Farming Assistant Volunteer

Kumah Farms Complex - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-911 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Community Development Category: Agriculture Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Kumah Farms Complex is an agricultural organisation which undertakes activities such as crop farming, livestock farming, apiculture and aquaculture, as well as provides study visits to local and international students. The founder has embarked on many agricultural activities to meet the nutritional needs of people in Anwomaso, as well as other communities and the Ashanti Region as a whole.

The organisation needs volunteers to assist in its daily operations since it is short-staffed. The volunteers would feed the livestock such as goat, sheep, fowls, turkeys, fish among others and ensure they are fed with nutritious food. The volunteers would also ensure that food given to livestock are hygienic.The volunteer would assist the organisation in providing training programs to local and international students, as well as assist in guiding students who come for study visits.

A farming assistant volunteer would be expected to help the farmer plant and harvest crops on the farm and help the organization in the selling of farm produce, as well as assist the veterinarian in providing health care for the animals. The volunteer would also assist in applying organic and inorganic fertilizer on the crops when needed.

Volunteers at this placement do not need to have previous working experience although it would be considered a plus but should have an interest in caring for farm animal. They must be mature and emotionally stable individuals who can provide a positive approach to new learning skills. Volunteers must have the ability to convey a warm and understanding attitude and be willing to provide assistance in numerous ways on the farm.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Farming Assistance

As a farming assistant volunteer, you would be expected to help in all farming activities such as weeding, planting, watering, manure or fertilizer application, and harvesting of farm produce. The volunteer may also be asked to assist to ensure that the crops are getting all the required nutrients.

Marketing and the Selling of Farm Produce

The farming assistant volunteer may be asked to assist in the selling of farm product to customers and some institutions. The volunteer may be expected to assist in the marketing of farm produce to increase the number of customers for the organization.

Assist in Training and Study Visits

As a farming assistant volunteer, you may be asked to assist the organisation in providing training programs to local and international students on the farm, as well as assist in study visits.

Farmers Training Sessions

A farming assistance volunteer may be asked to help the staff when training sessions are given to the farmers of organisations. The training would be geared towards improved methods of farming to produce higher production.

Host Organization Details

Kumah Farms Complex

Kumah Farms Complex is an organisation which deals mainly in agriculture production. Agriculture is a main source of livelihood in the Ashanti Region and Ghana at large. Hence, the organisation through the founder has embarked on many agricultural activities to meet the nutritional needs of people in Anwomaso, as well as other communities and the Ashanti Region as a whole.

The organisation undertakes activities such as crop farming, livestock farming, apiculture (bee), aquaculture, as well as provides study visits from local and international students. Kumah Farms have a vast amount of land to carry out its daily operations. The organisation employs about 50 permanent workers thus helping to reduce unemployment situations in the country.

The organisation trains local and international students in agricultural practices. Kumah Farms has attained many awards. The founder received the best farmer award in 1988 in Kumasi Metropolis in Ghana and since then has taken different types of awards as far as agricultural development is concerned. Due to the farms dedication to the Anwomaso community and other communities in the Ashanti region, the founder was installed as the Nkosorhene of Anwomaso by the Cheif in 1988.

Kumah Farms Complex is located in six communities namely Anwomaso, Domeabra, Duayawnkwanta, Nkwanta, Pakyi II, Yamfo with about 1580 acreage of land. The livestock farming entails, pigs, goats and sheep rearing, layer and broiler turkeys, fishery, guinea fowls, ducks and ostriches.

When They Were Founded

The organisation was founded by Martin Kwaku Kumah. During his primary education in 1972, his grandmother introduced him into farming. A few years later, he was producing taro, growing sugar cane and rearing rabbits. He later worked at KNUST as transport officer but resigned as time went by and began full-time farming in 2000.

How Are They Funded

Kumah Farms Complex is mainly self-funding. It receives funding through the sale of livestock and crops. It also receives funds from local and international donors through study visits and training activities.

Donation Requests

The organisation would appreciate donations such as seedlings,working gloves, farm tools, medicines, animal food among others.

