Laura Davitt in Ghana
What members of staff do you remember the most and why?
Richard – was the house keeper, he helped the volunteers not only at the house, but took us out to the local market up the mountain. We had lots of fun. He was friendly and had a lot of time for everyone.
What were your impressions of the accommodation?
I thought the accommodation was a lot more cleaner and nicer than I imagined. I left and my belongings were safe in the house at all times.
Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted a new and completely different experience. I work in England for charities but as paid stuff. I see so many people giving up their time and I wanted to do the same. It was my first time travelling outside of Europe and by myself, I wanted a challenge and I defiantly got one. I loved it.
Do you feel you made a difference, how?
I feel that I did make a difference, not only with the fact that I organised and paid for an orphanage to receive 24 new mattress and pillows, but the fact that I gave time to children you could see made them happy. A lot of the children just loved to have attention and a cuddle.
What did you do for fun?
I went travelling around the country on weekends, I stayed in the rainforest in a tree house 60 metres high, I visited Cape coast castle, I went to big millies etc
When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
Myself and some other volunteers decided to go to a public hamam to try and get the full Morrocan experience. We had our bikini tops flung off and we were scrubbed within an inch of our life. Then we had big buckets of water thrown with force over us. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much (obviously that was after we had left).
In terms of volunteering, I think taking the summer camp kids to a beach and playing with them in the freezing sea.
Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
I made friends with all the 16 volunteers that I stayed with for one month. Since being back nine of us reunited at a curry night to raise money for the Ghana projects, I have stayed in close contact with 2 of the volunteers and meet up regularly with Jo in London. I found things in common with them, we were all like minded people.
What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise
BIG MILLIES – so much fun, beaches, music great cocktails!
Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Yes I would love to I just need to find the time. Its just unreal!
What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
Do it, best thing your ever do, be open minded and don’t think twice!
What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
A wind up torch – mine lasted everyone else ran out of battery.
How much money would you suggest you take per week?
£50.00 but that is over spending!!!
Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Check out my blog – http://laura-davitt.blogspot.co.uk/ about my Ghana travels….