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Organization Review

Overall Experience: 
Volunteering with this Foundation can only be described as a gate-opener to numerous new experiences and as an effective was of getting to know unknown facets of humanity. I came to Ghana looking for a way to help teachers who struggle with their professional environment, e.g. coping with an excessive number of students (sometimes ranging up to 90 pupils) or being forced to improvise on teaching methods due to a lack of teaching material. I had the chance to do exactly that. One other primary reason I embarked on this journey was supporting a project that aims at rescuing children from seemingly hopeless circumstances. Many children in most of Ghana’s regions don’t have the possibility to go to school or get appropriate healthcare due to a lack in budget, means or understanding of their parents. The Foundation gave me an opportunity to help out, personally. Providing these essential, yet missing aspects of a child’s life is exactly what the Foundation is all about. We try to cure some of the deficits that shouldn't exist in the first place. Pastor Laud Kwaku Akuffo, the head of the organization and a good friend, couldn't have taken better care of me, a volunteer. Thanks to him I was able to see Ghana in a more intimate, detailed way. When I had a question, an answer was always at hand. When I encountered any problems, help was immediately granted. Laud looks after his volunteers and does his possible best to make them feel at ease. It is also thanks to Pastor Laud that I had the possibility to live within a Ghanaian host family. Through this, my wish to learn from and see the Ghanaian way of life first hand did render my trip to Ghana most fulfilling. My job as an assistant teacher couldn't have been more enjoyable. I learnt terribly much during my two-month-stay. The warmth and enthusiasm of the school-kids is something that leaves a permanent mark on oneself. I miss them so much and I wish I could have spent more time with them. The teachers in the schools I taught in welcomed me most generously and made me feel at home and comfortable. Working with this foundation most certainly fulfilled all my criteria for a worthwhile volunteering experience: competent and all-time-ready support both in administrative and personal matters, flexibility and individual freedom in terms of working hours and travelling wishes as well as an extremely enjoyable social environment. I never felt alone or abandoned. Therefore I can only wholeheartedly recommend this Foundation as a way of making a difference and getting to know Ghana and its peoples. I had a lovely time and I am grateful for everything the foundation has enabled me to do. Medassi pa!