Placement Location Information

Kumasi, Ghana

Kumah Farm Complex is located in six communities namely Anwomaso,Domeabra, Duayawnkwanta, Nkwanta, Pakyi II, Yamfo with about 1580 acreage of land. Anwomaso is the main center of the organisation.

The organisation has different types of farms namely crop farms, livestock farms, aquaculture and apiculture (bee) farms. About 50 permanent workers are employed but the organisation is desperately in need of volunteers due to the high cost of employing more workers to carry out the daily operations of the organisation.

There are a variety of crops cultivated on the farms, as well as a variety of livestock types of farming such as pig, goat and sheep rearing plus layer and broiler turkeys, fishery, guinea fowls, ducks, ostriches and fish rearing among others.

The organisation serves as a source for meat and food for some organisation, however they do not have adequate farm tools and machinery to enhance production. They also do not have adequate training materials to train local and international students.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center by taxi or tro tro (public transportation) to the VIP Bus Terminal, which depending on traffic will take between eight to ten minutes. From there volunteers will take a bus to the city of Kumasi, usually taking between four to five hours. Volunteers will then alight at Oduiom Junction. Volunteers will take a taxi to Anwomaso where the project coordinator will meet you and take you to your home stay.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 255 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 5:0

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through March and temperatures generally range from 29-34 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurs in April until August and is a bit cooler at temperatures of 19-20 degrees Celsius. As the name of the season suggests, rainfall increases dramatically throughout these months. It is generally not constant rain, but when it does rain, it usually pours...

They calculate sunshine hours per day using their past forecast data. For August expect the sun to shine for an average of three hours per day. This represents the average number of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by clouds.

City/Village Description

Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana and the capital of the Ashanti Region. The city is buzzing 24 hours a day, and is home to the large Kejetia Market. Traditional Ashanti pride is much more prominent in this area, and volunteers are likely to see more cultural dress and practices during their stay.

Kumasi is a hub for travellers planning on going in any direction in Ghana, and has good transportation (bus or tro tro) to all major cities. Drivers in the city are aggressive and down town traffic can often be a challenge.

However, all the suburbs around Kumasi are fairly close and walking, (if you're up for a bit of a hike), is never out of the question. The down town core has a few major tourist spots, (Vic Baboo's restaurant and Chopsticks), where you can always find good Western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Komfo A. Teaching Hospital (KATH)
Komfo Anokye Road
Kumasi
TEL 1: 03220 22301
TEL 2: 03220 22301-3

Placement Address

Kumah Farms Complex
Anwomaso
Kumasi
Ghana

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Ghana and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Ghana to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

BaseCamp Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana
BaseCamp Ghana Address

C/O Pink Hostel
5th Crescent
Accra, Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana Contact Details

Tel: 233-243-745-771 (Hostel Number)
Mobile: 233-245-916-108

The BaseCamp Center in Accra is a hostel situated in the residential neighbourhood of Asylum Down. This is a relaxing and peaceful area, away from the continuous activity and hubbub of the tourist district, but central enough that we are within walking distance of many attractions in Accra including the National Museum, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Adabraka Market.

The centre itself is a three-story building with several dormitory rooms. There are also several quiet areas where volunteers can study and relax including a covered area outside. There is an internet cafe, allowing volunteers to stay in touch with friends and family abroad. In addition to this, free WIFI can be accessed throughout the building.

All volunteers spend their orientation in this centre when they first arrive in Ghana. The workshops and language training take place in this building as well although each day we incorporate outings to learn about the area and how to get around independently.

Living With a Host Family in Ghana

Living with a host family in Ghana is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ghana.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ghana

  Registration Fee
250
 
  1 Week
395
 
  2 Weeks
535
 
  3 Weeks
675
 
  4 Weeks
815
 
  5 Weeks
940
 
  6 Weeks
1,065
 
  7 Weeks
1,190
 
  8 Weeks
1,315
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
120
 
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried


Program Dates


Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Feb 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019 Apr 05, 2019
May 03, 2019 Jun 07, 2019 Jul 05, 2019
Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019 Oct 04, 2019
Nov 01, 2019 Dec 06, 2019 Jan 03, 2020
Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020 Jul 03, 2020
Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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