Atlas Volunteers

Program Reviews

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Maël
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A program where you really help others while discovering a new culture

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Bjarne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching and coaching project

From the first evening I spent in pepease I felt really welcome and during the first few days I got fastly integrated into the group. The Projects with kids were very fun and I had the feeling I may have had an impact on the children. The coordinators that I met during my stay were really helpful especially Dom and Frank. Frank helped me ease into the project in the first few days and was always there and easy to talk to. The same goes for Dom who also helped us organizing trips on the weekend. I never felt left alone in 2 month that I was in Ghana. The house that I was living in had an unbelievable view every morning and it was a very calming atmosphere in general.
Lastly the rest of the organization that I have met like Richmond and Sam have also always been nice. I think I met most of the organizers during my stay which helped me identify with the organization easier and faster.

Pros
  • Family environment
  • Good projects
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Sterre
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I would highly recommend Atlas!

Volunteering for Atlas in Ghana was my best decision so far!
It was my first time in Africa, all by myself, not knowing what to expect. But honestly, I have never felt lost or unsafe. Dom, Frank, and Sam are experienced and passionate in what they do. They will make you feel at home and give you a lot of guidance, both in the project and during the rest of your time in Ghana.
During my project, there was room for helping with other projects as well, which made it really diverse and fun! I worked with the local community directly, which made the project of high impact and value. The volunteering project is of course the main focus, but the time is flexible. You will have time to explore the rest of what Ghana has to offer (spoiler: A lot of good stuff!).
I would highly recommend Atlas!

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Tabea
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience Ghana

Ghana was one of the most important experiences I had in my life. To be with people where nothing of your previous life matters is a situation everyone should be in. The Ghanaian culture allows you to have fun and joy in another way even in the school's its so normal to just dance and enjoy some moments with the students and the teachers. Being a part of Atlas Volunteers made me feel like home. All the people caring for you and you can feel completely safe. Also the fact that you have still your own life there is really important. Your day isn't planed you have your own choice what you want to do in your freetime. Meeting people from all over the word is something you cannot have in so many places but here. Learning from other cultures and making friends who will last for ever and to feel yourself in a way you feel completely comfortable with. That's Ghana for me.

Pros
  • The variation of experiences
  • Experienc yourself
  • Nice people
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Sansano
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlas Volunteers

On my arrival, I was very well received by the atlas team and the other volunteers, I stayed 4 months with them in Ghana and I was not disappointed with the trip, the mission met my expectations.
By getting involved, there is a real possibility to have an impact in the schools with which the association works.
I highly recommend going there if you like, or want to discover how is it to work with children.
The accommodation is of very good quality and well maintained, the area is also beautiful.

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Marcos
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An outstanding experience

I am 18 years old, I wanted to do a real volunteering program.
And with “real” I mean helping people, being needed in a project created with the only purpose of giving and not receiving, that wanted to make a change and not money. In other words, something impossible to find.

That is what I thought until the day I arrived to Atlas. The transparency, mentality, and the desire to make a better world that they have is unbelievable and really admirable. I stayed only for a month and I could learn so much more that I could give. I really want people to feel what I felt, to live what I lived, to have what for me was the best experience of my life.

Furthermore, I would like to encourage people to take the step as I did, I promise that you will never regret it and will some day tell your experience as fascinated as I am

Pros
  • There is a great family in Atlas
  • A lot of independence but being taken care of.
Cons
  • I would have stayed more
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Lisa
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Kiding garden

It is an incredible and unforgettable experience where we bring new knowledge to the children who are very happy and grateful.
Community life allows you to meet beautiful people of different nationalities, which promotes an exchange of culture. Morever we can travel for tourism, it's really great.
the people of the association are always attentive to our questions and our needs, they are super caring.
The realization of theme evenings allows everyone to get to know each other and always have a good time.
Life at home is very comfortable and pleasant.

Pros
  • Dom
  • Ben
  • Sam
Response from Atlas Volunteers

Hi Lisa, thank you so much for taking the time to complete this. It was a pleasure having you as part of the team.
It's great to see your feedback about our support team and the volunteer coordinators being attentive - I will ensure to pass your feedback onto Dom, Frank and Ben.
We pride ourselves on our focus towards support and impact - is there anything we could do to improve on the support score from your point of view? If you get time it would be great to hear from you via our usual contact methods, or just incase you can also use contact@atlasvolunteers.com.
Thank you,
Team Atlas.

