Some past volunteer/interns Testimonials Page
Chelsea Kennedy, Australia.
"My experience in Ghana was generally very good. I enjoyed learning about the culture and traveling around the country with my friend 'Elorm'. My host family were mostly welcoming especially 'Grandma' who was very kind and supportive. At times I found life in Ghana difficult due to the 'Lights Out' problem that was occurring in Accra. I received very good support from Premier volunteers of Ghana. Both Evans and Esenam were very supportive and responsive to my needs or concerns whilst I was completing my 3 months program.
I taught a fashion styling class and helped organized a fashion photo shoot with the students. Both of these were successful. I did not have any failures. I would have liked to have more one-on-one time with the ‘Abbi creation’ designer 'Madam Abbi' to learn more about African design and free cutting. She was not often available with me due to her erratic schedule.
The staff, teachers and students at 'Abbi creation fashion and design' were very helpful and kind people. 'Madam Abbi' was also welcoming despite the fact she did not spend a lot of time guiding me in relation to my Work.".
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I came to Ghana on July 1, 2011 and spent six weeks with PREVOG organization, working at the New Life Orphanage International in Nungua, Accra (orphanage and teaching placement).
PREVOG is the perfect volunteer organization to go for, especially in case it’s your first time to Africa. The program directors are very welcoming, support was always available, well-organized and very personal, advice (concerning work, transports, trips etc.) was always reliable and helpful. Plus, the program fee is low in comparison to international volunteer organizations. For a volunteer stay in Ghana, I would always recommend PREVOG as the organization who accompanies you best during this unique experience!
My host family was an extended Ghanaian family living together in one compound (several houses on a fenced area) and hosting several volunteers at a time. The whole family was very welcoming and lovely and always had an ear for our questions etc. Room and facilities were very good and the food just great. Great hosts and a good atmosphere that made me feel at home.
The volunteer placement
I spent the six weeks in Ghana working at the New Life Orphanage International in Nungua, Accra. I worked as a teacher for the younger classes in the orphanage’s school and spent a lot of time with the children (about 50 children from 2 years to 17 years old) at the orphanage during their free time, with sports, reading, creative arts etc. All the people I worked with were very friendly and really committed, the kids are all lovely and very smart. Working with them was a really unique experience for me, interesting and a lot of fun, I enjoyed every single day.
Although Accra is definitely a great place to stay – very busy, interesting historical sites, shops, bars, markets, nightlife…etc. I spent several week-ends travelling and so got the chance to see a lot of interesting places and different parts of Ghana. Ghana is a great country to travel, with beautiful landscape, lots of sights and towns to visit throughout the whole country. Travelling was easy to organize and hassle-free, I met a lot of people (Ghanaians are very, very friendly and always willing to help a lost "obruni" (white person) and it made my Ghanaian experience unforgettable.Ghana is a welcoming and interesting country, I had an amazing and really unforgettable time living and working there, and first of all thanks to PREVOG.
"Since I had never traveled alone before, I was pretty nervous about coming to Africa, Ghana. I'm so glad that I went ahead with the trip though. The staff at PREVOG went above and beyond what I expected from them, they were all so friendly and helpful. It made me really comfortable to know that someone was always there to help me if need be. It was the greatest time of my life that was really made by the people you meet and the activities you can do like site seeing and other interesting places worth. Thanks go to Evans, Gilbert and my host family who help make everything go so smoothly when you are there and take you in like part of their families. It was an absolute pleasure to have been involved with PREVOG and the people I met in Ghana, both locals and other volunteers"
Some of the experiences that struck me as a tad unusual or unexpected...
The people are so friendly! There’s lots of smiling face, people greeting each other and helping each other. Quite lovely to be a part of it.
The heat, humidity and dirt! I arrived at 9.30pm and wasn’t prepared for the heat that struck me as I walked out of the airport! Interestingly the locals manage the humidity by carrying a handkerchief or a flannel (or even a small towel for the very sweaty) around with them to regularly mop their brow. Quite a wise move!
The lack of public transport. Apparently they tried it but it didn’t take off!! Shared taxis and tro tros (privately run and somewhat dilapidated mini buses) seem to be the way to go. A word of advice... put some energy into learning the tro tro destination hand signals early on in your stay, it could save you much frustration in the weeks ahead.
The number of free roaming goats and chickens. Foxes are clearly not a concern out there. Humans however are. On two days running I walked past a man? Cooking a goat on a street corner with a blow torch! I was feeling particularly bad for the goat that was tied up only meters away watching the whole event.
The number of street vendors selling everything that you could possibly imagine and generally from a pile of goods stacked on their heads. It does make me wonder why Brits don’t make better use of their heads!
“Africa Time” Very little happens as scheduled. Be prepared to wait... hours. It will probably happen at some point, but then again....
