Why did you decide to volunteer with Projects Abroad in Ghana?
Kathrine: I found their internet page, and from the first second I felt that PA was a safe and good company to travel with. After a short time of consideration I called the Danish office to talk with them about which projects they could offer me, and in which countries. It should be said, that I planned my entire trip in less than 3 weeks.
The man at the office and I agreed that he should contact the people in Kenya and Ghana and learn about what projects they had. After a couple of days he called me back, and I decided that the project in Ghana was the one I wanted, and I ordered the trip online.
I decided to travel with Project Abroad because from day 1 they were really helpful, I felt safe with them, and they took me seriously.
Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.
Kathrine: I worked at an orphanage with disabled and/or abandoned children everyday from 8 till 12. At 8, I would go the the bigger kids (4-10 years) and help the mothers with feeding the kids. At 8.30, I went to the babies room (0-4 years) to change and feed the babies, and after that I stayed with the babies, played, sang and gave them love. The doors were open, so the bigger kids often came and joined us in the babies room. At 11-11.30 the babies got lunch, we changed them and they were put to have a nap, and I went home.
The days I did not have plans with the Project or the other volunteers I went back to the Orphanage from 14.30 till 17.00, and I did more or less the same as from 8-12. Every wednesday the project had a meeting, where all the volunteers and coordinators met for a quiz, cooking lesson, football or volleyball match against a school or children's home. We, the volunteers, came with suggestions, and the coordinators tried to make it happened.
What made this experience unique and special?
Kathrine: The fact that I helped the kids at the home of course made it a special and memorable trip. But when i look back, the things i remember the most is all the people i meet. In my 4 months. I got to meet a lot of different volunteers, and all of us had a unique and fantastic friendship. But I also got to know a lot of people who live in Ghana. In addition, I was able to meet people that were Lebanese, German, Spanish etc. people - and all of them were amazing, welcoming and helpful. The people I met and came to love were what made my trip the best.
How has this experience impacted your future?
Kathrine: It made me more confident. I know now that I can make a difference. It might have been just a small one at the orphanage, but even though I just made a difference for 4 kids, I made a big difference for them. So I've returned home proud of what I've done - and I now know how little you need to do to make a small difference. And this realization has made me want to study something where I can help other people make a difference, and thereby make a bigger difference.