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Project Name:YCC of Ghana Volunteer and Internship Service
Date Posted:24/07/2007
Date Updated:10/07/2008
Country:Ghana
City/Town:Sogakope,Accra, Dalive, Adrakpo-Abor, Denu, Aflao, Ho, etc
Commitment:Minimum 2-3 weeks, in most work areas 3 months
People Needed:many
Description:Various programs, many medical, see below
Required Skills:most projects have no requirements, some for professional medical personal or other professionals
Costs:range from $350 to $450 for a month
Contact Person:John Glidden
Phone:+233-244-839056
Email:yccghana(AT)yahoo.com, yccghana(AT)gmail.com
Website: http://www.yccghana.org

This project requires a small fee. small fee required

People from worldwide with ages from 16 to 60 and of any religion or race are welcome to participate in our programs in Ghana: Doctors/Dentists,Medical and Nursing student,retired and professionals, home makers, retirees, entrepreneurs & others, sports and fitness volunteer work, conservation/tree planting volunteer work, media and journalism/mass media volunteering, administrators & fundraisers, administrators & fundraisers, it training, general health education etc

YCC of Ghana volunteer/Interns program provides an unique opportunity for individuals to work along side like-minded people who strongly believe in doing well and contributing to the less fortunate in developing countries. Unlike many other volunteer organizations, YCC of Ghana is a well-established non-profit organization, which plans and implements various projects especially in Volta Region of Ghana (West Africa) annually. We also partner or collaborate with non-profit groups, governmental institutions and individuals worldwide. Our volunteer/Interns program is designed for participants to work alongside their counterparts in various capacities in underprivileged communities in Ghana as well as on the YCC of Ghana projects. Qualified volunteers in our program in Ghana work alongside with local workers and professionals. Intern-student-volunteers do shadow local professionals, observe their work, assist them in their work and volunteer under their supervision.

People without special skills, professional qualifications or previous experience may volunteer in most of our programs in Ghana except the health care programs and a few other programs. People from worldwide with ages from 16 to 60 and of any religion or race are welcome to participate in our programs in Ghana.

Participants stay with carefully selected, respectable host families. Period of participation is for short and medium term basis. Optional weekend and 1 week tours around Ghana are organized for our participants. Our work promotes international co-operation, friendship, and cultural exchange and breaks new grounds for sustainable socio-economic development through voluntary work placements.

When in Ghana, our international volunteers follow programs already structured by organizations and institutions they are volunteering for, and assist temporarily in the implementation of these programs. After orientation, participants are paired up with their counterparts in the classrooms, clinics, and businesses for two-week periods. Special arrangements are made for those who request to stay for longer periods of time.

When you join our program, you will work with native people who understand your culture and will help you gain knowledge of theirs. We assure you a happy and fulfilling trip of a lifetime.

YCC of Ghana Volunteer/Intern Program provides opportunities for doctors, college students, dentists, nurses, teachers, medical, dental and nursing students, other, entrepreneurs, retirees, administrators, fundraisers, homemakers and others. Volunteers/Interns are placed with YCC of Ghana or in institutions collaborating with YCC of Ghana. There are both short and long term volunteer/Intern opportunities.

