Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

Cherubs Orphanage Home - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-886 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Cherubs Orphanage Home takes care of destitute, orphaned and vulnerable children. Currently they have a population of 45 children in the orphanage of which 42 attend public and private schools in the local area. The boys and girls in the orphanage range in age between 3 and 17 years old and 8 of the children go to secondary school.

The organization is short staffed since they have few local volunteers who come to assist hence they are desperately in need of volunteers. Volunteers are expected to help in washing, feeding, bathing and dressing the children. The volunteers may be asked to assist in farming activities at the orphanage and organize enjoyable educational programs for the children.

An orphanage childcare volunteer does not need to have any special educational requirements at this placement but should enjoy working with children of all ages and be able to create fun and stimulating activities for the children to participate in plus have the energy and emotional stamina that this requires.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Farming Assistance

An orphanage childcare volunteer may assist the orphanage in carrying out farming activities such as animal rearing and food cropping. The volunteer may be expected to take part in horticultural activities.

Academic Assistance

An orphanage childcare volunteer may be asked to teach the children. This may require the volunteer to assist the teacher in the classroom or teach children at the orphanage. A lot would depend on the volunteer's capability in said subjects, as well as his/her comfort zone.

Childcare

An orphanage childcare volunteer would be expected to care for the children in a warm and affectionate manner. Provide support to them when they are faced with difficult or challenging situations as well as, play and entertain them during leisure times.

House Chores

An orphanage childcare volunteer would be expected to help the orphanage staff in preparing food for the children, feeding them, bathing and helping them dress. The volunteer may be asked to help wash clothes and assist in keeping the orphanage clean and tidy.

Host Organization Details

Cherubs Orphanage Home

Cherubs Orphanage Home is a non-governmental organization registered under the Ministry of Social Welfare. The organization takes care of destitute, orphaned and vulnerable children. At present they have a population of 45 children in the orphanage of which 42 attend public and private schools in the local area. The boys and girls in the orphanage range in age between 3 and 17 years old and 8 of the children go to secondary school.

The organization provides a home and meals for orphaned and vulnerable children in their society; the education of these children is of high priority when tending to their needs. The orphanage is striving to obtain the best education for every single child. For this reason the orphanage is setting up a private school for the orphans which should be completed soon.

The goal of the orphanage is to restore hope and provision of basic needs to orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana.

The objective of the organization is to rehabilitate the children with interpersonal development skills through education, medical care, building of their self-esteem and social living skills. Children are equipped with psychosocial skills that will enable them to live responsibly in the community. Nutritional diets are provided to all children to help eradicate malnutrition and encourage healthy body and mind growth. The organization provides a child friendly living atmosphere for the children. Furthermore income-generating activities are also instituted to sustain the home.

The orphanage is about to start a nursery and kindergarten education program which will be available to all the children in the community.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

The organization is centred around Christian beliefs and teachings. Volunteers need to respect the orphanage background and beliefs but do not need to participate in any religious activities.

When They Were Founded

Cherubs Orphanage Home was founded by Elder Nicholas Osei Bonsu. It is the realization of his dream to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. His desire is to care for the under-privileged children from a call he received from God to move a step further in his evangelistic work by establishing a children's home.

Thus Cherubs Orphanage Home was established when Nicholas gathered some children, (whose parents had died and they had no relatives who were willing to care for them) into a home. In November 2005 he inaugurated the orphanage officially, having acquired the necessary documents from the register general and social welfare departments respectively.

Nicholas then advertised the orphanage to the public; the Social Welfare Department and the communities at large. Since then, various people and organizations have been knocking at his door with orphaned children.

How Are They Funded

Cherubs Orphanage Home is self-funding by the founder and his family hence there is no continuous funds from organizations or companies. The organization also receives donations from individual donors and past volunteers who have worked at the orphanage.

Donation Requests

Cherubs Orphanage Home would appreciate any form of donations such as; textbooks, note books, pencils, paper and other teaching supplies and materials, clothing and shoes for children etc.

Placement Location Information

Kumasi, Ghana

Cherubs Orphanage Home is situated in a densely populated part of Kumasi and it is located off the main road of Santase Apre in Kumasi. The orphanage is made up of living quarters, a kitchen and a school.

The orphanage has separate rooms for boys and girls and the structure still requires to be painted. The school building is now under construction and therefore is not yet functioning as a school. There is still the need to provide the school with furniture and teaching materials after its completion which will be a challenge for the orphanage. However, at present the children are educated at nearby schools.

The orphanage home has rooms for about ten bunk beds, as well as babies cribs. They have part-time teachers for some of the children. There is a chapel that is used for church activities and tiled wash-rooms for the children. The orphanage has a large play ground for the children to play games. The site is fenced but there is no main entrance gate.

The founder of the organization has his office at the orphanage home, and the home is located on a 6 plot site of land. However, due to inadequate funds, only one plot is presently in use.

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 ride a bus to the city of Kumasi, usually taking between four to five hours.

Once in Kumasi, volunteers will be met by a BaseCamp regional coordinator who will take them to their home stay.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 252 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

Cherubs Orphanage Home
Santase Apre
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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