Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

Mampong Babies Home - Mampong, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-839 Location: Mampong, Ghana Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Mampong Babies Home is an orphanage that provides care and nutrition to newborn babies and children until they are approximately four years old. At present the orphanage is home to forty-one children.

The orphanage staff work hard to ensure the safety of the children in the home and provide the love and support these children need. Every day the staff clean the home, prepare the food, wash the clothes and attend to all the personal needs of the children; these tasks limit the amount of time that can be spent with the children in entertainment interactions.

As a childcare volunteer you would be expected to help the staff with the daily chores in the home; meet the children’s basic needs and provide the children with positive and nurturing play experiences.

A childcare volunteer does not need to have any special educational requirements at this placement but should enjoy working with and caring for very young children and babies; be able to create fun and stimulating activities for the children to participate in and have the energy and emotional stamina that this requires.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Baby Care

As a childcare volunteer you would be expected to assist in the care and well being of the babies in the home. This may include the bathing, dressing, (changing diapers) and feeding of the babies, as well as playing and teaching basic knowledge to the very young.

Toddler Activities

Childcare volunteers would be expected to develop fun things for toddlers between the age of 1 to 4 years old to do. These may be games, telling stories, songs or other activities. The activities should encourage group participation and have some learning aspects in each endeavour. So volunteers should do their homework and bring to the placement a repertoire of songs and nursery rhymes.

Assist Staff

A childcare volunteer may be asked to assist in the daily chores at the orphanage. This may involve the general cleaning of the home, as well as perhaps assisting in the preparation of meals.

Health And Personal Grooming Habits

As a childcare volunteer you would be expected to teach the children healthy eating and personal grooming habits such as eating healthy foods and good manners when eating; proper personal grooming when getting up in the morning or going to bed; toilet training for some children etc.

Host Organization Details

Mampong Babies Home

The Mampong Babies Home, in Ghana, takes care of vulnerable newborn infants. The home takes in babies whose mothers died at child-birth or shortly afterwards or who were born to mentally impaired persons, as well as born to destitute people with disabilities.

After the babies have been taken to the home the organization makes every possible effort to locate unknown family members of the infants.

Many of the babies fathers are poor migrant labourers who often feel unable to cope with a vulnerable newborn child during its early months and years. Equally, the child's health and survival might be at risk if he/she were to stay with a father who is often struggling to endure very difficult living and working conditions.

Frequently very weak, the babies are restored to health at the home through proper care and nutrition until they are about four years old at which time they are then, (if possible) reunited with surviving members of their families.

By the age of four it is hoped that the young children are more robust and able to feed and dress themselves. Therefore, able to help with simple household chores and better able to cope with their families lifestyles.

At present the Mampong Babies Home has 41 infants in their care and protection.

When They Were Founded

The Mampong Babies Home Orphanage was established in 1967 by the Sisters of the Order of the Holy Paraclete, a religious order of the Anglican Church in the United Kingdom. The Sisters came to Ghana in the 1960's and discovered that infants born to mothers that didn't survive childbirth frequently had no one to care for them and were left alone for long periods of time. Therefore, the Sisters of the order started the home care and it has really help Mampong and the surrounding communities.

How Are They Funded

Mampong Babies Home is being funded by co-operate organizations from all the over Ghana and also from some past volunteers who have worked at the home over the past few years.

Donation Requests

The Mampong Babies Home Orphanage would appreciate any and all donations for children ages newborn to four years of age.

Placement Location Information

Mampong, Ghana

The Mampong Babies Home is about a five minute drive from the main section of Mampong and close to the district hospital.

The home is surrounded by a big wall with a gate and the grounds are covered with green grass. The home has four administrative offices, as well as the large dormitory where the children reside. They have about seven different washing containers in the dormitory where dirty clothes are kept until washing days. The home has a wash room for the staff and also a big poly tank where stored water is kept.

The Mampong Babies Home has an uncompleted building on the right side of the entrance to the site.

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.

Once in Kumasi, our regional coordinator will meet you to transfer you to the tro tro station. From there, you will take a 1 hour 30 minute tro tro ride to Mampong.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 314 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 6:30

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through March and temperatures generally range from 30-40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurring April until August is a bit cooler at temperatures of 30-35 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.

Sunshine hours per day are calculated by using 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 cloud.

City/Village Description

Mampong is located in the Ashanti Region, near Kumasi. The people in this area are known for their arts, crafts and hospitality. The road sights on the way to Mampong are beautiful and you travel through the mountains on a well paved road (one of the best in Ghana). The town itself has a great vibe and there are lots of opportunities to hike in the surrounding mountains. There is a population of over 42,000 people in the town, which swells enormously on Wednesday, " Market Day". Mampong services hundreds of small villages located in the Ashanti Region and these people come to town every Wednesday to trade goods and purchase items to take back to their villages.

The town has all the essentials including: restaurants, food stands, churches, schools and a medical clinic. The people here are very friendly and welcome volunteers with open arms.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Mampong Government Hospital
Ejura -Kumasi Road
Mampong
TEL 1: 0208901384
TEL 2: 0242507293

Placement Address

Mampong Babies Home
Mampong Babies Home Street
Mampong
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.

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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