Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

Mother Care Orphanage - Swedru, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-832 Location: Swedru, Ghana Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Mother Care Orphanage in Swedru, provides a safe home in a warm and caring environment for orphaned children ages new born to 18 years old. The orphanage strives to provide innocent children, who are victims of poverty, with opportunities to enable them to unlock their potential both physically and mentally.

The orphanage lacks sufficient staff to adequately care for all the needs of the over 100 children in the home. Therefore, the staff appreciates the help of volunteers.

A childcare volunteer that has a sincere desire to help children would find this placement ideal. Not only does the overworked staff require help in their routine duties but the children would benefit so much from a volunteer who would assist them with stimulating activities that increased their knowledge and showed them the many joys that active lives can provide.

Volunteers would be expected to help in all areas of care for the children be it: sport activities, art and crafts or songs and dance, personal care, (washing, dressing and/or feeding the children), housekeeping, (making beds, helping in the general cleaning of the orphanage, helping with meal preparation), etc. As a volunteer you would be expected to 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 children of all ages, 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

Childcare

A childcare volunteer's help is always welcome by the staff at the orphanage, who are constantly busy. Volunteers may be asked to assist with the bathing of the children, dressing them, feeding them, as well as helping to keep them entertained and happy.

Activities

A childcare volunteer would be responsible to create new activities; be it games, fun art or craft projects or story telling sessions. These tasks are really important because the staff usually have little time to devote to these activities and the children need play time to interact with each other.

Household Chores

A childcare volunteer may be asked to help in the general cleaning of the orphanage and help in the preparation and delivery of meals, as well as assist in maintaining an attractive appearance to the building and its grounds.

Songs & Rhymes

One of the best ways to connect with children is by singing and dancing. Most kids like to sing and dance. Volunteers may teach the children basic educational games through rhymes and fun songs and at the same time improve their English skills. Volunteers should do their homework prior to their placement and bring a repertoire of great songs & rhymes to teach various lessons.

Host Organization Details

Mother Care Orphanage

Mother Care Orphanage in Swedru, provides a safe home in a warm and caring environment for orphaned children ages new born to 18 years old. The children in the orphanage have no known families to support them or they have been abandoned by their families for various reasons, (usually due to poverty) and are found living in the streets in dire circumstances.

Mother Care Orphanage strives to provide innocent children who are victims of poverty with opportunities to enable them to unlock their potential both physically and mentally.

The orphanage has approximately 100 orphans, 60 girls and 40 boys who are cared for in the home. They also decided to run a school to help the children in the orphanage receive an education, as well as other children in the community and the nearby communities. The school has approximately 150 students with about 85 girls and 65 boys.

The school teaches the Ghanaian syllabus which include mathematics, English, I.C.T. elementary science and the Ghanaian language. The school also conducts extra-curricular group activities and these include a culture group, a drama group and a cadet group. The groups in the school provide a massive support to the students in the school in terms of entertainment.

The school has a bus that provides transportation for the children living in far communities from the school, as there is no other school in the area for poor and needy children.

When They Were Founded

Madam Joyce Obeng moved to Swedru and discovered that their were a huge number of children living in the streets in this area of Ghana who did not receive any kind of education or were provided with food and/or shelter. Some of these children were orphans and others had been abandoned by their families for varies reasons.

Therefore, Madam Joyce Obeng in the year 2005 founded the Mother Care Orphanage. At first it was very hard for her because there was no one to support her endeavour. She started with 30 orphans and within a year was able to get some assistance from Ghanaian students who volunteered free. The number of children steady increased and she decided to add a primary school to help improve the education of the needy children in the community, as well as at the orphanage.

Who They Work With

Mother Care Orphanage is based in Agnoa Swedru but serves rural communities throughout the central region of Ghana.

How Are They Funded

Mother Care Orphanage obtains funds from individual donors and past volunteers. The head mistress of the school also makes beaded jewellery and sells it to support the school.

Donation Requests

Mother Care Orphanage and Primary School would appreciate all donations such as :

Books, pencils, notebooks, toys, children's clothing, bedding, erasers, stickers etc.

Placement Location Information

Swedru, Ghana

Mother Care Orphanage is about a 20 minute drive from the city of Swedru and is a landfill site community. It is located on route to Nsaba and the school; about another 20 minute drive away.

When you get to the school's location, you will first see a sign board of the school's name and directions. It is about a 5 minute walk to the main compound. The organization's compound is very large and has a soccer field within its location.

The organization has classes for nursery age children on the right of the classroom; the left side has grades one to 6 and the area is not finished in this section but is used by the children as is. At the end of the class areas is the school kitchen where food is prepared for the children's lunch.

The school has no interior walls to divide its classes and it has not been painted. However, it does have an office where the founded of the school resides to monitor the school activities and manage school business.

The children at the school all wear a colourful green and yellow uniform.

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 home stay and your placement which is about a 20 minute drive.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 77 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:31

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

Mother Care Orphanage
Swedru Nsaba Road
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 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.

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 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 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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