Fundraising and Grant Writing Volunteer

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School - Bobikuma, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-808 Location: Bobikuma, Ghana Sector: Community Development Category: Organizational Support Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School (JSS), provides an education for children ages 5 to 17, in Bobikuma, and its surrounding areas. The school provides an academic education for kindergarten, primary and junior high students.

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School is one of the oldest schools in the area and lacks many things like story books, computers, a library and sufficient teaching staff. They also need funds to support needy children who's families can't afford to pay the school fees or even get enough food to eat. The school committee is seeking fundraising volunteers who can help them raise funds to do major projects that the school needs and help to achieve their goals.

A fundraising volunteer would be responsible for raising money on behalf of the school. This is often done by seeking funds from non-profit groups such as charities. Fundraising managers are expected to bring in the dough. It would be the volunteer's job to deliver workable ideas to hit the dreaded annual targets and turn them into a reality. Using a range of promotional methods and campaigns, volunteers would work hard to raise money either from generous individuals or by obtaining secured grants. In small charities, a single fundraiser may cover several types of potential donors.

A fundraising volunteer at this placement does not require to have any specialized academic education but previous experience in fundraising activities is a plus. However, the ability to network is crucial in order to build successful relationships with supporters. The volunteer must be willing to work hard to research for organizations and individuals who would be interested in supporting the school and its students.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Fundraising Activities

A fundraising volunteer would be expected to make risk analyses and balance time-cost ratios to focus efforts on the most appropriate fundraising activities with the highest chance of success and also motivate and facilitate supporters to maximise the funds they raise.

Raise Awareness

As a fundraising volunteer you would be expected to raise awareness of the school's needs at local and national levels, e.g. by giving talks to groups or seeking photo opportunities with the media.

Update Database

As a fundraising volunteer you would be expected to manage and update the database. To record donor contacts and preference information and also write applications and mail-shots, using direct mailing to reach a wide range of potential and current donors.

Develop And Coordinate Activities

As a fundraising volunteer you would be expected to develop and coordinate web-based fundraising, on-line auctions, merchandise sales and also increase funds by researching and targeting charitable trusts whose criteria matches the school's aims and activities.

Write And Present Proposals

As a fundraising volunteer you would be expected to research and approach trusts, government agencies and other bodies that could potentially make grants to the school and also write and present proposals.

Host Organization Details

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School (JSS), is a governmental school that provides an education for children ages 5 to 17, in Bobikuma, and its surrounding areas.

The mission of this school is to help enrich the lives of their students by providing classes that teach both academics and life lessons. Although the school lacks basic resources and materials, the teachers are dedicated to providing each student with lessons that they need in order to excel.

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School , just like any other school in Ghana, starts at 7 am and goes until 3 pm. The school teaches kindergarten, primary and junior high level of education. Subjects that are taught include: English, mathematics, science, religion and moral, physical education (P.E), technical skills, vocation skills, information communication technology and the local language.

Primary School starts at 7 am and goes until 2 pm. From the hour of 7 am to 7. 45 am, the students tidy the compound. Afterwards, there is a parade and during this time the Headmaster makes any announcements necessary to the students. Then a marching song is sung by the students as they march to their classes. At exactly 8 am classes commence.

Each period is of 40 minutes duration. After the first two periods there is a break of 30 minutes then the students return to classes until 12 noon at which time there is a second break for lunch. After the lunch break, they go back to their classes until 2 or 3 pm depending on their grade level of education.

When They Were Founded

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School was founded by the government of Ghana in the year 1936. The government decided to build this school to provide the children of Bobikuma an educational institution. In the year 1936 the government of Ghana took over the support of all missionary schools. Today, the school is one of the leading basic educational schools in the area and has been provided with a new building. The old structure is still on the site.

How Are They Funded

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School receives its funding from the government of Ghana through the District Assembly Common Fund of Agona West. The school also receives funding from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET-FUND).

Donation Requests

The school would appreciate all school supplies such as: calculators, pens, pencils, mathematical sets, storybooks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, note pads, sports equipment (soccer balls, jerseys, volley balls, table tennis sets, etc.)

Placement Location Information

Bobikuma, Ghana

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School is located just a ten minute walk from the center of the city of Bobikuma. The school consists of multiple single level buildings and a soccer pitch. There are 12 classroom blocks in the primary part as well as an attached office.

The Junior High consist of eight classrooms and a big assembly hall and as well an office. The school does not have walls but has a two unfinished ICT (Information & Communications Technology) rooms which the school children will be used for ICT lesson. There are also four uncompleted class rooms - these remain incomplete because of lack of funds. The school has a soccer field where football and other sport activities take place and also there is old building where it now been close and one of the class is been used as a staff common room for the teachers and the staff of the school.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) straight to the nearby main road – Ring Road Central. From there, volunteers can take a taxi or tro tro (public transit) to the Kaneshie Main Market. Once there, ask for another tro tro going to Swedru. In Swedru a coordinator will come pick you up and take you to Bobikuma which will take about 40 minutes.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 89.5 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:41

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September to March and temperatures generally range from 30-45 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurring April until August and is a bit cooler at temperatures of 20-35 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.The wettest months are May-June and September-October while the drier periods occur in December-February and a brief period in August.

City/Village Description

Bobikuma is an enchanting community; filled with an energy that captivates the soul. While staying in Bobikuma you will be taken in as part of the community due to the small town atmosphere. Most of the community members of Bobikuma are farmers; therefore there is the possibility for you to learn how farming is done in Ghana if you are interested.

Bobikuma is located between two district capitals; Swedru and Ajumako. It is approximately 15 km from Swedru and takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by tro tro. The population of this community is around 2000 people.

The district is made up of two Paramountcies - Agona Nyakrom Traditional Area and Agona Nsaba Traditional Area. The three main towns of The Nyakrom Traditional Area are Nyakrom, Asafo Duakwa and Kwanyako. Other villages like Agona Mankrong, Agona Mensakrom and Mankrong Junction owe allegiance to Agona Nyakrom Paramountcy. Agona Nsaba, the other Paramountcy has the following town and villages: Lower Bobikuma, Teacher Okai and Agona Ninta.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Bobikuma Community Clinic
Behind Bobikuma Police Station
TEL 1: 0244530299

Placement Address

Bobikuma A.M.E Zion School
10 Min Walk From The Main Center Of Bobikuma

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
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
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


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • April
  • August
  • September
  • December

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 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022
Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022
Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023
Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023
May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023
Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023
Nov 03, 2023 Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024


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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