HOPE AND SERVICE TO MANKIND FOUNDATION      

(Hope for Rural  Dwellers)

Project Environment

Our projects take place periodically in over 22 communities of five regions in Ghana  all                                                                                                               year round, thus enabling the volunteer to get acquainted with the social life by the                                                                                                                      country-side and in the capital, Accra (accommodated in the city centre) where they will                                                                                                                    be hosted for the first two days after arrival.

We provide a safe and inspiring environment for the volunteer, as we are experienced                                                                                                                 with involving both international and local volunteers in our activities as experience                                                                                                                   volunteers and executives. The volunteer will be a member of an active team, where the                                                                                                           volunteer can take initiative and help others to implement their dreams with the able support                                                                                                              of our coordinators and staff in settling in to their new environment and culture.

All volunteers are offered leisure time activities, in order to become acquainted with specifics                                                                                                    about the different cultures in Ghana. There will be weekly meetings that provide volunteers                                                                                                          the opportunity to meet our local members and communities for socialization, etc. There is a clear description of each function and activity. The volunteer will be introduced to all activities of the organisation as well as the host communities.

There are normal citizenship rules which apply to our staff, members, communities as well as citizens and of course also valid for the volunteers. Also there exist rules of the work camps according to the management and of the administration (No Alcohol during the project). Parts of our team are persons leading the projects and camps but are also volunteers.

Lifestyle means for us everything that influences our quality of life and culture: clothing, leisure time, food as well as music, culture, sports, having friends and celebrating parties. Through an encounter with a young person from another country, a new aspect will be added to the lives of our community and people and therefore we ask volunteers to dress decently and professionally while in the communities.

 We provide a safe and inspiring environment for the volunteer, as we are experienced with involving both international and local volunteers in our activities as experience volunteers and executives. The volunteer will be a member of an active team, where the volunteer can take initiative and help others to implement their dreams with the able support of our coordinators and staff in settling in to their new environment and culture.

 All volunteers are offered leisure time activities, in order to become acquainted with specifics about the different cultures in Ghana. There will be weekly meetings that provide volunteers the opportunity to meet our local members and communities for socialisation, etc. There is a clear description of each function and activity. The volunteer will be introduced to all activities of the organisation as well as the host communities.

 There are normal citizenship rules which apply to our staff, members, communities as well as citizens and of course also valid for the volunteers. Also there exist rules of the work camps according to the management and of the administration (No Alcohol during the project). Parts of our team are persons leading the projects and camps but are also volunteers.

 Lifestyle means for us everything that influences our quality of life and culture: clothing, leisure time, food as well as music, culture, sports, having friends and celebrating parties. Through an encounter with a young person from another country, a new aspect will be added to the lives of our community and people and therefore we ask volunteers to dress decently and professionally while in the communities.

 All participants are presented with a certificate upon completion of the programme, confirming their involvement in community development project. Souvenirs are given as a gift in appreciation of participants efforts.

African drumming, dancing and music lessons are offered as well as learning how to cook Ghanaian dishes, our way of dressing and every day family life of our people. Learning the Africa way of lifestyle (family, cooking and dressing), joining our skilled drummers who will teach them many of the African drumming beats, such as Kpacha, Gahu, Bamaya, Kete and Fume beats and learning to move to the beat with traditional dancers, etc.

Volunteers are introduced to different drums, all made locally and will have the opportunity to get a drum specially made for them, to take home and demonstrate their new-found skills to family and friends.

Our dependable staff and project coordinators are always available on the fields and in camps with the volunteers for supervision.

 


Risk prevention, Protection and Safety:

  • The general security in Ghana is peaceful and welcoming. Ghana is the number one                                                                                              destination and gateway to Africa today. We choose our locations based on the stability                                                                                                        of the government, low crime rates, security and the integrity of the hosting community.


  • The Ghanaians are the friendliest people in West Africa: warm, proud yet humble with a                                                                                            contagious and calming sense of humour. We have local Project Coordinators on-site in                                                                                                   each town for assistance and also a 24/7 emergency respond centre for support.                                                                                                               Our able staff and members are available and are always in the company of international                                                                                               . Meanwhile, all our programmes are organised in groups and therefore there is no cause                                                                                                       for alarm.


  • There is sensible precautions in place and we have suggested guidelines on healthy traveling (such as using bottled water and avoid eating uncooked food) volunteers should not have any major issues.


