Volunteer to Change


Jackie Rice 8th October- 9th November 2015

This is my 5th time to Ghana. I come for one month with water filters, teaching equipment, medical aid for the clinic and stay at Dizzy Lizzies. Lindsay and I have become good friends and could not ask for a better knowledge of Ghana and its culture. I have experienced other volunteer companies, but this is the best. She will give you advice, an amazing room with bathroom including flush toilet and shower plus very friendly dogs, Jojo and Bash, they are things you do not get without spending a lot of money with other companies. The food is fresh and very tasty; I actually miss the food when I come back to the UK. So much variety; fresh fruit, coffee and so much more. You can sit in her restaurant outside having breakfast facing the sea watching the fishermen in their boats catching fish and repairing their nets. This is a great place to relax after teaching the kids at Jovinnew school which Lindsay is helping to fund. A bore hole and compost toilets are being installed so they are making huge progress.

Lindsay and Kalabash and I took 4 water filters to remote areas near the Volta region. They have been a great help to me and will be coming back next year for sure.

Ghana is such a different culture, you can learn so much; I never thought I could teach a class of children with no qualifications but with a bit of common sense and some equipment it can be done.

Thank you so much to Lindsay and Kalabash.

See you next year!


Jackie Rice











Amy Theodorou 24th June- 24th July 2014


To the pink book! Now that I am writing on you it can only mean one thing and that is that my time in Ghana is coming to an end. This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life all thanks to volunteer to change.

From the moment I arrived I felt welcomed and at home and now I really don’t want to leave.

The projects that VTC are involved in are amazing. The two schools I worked in were House of Peace Academy and ‘John’s School’ (Jovinnew International Academy). The children at both of these schools are the most inspirational and heart-warming children I have ever met, they are so full of life and grateful for anything and everything anyone offers education wise especially. We taught the children maths, English, science, art and craft, IT, history, geography and sport.

The clinic in Bortianor is also a very good project. The owner Madame Rose us one of the most fantastic women I think I have ever met. She as so much charisma and cannot wait to teach you everything she knows (I will be leaving with a handwritten nursing manual).

The final project is solo forest which is a conservation project. If you enjoy nature then this will be great for you. The forest houses will monkeys which we got to feed.

The experience has bought about many opportunities to travel Ghana. We managed to get to Kakum National Park and Hans Cottage. Hans Cottage is a botel (hotel on stilts) which houses wild crocodiles that I got to touch!! Kakum National Park houses a 40ft canopy walk which was scary but amazing at the same time. We also visited the Cape Coast slave castle which was a very sad experience.

This brings me on to the VTC family. As soon as you arrive you will feel at home. Lindsay is the most amazing person I have met with many stories to tell and I have to say cooks the BEST(!) chicken. As for the coordinators Isaac and Kola are two of the nicest guys I have met and are always willing to help and take you places.

Overall my time here in Ghana has been one of the best times I will ever have and the friends I have met along the way, including fellow volunteers Annabell and Romy. I can honestly say I will be back. See you soon.


Lots of love


24/06 – 24/07 2014



Romy Mitchell June 14th – July 14th 2013

Well it’s been a roller coaster! VTC have made me feel so wonderfully at home and I really don’t want to leave. It’s been the best month of my life with so many beautiful memories that I’ll never forget. Upon first arrival I met Kola and Isaac who immediately greeted me as a friend rather than a volunteer and I felt so at east which is a great thing if you’re thousands of miles away from home. As coordinators, the boys are very helpful and awesome with whatever you need which is good. The projects are also amazing- indescribably! The three schools are full of such beautiful children that are immediately grateful for you being there; it really is a heart warming experience to be with them. And the clinic is also a fantastic place with a terrific atmosphere and the friendliest people. Another project we embarked on was solo forest which was quite surreal, but pretty awesome! If you enjoy wildlife and nature you’ll love it!

