Overseas Project Initiative
Overseas Project Initiative is seeking volunteers to join our eye-opening, life-changing, and enjoyable program. Our well-planned care and teaching project provides participants...
Join a program that aims to help restore dignity to individuals with mental health problem. These people are at the peril of harsh weather conditions as well as bad treatment....
The experience of a lifetime
Submitted by Nichole - - | September 01, 2016
My name is Nichole and I traveled to Ghana in 2013 and worked with this program for 4 months. It was an amazing experience to say the least. The staff became my good friends and were always there for me when I needed them. They are all reliable, friendly, and genuinely good people with good hearts. As for the experience, it is one in a million. You will be exposed to a healthcare setting that is unlike anything you will experience in your homeland. Be prepared to observe anything! Another plus to this experience is that the health professionals need help wherever they can find it, and will not hesitate to ask for your assistance. If you establish good relations with a doctor or nurse they will allow you to help them with almost any task, so put yourself out there and don't be shy. My absolute favorite part of the trip was the medical outreaches. During these days you travel to schools and orphanages and provide general first aid to the children. This includes disinfecting mosquito wounds, treating ringworm, providing food and toothbrushes, malaria testing, etc. If you stay long enough you may also revisit the schools and orphanages and be able to provide ongoing care to the kids and grow a relationship with some of them. This was my favorite part because you really get to do the most hands on work and interact with the children and experience a village away from the big city hospitals. On my last week there, we all pitched in a couple of dollars and made a big feast for the kids at one particular orphanage and it really made their day. This was a great way to spend time with the staff and just give back to the community. The homestay experience I had was great, there was always a meal waiting for me in the morning, my host-mother was truly amazing. The cost of living in Ghana is very affordable so you will also enjoy that perk! Ghana is a great country to travel to and has some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. This is a trip for the adventurous souls, and even if you're not one, the kind staff and friends you will meet will help you emerge into the culture. As long as you stick to your basic travel safeties and keep an open mind you will not regret this trip!
Program: Medical/Health Care Internship
Koforidua and Ghana - what an experience!
Submitted by Brittney Fox - Western Sydney University | August 29, 2016
Spending only a month in Ghana I left with mixed emotions as it was by far the best experience of my life that had now had to come to an end.
Everyday was something new, there were many challenges along the way but so many memories made. Koforidua was my home and that's exactly what it felt like. I had the support and a social life with the other volunteers and my host family literally made me feel like a long lost daughter. I was immersed in culture, love, fun and experience and working at the school and orphanage has given me lessons and taught me more than I ever dreamed of. Go Abroad were amazing, and I couldn't recommend them high enough. From answering questions, to taking you out and showing you all that Ghana has to offer they are a very humble and wonderful team. Can't wait to come back!
No voluntourism, but the real experience!
Submitted by Wouter - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen | August 28, 2016
Choose this programme if you want the real experience!
Voluntourism is a hotly debated issue, sometimes even with negative consequences for the local population. This project is different. My stay in Ghana met all my expectations. Through assisting local entrepreneurs with micro loans in setting up new businesses, I not only supported a thriving economy, I also learned reaaally a lot on organising, on communication, on economic developments and social relations.
The assistance by Kwasi and his team was impressive. Not only do they provide help for the necessary stuff (host family, explaining the project), they also truly invest in having the volunteers get to know the culture. I was taught how to have basic conversations in the local language Twi, how to get around in Ghana, where to best buy your stuff, and I was given free tours in the forests, as we made our way to one of the villages.
Don't worry. Ghana proved completely safe, especially the inlands. The country's records are among the best in Sub-Sahara Africa. Democracy is well-established and it's economy is booming. Furthermore, the guidance in the projects is very good. Through the social activities, you'll hear about all the other programmes that the other volunteers do. In the weekend there's time for you to explore the beauty of nature in Ghana. So, don't hesitate any longer!
If you are not going for that 'awesome' FB profile picture, but for experiencing life in Ghana, to see how you can contribute to the development of the local community, this is the opportunity you should seize.
Ghana itself is clear in its communication: "Akwaaba." You are welcome.
Submitted by Jordan - Tulane University | August 26, 2016
Michael and Kwasi provided great support, communication, and safety in a country that needs much help. I had the opportunity to educate students in orphanages and elementary schools about oral hygiene and interact with medical professionals in a hospital setting. Additionally, in my free time, the staff provided fun activities and travel recommendations. My experience in Ghana was a combination of academics, cultural education, and a realization that this country is in need of help. I am happy to call Michael and Kwasi my friends and look forward to returning to Ghana in the future.
Volunteer in Ghana!
Submitted by Maria Anderson - Stockholm Sweden | August 26, 2016
I stayed in Ghana for 3 months and I had such a wonderful time there. I met so many lovely people, gained a lot of new experiences and the organization was very helpful and caring. I really recommend it and I can't wait to go back!