Working at an orphanage in Ghana is likely to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life. In orphanages and children homes, volunteers assist in caring for destitute and abandoned children and orphans, some of whom 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 some 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 the orphanage. Some experience working with children is preferred, as is a responsible, enthusiastic and compassionate attitude. Initiative and self-motivation are important.
NOTE: As this program involves working closely with orphaned and at risk children a three week minimum commitment is required to participate.