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VOLUNTEER AT CONFLICT-RESOLUTION Program (Africa - Ghana)

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Volunteer conflict resolution program picture, Ghana Africa

1. The program
We need volunteers to document and offer input at our community-based Conflict-Resolution workshops. These workshops are twiice-weekly meetings with different groups in the community - where group members brainstorm on how to resolve conflicts in the community. They also discuss ways to maintain and sustain the peace in the pockets where there is apparent peace and harmony. There is a group leader who leads the discussion, assisted by an interpreter who translates from the local language into English and vice-versa. As such English-speaking international volunteers can fully understand and participate in the discussions.

In detail, the aims and objects of these meetings are to:

--Discuss the issues that bring conflicts between different communities (inter-community conflicts).
--Suggest ways to solve any actual conflicts.
--Discuss ways in which different communities can co-exist in peace and harmony with each other.

--Discuss the issues that bring conflicts between sections (clans) of a community (intra-community conflicts).
--Suggest ways to solve any actual conflicts.
--Discuss ways in which different sections in a community can live in peace and harmony with each other

--Discuss the issues that bring conflicts among members of a family (extended family)
--Suggest ways to solve any actual conflicts.
--Discuss ways in which different sections in a community can live in peace and harmony with each other

--Discuss the issues that bring conflicts between spouses (nuclear family)
--Suggest ways to solve any actual conflicts.
--Discuss ways in which members of an extended family can live in peace and harmony with each other

--Discuss the issues that bring conflicts between parents (or guardians) and children (or wards)
--Suggest ways to solve any actual conflicts.
--Discuss ways in which parents or guardians and their children or wards can live in peace and harmony with each other

--Discuss the issues that bring conflicts between school authorities and students
--Suggest ways to solve any actual conflicts.
--Discuss ways in which school authorities and students can live in peace and harmony with each other

--Discuss the issues that bring conflicts between school authorities and the parents/guardians of its students
--Suggest ways to solve any actual conflicts.
--Discuss ways in which school authorities and the parents/guardians of its students can live in peace and harmony with each other

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2. The workshops
The conflict-resolution workshops are held in several towns and villages in southern Ghana.
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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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African orphanage volunteers' accommodation. VIGS Ghana Volunteering


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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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. Rough estimate of total cost involved

  • Flight to and from Ghana: US$800-1250 (Round-trip)
  • Ghana visa: US$50-150
  • Vaccinations: US$100-250
  • Miscellaneous personal items: US$300-900
  • Personal Spending money whilst in Ghana: US$200 upwards
  • VIGS-GHANA Program fee: starts from US$535

So, a rough estimate of the total cost for a three-week program duration (the minimum duration) would be about US$2,000 - 3,300. Check the equivalent amount in your currency.
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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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