Founded by the dedicated team of teacher, Seth Aseidu and his wife Vivian, Becky’s foundation in Senya-Beraku, a very historic coastal town in Ghana was primarily established to provide love and kindness to abandoned children and orphans in Senya-Beraku. With tremendous support from family, friends, organisations and most notably international volunteers, a facility has been built to provide a comfortable home for 50 disadvantaged children and to take care of their everyday needs.
In addition to the orphanage, Becky’s foundation also operates its own school (Becky’s Preparatory School) and Becky’s Soccer Academy. Becky’s foundation volunteering and internship operations in the local communities also help to support credible grassroots projects in healthcare, education, special needs, and community development. These are aimed at enhancing the sharing of experiences, resources, information, skills, as well as deepening inter-cultural relations/understanding and mutual respect.
The work of Becky’s Foundation is carried out by dedicated local staff and constantly assisted by a diverse group of incredible volunteers from all over the world.
Becky’s Foundation is determined to ensure its core values remain unchanged endorsing local and international laws with regard to the fundamental rights and protection of children. Ethical, honest, and accountable in all aspects relating to their work they are open to continuous learning, responsible partnerships, new ideas, and creativity towards steady positive growth.
The team work towards a goal to see local communities flourish where each individual can reach his/her full potential irrespective of their circumstances, religion, gender, or ethnicity.
Pick-up and drop off from Accra (Kotoka International Airport), transport to the project area in Senya-Beraku
Training and introductions will be made upon arrival. You will be shown around and your volunteer programme explained.
You will be provided with authentic local meals three times a day. There will be purified drinking water and clean accommodation with all the usual utilities included.
You will be guided through every step of your volunteer programme. You will be assigned a member of staff to answer any pre-trip questions and a member of the Ghanian team will support you throughout your volunteer programme. You will have a comprehensive pre-departure debriefing and a send-off gathering.
Our Ghanaian volunteer programme loves its volunteers and appreciates all the selfless work they do supporting activities. The organisation can’t wait till the day when it is able to absorb all the cost involved in hosting volunteers. For now, all participating volunteers are required to contribute a volunteer programme fee to cover the cost of your stay.
This is an opportunity to support an amazing charity and gain some valuable professional work experience whilst volunteering and investing into the future of vulnerable children increasing your social impact.
80% of the volunteer programme fee will go directly to the charity
2-4 weeks in Ghana
£200 per week
£150 per week
£100 per week
**Certificate and reference letter upon completion of programme
Although Ghana is an English-speaking country, many school children cannot communicate effectively in the English language. This is common in both rural and urban areas of Ghana and there is a real need for volunteers to assist in communities with a shortage of teaching staff. The Teaching project in Ghana seeks to stimulate the interest of school children in studying and speaking English, while simultaneously offering international volunteers the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Ghanaian culture and education system. Volunteers are placed in both rural and urban communities in Accra, where they teach solo or assist one of the few local teachers. Volunteers on this project follow the syllabus of the Ghana Education Service, which is made available to volunteers during their orientation. Music, Math and Arts are also incorporated into the syllabus and volunteers are encouraged to bring resources that can assist with their teaching. The school year has three terms and there are holiday breaks of 4 weeks, which fall between each term. Volunteers who apply for the Teaching project during these holiday breaks will switch to another project or work with school directors and placement staff in creating school holiday workshops for the children, and volunteers will then run these workshops unassisted. As volunteers work with the support of the local team and placement staff, they do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training. You can how to gain internationally-recognised TEFL certification online.
Volunteers with a love of sport and real enthusiasm for working with children are well suited to our Sports Teaching project in Ghana. Volunteers on this project work with young children and older Ghanaians to help develop their interest in a range of sports and increase their skill base. In addition to the physical benefits of sports education, this project helps in developing the mental discipline of the children, as well as heightening their alertness and coordination. The Sports Teaching project will generally involve physical training, teaching the children how to work as a team, bringing the best out in the players, and encouraging children to have more self-confidence. Football/soccer is a popular sport in Ghana, however volunteers are also encouraged to introduce new sports to the children. To teach these sports, volunteers may need to bring equipment from home, as there is a chance it may not be available for purchase in Ghana. Volunteers do not need any previous teaching experience to participate on the Sports Education project, however it is important to note that volunteers may be required to teach other classes during their project, such as Math, English, Science or Social Studies (Geography and History) as sports is usually taught in the afternoon and early evening. During the school holidays, volunteer will work on school holiday workshops that will be created by the school directors, placement staff and volunteers.
