Frivillig i Ghana
Since 2013 volunteers have been coming to our places in Nungua and in Abrani for longer or shorter period.
They have been in Nungua to schools and an orphanage.
We have just put up a Daycare at our house in Nungua, where its possible to come and help building it up as a teacher/ inspirer for the teachers.
In the village Abrani have a group in 2013 to establish a new place for the daycare. And we have had volunteers at the Abrani school. A stay in Abrani is a sweet experience, your life is primitive but very rich, a lot of smiles everyday, and you can join in all what you like to join: Going to the farm, fetching water at the river, swim in the river, drum and dance, going to church, take part in ceremonies as funerals( they are very important in Ghana) and much more.
You can stay from 4 weeks. You stay at the families, they take very good care of you, you get 2-3 meals a day, and they help you with all you need of help.
They pick you at the airport, advice you with the transport in Ghana etc
The cost is 1000 euro for 4 weeks, and 250 euro pr week more, we advice you to stay for 3 months, to get a prober feeling for Ghana, and you can relax in your stay, everything is slower in Ghana.
Included in the price is advice before and under your stay from Denmark and Ghana: Vaccinations, malaria protection, visa application, ticket etc.
For the food the women are used to foreigners in the village and Nungua, you can get international food, and traditional. Its a good idea to bring a Lifestraw bottle, then you always have clean water. You have to take care yourself of your drinkíng water.
Do you have other skills, you would like to share in Ghana, then tell us.
Anna fra Tyskland var 3 mdr. i 2018 i Ghana:’
Three months in Ghana.
What an unforgettable experience. Three months full of Jollof Rice, the
sound of the sea and unbelievably welcoming people. After my graduation in
spring 2017 I wanted to take a Gap Year in order to broaden my horizon and see
something completely different – which definitely is, what I got. Not a single
day passed without making new friends in the TroTro(Vans used as Busses for
public transportation), learning new words in the local languages or trying
some new delicious food.
Through all these experiences I was guided by Perpetual and her family –
which bit by bit became my Ghanaian family. Most of my time I stayed in the
families’ house in Nungua; close to Accra. When I got there for the first time
I was stunned by the postcard-like view out of my window. Nothing but palms and
the ocean. This view greeted me every morning when I got up to get ready for
school. Since I did not only want to see another part of the world but also try
to support a social project I served as a volunteer in an orphanage – the ‘New
Life Children’s Home International’ – and its attached school. Not only with
Perpetual and the others I felt like being part of a new family, but also the
orphanage and school became a second(or third) home rather than a place of
work. Especially as time went on I could sense how the children’s trust in me increased.
When nicknames and insider jokes were made up. When I was presented with
drawings and selfmade bracelets. Thus I was even more thankful for not only
teaching subjects such as creative Arts and Citizenship Education in school or
giving out food at lunch, but also spending time with my students – and friends
or as we said ‘little siblings’ – on weekend parties and trips. When I got the
opportunity to stay over for one night I was happy to be part of the kid’s
Another part of my stay in Ghana consisted of a trip to the Volta Region
for which I could join Perpetual. There I could not only admire the jungle,
mountain Afadjato(Ghana’s highest mountain close to the Togolese border) and
one of the breathtaking waterfalls as parts of typical African nature but also
get into close contact with a rather traditional Ghanaian lifestyle.
Further more in the village – Likpe Abrani – I worked as a teacher in
the local Junior High School and thus could compare my impressions of both the
school on the countryside and in Nungua. It is hard to tell what I enjoyed
more: the extended discussions with the headmaster and my teacher colleagues
about Religion, Education Systems and whatever else came into our minds or the
enthusiastic dancing and drumming performances by the students. Writing about
these three months makes me notice how intense and vivid the time here has
been. Another obroni(a white man) said to me: “You can go home and tell
these people all about Ghana. But the thing is: they just won’t believe
I could spend hours describing the colors of the market, the mixture of
smells when walking along the Beach Drive or the feeling when the small, dark
hands of curious children touch your hair again and again – but I guess, that’s
something everyone needs to experience herself. For me now time has come to say
goodbye to these amazing people, places and impressions I found here.
But since they changed me a lot I will carry them with me until maybe – who knows?! – I will return one day to my African home. Anna Heckhausen
Anna carrying water from the river