Who Can Help DOCTORS/DENTISTS Many hospitals, rural clinics in Ghana are in need of medical doctors and dentists with various specialties to provide services based on their background and experience. Doctors can provide general medical care services, HIV/AIDS/STI services, and gynecological care. Dentists can provide dental services. In addition, doctors and dentists can teach university students subjects related to their areas of expertise. Volunteer doctors and dentists who choose to work in hospitals and clinical settings may work under poor conditions and with limited resources. Equipment may be outdated and drugs may be in limited varieties. NURSES Ghana is currently experiencing a severe shortage of nurses in both urban and rural clinics. Nurses with backgrounds in public health are needed to help support Ghana’s pilot anti-retroviral drug program. Nurses will work in selected hospitals to provide care for patients on the aforementioned drugs and help monitor their progress. Other nurses may provide basic nursing care, pre/post natal care, infant vaccinations and assist doctors during surgery. In addition, they may teach health education in schools and travel to different regions of Ghana during our outreach program to provide basic medical care such as blood pressure, blood sugar checks, eye screening and HIV/AIDS/STI counseling and testing. MEDICAL & NURSING STUDENTS Medical and nursing student volunteers on electives and internships shadow local medical doctors and nurses by assisting them in their work, observing their work and volunteering under their supervision. Participants do not offer drug injections or perform surgery. Pre-medicals and other health care related students are also welcome to volunteer at clinics and assist local health care professionals in their work. Qualified medical doctors and nurses volunteers work alongside with local health care professionals and as part of a team. Their participation enables them to contribute to the development of general health care and also gain some experience or more experience in the field. Participants do not offer drug injections or perform surgery. Our health programs bring service-learning into private and Government hospitals and clinics around Ghana, allowing participants to gain insight on the contextual constructs of illness and healing in foreign settings. Program Alumni return from Ghana with new perspectives on healthcare systems and delivery. TEACHERS & COLLEGE STUDENTS Based on their backgrounds and experiences, teachers and college students can teach mathematics, English, science, health education, art, music, poetry, etc., in private and governmental primary, elementary, secondary and vocational schools. Teachers and college students interested in special education can work with blind children and children with mental disabilities. Please note: College students may apply for internships with our organization. Volunteers and interns will be guided by a local teacher in the school. They will shadow the local teacher to become familiar with the school, the children, and the teaching curriculum during the first week of classes. If the volunteer or intern is ready at the beginning of the second week, he or she may begin teaching independently.

HOMEMAKERS, RETIREES, ENTERPRENEURS & OTHERS Homemakers can teach home science in primary, elementary, secondary, and vocational schools. Home science consists of teaching school age children how to cook different dishes, prepares western desserts, needlework, home management, etc. Learning these skills prepares students for employment in the tourism industry or to become caterers. Retirees, based on their various experiences and specialties can be placed in the areas of teaching: medicine, agriculture, construction and business. Others not retired, but with similar experiences, can be placed in the aforementioned areas as well.

SPORTS AND FITNESS VOLUNTEER WORK

Participants volunteer by teaching soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, swimming and a variety of other sports to local talents at schools and communities. Periodically, we have other volunteering and volunteer-internship programs available in areas that include Business Finance, advertising, marketing, PR, engineering, IT, interior design, building and construction, dentistry, pharmaceuticals and many other professions.

CONSERVATION/TREE PLANTING VOLUNTEER WORK: Volunteers assist in picking seeds from trees, filling seed bags with enriched soil and planting tree seeds in it, watering tree seedlings at our nursery, transplanting high regenerative trees to preserve the environment and to serve as tree seed source for free distribution.

MEDIA AND JOURNALISM/MASS MEDIA VOLUNTEERING:

Participants volunteer with newspapers and magazines publications, radio or TV stations, photography and film production or media-based awareness projects promoting the rights of women and children. Activities include language editing. Volunteers and intern-student volunteers are welcome. ADMINISTRATORS & FUNDRAISERS Volunteer administrators and fundraisers can provide training in program management and fundraising for community projects and health institutions in Ghana. In addition, they can also assist with the day-to-day operation of organizations.

IT TRAINING

Volunteers assist in providing free Information technology or computer training to under-privileged people. The training will be in any of the following areas: Introduction or windows, Internet Orientation, Ms. Word, Ms. Excel (spread sheet), Ms. Access, Ms. Power Point, Ms. Front page, Publisher, Adobe Page maker, Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop, typing etc. There will also be some computer hardware training in addition to the software training, depending the knowledge and skills of the volunteers. The target groups of people we have been focusing on training them computer skills are under-privileged people and kids such as people from poor income families who as a result of that have become school drop outs, unskilled youth This is to enable them acquire employable skills and live dignified lives for personal and national development

SOCIAL WELFARE (Boarding house for boys and girls) VOLUNTEER WORKS:

Volunteers/interns assist in caring for orphans, destitute, abandoned children and street children from 8 to 17 years. Caring work includes, assisting in cooking for the children, career counseling and showing them love. Some of the orphans lost their parents through fatal accidents, previous political civil wars from neighboring countries etc. Volunteers will also assist in teaching English language and other subjects and extra curriculum activities. Volunteers will be guided by a local teacher during the first week of classes at the boarding house in regard to lesson plans, schedules and teaching curriculum. People with initiative, drive, charisma and compassion to help the under-privileged overcome their challenges and their struggle for dignity are most welcome to participate in this program.