Planning trips and embarking on them is another great opportunity thanks to vtc! We travelled to Cape Coast and Kakum National Park and had the best weekend ever! It was also fab because of the beautiful friends I made, Gwenan and Amy. They are great and it’s easy to make friend s here… even at Big Milly’s! Which is a five minute walk away and has some fantastic entertainment at weekends, plus you’ll meet so many people which will only add to your experience.

Kokrobite has become my home and I don’t want to leave. It’s such a wonderfully energetic village with so many characters and faces. You’ll feel so welcomed and at home thanks to them and the house itself. Which brings me to Mama Lindsay; she’ll embrace you as a friend and guard you like family so you feel completely safe and at home. Lindsay is a truly awesome woman with so many stories and so much care; she is just great really and has made my experience that much better.

Overall I would say that VTC has changed my perspective on so many things and kept me feeling at home. I never want to leave but will 100% come back for more madness and fun! Thank you so much to everyone for making this month the most memorable and awesome of my life!

Ghana 2013 can’t wait to be back!

p.s tell Jovinnew School that I miss the endlessly!



Annabell Russell June 14th – July 14th 2013

This has been my second visit to Ghana with vtc and again it has been a fantastic experience.

The projects have been great, the coordinators are very accommodating with allowing volunteers to volunteer in any of the projects. Teaching has been a pleasure, the children are as happy and pleased to have is there as ever. Teaching is such a flexible project because you have the freedom to teach whatever you like, however you like! Working at the maternity clinic has been fantastic this year- such a fab placement for anyone who likes to get stuck in with anything medical from taking blood to helping deliver a baby. Though, for the more faint hearted, there is always cleaning and bed making. I had the pleasure of working a night shift at the clinic and witnessing a birth!

The orphanage was fabulous as well. Such wonderful children there to teach and to help with cleaning, sorting and cuddling! The monkey forest has also been great fun. Such a good conservational project for anyone who loves wildlife and nature!

The volunteer house is lovely- crazy at times but always full of laughter! Alongside volunteering I’ve also travelled to some sights of beautiful Ghana. Anything specific volunteers want to do out here whether it be travelling somewhere specific or something regarding the projects, the coordinators and Lindsay are always so helpful, and will help you to do it. Thank you volunteer to change, it’s been wonderful.

See you next year!



Gwenan Williams 24th June – 3rd September 2013

Well the time has come once again to write my testimony. This is always the worst part of the trip as it means you’re time is almost up. There is a good point to doing this though; you get to remember all the amazing experiences you’ve had when you were here.

Coming back this year was the best decision I could have made as it meant I got to see all the beautiful children I taught last year. They were once again very welcoming and extremely happy to see me and the other volunteers. The children were all very eager to get us to teach them again, some even had the books they wrote in last year with them.

The project I was working on mostly this year was JovinnewInternationalAcademy. I taught the children English, Maths, Science, Art and a few other subjects too. The children loved learning anything you can teach them. We had a few fun days where the children could have a break from being sat writing all day but they always asked when they could start learning again! They enjoyed Fridays as it was the day they had some physical education in the mornings. We, as volunteers decided to teach the children a new sport.  We chose rounders and cricket as we had a bat and ball with us. The children loved playing these new games as it involved a lot of running and also because it was something they had never played before.

I worked in the clinic for only one day as I wanted to concentrate on Jovinnew School but that one day was very interesting in itself. Madame Rose showed us all the medication she used and explained to us what everything was used for. I also helped clean the rooms and equipment. We also went there one afternoon as the whole group to hand out the aid that the other volunteers and I brought over with us.

One of the best things about this year was taking the children of Jovinnew on a school trip to Solo Forrest Monkey Sanctuary and then on a canoe over to a quiet beach for food and some time to relax and play on the beach. We, as the 4 volunteers, decided to take them there as Solo Forrest is also a project of Volunteer to Change and also the children had never seen a wild monkey. They were all very excited to be going on the trip, some were even excited about going in the taxi as they’d never done that either! The children and us as volunteers all had an amazing time on the trip.