  • The volunteer, sending organisation, host organisation and coordinating organisations will agree on the terms of the project, so that all partners have full information at the beginning of the project.


  • The volunteer will be guaranteed the participation in the whole training cycle at home and in the host country upon arrival. The camp coordinators will also be of support and mentor for the volunteer during the project


  • There are several medical facilities in all the places we work. However, if volunteers do have any serious medical complaints we advised them to contact our Project Coordinators for immediate hands-on assistance.


  • By taking basic precautions and knowing basic "street smarts" volunteers should not have any problems while volunteering with us.


  • Our dependable staff and project coordinators are always available on the fields and in camps with the volunteers for supervision and support.




What will be the role of volunteers in the communities?

They will have the opportunity to be placed within one of many areas. These include:                                                                                                          community development projects, health, education (basic, informal, women and adult literacy,                                                                                                vocational, ICT, etc.), sports for change, youth groups, HIV/AIDS projects, working with people                                                                                                    with disabilities, eco-tourism and many more.

Volunteer’s role will include the following and many more as to when it is demanded;

  • Teaching (basic, general and informal education, vocational skills education and ICT                                                                                                       workshops).


  • Teaching and coaching (physical education, girls’ empowerment and sports                                                                                                             development, youth sports development.


  • Moulding bricks, digging soil, brick laying, supporting the experts and transporting of building materials (Construction of classrooms, libraries, clinics and community centres


  • Campaign
  1. Re-launch the use of condoms and to create a more positive image of condom use in preventing HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections and in birth control)
  2. Creating awareness and increasing teachers, students and the general public knowledge about major infectious diseases by promoting positive change behaviour both in students and teachers and also at homes.


 

Activities in which the volunteer will be involved in and could create:

  • Volunteers will be involve in group educational activities that focuses on issues related to intercultural communication, development issues in the host community and larger issues related to international development.


  • One of the major responsibilities of participating students (volunteers) in the project will be to design a culminating project which will be completed during the Exchange.


  • Participation in existing projects of the host organisation.


  • Re-launch the use of condoms and to create a more positive image of condom use in preventing HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections and in birth contro


  • Creating awareness and increasing teachers, students and the general public knowledge about major infectious diseases by promoting positive change behaviour both in students and teachers and also at homes. (Environmental school and information days for the communities


  • Promoting and marketing of the organisation's; charity activities


 


Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:

Basically, there are no specific skills or qualifications necessary to take part in our projects, except for our medical/health projects (HIV/AIDS and other chronic, tropical diseases). There are programmes available for medical professionals or medical/nursing students.

  • When a volunteer submits the online application, we ask for a copy of their resume/CV as well as a personal reference. We review the details sent to us, we speak to contact reference and follow up with a phone interview with volunteers to determine they are suitable for a placement.


  • The volunteer should be able to communicate, active, humble, willing to learn how to                                                                                                         deal with spastic and handicapped people, trustable and full of ideas and willing to work                                                                                                     when demanded


  • Acceptance of their new environment and cooperation is very essential in achieving the                                                                                                   aims of their participation


  • There is no TEFL or teaching qualifications needed for our teaching programmes.                                                                                                                 All our programmes are conducted in English. For those less than proficient in English.                                                                                                       We offer a Language and Cultural Immersion programmes to support the volunteer.


 
 

There is a lot to learn and see whiles volunteering with us in Ghana.

  • The rich cultural heritage of the people is usually manifested during festivals. Ghanaian hospitality can also be seen in this regard. The ways the people speak and relate to others portray their culture of friendliness


  • The celebration of festivals in Ghana is an essential part of Ghanaian culture. Several rites and rituals are performed throughout the year in various parts of the country, including child-birth, rites of passage, puberty, marriage and death. Most of the celebrations are attended by entire villages and are strictly observed by the traditional elders of the respective ethnic groups


  • One of the most attractive aspects of the Ghanaian culture is the colourful traditional festivals and durbars which are held yearly in all parts of the country. These festivals reveal some common features and beliefs of our society. Through the festivals, the people remember their ancestors and ask for their protection


  • Festivals are also held in order to purify the whole state so that people can enter the New Year with confidence and hope.



Now you have many reasons to join us in our community development projects in Ghana. Overall experience and unique memories that will leave with you for the rest of your life awaits you...

Thank you!