Feeling like a celebrity. Being shouted to from a distance seemingly just to get a wave and a smile (or perhaps I’m somewhat naive). I think being white and female made me a bit of a novelty".
Ayush Garg, India"PREVOG is the organization to be with, if you’re coming to Ghana! Volunteering in Ghana was one of the best adventures of my life. When I decided to come to Ghana, I thought it would be very difficult, but then PREVOG changed that for me.
From a tour of the city, to a delicious local cuisine to working on an internship at some of most amazing organizations in the capital, PREVOG will always offer the best!
It is one of the best volunteering organizations that I’ve worked with. Evans, the director of PREVOG was a great help. He supported me throughout my internship in Ghana and went out of his way to help me. I am very grateful to him.
Thanks everyone at PREVOG for an amazing experience!!"
Ingrid Seeman, Sweden.
"Wow! It's already been more than a week that I've been in Ghana. Time does fly when you're enjoying yourself. I guess I'll start at the beginning. The plane ride here was as expected: long. My butt literally hurt! But oh well. At least there's no major time difference between Sweden and Ghana so I haven't had to deal with jet lag.
In fact, since Swedish time is 2 hours ahead of the Ghana, I have no problems waking up around 5 am instead of 7 am like I do back home. Yes people, Ghanaians start their day somewhere between 4 and 5 am! But back to the arrival. Getting off the plane, everybody entered a bus that would take us to the arrival hall.
The bus ride was about 10 seconds long… And I'm not exaggerating. I personally wouldn't have had anything against walking the ‘distance.’ As I was approaching the luggage band after passport check, one of the airport workers (a guy my age maybe) asked me if I needed a cart, and since I had two big suitcases to pick up on top of my cabin luggage and purse, I obviously said yes. This was my first mistake in Ghana. He didn't just leave me with the cart of course, but waited with me until my suitcases finally appeared and got them before.....Traveling to Ghana and volunteering at new life orphanage was the most incredible experience which I will never forget. The children are amazing and bonds are formed very quickly."
Chelsea A. Tweneboah, USA."This past summer I placed I took on an internship abroad, which successfully challenged me and which has provided me with the skills necessary to apply for this internship. I decided to work in a hospital in Ghana. I felt that by pursuing this internship, I would be challenging myself and would be able to determine if this was actually a career that I wanted to pursue. Not having entered Medical School yet and embarking on this trip as an undergraduate, I was slightly nervous about the situations that I may face and how I would approach them. However, my ultimate goal was to absorb as much information as I could, even if it required that I would be observing most of the time. My internship was based at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital located in Cape Coast, Ghana.
For approximately six weeks, I was granted the opportunity to rotate through several departments in order to gain insight to how each of them worked. The departments that I was able to work in were the Microbiology lab, Internal Medicine, the Emergency Room, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Female Surgery, and the Maternity Ward. At each department, I was able to work with the medical students from the University of Cape Coast as well as House Officers: medical students who were doing their residency.
I learned a significant amount that I thought I would have to wait many years to learn. The most significant part about the whole experience was that as time went on, I was trusted with more and more tasks. I was able to set up an IV line, administer IV fluids, assist in giving chemotherapy, clean and dress wounds, take vitals (blood pressure, temperature, and pulse), and draw blood. I was deeply grateful to the doctors and the patients for trusting and allowing me to carry out theses duties. Furthermore, I was able to develop meaningful relationships with the patients as well as the staff and in due time I was able to feel at ease with the hospital and health scene."
Nick Lesson, Canada.
"It was a series of moving and unforgettable experiences for me. I found myself both changed and broadened. Perhaps at risk of sounding a bit cliché but, gradually, I was filled with a burning desire to ‘give something back’. I slowly began to understand what all the great religions and revered spiritual figures of the past have preached (if not always practiced). And this marked the commencement of my own commitment to fight for those same things. To be clear, it wasn’t a transformation that occurred all at once and overnight – in my experience true change seldom does – but it was from this vantage point that the process of my developing a fuller humanity was underway.
When I returned to Canada I took my station in life at an office downtown, surrounded by people who cared more about client development than personal development. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was the right way to go. What I learned was that those making large six-figure salaries generally were not sages a whole lot smarter than you or me. Sure, a few of them could throw around stirring rhetoric or drown you with their rolodex of global contacts but, underneath the veneer, the judgement and intelligence of the brightest in a ‘seven sister’ law firm was about on par with what I find in my day-to-day life. No more, no less. I was far from impressed."
"I spent a short three weeks in Ghana through the PREVOG/Dream Ghana. Everyone I met was welcoming and kindly offered help adjusting to the new culture. I stayed with a host family along with a few other people in the program. Living with a host family allowed me to be completely immersed in Ghanaian culture.
