Volunteering in an orphanage in Ghana is likely to be one of the most challenging, but rewarding experiences of your life. In orphanages and children homes, volunteers assist in caring for destitute and abandoned children and orphans. Some of these children have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.
The day to day tasks include helping at meal times with cooking, cleaning and feeding the younger kids. Arranging games and fun activities, helping the school age children with their homework, monitoring the cleanliness of all the children, bathing and getting the younger kids dressed, and teaching good hygiene habits.
Volunteers can also assist with teaching as many of the school children would benefit from a little one-on-one tutoring. There may also be basic building and repair work to be done at some orphanages. Some experience working with children is preferred, as is a responsible, enthusiastic and compassionate attitude. Initiative and self-motivation are important.
There is a lack of playing materials at most centres. Volunteers can bring materials like paints, pencils and pencil colours, crayon, drawing papers, toys etc. Some of these materials can also be found in the local market for ready purchase. Most importantly you bring a big heart and smile.
Volunteer in a Ghana orphanage!