Want to volunteer in Ghana, West Africa?

My name is Bismark Agbeve and I am from Ghana.  I am the director of a Ghanaian Non-Governmental Organization called Bridge Volta Ghana; our main work is to place international volunteers in the rural communities in the country specifically in the Volta Region. We have over 45 host communities and over 60 host families all trained and almost all have hosted volunteers. We have changed so many lives of needy kids through our provision of school uniforms and school supplies to over 300 orphans and needy children since 2003.

Bismark Agbeve - Director of Bridge, Ghana

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds that would like to take part in our programs.  Our volunteer programs are hands-on, interactive, and diverse. The programs themselves allow the volunteers to experience various aspects of Ghanaian culture.  We hope that you will join us in our mission to share culture, community, and promote the importance of culture exchange

Organization History:

BRIDGE VOLTA GHANA was registered as a non-governmental organization in May 2005 its No.G.18030, based in Ghana. Our office is located in Ho the Volta regional capital on the 2nd floor of KK house rooms 2/7-2/8.

Our mission is to provide partner community based organizations with the organizational skills needed to sustain their efforts in reducing poverty.  We tap existing local energy by working on projects that the communities identify as important, and assist them by strengthening their capacities to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate projects.  We provide our partner CBOs with access to resources such as computers, internets and our library in the BRIDGE Volta Office.

A volunteer in Ghana, West Africa participates in communal labor

A volunteer participates in communal labor.

As long as rural communities lack local capacity to manage programs, they will continually depend upon outsiders to provide their basic needs like education and health, or worse, their needs could go unmet altogether. But when villages possess community based organizations (CBOs) capable of designing projects and transparently managing budgets, their local governments and international funding organizations have partners who can effectively utilize their joint resources. BRIDGE provides technical assistance by focusing on key organizational skills, assigns international volunteers in the designing of most of the projects, awards small grants in getting projects started and then helps CBOs link to government and donor communities funding sources to create and expand successful programs. In this way, BRIDGE helps pave the way for groups living in isolated villages to take control over their own affairs Although BRIDGE was incorporated in 2003, intensive groundwork began in 1997 when the founding member arrived to remain in Ghana for three years as a peace Corp volunteer. That experience generated a partnership with the USA’s Notre Dame University. This resulted in two year program of training BRIDGE’s chairmen Bismark in the necessary skills required to host volunteers and use their skills to establish and implement small projects, write proposals, manage funds, and otherwise build the management infrastructure required to develop poverty reduction programs in the Volta Region of Ghana. BRIDGE has already accomplished several projects through the help of its volunteers who have served a population of 4,000,000.

Volunteer Accomodation in Ghana

Accommodations for volunteers. Adaklu Mountain is in the background, just steps away.

A total of over 10 infrastructure projects were executed in some of its partner communities, 2 libraries built, a school was built, a school block renovated and painted, 4 improved toilets constructed, 3 water cisterns built, a kindergarten school under construction, provided school uniforms and sandals for 300 needy and orphans for a period of 6 years, a clinic was renovated and furnished,a gari processing centre built to generate income, supplied over 6000 text books, and 30 used computers to some of its partners community schools, income generating farming projects are underway in some selected communities to reduce poverty, a beading group for women was established, help bring electricity to 6 rural communities, other achievements such as human capacity buildings and etc. Other anticipated projects includes  helping communities on projects that reduce poverty, create more school going opportunities for kids, improve health conditions among our partners and to establish cordial relationship among partner communities through organizing and sponsoring soccer games. All these projects were collaboration of Bridge and its volunteer’s partners. Other information and how to volunteer with bridge and support any of its programs visit our site which is under updating on www.bridgingdevelopment.org

Volunteer in Ghana with Bridge:

We have the capacity to place as many as 20 volunteers at once, but are finding it very difficult getting volunteers. There is an office in the regional capital of Ho equipped with computers and internet, trained airport pickup guides, arranged hotels, and many more.

The unbeatable volunteer program fees with Bridge:

Volunteer in Ghana with BRIDGE

The fee breakdown for volunteering in Ghana with BRIDGE. The left column is the total number of weeks you would like to volunteer and the right column is the total fee for the entire stay, all inclusive.

The home stay program is an important part of the Bridge program experience. Living with a family creates the full immersion experience.  Our host families have been carefully screened to support you as you work to improve your language skills and make new friends. You will experience a natural home setting with the hospitality for which Ghanaian are famous.

The family provides you with:

  1. Healthy meals
  2. Laundry service
  3. Private bedroom
  4. Shared bathroom
  5. Warm hospitality
With advance notice the host families can meet special dietary needs, including those of vegetarians.  Staying with a host family is a wonderful cultural and educational experience.
Living Standards:
The standard of living of the host families is considered middle class by Ghanaian standards. In general, students and volunteers find here a simpler way of life than that to which they are accustomed.
I will be so much happy if you can be of help in any way at this crucial time when we are finding it difficult to get volunteers to place with our partners.  Do not hesitate in contacting me at kokubismark@gmail.com for further information.

 

Thank you,

Bismark Agbeve

bismark [at] bridgingdevelopment.org

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