Through providing education, love, care and attention to less fortunate children in Ghana, the Childcare project aims to address the problems that these children face. Volunteers on this project are placed in both rural and urban communities, where they teach and provide care and affection to children. Volunteers are responsible for designing and implementing effective teaching programs, activities and events to inspire and develop the talent and abilities of the children. Volunteers are welcome to bring along books, pencils, basic first aid supplies and musical instruments to help entertain the children and assist with activities. These supplies can generally be purchased in country, if packing space is limited we encourages the purchase of supplies in Ghana to support the Ghanaian economy, rather than buying the goods pre-departure
The Medical project in Ghana works within rural Ghanaian communities. This project aims to help smaller Ghanaian communities which are deprived of access to basic healthcare and medicine. In the major cities of Ghana, such as Accra, medical care is fairly good and accessible relative to other African nations. However, once you leave the major cities, the standard drops considerably and there is a real shortage of trained medical professionals to work in these communities and provide basic healthcare services. Volunteers on the Medical Project in Ghana are placed in small rural clinics where they work closely with the local staff. Some Medical volunteers also have the opportunity to be placed within our Childcare project, where they visit the various children’s homes we work with, providing medical care and guidance to those in need. It is important to note that the facilities and resources on this project are extremely limited and provide a much different working environment to what most Medical volunteers have experienced before. Volunteers on the Medical Project in Ghana must be qualified medical professionals or have completed at least two years of medical training and provide a copy of their medical qualifications, or a letter and transcript from their school to be provided to staff in Ghana on arrival. Midwives are also able to work within one of our rural clinics on this project.
CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION
Based in rural Ghana, the Construction and Renovation project offers volunteers the special opportunity to work alongside local people to help improve the infrastructure in small, rural communities. This project focuses on the construction and renovation of children’s homes, clinics, community centers, toilet facilities and schools. Volunteers also have the opportunity to meet chiefs and community elders, and learn about the various cultures of the different communities through music and dance. Volunteers work closely with the local people and Ghana staff on tasks which include painting, brick laying, plastering, digging, block shaping, carpentry, steel bending, mortar mixing, etc. If you’re a keen outdoors person with a good level of fitness, this will be a perfect project for you. Please note, projects and volunteer roles will vary from community to community. Volunteers should bring gloves, flash light, light weight scarf for sun protection or hat, insect repellent, working boots and water bottle.
The Agriculture Project in Ghana is designed for those volunteers who enjoy the more physical aspect of volunteering and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. The focus of this project is to address the difficulties facing Childcare placements in terms of providing a sustainable food source for the children. Volunteer work on the Agriculture Project involves both crop farming (corn, eggplants, capsicums, palms etc.) and animal farming (rabbits, goats, chickens etc.). The work available is dependent on the season and where volunteers are placed. Volunteers will be involved in clearing land for growing crops, assisting with fertilizing the land, developing land for cropping, planting crops, nurturing crops, teaching farming techniques to local staff, assisting with purchasing stock, caring for stock, and fencing and moving stock. To support the Childcare placements where our volunteers work, the produce grown through the Agriculture project is donated to the various homes to supplement the children’s food intake. Work on the Agriculture project usually stops during the hottest period of the day and during this time volunteers will assist with teaching in local schools to ensure they have sufficient volunteer work. While previous agricultural experience is not a prerequisite for this project, more experienced volunteers will be able to assist in developing the project and teaching techniques to the staff and older children at the homes, helping them to farm their crops and animals more effectively. Please note, resources and machinery are extremely limited on this project and most work is very labour intensive. Volunteers should bring gloves, flash light, light weight scarf for sun protection or hat, insect repellent, working boots, water bottle (all can be purchased in Accra)
Ghana requires visas for entry.
Flights from the UK range from £400-£600 depending on your time of travel. SkyScanner and Kayak are great ways to search for the lowest fares.
You will need to check with you doctor to find out what injections you require. Everyone is different, so please check. Although this is a safe area of Africa, some injections may be required before you travel.
These can be arranged at an addition cost. These are not expensive costs and will undoubtedly be less that a tour operator.
UK travel to and from the airport
We can help you plan your journey, but we cannot pay for it. Just ask.
Volunteer Programme length – 6 months
Not everybody has a desire to make change in the world, and fewer still are willing to sacrifice the comfort of first world living to do so. I say to anybody that is reading through the testaments of previous volunteers.. Go! I met special people in the special place that is Ghana, and I will be returning as soon as I can. I visited multiple programs, including the Green, Silver, Turquoise, and Amber. Each program offers something uniquely special, and you cannot go wrong at any of them. Evans, Gideon, Benedict, Elvis, Ike, George, Benjamin and Mina are all people that I consider close to my heart. The food was excellent everywhere I went, and I even had the opportunity to catch a movie at the Accra mall (Let’s Be Cops). Kokrobrite, Cape Coast, and other amazing places offer opportunities to “live a little”, but my favorite thing about Ghana was the hospitality and the kindness of its people. I love working with kids, and I will never forget the faces and names of the children I became closest with. Depending on the duration of your stay, you will go through some challenges (adjusting to bargaining and public transportation and – most likely – being stared at nearly everywhere you go) but if you have a kind heart and an open mind you will never regret committing some time, effort, and love to the people of IVHQ Ghana. Shout out to my guys Evans and Gideon!!
Volunteer programme length – 2 weeks
Ghana described in one word: happiness. There is happiness everywhere – in the streets, in food, in people’s homes and especially in people’s hearts. If you ever felt down or home sick the happiness inside of them without a doubt made you smile once again. Ghana is the friendliest country I have ever been to and the children, along with the views and volunteers are guaranteed to create some of the best memories in your life. I really do feel that I made a difference which feels amazing!
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