Handicraft Training Volunteer

Street Children Project - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-914 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Employment Skills Training Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Street Children's Project is a non-governmental organisation situated in Kumasi and was established to address the problems of vulnerable young women and children who are displaced and homeless in the city of Kumasi.

The organization has established a free "Vocational Training Centre" where porters known in Ghana as kayayos, street mothers, sex workers, shoe shine boys and other young male and females ages 6 to 18 years of age live in the facility for two and a half years and receive the necessary education to become contributing members in their society.

The organization is short staffed, hence they need volunteer assistance in their handicraft training programs for street children and mothers; in order to teach them handicraft skills which would help them to become self employed. The volunteers would be expected to teach any handicrafts that they are skilled in, such as sewing, jewellery making, knitting, wood carving etc.

As a handicraft volunteer, you would also be asked to teach the street children and mothers English and basic mathematics so that they are able to converse in basic English dialogue and do the necessary calculations and measurements required in their particular trade. The volunteer may also be asked to organize educational games for the street children and must be willing to assist them in other vocational training projects at the center, as well.

Handicraft volunteers at this placement do not need to have previous experience working with children although it would be considered a plus. They should be skilled in some type of handicraft work that could be taught in Ghana and be a saleable item in said country. They must be mature and emotionally stable individuals who can provide a positive approach to new learning skills. The volunteers must also be flexible in their duties at the center and sincerely make an effort to teach their handicraft skills.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach Handicraft

Handicraft volunteers would be expected to train street children and/or mothers handicrafts based on their specializations or experience. The volunteers may also be involved in helping to train other kinds of handicrafts if it was within their comfort zone to do so.

Educational Games

As a handicraft volunteer, you may be asked to organize educational games or programs for the street children to do during their leisure times. The games should be not only educational but fun to do which would help to relieve tension after lessons.

Theory Lessons

Handicraft volunteers would be expected to help teachers in different divisions of learning whenever needed. Especially the learning of the English language, mathematics or other courses related to vocational training.

Fundraising

Handicraft volunteers would be expected to participate in any fundraising events. Money received would be contributed towards the cost of maintaining the facility and to buy any necessary supplies for the various vocational programs.

Administrative Duties

Handicraft training volunteer may be asked to help with administrative duties such as: up-dating records, creating a new filing system, taking inventory of supplies or helping to produce informative data on the facility's current endeavours for sponsors or possible future sponsors.

Host Organization Details

Street Children Project

Street Children Project serves approximately ten communities in the Ashanti region of Ghana.

Its MISSION is to be committed to addressing the realities of children on the streets of Kumasi by reaching out to help these children explore other options in life. To motivate them towards reintegration and empowerment by providing opportunities for education and enterprise development.

Their main VISION is to see that all children live, grow and are cared for within their homes; that no children spend their childhood on the streets. The general OBJECTIVE of the Street Children Project is to assist the social, mental, physical and spiritual development of the children and the youth of Ghana particularly young girls in street situations in Kumasi; through reintegration into their families when possible and access to a basic academic education and/or skill training.

The organization has established a free "Vocational Training Centre" where: head porters also know as (kayayos ) who's ages are from 7- 18 years, young sex workers/street mothers and their children from the ages of 12 to 18 years, young guys from the age of 6 to 18 years who trade in the shoe shine business are given vocational training. At the same time, these children and youth also receive a basic education in the learning of the English language so that at the end of their program they should be able to read, write and speak English.

Street Children Project has outlined many programs to help the children on the streets in Kumasi and its surrounding communities such us: street outreach, counselling and basic educational programs at the drop in centre, early childhood care, skill training, academic education, mediation and family tracing plus reintegration services.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

Yes the organization is managed by the Catholic religion and most of the teachers and staff are the sisters of the Roman Catholic Church in Kumasi. However, volunteers do not have to be of that religion but must respect the faith and practices of others.

When They Were Founded

The female, religious congregation of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1633 for the service of the poor. In 2003 the Archbishop of Kumasi, Most Rev. Peter Kwasi Sarpong, asked the Daughters of Charity in Nigeria what can be done with the street children problematic situation in Kumasi.

A few months after the request of the Archbishop, some of the Daughters came to Kumasi and did a research study on the street children with special emphasis on the Kayayo (head-porters). After this research study, it was decided to start a welfare and empowerment program for street children and those in danger of becoming street children. With the help of the Archbishop of Kumasi and Auxiliaries of St. John International, they built a place for a drop- in- centre for the street children at Roman Hill, Kumasi. This building was opened on the 8th of June 2005.

How Are They Funded

The Street Children Project obtains funding from the Catholic organization movement and also from cooperative donors. Volunteers also raise funds for the organization and frequently give donations.

Donation Requests

Books, pencils, teaching materials and toys for learning .

Placement Location Information

Kumasi, Ghana

The Street Children Project is located on the main road of Roman Hill Street in a densely populated part of the City of Kumasi. The organization is managed by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and is both government and publicly funded.

The Street Children Project currently works out of a local complex, which is opened everyday throughout the week, but a great deal of the work they do is done on the streets. Each day workers and volunteers visit the local streets, reaching out to children, particularly girls and educating them about issues such as hygiene, infections and pregnancy.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) 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.

Ask the driver to let you off the last stop with is called Labour. From there take a taxi to Roman Hill and the Street Children Project. When you get there there will be a big sign that will direct you the main compound and office.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 255 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 5:30

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

Street Children Project
Roman Hill Street
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.

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
Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021 Apr 02, 2021
May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021
Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021 Oct 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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