Libby Down in Ghana

Names of staff involved in your programme:
Fred, Rebecca, Sam, Dom, Appiah, Florence

What members of staff do you remember the most and why?
Sam – he lived in the house with us and really helped us to feel at home. He grew to be a good friend Fred – hilarious and very Ghanaian, he made us all feel so welcome and was there for us no matter what time of day it was!

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
I loved the accommodation, shared rooms, kitchen and bathrooms it was much better than I was expecting!

Why did you want to volunteer?
To see a new country, meet people and try and make a difference to an amazing area.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes I really do, I taught one of the boys in my class how to write and read basic numbers and the pride he had on his face when he could write ‘5’ was something I will never ever forget!!

What did you do for fun?
Visited waterfalls, lakes, beach, went to the market, to bars, clubs, restaurants, watched films, played games, chatted, went swimming, went for hikes up nearby mountain!

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
We climbed up a mountain and ended up in an area we weren’t meant to go so got chased off the mountain by 3 locals. Absolutely hilarious and something I will remember for a long time!

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons? Everyone, there was a group of 5 of us that stayed really close and are still in close contact but making friends is easy out there.

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
Kaabs – a local restaurant/bar. Lovely owners and nice atmosphere Vibes cafe – owned by Fred and was nice to relax in Lake Volta – sunset swims!!

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers? Please explain why. Definitely! Was already organising my next trip before I got back home! I am recommending OV to everyone! You are helped the whole way along but you have a lot of freedom when you get there.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?

Do it! Go with Original Volunteers! Make the most of every single opportunity you get out there

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Baby wipes and Imodium!

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Make the most of your time! If there’s something you want to do it then do it!! Oh and take some ‘nicer’ outfits for going out in the evenings or at weekends 🙂