injections or perform surgery.
Our health programs bring service-learning into private and Government hospitals and clinics around Ghana, allowing participants to gain insight on the contextual constructs of illness and healing in foreign settings. Program Alumni return from Ghana with new perspectives on healthcare systems and delivery.
Health Education (HIV/AIDS Education) Volunteering:
Volunteers assist people to prevent the transmission of HIV and to provide support to those affected. Following a one week short training volunteers will assist in raising awareness of the disease through talks and seminars at local schools and community meetings. HIV/AIDS talks and seminars issues will include topics on the nature of the disease, modes of transmission, statistic reports, methods of preventing its spread, history and symptoms of the disease. There may also be activities like: Promoting voluntary HIV counseling and testing; Participating in workshops to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission; Providing care and support to the People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). There may be periodic HIV/AIDS documentary video film shows or drama live shows as part of the program. Volunteers may also be periodically involved in office work at HIV/AIDS clinics.
Conservation/Tree Planting Volunteer Work:
Volunteers assist in picking seeds from trees, filling seed bags with enriched soil and planting tree seeds in it, watering tree seedlings at our nursery, transplanting high regenerative trees to preserve the environment and to serve as tree seed source for free distribution. Some information about the role of tree planting in global environmental preservation can be found here:
Media and Journalism/Mass Media Volunteering:
Participants volunteer with newspapers and magazines publications, radio or TV stations, photography and film production or media-based awareness projects promoting the rights of women and children. Activities include language editing. Volunteers and intern-student volunteers are welcome.
Law and Legal Volunteering:
Participants volunteer with legal professionals, practitioners and legal Chambers. This placement is for law students or other people interested in pursuing the legal profession. Work involves general office work at legal chambers. Volunteers and intern-student volunteers are welcome.
Sports and Fitness Volunteer Work:
Participants volunteer by teaching soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, swimming and a variety of other sports to local talents at schools and communities. Periodically, we have other volunteering and volunteer-internship programs available in areas that include Business Finance, advertising, marketing, PR, engineering, IT, interior design, building and construction, dentistry, pharmaceuticals and many other professions. Check out about their availability by contacting us.
Program Schedule, Requirements and Conditions:
Participants can participate in most of the programs anytime of year. Qualified volunteers work alongside local professionals and workers and as part of a team. Intern student volunteers assist local professionals in their work. They provide volunteer assistance under the supervision of the professionals and also learn by observing the work of the professionals. Special skills, professional qualifications or previous experience are not required of volunteers in the programs except the health care/medical/nursing programs, computer training programs and a few other programs. Anybody with the initiative, drive and compassion to help the under-privileged in overcome their challenges and their struggle for dignity are welcome to participate in this program.
Volunteers should have strong work ethic, ability to work independently or as part of a team, and willingness to follow direction; and good interpersonal skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor. Their educational level should be at least at the high/secondary school level and must be able to speak English fluently.
Working days for the volunteers and interns is 4 to 5 days a week, depending on the number of days they would like to work weekly. They work for 4 to 6 hours or more a day, depending on the number of hours they would like to work daily. They stay with our host families. Our host families are carefully selected, well screened, respectable and friendly people. Break fast and dinner are provided on Mondays to Fridays. Breakfast lunch and dinner are provided on Saturdays and Sundays.
A private room with a lock and bed are provided to each volunteer. Participants can participate in most of the programs from a period of 1 week to 12 weeks. The volunteer work takes place in Tamale, towns and villages in the Northern region, Upper East and West Regions of Ghana and not more than 140km from Tamale. Applicants should be 16 to 60 years of age. A month or more notice is needed by us to arrange a placement.
Participating in our overseas volunteer projects in Ghana will make your CV shine as well as offering you the opportunity in acquiring a valuable work experience in your chosen profession and putting into use your creative skills. You will also have a cultural exchange, make new friends and travel companions, learn the local language, cooking the local food, learn about the rich Ghanaian culture and experience her unique hospitality.
People who would like to participate in our volunteering and intern-student volunteering programs in Ghana should please complete the registration form and send it to us. They will hear from us soon concerning their participation. We will be honored by their participation.
Aid Africa Volunteers
1st Road kalpohini Estates
P.O. Box 1892, Tamale, GHANA West Africa
E-mail: [email protected]
THE COUNTRY DIRECTOR,