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Leandro
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlas Volunteers

It was a huge human experience for me, I enjoyed my trip and lived an incredible adventure. It took me a while to find a good volunteering organisation and I am so glad I found this one.
The best part of the trip was clearly meeting amazing people from Ghana and from all over the world. The landscapes are also breathtaking and meeting local people in their environement, learning from them et their culture was a blessing. I don't know if the work I did over there will really be useful in the futur but overall it was a life changing experience thanks to the people.

Response from Atlas Volunteers

Hey Leandro,
Thank you so much for taking the time to complete this. We're also so glad you were able to find us, you were a huge part of the team and your ethics and goals lined up completely with what we aim for. Thanks for being such a positive and outgoing character in the team.
In terms of the project work completed, I know things in Ghana are not always smooth sailing but we truly believe that the reforestation project is one of the most critical tasks we are able to help the local district on at this time. Especially in the area of the Kotoso-Tafo project where they are already feeling the effects of climate change and their landscape changing. As you know better than most of us, it's a HUGE project that will take probably take at least another year to complete with the seasons so messed up at the moment but we're all in this journey together, one step at a time. Not only will this offer a massive number of native trees back to the area but once they mature, they will provide a huge tree canopy to not only help monitor temperatures nearby, draw birds back and also improve connections for the local farmers and village folk being able to walk between their villages hidden in the bush with the larger towns of Tafo and Kotoso. I know you joined us at the start of this project and the driving force behind being able to get so much completed so I truly think you should be massively proud of the work - once we get through this dry season we have the next batch of around 2000 seedlings to start planting in early 2023.
If you have any suggestions on how you think we could improve on our Impact or Support scores from your view, we would love to hear back if you get the time. You can use our normal contact methods or contact@atlasvolunteers.com
Thanks for everything Leandro!
Team Atlas.

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Ben
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlas Volunteers Summer 2022 Review

Where do I start. There are so many areas of this project which are amazing. I was quite nervous about travelling alone for the first time, but as soon as I was introduced to everyone I knew I would be ok. I felt that I was really lucky at the time I arrived, as there was an amazing group of people already in Abetifi. This made it really easy to adjust. I hadn't really planned on doing a lot of teaching when I first arrived, but it is hard not to when you see the impact that Atlas has.

A huge positive to Atlas is the amount of flexibility. Whilst I had applied for the Football academy, I was also given the opportunity to try almost every project. This was great as it meant that I could say that I tried everything. It was also great how flexible everyone was regarding trips and excursions, as we had the opportunity to travel to other parts of Ghana.

Everyone involved in the organisation is very friendly and helpful. If there are any issues that arise, or if there is anything that you are not sure about, then there is always someone that you can ask, either at the house or by phone. I didn't really know what to expect when I arrived regarding the safety of the place, but I can truly say that I did not have a moment where I was worried about my personal safety or my belongings.

I only stayed at the project for 5 weeks which was not nearly long enough, but in this time it allowed me to experience what life is like for people in Ghana, as well as build relationships with people I would otherwise not have met, and that I will keep in touch with for many years to come.

Pros
  • Flexibility regarding project choice
  • ability to travel round the country
  • Amount of support from everyone involved in the projects
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Antonia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Second time with Atlas

It was already my second time with Atlas in Ghana and it does feel like a second home for me.
I would definitly recommend staying there as long as possible. Because the longer I was there, the better I was able to understand and appreciate all the things that were so new at the begining and that had perhaps also scared me a little.
The second time was not as adventurous as the first time, but I think you have a bigger impact the longer you are there.
I was able to get to know the children a lot better and I hope I was able to help more.
Also I think that it is super intresting to have a completly diffrent erveryday life.
I felt super safe especially with the team who are always there to support you no matter what.
I have realized how much less I can live with and most importantly how much less I can be happy with. Nevertheless, I was glad when I had my washing machine back :)
I really can not do more than recommend it. So that the projects can continue and maybe you can help a little bit.