During the week I interned at an eye clinic where I assisted the doctors with patients and was even able to observe cataract surgery. On the weekends I had the opportunity to travel with other people in the program. Seeing the Cape Coast Castle and Kakum National Park were two highlights of my trip. Overall, visiting Ghana was an unforgettable experience".
"I will never forget my stay in Accra, I think it was my best experience ever!!! I really enjoy to live there and the work was also truly interesting, it was exactly in my field. I met a lot of amazing persons during my stay. I can just say thank to PREVOG. All the best".
Tina Krinidi, Greece.
"In Ghana I had the best time of my life. It's a beautiful country with friendly people and breathtaking landscapes. I defitinely recommend Kakum and Mole Park for a taste of african adventure! Also, my internship in Human Rights Advocacy Center gave me the opportunity to gain valuable experience and meet people from all over the world.
Premier Volunteers of Ghana was always willing to help me before and during my stay and provide me with everything I needed. I would love to come back some day!''
Laura McGilvray, Australia.
"After my studies, I was interested to come out of the classroom and experience what life in a "developing country" really was. Volunteering was a fantastic way to achieve this. My organization brought me to work and to teach and live at home with a wonderful family in the Ghanaian fantastic role at a local orphanage. My two months in Ghana were really amazing, gave me a taste of Ghanaian life and experiences, memories and friends that I will never forget.
My volunteer work at the orphanage was to the children to learn to play and make music with them to teach in the school and orphanage to spend time with other teachers. It was a really great experience to spend time with the children and learn to know each individually. I learned so much from the road, as the orphanage is run and a new home for at-risk children who would otherwise be in a very bad situation there.
The children were all so happy to be there and I felt very welcome from the start. I was also able to keep a regular contact with the orphanage director, together to establish a fundraising program. Ghanaian Living with a large family was a fantastic way to experience the daily life in Ghana. My hostess, 'Grandma', welcomed me into her home and looked at me as if I were her own daughter. Every night I sat outside with the family, while she prepared the meals and played with the younger children in the system.
I was even able to experience a Ghanaian wedding in my first week! In the family there were in the back room also has a small "nursery", where I met all the kids. Every day when I got home, they called for me, so I read them a story. I feel extremely happy to have been able to live in such a wonderful place to have been welcome.
During my stay I met volunteers from all over the world and made some friends for life. Together we were able to travel outside of Ghana. On the weekend we visited the Cape Coast, "Aburi Botanical Gardens" (a monkey sanctuary where we fed the monkeys bananas), a traditional weaving village and the beautiful "Wli" waterfalls. During my stay, Ghanaians super friendly and courteous experienced, always interested to hear where I'm from and what I was doing there. Volunteering in Ghana was a great experience for me. I arrived in Ghana and knew absolutely no one.
To have someone who arranged a very welcoming accommodation and a wonderful orphanage for me, was absolutely fantastic. The organization also gave me an introduction to the Ghanaian culture and showed me exactly how I can travel through Accra and more tips about life in Ghana. During my stay, the staff made sure that it was always good to me and took me to the doctor when I was sick. I definitely recommend volunteering in Ghana, especially if you have never been to Africa before. It's a pretty crazy place, full of life and excitement. It may come as visitors, but sometimes also be a bit overwhelming ..."
Juliane Frenzel, Germany."The volunteers in the orphanage were great and we got along very well. Doris (the mother) was really helpful too. Only Cephas (the father) was not really open to new ideas. But we managed with Doris’ help. I always thought that the German stereotype that everything is in order is false. But after I experienced the culture and lifestyle in Ghana I’m not so sure any more. You really, need sometime to adapt to the chaos to see through the process.
The people are very welcoming and after a few day of doubting the honesty of it I enjoyed it. A simple smile or a touch and you made one persons day. That just made me happy and kept smiling for 4 weeks straight.
Eric Nesser, USA.
"Coming to Ghana I had no idea what to expect, but for my first time in Africa was a truly remarkable experience. One of the things that stood out the most was the people. Everywhere I went I was met with nothing but kindness and smiles. The general atmosphere was very welcoming. The food, transportation and shops allowed me to experience Ghana properly.
My time at Sharon community clinic was extremely beneficial. I gained the proper exposure to many different medical cases and also made some life long friends. I was exposed to many different medical cases.
I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking to gain valuable experience and broaden his or her horizon."
"I enjoyed being in Ghana very much! I organized a meeting with the clinical psychologist and the medical director, which was interesting and helped as well. Giving a presentation about psychotherapy to nurses was a good experience. I also enjoyed interacting with people about the development of mental health care in Ghana.
My second home as you know is very pleasant in general it is probably good to give people a choice or to realize that a student might want something else than someone who is older.
Your introduction, maybe even the host father experience. Helped to get pretty comfortable walking around in Accra. Hearing about mental health care here in Ghana has been very interesting. I would love to do more. And who know, with the people I met, what can happen. I will try, for sure."