How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA? 10 out of 10
Did you get on well with the local ABV Director and staff? Definitely
What was your favorite memory of this trip? Working on the wound care program was life affirming. I really got to see the culture of Ghana in a way that the volunteers who only worked at the home and at the schools never did. I really got to know several families and experience the highs and lows of their lives for a short time. I experienced the death of one of my patients that, while though very sad, I was grateful to have been with her family during the last few weeks of her life.
What was the most difficult thing you experienced? The first two weeks were the most difficult simply because they were the first two weeks, (and I injured myself). The rest was a breeze and I took everything in stride.
Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc) The children at the Children’s Home have more clothing than they could ever use, as well as toys. But soccer balls and large rubber balls are a good donation, as well as shoes. They wear Crocs and flip flops. The matrons can always use new dresses and long skirts as well. If anyone has a connection to a hospital or medical provider, wound care donations are DESPERATELY in need.
The best site to see close by is the Wli Waterfalls, but arrange a price PER PERSON before hiring a guide. You only need a guide for the upper falls. Big Millie’s in Kokrobite, 30 minutes from Accra is a great weekend escape, but I got dysentery there the second time I went, as well as two others in the group. The water is warm, you can swim, and there’s lots of little things to buy. The food is good. I highly suggest doing a trip down the coast, west of Accra. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are out past Takoradi, but Elmina and the castle are also must sees.
Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): Working in Ghana through the support of A Broader View did not change who I am, but rather allowed me to finally express myself as I have always wanted to. As an older volunteer, with an established career, I found it liberating to be able to work as a project manager, working independently once I was trained, and I had the freedom to start new projects as well.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Absolutely
Katy Volunteer Abroad in Volta, Ghana