Health and Hygiene Volunteer

Light For Children - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-216 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Public Health Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Light For Children is an organization that supports children infected with HIV. Their primary objective is to develop and implement programs that concentrate on the welfare of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, especially those whom are HIV-positive.

The organization employs only five workers in Ghana. HIV/AIDS awareness volunteers are needed to help develop and implement various projects that "Light for Children" would like to establish throughout the central Kumasi region.

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer does not need to have had previous experience related to this illness but they must have good communication skills and a sincere desire to help in the fight against AIDS. Volunteers should have previously researched and educated themselves in respect to the different aspects of the illness so that they can make a meaningful contribution during their volunteering commitment, at this placement.

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer would be expected to: help these children with their school studies, visit and assist HIV positive orphaned children that are in the program and participate in educational seminars.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Visitations

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer would be expected to pay a visit once a week to HIV positive children who have been orphaned by AIDS and are now part of the "Light for Children" program.

Help Create Programs

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer would be expected to work with local volunteers in the organization to determine how best each child can benefit from their assistance. The volunteer would also be asked to contribute ideas towards educating the general public in regards to this illness and helping to erase the stigma attached.

Accompany Children to Clinic

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer may be asked to accompany the children on their visits to the HIV Clinic. At this clinic the children receive their drugs. (ART--Anti-retrovirus therapy, it helps to prevent HIV from spreading in the body).

Group Meetings

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer may be asked to join with local volunteers when they travel and visit different support group meetings for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs)

Presentations

A HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer would participate in HIV/AIDS prevention meetings at schools and institutions. These meetings are conducted to educate the Ghanaian people about the illness; its signs and systems of infection, its treatment and ways to reduce the risk of getting infected with the virus. Through this educational process it is hoped that the stigma related to this illness can be lessened.

Host Organization Details

Light For Children

Light For Children is an organization that supports children infected with HIV. It grew and developed into a child-centered organization. It seeks to aid in the welfare of needy and disadvantaged children and also focuses on community and humanitarian services.

Their PRIMARY OBJECTIVE is to develop and implement programs that concentrate on the welfare of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, especially those whom are HIV-positive. Many of these children face abandonment, social stigmatization and lack of a family support system to take care of their basic needs.

Light For Children developed a project in 2010 named “Preventive Child Sexual Assault Workshop” to reduce the incidence of child abuse cases in the country and to mitigate the effect of this heinous crime. As of July 2012 the program has been implemented in fifty-nine (59) schools and seventeen thousand one hundred (17,100) students within the city of Kumasi have attended.

This project provides trained staff and volunteers to conduct workshops in the schools. The project seeks to create awareness among school children on this menace, educate them on how to prevent themselves from this abuse and eventually to sensitize them on the help lines and support systems that are available for victims who report their ordeals to the appropriate authorities.

This project is unique because it has the support of the Ghana Police Service who normally provide technical support and the Ghana Education Service which facilitates the timing and the type of schools where the workshops are conducted.

In the workshops a participatory approach is used and this emboldens some of the children to come out with some of the sexual advances that they encounter from adults. Allied to this is that confessions of the victims are kept secret since the counselors are professionals.

Implemented in partnership with the local health facilities and the Ghana Education Service in deprived communities, the organization provides health care to school children in their own environment. The goal of the School Health Program is to contribute towards promotion of basic education in the deprived communities.

When They Were Founded

Light For Children otherwise known as LIFOC was established in 2005 as a support group for children infected and affected by HIV. From this small beginning, it grew and developed into a child-centered organization. LIFOC is a registered organization without religious or political affiliation. It seeks the welfare of needy and disadvantaged children and also focuses on community and humanitarian services.

LIFOC is governed by a Board of Directors and Management Team. The board has five members and is responsible for giving the authority to implement different projects of the organization and also formulation of policies.

The Management Team is made up of five persons. The team is responsible for the implementation of policies formulated by the board and also the execution of day-to-day activities of the organization. It is one of the most credible NGOs in Ghana because of their programs, partnerships, and volunteer program. It has full-time paid and trained staff to support volunteers/interns 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Who They Work With

Light for Children is located in Kumasi and they serve children with HIV positive and Children orphaned by AIDS.

They have been working closely with regional HIV/AIDS clinics in identifying vulnerable children, assessing their needs and assisting them.

How Are They Funded

This organization is funded by private donors and the Ghana Aids Commission. The organization does not receive any support from the government . They also receive funds from international organizations.

Donation Requests

Vitamins for children, clothing, condoms for presentations, games, toothbrushes and toothpaste, educational materials and supplies, shoes and first Aid supplies. Any and all items would be greatly appreciated.

Placement Location Information

Kumasi, Ghana

Light For Children is located on the southern part of Kumasi at a place called Atonsu which is one of the most densely populated areas of Kumasi. This area has lots of restaurants, hotels and companies around.

The organization is located on the main road to "Lake Bosomtwe". It is located off the road at Monaco Junction. The building is located on the second floor of a large building. It has two rooms. One is the mail office and the other for installing documents and other properties of the organization. Volunteers spend most of their time in the field and only come to the office maybe once a week if they need to talk to the director, use the internet or have meetings with the directors.

Transfer From BaseCamp

After one week of orientation in Accra, a BaseCamp staff member will accompany volunteers in a taxi to the VIP station (one of our local transports in Ghana). From there, volunteers will take the bus to Kumasi which is about a five hour drive. Once in Kumasi, volunteers will be met by our regional coordinator who will take you to your home stay and introduce you to everyone.

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

Kumasi South District Hospital
Lake Road
Kumasi
TEL 1: 032 2029272
TEL 2: 032 2029273

Placement Address

Light For Children
P.O. Box 374
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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