VOLUNTEER INTERN TESTIMONIES
The seven weeks I spent in Ghana working with AFAWI were incredibly fun and very rewarding. I was able to work on both their Livelihood and Eccachild programmes and both have given me transferable skills that I will take with me when I go. I helped to run training sessions for the Livelihood women and took part in monitoring and evaluating activities that allowed me to watch their progress. Working with the Eccachild children was also very enjoyable and you could definitely see the sustainable impact that the project will have on their lives. Getting to know the AFAWI has been really enjoyable, they have welcomed us into their homes, taught us to cook Ghanaian foods and even taken us on road trips on the weekend. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with this charity and will follow the work they do even once I have returned home.
The last 7 weeks I have spent interning with AFAWI has been an eye-opening and life changing experience. I have made some incredible memories with the staff at AFAWI and with the partnership staff at the credit union, in what has definitely made an impact to the lives of the many women on their LIVELIHOOD project. We were able to impart the information needed to develop the skills which have allowed the women to expand and grow their businesses. I have really enjoyed witnessing first-hand the impact this has made to their lives and also the lives of their families. I have loved exploring the different regions of Ghana and have immensely enjoyed their delicious food, which I will miss very much. I am looking forward to seeing the charity grow over time and also hearing about the progress of the many women we have helped in the future.
Working with AFAWI has been a fun and rewarding experience. Staff take a sustainable and holistic approach to their development work and ensure that you carry out a wide variety of activities during your stay: running workshops, monitoring businesses, attending conferences, registering school children for health insurance and assisting the local credit union in their daily work. AFAWI tailors it’s projects to the needs of the individuals and communities by ensuring that they have a thorough understanding of beneficiaries’ livelihoods before work commences.
We have been welcomed by Jennifer who has arranged everything for us - food, accomodation, transport, weekend activities and even WiFi! Phillip was also kind enough to take us sightseeing at weekends to wonderful parts of the country. So it’s not all work!
In essence, volunteering with AFAWI gives you a wide variety of opportunities to use your skills for good and gain new ones whilst learning lots about Ghana and its people. Thanks to all the staff for a great couple of months!
Interning with AFAWI this summer has been an incredible experience that I will never forget! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the vulnerable women through the Livelihood Project and have seen firsthand how AFAWI has had a positive impact on their businesses and lives- it has been truly inspiring. I also enjoyed signing children up for NHIS cards through the ECCACHILD project, which the children and their families were immensely grateful for as they will surely benefit from them in the future. Additionally, over the course of 7 weeks I have been welcomed into the colourful and vibrant Ghanaian culture, as well as been given the opportunity to see some outstanding historical landmarks. The generosity and warmth I have received from the wonderful people I have met has also contributed to the experience, and I cannot wait to see AFAWI continue to grow and reach more vulnerable women and children across the country.
Another volunteer from the United States, Gabby came to AFAWI for couple of months to experience working in a grassroots NGO in Africa. Alongside Oscar and Lindsay, Gabby assisted in initial phase of the Livelihood Microfinance Project as well.
During her stay with us, Gabby was a key driver in the bid to raise money for AFAWI’s work through the online Global Giving Challenge. She was directly responsible for drafting the microfinance project proposal to be placed on the fundraising website. The aim of the Global Giving Challenge was to connect people from around the world, spread awareness and knowledge about AFAWI’s microfinance initiative and ultimately gather financial support for the project.
I always wanted to volunteer in a developing country so when AFAWI selected me to volunteer in Ghana for three months, I was thrilled. AFAWI works to protect vulnerable people in Ghana, especially women and children. This NGO has different projects in the fields of sex education, HIV awareness or youth development. Working for AFAWI has been a wonderful experience. Not only it has given me the chance to work with a local, African NGO but it has also helped me to develop skills which will help me to find my dream job in the future.
In the personal field, it could not have been better. Living with a host family has shown me the real Ghana and has allowed me to meet wonderful people and learn from them. Also, sharing my experience with other volunteers has been great because I felt supported all the time.
I have had the opportunity to do a lot of field work which, besides giving me the opportunity of getting to know in depth the Ghanaian culture, has shown me how it is like to work with an African NGO and the challenges that it supposes.
I am already thinking in going back again. I recommend this experience to everyone.
Oscar Laurie Wynne
Oscar was from Britain joined AFAWI and stayed with the organization for a total of seven months. As Oscar arrived when the Livelihood Project was in its start-up stage, he was a key factor in the initial feasibility and candidate identification study.
During this time, his major focus was on conducting the assessment of the potential female candidates for the offer of loans and created profiles for each of the women. The aim was to make sure that the loans were offered to these women who fell below the poverty line and therefore needed it the most. AFAWI’s first loan disbursements were given during Oscar’s stay and he assisted in the design and development of the method of distribution and structure of repayments.
Oscar was also part of the team that conceptualized the Kid Fund and the Kid Club, which have become important projects within AFAWI’s activities. These two initiatives are still running today and have successfully provided additional tuition and secured the enrollment of two boys into primary school.