After school had finished for the summer I thought about how the children didn’t have anything to do apart from help their parents work and so I thought I would start up a summer school. With a help from the organisation, I managed to set up the summer school for any of the children who wanted to come along. As I helped with the summer school last year, some of the children who came this year remembered me which was really nice. I taught similar subjects to what I did in Jovinnew School but because it was only me there, I had to teach both the younger children and the older children in the same room, which luckily had two blackboards. As one of the last things I did wile I was there, I put on a dance competition with prizes for the children in each group who danced the best, which was judged by Lindsay, Kola and Isaac, all members of the organisation. I also made sure all the children who took part had a small treat as well. The numbers varied from 10 children on a quiet day to 40+ children on a busier day. Because we only had one classroom, on the busier days it got quite crowded but the children just got on with their learning without a care.

On weekends, when we didn’t have to work, we went to the beach to relax or to the swimming pool for a swim to cool down. On one weekend we decided to travel to CapeCoast to visit the slave castle there. We then went on to Hans Cottage Botel to stay the night in a dorm before carrying on to Kakum national park and the canopy walk the following day. Staying at Hans Cottage was an experience in itself as it was situated on top of and next to a crocodile pond. We got the chance to see the crocodiles and also to touch a crocodile and have our photos taken with one of them before leaving.

For 6 of the weeks I was the only volunteer. A lot of people wondered how I would be on my own but honestly it was fine. The coordinators were around and would take me wherever I wanted and kept me company in the house. Lindsay, the managing director, was also around to keep me company so I was never lonely. The people of Kokrobite are all very friendly so I made new friends once again this year. Many people also ask whether I preferred last year or this year but my answer will always be that I loved both experiences as much as the other as there were things I did this year that I didn’t last year and vice versa.

The staff at Volunteer to Change are the best people you could meet. Lindsay, the Managing Director, is the nicest person ever. She will treat you like family when you are in the house, as will all the staff. Lindsay is great fun to be around and she is a very good cook too! The two coordinators, Isaac and Kola, are both great guys. They will help out in anyway they can. They will take you wherever you want. Isaac is the joker of the house. He likes messing around and he loves to dance, so you must ask him to do the azonto for you! Kola is the calmer of the two. He is great for a chat and will enjoy taking you to reggae night at Big Milly’s.

I loved every minute of my experience this year so much that I hope to go back next year once again. I already have friends interested in coming with me and I hope that by reading this I will be encouraging you to come too. It is a life changing experience and it will stick in your mind for the rest of your life like it will with me.

Hopefully I’ll see you next year out in Ghana!


Abbey   8th-27th July 2012

Hello future volunteers! I stayed in the gorgeous ‘pink house’ in Kokrobite, Accra for 3 weeks & my experience has been amazing!

There were two local schools that needed help & support- particularly ‘john’s school’ ( Jovennew School), which was deprived & had very little accommodation……two tin roofs supported by six posts to seperate 45 children aged between 1 & 16 years. Despite this, these are the happiest, bubbliest & most full of life children i have ever met! Teaching was so satisfying; everything that was offered to the children was informal resources that supported their holistic development & learning & smiles from their beautiful faces showed me how happy & content & graceful they were!

There is so much to see in Ghana & 3 weeks just wasnt enough to see it all & volunteer at the same time, so i advise you, plan your amazing adventures well! If you want to do the teaching projects, take everything & anything with you. Most schools barely have enough pencils. I found that i didnt have enough resources so i had to prioritise, share & make use of everything; luckily one of the girls i volunteered with brought the whole of poundland with her ( Anna!), so we put our resources together.

As for the team of co-ordinators, they are always on it; supportive & know everything; you have only got to ask & they will help you out, getting gifts, food & taking you everywhere you want to go; you are never left alone.

The organisation is central to a village deprived of quality education & healthcare, so the organisations ‘heart’ is in it for the best & the co-ordinators & team are always interested in what you are doing & will visit you throughout the days of your projects to see how you are getting on.

