Health and Hygiene Volunteer

Agona District Assembly - Swedru, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-814 Location: Swedru, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Public Health Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Agona District Assembly is responsible to the district and its people to teach numerous issues regarding healthy living. One such issue is health and hygiene.

In Ghana there are a lot of places in which health education is limited and for this reason many families aren't aware that there are preventive measures, (inoculations) for some types of illnesses. They also need to be made aware of: the signs and symptoms of some diseases and where to seek medical attention when necessary; how to help prevent certain conditions; sexually transmitted diseases, HIV; know basic first-aid and the importance of good nutrition and the consumption of safe drinking water etc.

The assembly staff are not able to successfully conduct all avenues of approach to these important issues without the assistance of volunteers. As a health and hygiene volunteer you would be mainly teaching students from the primary to the junior secondary level.

When a foreign volunteer does this kind of project, students enjoy interacting with them and tend to accept the lessons taught into their daily lives with more enthusiasm than they would otherwise.

A health and hygiene volunteer would be expected to have prepared different topics in regards to health and hygiene issues. Each session should be geared to the age level taught; be it primary or secondary school age children or the adult population in various communities. The volunteer should endeavour to make the sessions both informative and enjoyable.

As a volunteer you would be expected to provide support to the program's local staff and also work in a collaborative way with the local communities. The volunteer would be in continuous communication with the project coordinator and must be willing to undertake any other health and hygiene tasks assigned by the project coordinator.

Health and hygiene volunteers do not need to have an education in the health field although volunteers who are contemplating a career in such, would certainly gain experience. Volunteers must be willing to devote some time and energy towards making the sessions they teach interesting and directed towards the educational needs of the people at each session.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Health Improvement Initiatives

As a health and hygiene volunteer you would be working directly with community groups and/or their representatives to help them identify and seek solutions to health problems in their community.

Monitor And Evaluate

As a health and hygiene volunteer you may be asked to take part in the monitoring and evaluating of health and hygienic projects; helping to ensure that feedback is given to the communities or schools involved.

Personal Hygiene

A health and hygiene volunteer would be expected to teach children about personal grooming for example: why and when it is important to wash their hands and the proper way to do it; the importance of good oral hygiene and what that means; good nutrition and the dangers of fast foods and so called junk foods; the importance of physical activity etc.

Sex Education & Pregnancy Prevention

A health and hygiene volunteer may be asked to teach older children about sex education and the consequences that may occur if proper precautions were not adhered to plus knowledge about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and methods of prevention.

Host Organization Details

Agona District Assembly

The Agona West Municipality is in the eastern portion of the Central Region. It has a total land area of 540-sq. km. The municipality is divided into eleven zones. The Municipality forms part of twenty (20) metropolitan municipalities and districts in the Central Region. The Administrative Capital is Agona Swedru. The municipality shares boundaries with Agona East District to the North, to the south with Gomoa East District, to the West with Asikuma-Odeben-Brakwa District and to the East with Awutu Senya District.

The Agona District Assembly is responsible to the district in terms of education, health, agriculture, waste management, health and hygienic education, vector control, rodent control, routine house to house inspections and school education. The Agona Assembly is comprised of a group of men from the communities who report, (at the end of each month), to the chief executive the daily activities that have taken place in each department and if any new development has occurred that requires action.

The Agona District Assembly has a membership of 72 persons. This includes the District Chief Executive and two members of parliament for Agona East and West respectively.

The Assembly is the highest political and administrative authority in the district and its meetings are steered by a presiding member who is the local equivalent of the Speaker of the House. One person represents each electoral area of the district in the Assembly. Additionally, the government of the day also appoints 1/3 of the total number of elected representatives to bring expertise and socio-cultural balance into the House.

When They Were Founded

Agona District Assembly was founded by the Government of Ghana in 1970 to help the district achieve development through the outlined projects of the Assembly and it has served the people of Agona through the development and building of schools, water sanitation projects, agriculture, food and school health education projects.

Who They Work With

All communities in the Swedru district.

How Are They Funded

The District Assembly gets its fund from the District Assembly Common Fund which is distributed by the government through members of parliament that represent each district. Funds for their daily activities are obtained through the M.P Common Fund.

Donation Requests

All donations would be appreciated but especially computers, teaching materials and office equipment and supplies.

Placement Location Information

Swedru, Ghana

Agona District Assembly is located about a 15 minute walk from the main part of town in Swedru. The site of the assembly is often referred to as an estate because of its quiet environment and the fact that its two buildings are bungalows. There are fifteen offices in the buildings and these interior offices are painted a blue colour. There is a bungalow for the office staff and other employees who work on the big farm which grows plantation and other vegetables in it .

There is a visitors car parking lot for costumers who have appointments with members of the assembly or have come seeking information. Each department has its own parking section for its staff and the chief executive has been provided with a garage.

All assembly bungalow exteriors are painted brown in colour and the grounds around the bungalows have green grass growing. Mango trees have been planted to provide shade, as well as contribute to an attractive atmosphere within the compound.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) by taxi or tro tro (public transportation) to the Kaneshie Lorry Station in Accra. From there volunteers will take a mini bus to the city of Swedrui, usually taking around an hour and a half, depending on traffic. Once there a BaseCamp Regional Coordinator will be there to meet you and take you to your homestay which is about a 45min drive.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 72 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:12

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through to March and temperatures generally range from 30-45 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurs in 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

Swedru is a small attractive town situated 20 km away from the coastline of Ghana. It is the capital of the Agona District with a population of approximately 60,000 people. While strolling down the winding pathways of Swedru, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of this city. The palm trees, lush vegetation and elaborate markets entice many visitors to stay more than just one night.

Swedru is a unique town having both the components of a rural and urban community. Visitors to Swedru, frequently comment on the various traditional activities that occur throughout the town. For example, it is quite common to see people wearing traditional attire, playing traditional games or using bicycles as the major form of transportation.

Since Swedru is the district capital of Agona, there are many facilities throughout the city that generally are only found within the big cities of Ghana. For example, there are at least six hotels, five internet cafe's, restaurants that serve a wide-range of Ghanaian and western dishes and a fairly big hospital. It is considered a major commercial centre for the district and is well known for its cocoa growing plantations.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Swedru Government Hospital
Asafo Road
Swedru
TEL 1: (+233-3320) / 20214

Placement Address

Agona District Assembly
Mahodwe Street
Swedru
Ghana

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ghana you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

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.

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