The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
― Barack Obama
VOLUNTEERING FOR ICS-CHALLENGES WORLDWIDE-GHANA
Since 8th July 2015, I have been a volunteer for Challenges Worldwide-International Citizenship Service Entrepreneur (ICS-E). To be honest, I initially did not know exactly what to expect and what was expected of me as a volunteer. Soon however, all my questions and anxieties were cleared during our week long training program at the Alumni Center of the University of Ghana, Accra. Here is an insight into my life as a volunteer for the next 10 weeks.
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The first week was basically an introduction of both United Kingdom Volunteers (UKVs) and In- Country Volunteers (ICVs) and a preview into the businesses we would be consulting for. Meeting up was great as we played ice breaking games to familiarize ourselves with each other and getting to know our respective partners we would be working with for the next ten weeks. During the week-long training program we were taken through a workshop on the whole purpose of the ICS program, rules of the program, security issues, expected behavior of the volunteers etc. For the business aspect we also held discussions on managing client relationship, funding for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s), finance and accounting lessons, marketing and going over what objectives must be achieved by the volunteers for their businesses. The July batch of volunteers have a wide range of businesses to consult for. Amongst them are a food production company, Baker Boys; Ghana Grains Company which is furthering the interests of its farmers; Jem Afrik clothing and fashion, Mega Nutrition and Fitness, Mummy’s Kitchen which is a restaurant, Helios Optimum Power Solutions(Solar panel manufacturers), Festel Fruit Juice Enterprise, Meannan Foods, and Leemex Foods.
The day finally arrived when my partner Thomas and I were introduced to the business and business owner that we would be consulting for during the next ten weeks.The meeting was a fruitful one and I soon realized that I would be working in a clothing manufacturing shop with a specialty in the African Fashion industry.
In the Interim as I waited for work to commence I bonded with the other in-country volunteers and the UK volunteers. We organized a series of outings and this included us visiting a resort by the seaside known as the Bojo beach resort. This was a lovely resort having both lake and sea. The lake was to the front of the resort and was bordered on both sides by a piece of land Once all volunteers convened ourselves there we sat to enjoy the breeze and the sun. As part of the activities, we teamed up and played volley ball, beach ball and football. Some of the ladies delightfully picked up shells and walked around admiring crab holes and tiny baby crabs scurrying all over the sand. All too soon we had to leave just before the beach bonfire was lit.It was sad that we couldn’t join in the fun around the bonfire but as responsible volunteers we had to leave before it got too dark. L.Looking forward to more exciting times ahead though!