Project DetailsCode: VOLU- CT-TCH- MLTV-03
Start date: 01 ene 2017
End date: 31 mar 2017
Term: Long Term (1 Month to a Year)
Category: SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL
Theme: EDU, SOCI, TEAC
State: Tutu Trinity Home.
Airport: Kotoka International airport
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99
DescriptionThis project is organized in partnership with the staff of Tutu Trinity Home orphanage. The home was established 13 years ago. At a time the community observed a growing number of neglected children due to single parents who could not trace the fathers of the children and at the same time could not afford financially to cater for the children. The leader of the home Mrs. Sophia Alabi took the initiative and responsibility to open the home. She started with 5 children. Now the orphanage hosts 38 children with 18 boys and 20 girls. Their ages ranges from 8 – 16 years.
The main goal of this project is to provide assistance for the children to have childhood like any other child. To achieve this is to have more personnel per child to have more time for every child. This will also enable personnel’s to identify their talents, and develop them to benefit both the children and the society at large.
Work And Activities
Work starts from 7 AM and ends at 2 PM. In the morning volunteers mayhelp to
1. Wake up the orphans and help with their sanitation: Brushing of teeth, showering.
2. Prepare breakfast for the children to get ready for school.
3. Volunteers will be engaged at the pre-school level and teach (Alphabets, numbers, English language, Math’s, Rhymes, Poems, Songs and Arts & Dance).
4. After school, volunteers may also help with the children’s lunch then play (football, basketball and other creative games).
5. In the afternoon volunteers will help with their homework (which is one of the main problems as there is less staff). Also help with HIV awareness/ sexual education, health and hygiene programs.
6. In the evening volunteers will help the kitchen staff to prepare dinner for the orphans.
7. Late in the evenings volunteers are welcome to participate in the evening’s activities (cultural drumming &dancing, storytelling, open forum about children rights, study lessons on retrogressive cultural practices such as female genital practices etc.) before the kids go to bed.
8. Volunteers will help to arrange for the children excursions and are welcome to join the trips.
9. After project submit project report to VOLU office.
Accommodation And FoodVolunteers will be hosted at the home. There is available student bed’s with mattress. Volunteers will share washroom, bath house with the other teachers and care takers at the home.
PlaceThe project will take place at the Tutu Trinity Home, Akwapim- Eastern Region of Ghana.
RequirementsVolunteers should obtain the following similar competence (skills): High school certificate, first degree or masters. Volunteers should be interested to teach children (youth) from different backgrounds and have open mind to understand the student’s levels.
Volunteers should have the following:
Be motivated for the voluntary work.
Be motivated to understand and respect cultures for both host and volunteers
To adapt and enjoy simple conditions and experience a different culture.
Respect every child (orphan) including colloquies volunteers, staff and management.
Abstain from smoking, taking alcohol, and any other drugs within the institution.
Follow established channels to report all matters
Treat all information related to the children confidential.
No invitations to personal friends and strangers at home.
NotesThis is the first time VOLU is undertaking a MLTV project in this Orphanage. We have had volunteers at this orphanage three years only for a short term of three weeks. The feedback from both the placement and the volunteers was satisfactory (successful). Based on the project report, we have agreed with the orphanage to run medium &long term programs.
Leisure: Volunteers can take a walk to Tutu Township. Another possibility is to visit the Aburi Botanical Gardens which is just 10 KM from the home. The garden has trees from all over the world and has trees that are about 150 years old. Another attraction is the Fetish Okomfo Anokye palace in Awukugua. This is a fetish priest who commanded the golden stool from the skies, which is the symbol of unity of the people of Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana. The orphanage home is located is on a hill with cold temperature that varies between 5 to 28 degrees Celsius. Which is comfortable for foreign volunteers from the coldest part of the world?
Practical information: Volunteers should bring along the following:
1. Mosquito net
2. Working shoes (boots)
4. Flash light
6. Musical Instruments, Social/casual dresses, sandals and shoes for their personal use. Toiletries.
Remarks: The fee for international volunteers is 250 Euros per month. It covers pick up from the airport/bus station upon arrival in Ghana. The fee also covers orientation, evaluation, monitoring, project set up, office running/administrative expenses, supporting small community projects, running of activities during the project, certificate of participation, accommodation, feeding at camp and communication prior to, during and after the camp. Volunteers will participate in an orientation day after arrival. Volunteers who arrive 1 week before project starts will pay 10 Euro per day for VOLU hostel. Volunteers are allowed to stay in the VOLU office Hostel for two weeks free of charge, but will pay 10 euros for each day after this period. This fee does not cover meals whilst staying at the hostel. The fee 250 Euros does not cover excursions on projects.
Participation fees do not include the following:
Internal travels to and from the project station.
Refreshment outside the project
Air ticket excursions, visa and insurance
Local travel and personal effects.
Volunteers are expected to have their own medical insurance and personal expenses.
Donation and gifts:
These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Teaching, sporting materials games may be brought to the students. Kindly contact VOLU for details in case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering donation or long-term intervention on the project.
Applications: Should be done at least one month in advance through VOLU partner organization in respective countries.