Chris Taylor’s Ghana Review
The decision to volunteer in Ghana was possibly the biggest decision I have ever made, and I confidently say that it was the best experience in my life so far.
It can be a little daunting to think that you’re going out to a strange place for a few weeks or even months not knowing what lies ahead of you, and thinking about what you might see or experience can be a scary feeling.
Personally, I found it hard to get excited about Ghana before I left, as I didn’t know what to expect but when I got there I loved every minute of it.
Everything about my time in Ghana made up a worthwhile and memorable experience that I’ll never forget, and if there is anyone out there who reads this, and is torn with the idea of volunteering abroad, then my advice to you would be to go for it, because you won’t regret it one bit!
“The people are absolutely amazing.”
The people in Ghana are absolutely amazing, the locals you meet are friendly and welcoming, the kids always want your attention shouting ‘Obruni’ (White person) every time they see you, and asking questions like, “What’s your name?”, “How old are you?” and “Give me colour!”, asking for crayons.
The co-ordinators are extremely friendly and welcoming, they will answer any questions you have and do their best to settle any nerves and even take you into town when your first arrive.
The staff bend over backwards to help you in any way they can, I was staying at Meme Mintah Hotel in Aduamoah and we had an 18 year old called Fred who organised everything from where we would volunteer each day to organising coaches to take us places at the weekend.
Finally you have the other volunteers, these are all like minded people who are there for similar reason to you. These are the people who you will make your memories with, they will be your little family away from England who will help make you feel right at home in Ghana.
Something like water filters have such an impact on their lives.
If there was one piece of advice I could give to future volunteers, it would be to take something over with you to give to the Ghanaian locals, whether its water filters, clothes, or kids toys it will make a huge difference.
Just cram whatever you can into any excess space you have in your luggage because even the smallest of donations will make a huge difference to the locals. Even a single crayon for a child will make them light up with joy, and you can see just how grateful they are, something that is rarely seen in our own society.
“Even a crayon for a child will make them light up with joy.”
Every Wednesday you can go out to ‘Outreach’ where you visit communities in need and give out whatever it is you can donate, you get to personally give to that person or that family and provide to a community that doesn’t have clean water, food, money or clothes that aren’t ripped.
I gave out water filters and a cash donation for food to two communities, and being able to meet the people who were getting my filters, and being able to help them on a personal level was phenomenal.
Ghana is an amazing country, one that I will never forget. My only regret is that I didn’t stay there for longer.
“You should grab this opportunity with both hands.”
I’d like to say thank you to all the staff in the UK and Ghana who helped make this experience, and I’d like to say to everyone else out there who is going that you should grab this opportunity with both hands because you will love it, and it’s amazing that you have chosen to half way around the world to help people