Amidst the lush greenery and away from the hustle and bustle of the city is Agona, a small and beautiful place that any one would fall in love with at the very first sight. It is an amazing place that radiates serenity with plenty of attractions for nature lovers, be it enjoying the scenic beauty of nature, studying the various dimensions of local culture or simply relaxing within recreational spots. In Ghana the most vulnerable, marginalized and poor households are concentrated in the rural communities that rely on natural resources for food, livelihoods, housing and health. A lot more needs to be done in bettering educational, health care and environment conservation related developments. The lack of education coupled with lack of awareness is in fact aggravating the situation. The slowly disappearing plants and trees are a major concern. The Government is helpless in providing immediate relief owing to the magnitude of the issue. The poorest among the poor continue to suffer a neglected life.
GWC is introducing this project in order to help these local poor people by involving the youth volunteers from different parts of the world. Volunteers will be involved in tree plantation, protecting the environment, watering, planting new plants and flowers, taking care of them, cutting spoil plants and leaves, creating awareness among the community and any help locally required at the project. Volunteers will also be involved in arranging events, seminars on tackling issues related to unhygienic environment, diseases and its preventions. The volunteers are encouraged to visit tourist spots to unwind after the hard they put in dedicatedly. While you enjoy a day out remember the good work of yours will go a long way even much after you would have left Agona, in Ghana. Little gestures of help and care offered by you will bring positive changes in the lives of these underprivileged people. GWC needs you for you have the fire and desire that these people look up to in help decreasing the Global warming, enhance environmental protection and deal with other international issues.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: We recommend arrival in Ghana at least two days before the project is scheduled to begin. Once you have arrived at Kotoka International Airport, You will be picked by our partner organization members. She/he (local representative) will be holding a sign displaying your name as well as “Global Workcamps.” Please provide your date of arrival and flight document some weeks before.
On the second day, all volunteers will meet at our partner organization’s hostel in Accra-Bortianor for introduction and orientation of the program, you’ll be told about health and safety issues in Ghana, the history, culture and customs of Ghana. These are issues that are very relevant to you while you’re working in Ghana. So pay attention and ask lots of questions from the supervisor or any concerned person. You can even prepare yourself for it by reading few things about Ghana before the project starts. The Instructor will tell you more as you ask questions.
This will involve physical work. The project coordinator will educate all camp members on the type of work and materials needed. You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will be introduced about the project and environment. It will help group to understand work features and other related works associated with this project.
Day 4 – 12:
Sometimes we will have invited guest’s speakers to present for discussion but most of the time volunteers will facilitate the discussions. Afternoon hours are for home visits within the community, interacting with the locals through sports or debates etc. Over the weekend, you have time to relax by taking tours and sightseeing.
(Please Refer project highlights for details)
Day 13: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking tour to village site and having picnic with local staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing and will really enjoy a lot. Free time activities may include swimming, sports, hiking, music, theatre etc. You will also be able to make excursions to towns or famous sites in the area around the work camp, as well as getting to know the local people, their culture and traditions etc.
Day 14-16: Project work (Construction and Environment Protection) continues.
Day 17: Visit and Explore: Visit and explore the beautiful places of Ghana along with the group of participants who will be of your own age group. This will also help you to share your new experience with each other and the bonding gets better.
Day 18: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Ghana will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a Home base. The living conditions of the placement depend on the area to which you are assigned. Although a beautiful, friendly place, Please do not expect luxurious accommodations. Electricity might not be there in the accommodation area. You’ll share your room with other volunteers and use communal toilets. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day. Volunteers are expected to come forward and prepare their own meals. If you want to have your own food (not included in fee) from local restaurants/anywhere that would suit your tastes and budget, you can have it at your own cost.
Volunteers traveling to host country are suggested to arrive one day before the start of program. The weekly work camp fee will cover expenses beginning of the first day of the program (Refer to date in the table) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program and/or stay beyond the last day of the program, expenses will be the responsibility of the volunteer (usually $30-$50 per day for room/food at the hotel).
If volunteers are delayed or miss their flight, it is highly recommended that you call our offices or your coordinator and make alternative arrangements with them. In the event that a volunteer gets lost, our general suggestion is that they go to the specific contact hotel (provided within the pre-departure package) using a pre-paid taxi service. There is an office offering pre-paid taxi services at the airport. Please do not use outside taxies. Once participants make contact with GWC’s representative or in-country coordinator, they will then be transferred to GWC’s respective offices/hostel.