African Adventures: Volunteering in Ghana

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African Adventures works in a rural, deprived area of Ghana where there are limited prospects for children, with the main industries being fishing and agriculture. African Adventures works with a local non-governmental organisation, The Young Shall Grow International (TYSGI), which is focused on the provision of opportunity for children through education.

TYSGI was started by Siva Vordzorgbe, who was made homeless at a young age and started working at the age of 11 so that he could afford to attend school at 13 years old. Siva wants to provide children with the opportunities that he didn't have so he partnered with African Adventures in 2013 to help realise his dream.

African Adventures and TYSGI support with the development of a number of local schools, providing financial and humanitarian assistance. Volunteers can support by carrying out a teaching support role, a sports coaching role or a construction role. A fantastic adventure weekend shows you Ghana's beauty and culture.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!

My African Adventure was brilliant! I went to Woe in Ghana as part of a school group and loved every minute of it. We were made so welcome by everyone in Ghana, including the staff, street children, Shalom school children/teachers and the surrounding community. The food was amazing, the rooms were cleaned daily and the hospitality was great. We experienced so many different cultural activities from a funeral to an inter-school competition and Noah and Bright, our hosts kept us busy the whole time making sure not a minute of our time in Ghana was wasted. I was also lucky that everyone in my group wanted to take an active part in the culture and dancing which made it even more fun. The only advice I would give is to get up and do the chicken dance every time you are invited, you will regret it if you don't! Thank you for such an unforgettable experience, I will treasure the memories forever!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing could improve it! The staff were so kind and in the run up to the trip, we were given help an assistance along the way to make the trip planning as easy as possible and I'm sure our teachers would feel the same.
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African Adventures - Harpenden Ghana Trip July - Aug 2016

A group of nine teenagers and one adult visited Ghana to develop an understanding of a very different culture and society by volunteering to teach and build in a school on the south-east coast of Ghana. We spent 17 days either helping the teaching staff meet their teaching objectives or helping build a classroom in a school with virtually no resources. And what a tremendous experience it was - I have spent a lot of time abroad and I can honestly say that my trip to Ghana was one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had.

The trip is designed to integrate the group into the local community and immerse them in the local culture and society as much as possible in a relatively short time...and it worked! I left Ghana feeling that we had developed a real understanding of the issues facing a developing sub-Saharan country, how they affect people and how they can be tackled in a sustainable fashion. I was also left with a deep respect for the wonderfully kind and generous people who opened their arms to us and made us feel incredibly welcome throughout the trip (the Ghanaians’ reputation for openness and friendliness is well-deserved).

Ghana is an extraordinarily beautiful and diverse country, steeped in rich history and culture, on the edge of developing rapidly, with some of the most friendly people in the world and a raft of opportunities unspoiled by tourism. Our trip was punctuated by two wonderful weekends: the first in the East, in the highland rainforests where monkeys eat plantains from your hands and you can wash away dirt and cares under the highest waterfall in West Africa; the second spent exploring the amazing and historic Cape Coast Castle,, taking a rope walk over the canopies of a beautiful rainforest and getting up close and personal with crocodiles!

I would recommend this programme unhesitatingly for any group who wishes to get a real insight into Ghana, its people, culture and issues. A beautiful country, a great programme and a genuinely valuable experience.

What would you improve about this program?
It was exactly what I expected. There were a couple of very minor issues around preparation for building and teaching. But I would not have changed anything significant at all. African Adventures were superb.
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scouting holiday of a lifetime

Wow. I barely even know where to begin. I have just returned from a visit to Woe in Ghana with a group of 21 explorer scouts and 6 leaders. We had a totally amazing time. The support staff were fantastic and the experience was so much more than any of us could have every expected. I will never forget how incredibly lucky I am and honoured to have been part of such an amazing adventure, watching the explorers grow in experience and maturity and being a part of such an awesome community. Can't wait to do it all again.

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Ghana Easter 2016

Wow fantastic , myself and 26 others all from staffordshire scouts went to Ghana at Easter we taught at 2 different schools and built at the schools,the classroom experience was fantastic and so was the build the kids and staff at the schools were fantastic .All the staffs at our accommodation couldn't do enough for you and Kerry from African adventure was great we all were sad when it was time to leave ,we will be back and this time we have the experience and no exactly what we need to take and what classroom work to have planned in advance .The overall experience was fantastic we were looked after all the time and if we wanted to do any thing it was all ways sorted .Thank you to everyone who made this possible

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A Flexible Programme Designed to Meet the Individual Needs of the Volunteer

What makes African Adventures different (and better) than other Learning Outside the Classroom providers which I have used before, is that they cater directly to the individual needs and requests of the 'customer' in their care. When I took my pupils to Ghana, African Adventures accommodated our needs and requests and were very flexible in manipulating the programme to meet the satisfaction levels of the entire team in my care. For once it truly felt that they were providing a service to individuals who were part of a group rather than a mass group following a pre-arranged, mass produced packaged holiday. Based on their ability to provide a first class service with excellent customer care, I will find it difficult to approach a different organisation in order to find a similar service. Based on our successful trip with them, I have planned a similar trip to Ghana this summer as I need to give a different group of pupils that wonderful experience that we all shared that last time we travelled with African Adventures. Well done team African Adventures.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps increased opportunities for internet access by secondary school pupils (when possible) as this is an ongoing request being made by them especially when being away from home for more than one week.