GENERAL HEALTH EDUCATION Volunteers/ Intern will assist to educate people about prevention of Malaria, HIV/AIDS and basic hygiene and to provide support to those affected. Following a one week short training volunteers will assist in raising awareness of the diseases through talks and seminars at local schools and community meetings. HIV/AIDS and Malaria talks and seminars issues will include topics on the nature of the diseases, modes of transmission, statistic reports, methods of preventing its spread, history and symptoms of the disease. There may also be activities like: Promoting voluntary Malaria and HIV counseling and testing; participating in workshops to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. There may be periodic HIV/AIDS documentary video film shows or drama live shows as part of the program. Volunteers may also be periodically involved in office work at HIV/AIDS clinics WHAT TO EXPECT ON A VOLUNTEER/INTERNS TRIP TO GHANA YCC of Ghana staff members will pick you up at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra. After a day of rest, volunteers/Interns will be send to the project sites which are one and half hours drive from Accra (capital city Ghana). Volunteer/Interns will receive orientation concerning programs and organizations/communities for which they will be volunteering in Ghana. Volunteers will also receive additional information about Ghana, its people and culture.

ACCOMMODATIONS, MEALS, TRANSPORTATION Volunteers/Interns serving have 3 options for where he or she want to stay and the options must be selected before arrival.

1. Host family with modern/local facilities 2. 1 Bedroom and the facilities are ceiling fan, beds, a closet and hangers. 3. A tourist class guest houses and hotels. Volunteers/Interns may decide to share rooms with the same sex. Volunteers/Interns have 3 options for meals: 1. Prepare his/her meals 2. Eat at the recommended hygienic restaurants in the community. 3. Meals to be prepared for Volunteer/Interns NOTE: 1. Budgets for selected options will be send to the volunteer/Interns. 2. There are International standard grocery shops in Accra which interns/Volunteers can get meals or any stuffs from their various countries of origin. . A TYPICAL DAY IN GHANA On a typical day most volunteers wake up around 8:00 am, which leaves time for a quick shower and breakfast before leaving for work around 9:00 am by bike or taxi. Some volunteers rise much earlier than that, preferring the "cool" (usually no cooler than about 25 degrees Celsius or 72 degrees Fahrenheit) of the early morning to jog or walk. Breakfast can be bought in shops in the community, example like eggs, toast with butter, jam or cheese spread, crackers, fresh fruit (pineapple, watermelon, apple, etc.), juice and instant coffee or orange pekoe tea. If you prefer brewed coffee, you should bring your own coffee and filters. You should also bring any herbal teas and or your favorite breakfast cereals if desired, as these are hard to find in Ghana. Once at the office, school or clinic, you will meet occasionally with your supervisor to review your goals, and to pose any questions or request supplies. Lunch time in Ghana is 12:30 noon to 2:00PM, Lunch is the big meal of the day in Ghana and type of continental lunch meals in Ghana are includes rice, chicken, plantain, a vegetable salad and bread, Spaghetti, Pasta etc and Ghanaian dish like banku, Fufu, Kenkey with soup or sauce. The day usually ends at 5:00pm, Dinner time start 6:00pm to 7:00 pm. Volunteers/Interns are free to spend they’re evening as they wish. Depending on location volunteers may have access to TV, DVD and VCR. Saturdays and Sundays are normally non-working days. Volunteers can use this time to tour interesting and historical sites, such as Ghana slave castles and forts, spend time relaxing at our nice local tropical beaches, visit arts and crafts centers and large open African market places. Volunteers are responsible for all expenses incurred during leisure time activities. Every Volunteer/Interns have last week as touring week before departing. Please note: We are able to accommodate most special dietary requests. If you have food allergies or if you have dietary restrictions or vegetarian, please let us know so we can accommodate you