This experience will be one kept for a life-time; it has opened my eyes to so much & it will make you appreciate your current lifestyle, as it has done for me.

Thankyou so much Lindsay, the team & the group of volunteers i met along the way.

Good luck to anyone considering to volunteer; be open-minded & just go for it & you will have an amazing experience & adventure!

Annabell 8th July- 10th August 2012

Hello to all the future volunteers!

WOW! Where to start summarising such an amazing trip!

The best place to start is with the children- the main reason we are all here. This trip has been my third visit to Ghana & yet the children still take my breath away at how unbelievably happy & grateful they are over the smallest thing- they all just want & need lots of cuddles & love!

I have been lucky enough to teach at three very needy & deprived schools in my time here & and have managed to teach a variety of subjects including English, Maths & Geography. The children are always so eager & excited to learn anything & everything. Any kind of resources you can bring with you can be used in all of the schools. I bought a blow-up globe with me to help teach Geography which worked really well & also used something as basic as coloured paper to teach the smaller children, which also worked well! The children seem to learn well from visual aids & fun lessons including lots of singing & dancing!

The schools are very lacking in basic equipment, but writing books & pencils can be bought here locally & very cheaply.

When i first started volunteering, i had no previous teaching experience, but the eagerness of the children makes it all so easy. If teaching isnt your thing, then there is a fantastic opportunity to work at a clinic in the surrounding village. The clinic is mainly a maternity clinic but also they treat anything from malaria to insomnia! I had no medical experience but still gained so much from volunteering here. I was able to help the nurses around the clinic, including writing up all the admission books! The Matron at the clinic is so welcoming & grateful for any help!

There is also a school build project at the moment. Volunteer to Change are building a new school from scratch for the most deprived school in the area. So if manual labour is your thing then there is definitely something out here for you.

Lindsay, the organisation leader, is absolutely fantastic! She is always so supportive & interested in your experience here & happy to help you if you have any problems or questions. Myself  & other volunteers wanted to take the children from one of the schools on a day trip to the beach, which was made possible by Lindsay & the other co-ordinators help ( one of my favourite memories!).

The co-ordinators, Ben, Isaac & Kola are equally as fantastic- always happy to take you anywhere you need to go. Within a few days here they became more like friends than co-ordinators!

Volunteering is not just all work & no play! In my stay here we all travelled to Accra, Mole National Park on safari ( amazing!), Wli Waterfalls, Kumasi, Tamale, a fabric factory, a monkey forest, & Lake Bosomtwi, which were all so much fun ( even if the roads here are rather……interesting!).

The Volunteer House is lovely; all the rooms are big & spacious & all of the windows & doors have mosquito nets too, which is a great help! The house soon felt like home! An added bonus is the location of the house- right next door to the most beautiful white sand beach, which has the best beach resort on it ever! Big Milly’s Beach Resort has the best parties at weekends, complete with live African music!

Ghana itself is the most beautiful, fun, colourful, vibrant country i have been to. Everybody here is always so happy & welcoming to all volunteers. It is always so alive here with music, dancing & smiling faces. I am yet to meet anyone who hasnt fallen in love with Ghana as much as i have.

Your volunteering experience with Volunteer to Change will be everything you hoped for & so much more!

Thankyou Lindsay, the boys & all other volunteers for making my trip as amazing as it has been. The moments & stories shall last forever ( especially the Titanic canoe ride- hahaha! ).

So future volunteers- what are you waiting for?

Get those flights booked & start your Ghana adventure……

Hope to see you in Ghana soon!

Counting the days till i return.

Missing you all already.


Sam McDonald  4th April 2011

I spent two months volunteering in Ghana painting schools & a library.

The first school hadn’t been touched since the 70’s! The second had been built from scratch by the previous volunteers, as prior to their help, the children were being taught in a building made from sticks! The library was slowly being turned from a neglected building into a library & youth centre, again the  work of previous volunteers.

