Matthew Strachan – Ghana

Names of staff involved in your programme:

Fred, Rebecca, Dominic, Appiah

What members of staff do you remember the most and why? Dominic was exceptionally helpful and friendly. He did everything to ensure that all of the residents within the house were happy, safe etc. He made the trip a success.

Why did you want to volunteer?
To make a difference and to explore African culture.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes. Especially in terms of the building work that was carried out.

What did you do for fun?
Had nights out, watched dvds etc.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
It’s hard to state just one. The whole trip was an incredible experience.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
Most people there I became quite close to. I have remained in contact with them too.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers? Please explain why.
Yes perhaps another destination. Mainly because I could not fault the experience that I had nor the work of the staff.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
I already have done.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Relax and just go with it. If you do that you will enjoy the experience so much more