SUGGESTED THINGS TO PACK Although you will be with us for two weeks, you do not need to pack many clothes for your trip. Our staff is able to wash your clothes at any time. Bed sheets, pillows, towels and soap are provided for you. It is recommended you bring long, light pants (women may also wish to bring long skirts) as opposed to shorts. Shorts are not appropriate work attire in Ghana, and bare legs are also more likely to attract mosquitoes. For women, we recommend packing 3 or 4 light, comfortable pairs of pants and/or long skirts, and a week’s worth of comfortable, light tops. Though tank tops are not usually worn at work, they can be worn in conjunction with a light blouse. T-shirts are worn everywhere. The weather is always warm in Ghana (around 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit) and most of the offices, schools, and the clinics are not air-conditioned. Breathable clothing is best and light long-sleeved tops are recommended in the evening. Sleepwear should also be light and comfortable, as bedrooms are not air-conditioned. For footwear, it is recommended you bring breathable, durable and comfortable hiking shoes or boots. It is not recommended you wear sandals or have bare foot when working in the field during outreach. Just as sandals/exposed foot are not recommended in the West when working in hospitals and clinics, we too will be working with "sharps" for finger-pricks with VCT or in clinical environments, and therefore recommend closed-toe shoes. However, you may wish to bring a pair of sandals or flip-flops for wearing around the house in the evening.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD BRING? If you are coming to do clinical work, it is a good idea to bring your own stethoscope, otoscope, ophthalmoscope and blood pressure cuff with you. You may, also, want to bring a box of non-Latex gloves, since Latex is still widely used in Ghana. If you have any drug samples (hydrocortisone cream, broad-spectrum antibiotics, etc.) or anything that can be used or given away at field clinics, you may wish to bring those as well. You can also contact us for specific needs before you come. If you are volunteering as a teacher, you can bring teaching materials such pens, pencils, markers, flip charts and writing pads for yourself and perhaps for your students. If you are coming to do administrative work and have your own laptop, you may want to bring it with you. You may also wish to bring a supply of either CD-Rs or floppy disks, since these are difficult to find and not always available. Homemakers can bring a few sewing materials, seasonings and foodstuffs to demonstrate their work. Those working in other areas can bring relevant materials in their fields for demonstration purposes, etc. You will get access to Internet (NOTE: When taking a taxi in Ghana, you should always negotiate a price with the driver BEFORE you get in the vehicle. If you're not sure how much a trip should cost, ask one of our staff for a good rate, and try to negotiate with your driver down to that price). For your protection, the computers at Internet cafes cannot access secure sites or sites with firewalls. If your email server is through a university or other secure site, you will have to bring your laptop with you to access your email. Please note: Most Internet services are concentrated in the bigger cities of Ghana; people living in rural areas have no access to the Internet. If you are placed in a rural area, you may have to travel to a big city or the district capital to send and receive emails. Please note: The power supply is 220 V and battery chargers require transformers. Most laptops are already equipped to handle 110 - 220 V. You may wish to bring a power converter if you are coming from North America. You may also want to bring your favorite videos, novels and magazines with you, as well as any textbooks, notebooks or journals you may need. Old textbooks are valued in Ghana, and we would be happy to receive any donations.

