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1. The program
The focus of the project is to foster positive health practices in households and communities and support changes in cultural norms that reinforce and maintain these practices in the urban towns and rural areas within our scope of operation; with the main goal of the project being the improvement of health status of communities in the target communities, the project will use Community Mobilization, Community Based Distribution, Capacity Building and Monitoring and Evaluation to achieve its target.

Key responsibilities:

  1. Assist community health nurses at the local health center
  2. Assist local volunteer and community to develop a community action plan when absent and facilitate its implementation
  3. Organize community meetings and educate the gathering on a health topic
  4. Home visits to educate household on a selected health topic or topics
  5. Identify social groups in the community, attend their meetings and educate them on selected topics
  6. Fill data collection forms with local volunteer and submit to field facilitator
  7. Facilitate community health outreach programs
  8. Assist in organizing health training programs for focus groups in the community
  9. Partner the local volunteer to organize focus group discussions on a health topic
  10. Refer health cases to health center

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2. The communities
Participating communities are in Kosoa, Bontrase, berful, Swedru, Okwampa, Ahenita, Dominase and Papaasi in the Central region.

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3. Volunteers' accommodation
Volunteers live with carefully-selected host-families within the community. There are always other people in the house as well; and they would be willing to provide you some assistance. You would be placed in the same home with another volunteer - except you specifically state that you prefer to be placed alone. Volunteers coming as a pair or couple will not be placed with other volunteers in the same bedroom. The volunteer(s) have their separate room - with a lock and key. There are two beds in the volunteers' room; each with a mattress and in most cases a table and chair. It is advisable to bring along a mosquito net and a spare bed sheet. Many homes have a shower and flush toilet. In others you would have to manage with a bucket of water and a pit toilet - more likely in smaller towns and villages. Laundry is usually done with a couple of buckets.
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4. Volunteers' meals
7.00am - Breakfast; 12.00pm - Lunch; 6.30pm - Dinner.
Volunteers will be fed a variety of food including indigenous African dishes such as fufu, banku, kenkey and red-red, as well as ‘foreign’ meals such as rice and pasta. Volunteers with special dietary stipulations such as vegetarianism or lactose intolerance can easily be catered for. Volunteers have to budget for their own drinking water. Bottled (as well as filtered, bagged) water is available for purchase in many parts of the village. A 1.5 liter bottle costs about US$0.85 whilst a pack of bagged filtered water (popularly known as 'pure water') costs about US$0.90. One pack of bagged filtered water contains twenty-five 0.5 liter pieces of 'pure water' sachets or bags. An alternative to buying bottled or 'pure water' would be to treat the tap-water with water purification tablets. Water purification tablets are not readily available in Ghana so you would have to bring some along if you intend to treat your own drinking water.
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5. Entertainment and sight-seeing

Weekends (Friday afternoon till Sunday evening) are free days. Volunteers at the children's home usually would organize entertainment and sight-seeing trips as a group to interesting places far and near.
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VIGS-Ghana volunteer on the Kakum rainforest canopy walkway in Africa

6. Volunteers' safety
Your safety is of paramount importance to VIGS. As such we give you all the relevant safety hints, plus we place you only in places where good medical services are within easy reach. In addition, we'll give you a cell phone - so you can call the in-country supervisors whenever the need arises. Our in-country support staff are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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7. Minimum qualification required of applicants for the program
Applicants for this program must be able to communicate in simple English since English is the official language of communication in Ghana.
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8. The program fee
Applicants for this program must be able to communicate in simple English since English is the official language of communication in Ghana.


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9. Next steps — after you have been accepted and given your Placement information

After you have been admitted to participate in the program, you would now have to execute the following:

10. Other relevant facts on the program

  • We will send you a document on how to fund-raise for your trip - after you confirm your intended participation.
  • We will meet and greet you at the Airport in Accra (ACC) on your arrival day
  • We can loan you a local mobile phone with IDD on your arrival into Ghana
  • The average work day is 3-8 hours for this program
  • Saturdays and Sundays are leisure days
  • We can give you a testimonial letter on successful completion of your volunteer work
  • You can contact VIGS-GHANA local staff on cell phones all the time — 24 hours a day — seven days a week
  • You can pay the program fee through any one of the following means:
    1. By Wire Transfer through your bank.
    2. You can also pay it securely online through our highly-reputed payment processor using any of the following: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, PayPal.
    3. Through Western Union Money Transfer - using your debit or credit card securely online or by phone.
    4. Cash installments (or full payment) upon arrival into Ghana.

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