Gender equity has progressed in Ghana. And as many mothers work to support their families, they must rely on community support to help with their children. Community groups and childcare centers support the needs of these mothers and provide essential services for children. However, these centers are often under-resourced and severely understaffed. Your work to assist with the care of infants and children provides opportunities for entire families. While providing care, early education, one-on-one attention, and love to the youngest generation, you’ll bolster each child’s self-esteem and pave the way for their first steps toward a new future.
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant.
All volunteers can choose their length of stay in a program, for between 1 and 12 weeks. Volunteer work takes place each weekday morning for 4-5 hours, and Cultural & Learning Activities are provided most afternoons. These activities provide unique insights into the local community and culture, and include language lessons, reflection sessions, excursions to local points of interest, guest speakers, cooking lessons, and dance classes, among others. Volunteers have free time available most evenings and all weekends to explore the local community and country.
Orientation and training (supervision and preparation the participant will receive).
Following a comprehensive training with your Program Specialist (online and through phone/email), volunteers are provided with a full orientation upon arrival in-country. This orientation, led by the Country Director and in-country staff, includes guidance on effective volunteering for your work assignment, a crash language lesson, a guided tour of the local community, important health and safety information, and an introduction to the Home-Base, your supportive in-country staff, and your fellow volunteers. Our orientation doesn’t end with just one day, however; the in-country staff are on hand throughout your experience and provide structured and unstructured reflection sessions throughout your time.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information).
We take the safety of our volunteers seriously – it’s our #1 priority. Our programming was built with your safety in mind – from the 30-point vehicle inspections conducted each day, to the local of our Home-Base and volunteer work assignments, to the attention to detail you’ll see throughout our programs to ensure that you are safe and comfortable. Our in-country cooks are trained on safe food preparation, as well as preparing food for a wide range of dietary restrictions, preferences, and food allergies. All volunteers are provided with comprehensive travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance, and we’ve developed relationships with local hospitals and healthcare facilities for any healthcare needs. Additionally, our in-country staff is there to support you throughout your experience, and provide you with valuable guidance on your safety. You’ll see our commitment to safety in every aspect of our program.
Volunteers will be guided through the preparation process by a dedicated Program Specialist, who’s also an alumni. Volunteers will arrange their own airport transportation to arrive at the airport in Accra, Ghana on the volunteer start date, and will be welcomed by the in-country staff and transported to the Home-Base to start the volunteer experience. Volunteers should plan to depart on the end date of their program, which is the last Saturday of the experience
Your in-country experience will be led by the experienced Country Director, Makafui Amenuvor. Born and raised in Ghana’s Volta Region, Makafui has been with our program in Ghana since its launch in 1998. After earning his bachelor’s degree stateside at the University of North Dakota, Makafui established the Hohoe program, and has been steering the ship ever since. When he’s not busy with our program in Ghana or showing off his dance moves, Makafui loves to swim, after recently conquering a childhood fear of the water; go, Makafui, go! A dream of his is to build an operational plane out of scrap parts so while in Ghana, keep an eye out for anything he might be able to use.