LOCAL CURRENCY The new local currency in Ghana is the "Ghana cedi". You cannot buy cedis outside Ghana. The exchange rate is: 1 U.S. Dollar = approximately 90 Ghana pessewas (GHP) (for small dollar bills $1 to $20) 91 Ghana pessewas (GHP) (big dollar bills $50 t0 $100) (currently 2007). Visa cards are widely accepted in bank machines in Ghana for cash advances. MasterCard is rarely accepted, and American Express is hardly accepted at all. Using either your Visa card or bankcard in a local Ghanaian bank machine is easy, safe, secure and convenient. Please note that most of the bank machines in Ghana operate on the "Plus" system, not "Cirrus" or "Interact". HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING TO GHANA? It is always a good idea to bring at least some cash (U.S dollars) with you to Ghana, even if you are planning on using your Visa or bankcard to withdraw money when you arrive. We will show you the best places to exchange your currencies ("foreign bureau "). However, you might want to exchange a small amount (U.S. for example) at the airport, in case you need to purchase anything before we take you to the Foreign Exchange (usually the afternoon after you arrive). We will meet you at the airport, so there is no need to worry about taxi fare to your residence. Although American Dollars and Pound Sterling are the easiest currency to exchange, there are places to exchange Euros and Canadian Dollars, though the exchange rate is not as good as that offered for the U.S. Dollar. Also, bringing larger bills will earn a better exchange rate than smaller bills. Budgeting approximately - 100 U.S. Dollars per week should be enough money to moderately shop, take taxis, and use the internet cafes, etc. almost anything can be bargained and telephone cards come in cedis denominations. There are Western Union offices throughout and, if necessary, money can easily be wired to you from home.

PROGRAM FEES PACKAGE I (HOST FAMILY) A volunteer/Intern will hosted by a family in the communities or by member of YCC of Ghana, which the projects are located and YCC of Ghana will approve, and assured Safety of the Volunteer/Intern. VOLUNTEER: (a) Administration fees: US $250.00 Includes one night at the hotel/guest house for resting in Accra, transportation for pickup/drop off at the airport and to the project sites and other administrative cost that may occur. (b) Accommodation and Utility fees: US $70.00 per a Month. INTERNS: (a) Administration fees: US $350.00 Includes one night at the hotel/guest house for resting in Accra, transportation for pickup/drop off at the airport and to the project sites and other administrative cost that may occur. (b) Accommodation and Utility fees: US $70.00 per a Month.

(All Fees must be paid to YCC Desk immediately after arrival and please insist on receipt and agreement document). PACKAGE II (PRIVATE APARTMENT) Intern will have access to 1 Bedroom and the facilities are ceiling fan, beds, a closet and hangers. (Have his/her privacy) VOLUNTEER: (a) Administration fees: US $250.00 Includes one night at the hotel/guest house for resting in Accra, transportation for pickup/drop off at the airport and to the project sites and other administrative cost that may occur. (b) Accommodation and Utility fees: US $120.00 per a Month or less. INTERNS: (a) Administration fees: US $350.00 Includes one night at the hotel/guest house for resting in Accra, transportation for pickup/drop off at the airport and to the project sites and other administrative cost that may occur. (b) Accommodation and Utility fees: US $120.00 per a Month. (All Fees must be paid to YCC Desk immediately after arrival and please insist on receipt and agreement document). Please note: tourist guesthouse and hotels are available upon request by the volunteer and YCC of Ghana will provide full details. Any volunteer/Intern who want to volunteer more than 3 months duration can alert YCC of Ghana for special packages details WHAT WE DO YCC of Ghana has many of services for the communities, but below are our current projects:

· EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS · MINI LIBRARY PROGRAMS · HEALTH PROGRAMS · IT TRAINING PROGRAMS · WATER AND SANITATION PROGRAMS · LEADERSHIP AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS · COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS · COUNSELING · KINDERGATERN SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS · BOARDING HOUSING PROGRAM · MALARIA MEDAICATION OUTREACH PROGRAM

SPECIAL PROGRAMS 1. 3 WEEK KENTE WEAVING PROGRAMS 2. 3 WEEKS DRUMMING MAKING,DRUMMING AND DANCING PROGRAMS

OUR CONTACTS YOUTH CREATING CHANGE OF GHANA P.O. BOX SK 120, SOGAKOPE V/R, GHANA-WEST -AFRICA,

Tel: +233-244-839056, +233-243-513867 E-MAIL: yccghana(AT)yahoo.com WEBSITE: www.yccghana.org

Anshul — 08 June 2012, 06:48

Dan Taylor in Accra saved our field this weekend! It is riinang / flooding in Accra, he rushed to the field and got an emergency crew to drain it. They dug deep trenches so the sunflowers did not di