Ghana itself is a really beautiful country; everywhere i went there was a view that had me reaching for my camera. The mountains that surrounded the volunteer house were breath-taking….as was the trek up them, though in a more literal sense!

Ghanaians are probably the most friendly & helpful race of people i have ever met. You couldn’t walk anywhere without strangers saying “hello” or smiling at you. A few times, having had to ask for directions, they would literally stop what they were doing to take us to where ever we wanted to go. One woman in particular sticks in my head as where we needed to be was atleast 10 minutes from where we asked her. She took us there, all the while carrying a huge box on her head! I travelled to Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city on my own for the day & i’ll admit i had a few nerves, but they were needless as i didn’t feel threatened or uncomfortable once.

I met some great people & have alot of really happy memories. Definitely a place i’ll return to.


Sarah Cruse  30th March 2011

I volunteered  in Kwahu, Ghana for 3.5 weeks & it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I was a bit nervous to go out there on my own but as soon as i reached the volunteer house, i was made so welcome & settled in immediately. The other volunteers were great & even though we were all different ages & from different backgrounds, we all got on brilliantly. The project co-ordinators & house staff were also great & i will stay in touch with them.

The volunteering was quite flexible & you got a say in what you wanted to do/where you wanted to go that week. I did mostly teaching & it was very rewarding. The children are so desperate to learn anything you can teach them & were so motivated & enthusiastic. They particularly loved colouring & crafts as they don’t get the chance to do this at home. We also took a boat across Lake Volta one day to a poor village which had been flooded the previous year & handed out clothes, food, medicine, toys etc. This was very moving & again, rewarding.

I can highly recommend going abroad to volunteer, particularly in Ghana. Ghanaians are very friendly & welcoming & there was no trouble at all. I now have fantastic memories & made some friends for life. I also value things now which i used to take for granted eg. water, electricity & most importantly, happiness.

Once in a lifetime experience not to be missed”.


Rosie  30th March 2011

For me, Ghana was possibly the most rewarding, exciting & definitely the most funny 5 weeks i have ever spent. Never before have i experienced so much music, laughter, deep-fried food or such unbelievably friendly people. From the moment i arrived i felt so welcome & at home, whether we were stacked on top of each other in a hatchback taxi or hanging out in our local town, the people we met were overwhelmingly friendly, engaging & genuine.

Every single day was consistently random & hilarious being part of a culture so different to my own( where goats & snakes pop in & out of lessons) was both challenging & highly entertaining. The work itself really surpassed my expectations. Having never taught before i was a little daunted at first, but with children so eager to learn & contribute to my( at times somewhat scattered) lesson plans, i easily settled in.

Days off were spent with the amazing & eclectic bunch of people i was lucky enough to live with- either travelling to the coast to party on the beach or hanging out in our local town.

Ghana really is a unique & wonderful country. The children i’ve taught, people i’ve met & corned mutton i’ve eaten( oh my) are experiences i’ll never forget, experiences i really can’t recommend enough.



Sheena Davies 27th March 2011

Right where to begin……

Ghana was amazing( already planning another trip back there in November for about 6 months probably). Our staff house consisted of 3 toilets, 3 showers, 9 rooms & when i left there were 28 people in the house. The houses are huge though so you can fit alot of people in without feeling too cramped. There was also 2 kitchens & a huge lounge room. The friends i met while volunteering i will never forget; each person had a different quality that they brought to the table & once you joined up with them for activities & projects, the things that came out were wonderful. We worked hard & partied hard together & at times little parts of the culture hit you head on & there can be a few tears here & there but everyones there together to get the best out of their time there & everyone’s supportive of each other.

Our weekdays consisted of getting up & ready for 8.30am to wait for the little tro-tro ( little van). I t was meant to arrive at 9am every morning but in Ghana you get used to the fact its Ghanaian time which generally means everythings going to be anywhere between 30 mins to 1.5 hours late! ( but hey you’re never in a rush in Ghana!). So, by the time we actually were picked up, it was normally heading towards 10am where we would then head out to our project for the day, quickly stopping off for some snacks for the day & a nice cold milo energy drink to get you going.

