My experiences with IVHQ Ghana was the most remarkable experience I could have endured. I have volunteered before in Costa Rica and Europe before but this experience lifted my opinion on international volunteering. I was picked up at the airport by IVHQ staff and they immediately welcomed me, gave me food and housed me for the night before the orientation the next day which was more than enough to prepare for the adventures. I was there for one month working in a community outside Accra. The school, the Virgin Kids Academy was my post for my month stay. I was given plenty of food and lived in a room with three other volunteers. There was no running water but we did have electricity. We had a large tub of water which we would use to wash and bath. It was always plentiful and there was enough for us all.
Madam gave plenty of instruction and feedback for the work assignments which included teaching, cleaning, cooking and setting up educational programs. Her husband is a travel agent so he helped out with the travels. The work was hard more than rewarding. We worked down the street from another group of volunteers so there was enough socializing. The kids are go grateful and happy. This experience made me reevaluate my priorities and made me value my luxuries.
The children are the most energetic and happy people I have ever met. I have never felt so welcome.