Ikando

Not Verified What's this?
4.8 / 10 after 3 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.ikando.org/

Submit a review

I looked online before going with Ikando and I wish that I had listened to the few reviews I read (that Ikando seemed to unsupportive and gaining a lot from volunteers' payments, with a less obvious gain for host placements).
I agree with another post in that my host placement was fine, I had no issues there.
HOWEVER when I was living in the Ikando house, I saw two other volunteers arrive for placements only for them to be told by the host placement that the placement no longer existed. To expand on this, both organisations had told Ikando to update their website as they no longer accepted placements from them (due to reasons such as Ikando not paying the small donation they are supposed to pay, for example). That means that Ikando have wittingly taken money from prospective volunteers when they know that the placement they are paying for no longer exist. That is not ethical or ANYTHING.
The support for these people seemed to be minimal- Ikando management seem to take a "hands off" approach and leave it for the direct house support staff to deal with (which is not Quarshie's job)!
In terms of the accomodation, it was OK but certainly not great.
The support from in-house staff was again OK.

Program:
Location:
Posted: July 20, 2011
Overall:
3
Support:
2
Value:
2
Age:
New User

Comments

Hi Jochen, One placement was with Contemporary Arts Foundation- they told the volunteer that for 2 years they have told Ikando to remove the advert for a voluntary placement with them. But they (Ikando) did not do it. The manager of the Arts Foundation managed to offer the volunteer some work (But not thanks to Ikando management!) The other guy was meant to be doing a legal placement, again, the firm no longer offered the placement. I don't know the outcome of the that. The choice is always yours. I just wanted to share my experience to help people make an informed decision about where they choose to work and who for. Best wishes
Hey indereview, I am thinking about applying for a ikando program so your review somewhat troubled me. Can you tell me for wich program these stranded volunteers actually planned to work for and what are these no-longer-existing-placements you talked about? Thank you very much in andvance, Jochen
I am in Ghana at the moment and when I first arrived at the regional office of the Red Cross, they had no idea of who I was or why I was there and what I thought I was going to be doing went out the window. Thanks Ikando for advertising for advertising a volunteer position that doesn't exist!!
Hi Gabrielle, am disappointed about your comment. The process we go through before we bring you to Ghana is first we receive your application and forward it to the appropriate organization for review and acceptance and when they accept you before we continue with the process. When i arrived at the office i saw your note and i called the Red Cross office and they told me about your complain and the coordinator there further told me that you said you will design their website for them and i told him ok. Before you arrived i called the coordinator to inform him of your arrival and he confirmed it so what are you talking about that they have no idea of who you are? I just spoke with the coordinator top confirm what she is saying and none of them is true. She is been engage in various activities of the organization and even as at the time i called the coordinator, he said they just got back from a project outside and there are a whole lot os projects they are going to do.
This is simply untrue and I don't know who you've been speaking to. When I arrived The boss said he was expecting a Sarah who was a lawyer (I am nether called Sarah or a lawyer) and he said that he looked back over his email and that he had no record of my name.He'd never heard of Ikando.... When I showed him what I thought I'd be doing (see http://www.ikando.org/redcross_01.html) he said he'd never seen it before and that such a volunteer position simply doesn't exist. Yes, I am doing a website but that is after trying to figure out something to do that would be helpful and it defiantly will not be enough work to be concidered full time like the website said it would be. There is a lot of waiting around and I know that is partly how it works here but the amount of time that I have spent twiddling my thumbs (unlike other volunteers who have their days filled with real tasks and duties) waiting for tasks to do is a little annoying. I am learning lots and will benefit from it but the problem that I have is that the website is deceptive and misleading. Judging form this site it is not the first time that people have arrived to find out that what they thought they were doing is no longer possible.
Dear Gabrielle, I posted about my experience with Ikando last year (indereview post) and have continued to receive updates from this review site when people comment on this thread. I just wanted to say that I am reading what you are saying and support you in sharing your experiences. I think it is very frustrating that, in a way Ikando continue to get away with setting up these inappropriate or non-existent placements (for example when I was there a fellow volunteer was told his placement no longer existed but they (the project NOT Ikando) ended up helping him to create a role for himself on the 5 MONTH placement he was there for!!) This was due to their kindness and flexibility and does not excuse Ikando... the placement host could have just said "no" entirely (to you or him) and that would then have exposed Ikando's lack of communication with their supposed partner organisations more clearly. I cannot see how these placements are empowering for partner organisations if volunteers are simply thrust upon them without warning or planning or consideration to what the partner really NEEDS from volunteers. I am sure that you are doing some really valuable work even within a frustrating situation. Sorry for this ramble! Best wishes.
Thanks for your support and I am learning a lot about Ghana, regardless of IKANDO. Having said that the two IKANDO people that live in the house are great, it's just the owners/upper management. I am writing a blog about my trip if you are.interested http://blogsbygabrielle.blogspot.com/search/label/Ghana%20trip. Thanks again, Gabrielle

I think this organisation probably used to be good. There was a change of management 6 months ago and since then the place has fallen apart. Volunteers get barely any support, the management team is unacceptably rude, and some placement hosts have accused Ikando of not paying up the promised donations. During my recent placement I saw several volunteers cut short their time with Ikando and return home early.

I would recommend you find another organisation to volunteer with.

Program:
Location:
Posted: February 14, 2011
Overall:
4
Support:
2
Value:
4
By: obruni
Age:
New User

Comments

Obruni, We are disappointed to hear that your experience was not to your expectations. Ikando takes criticism seriously and we are happy to address your concerns. You are correct in your statement that there have been management changes in the organisation. Each volunteer has an individual experience and we endeavour to ensure that individual issues are recorded and addressed. I hope that inspite of your dissatisfaction, you are aware that we and our volunteers are constantly doing our best to improve the programme and to continue our work of aiding Ghanaian projects.

So supportive! The accommodation is great, full of interesting people, clean and right in the centre of town. Had a super time. Thanks Ikando!

Program:
Location:
Posted: March 18, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8
By: Anonymous
Age:

Comments

Thank you so much for your appreciation and you positive feedback. You are welcome to come back and volunteer with us anyime!
Better to go direct or work with other placement organizations like projects abroad, or a new one called afrivol. both their services are much better!
Natalie, My daughter, Annie, is thinking about doing volunteer work in Ghana through Ikando for 2 1/2 months. She is 18 and may work at the Street Academy and the Autism Center in Accra. Do you have any advice or suggestions? Mac