Robin & Jon Volunteer in Ho, Ghana

My Favorite Memory: My favorite memories will always be the people I met. The people of Ghana are so warm and friendly.

I was surprised that…. I became so attached to the children and adults at the orphanage in such a short amount of time.

The most difficult thing I experienced was… honestly, being hungry. We were given plenty of food by our host family, but there is not much variety in the types of food the people in this area eat. After a period of time my digestive system could not handle the food anymore. The last thing I wanted to do was complain though, seeing so many who did not have enough food. Thank goodness I brought some peanut butter!

My best received lesson… Being reminded that things don’t make you happy. Most of what I have at home, I can easily live without.

Robin & Jon Volunteer in Ho, Ghana

Tip for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc) My husband and I brought donated school supplies. Although this came in handy, it is easier and cheaper to buy items in Ghana. I wish we would have purchased children’s clothing at home to bring instead. It may have been because we were visitors, but even buying used clothing in the market was more expensive than if we would have purchased them here. It might be a good idea to fund raise some money. You don’t know what the needs are until you see it for yourself. We purchased food and medicine while there, and I wish we would could have done more.

Personal Paragraph (Testimonial): Jon and I want to Thank You (James, your family, and Prince) again for assisting us during our stay in Ghana. We traveled to your country, enjoyed our stay at the new children’s home and the school in Ho, made some new friends, hopefully helped others, and returned a little over a week ago safely back to the United States of America.Please thank Tim and Letty, and Simone for the wonderful companionship over the weekends! It was a pleasure to meet everyone.
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How would you rate your experience working with the ABV staff, both in the USA, and in-country? We had a great experience with ABV staff. They were so helpful in helping us navigate our way around Ghana.

How would you describe your accommodation ( ie: host family, on-site, shared housing etc) We were very lucky. We had a room in a boarding school that had it’s own flush toilet and space for a bucket shower! The people at the school were very nice and tried to make our stay pleasant. A pastor and his wife ran the school, and they had on site staff for cooking and taking care of the children. We did feel a bit isolated though. we took our meals alone, and aside from speaking to the children and one of the staff, we did not have any interaction with other adults. We were very thankful for having met a volunteer couple in Kpando that we were able to connect with one weekend.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes!

Robin & Jon Volunteer in Ho, Ghana

Robin & Jon Volunteer in Ho, Ghana

Volunteer Name: Robin & Jon Eaton
Project Location: Ho, Ghana
Program Dates: September 08 -22nd 2011
Volunteered At: MV orphanage and school

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