Volunteers

Tom Anderson – Ghana

Names of staff involved in your programme:

Appiah, Fred, Darko, Rebeca.

What members of staff do you remember the most and why? Appiah – He took us to the projects and was really helpful, Rebecca helped us on our first day, showing us around the village and Fred is very laid back, and always there to help when you need him.

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What were your impressions of the accommodation?
The accommodation was luxury for Ghana! It was so much better than I expected.

Why did you want to volunteer?
I had volunteered with Original Volunteers before in Morocco, so I knew OV were a company I could trust, I wanted to visit these places that I had only ever heard of. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, and do something positive.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?

Yes! We painted an entire school, and the headmaster was very impressed. I taught the younger children things they hadn’t learnt before.

What did you do for fun?
We went to a beach resort called Big Millies. A must for every volunteer. We went on a boat trip on one of the biggest manmade lakes in Africa, and visited a waterfall (although the waterfall wasn’t there, it was the dry season!!)

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
We went to Sunday service in the church next door to the volunteer accommodation, it was very African, a lot of dancing and singing- we had a great couple of hours.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
We all made friends with each other, and have met up in the UK since we’ve been home.

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
The bar in the house, it’s where we were every night!

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers? Please explain why.
Ok, I’ve been to Morocco already, and going back in November, I loved Marrakesh, I’m going back to Ghana in January, I went to Cambodia in May, and me and a friend plan to do the India project next summer. *Phew!*

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
Do it! You won’t regret it, and you won’t be alone!

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Take Cheese and Chocolate to Ghana, everyone would appreciate that!

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
I went in January and there was about 15 volunteers, I have been advised not to go in the summer as you may find you have a lot of free time, due to the amount of volunteers, try and go when people are in college/ university.