It generally took about 45 mins to the projects each day along bumpy gravel roads with beautiful hills, running rivers, palm trees & lots of birds, butterfly’s, lizards & other wonderful creatures. At the projects we were generally building mud bricks ( about 4 x the size of our normal house brick & about 10 x the weight….gosh they were heavy!). We had a mason that helped to build up the walls of the schools with us & plaster the walls ready for painting. We were allowed to paint whatever we wanted on the walls so we painted ABC’s 123’s & pictures with words describing the picture & also colours.

I used to teach at one school by myself for 2 weeks, then i had another volunteer start teaching with me. Our class had a max of 27 kids ranging from 2-14. I used to split the class up in the morning when i got there & gave the other volunteer the older children to teach maths to & i kept the younger ones for English lessons, songs, team games & general fun. The children were sent off to lunch at 11.45 for about 45 mins & that would give us a little break for a bit ( we liked to chill out by the river) so the children would come & find us down there after lunch where we would then all go swimming & playing in the river for an hour or so. Once swimming lessons were finished we headed back to class for some final learning of things that we had covered in the morning session.

We were generally home by about 3pm most days.

The afternoons were our time to do as we pleased so a few of the other volunteers & myself used to go to the waterfall about 10 mins away from where we lived or Lake Volta ( biggest man made lake in the world) & swim in the lake under the sunset, diving & flipping off the caoe we hired out for a few hours. We also played with the children next door to the compound that we lived in & liked to put the loud speakers on & have dance offs with the kids- you can guess who won- definitely not the white people lol! We did also have a TV so when it was really hot & we needed a chill out session we headed for the lounge room for a movie session & a cool down under the fan.

Our weekends were spent at Kokrobite beach on the coast near Accra where we could swim, hire out body boards & chill out with the Rastafarians. Friday night was a general African band with drums, singers & dancers/acrobats. Saturdays were a little bit the same but instead it was Regae night & everybody gets up & dances. Most nights we chilled out on the beach with a cocktail & the Africans would come & sit on the beach with us & play their drums, sing & just have general conversations with us; most had pretty good English or spoke fluent French- the Ivory Coast is next door & they all speak french. There is a beautiful restaurant in the Big Milly’s garden where you can get the most amazing sandwiches & steak burgers & stuff with CHEESE! ( yes cheese; its so hard to come by & so is milk & nice chocolate!). There is lots of beautiful shopping to be done along the coast aswell with the average price of flary Rastafarian pants costing an average of £3, & about £1 for 2x bracelets & necklaces. Once you have finished your shopping for the day & swimming & want to escape out of the sun, there is also a cocktail bar in which you can sit & overlook the beach & the people swimming & the sunsets.

Lake Bosumtwi is beautiful as well if you’re looking to just relax….thats the place to be. The lake is warm & there are planks of wood you can lay on & float out into the lake for a nice relax or hammocks in which you can lie on & watch the fisherman in the lake & the lizards run up & down the trees & pass you on the ground. There is a little nice bar which sells really nice food & Stone’s beer ( the best!).

There is no shopping to be done near by but you can do that in Kumasi or other little towns along the way.

The general food is mainly fruit, veg & pasta/rice. Unless you go out for dinner meat is hard to come by unless you are close to a major town. My favourite home-cooked meal became spaghetti & tuna. Pasta/rice is not overly expensive either & if you enjoy cooking & like spicy food, you can just let your imagination take over. Chop is the local dish which consists of either plain rice or fried chicken. You can also add spicy sauce & cooked cabbage as well or even a bit of salad, just depends on which chop store you go to.

But overall, my experience was absolutely magical; its hard to believe that a 3rd World country could be so beautiful & the people so wonderfully amazing & friendly. It was so unbelievably safe aswell. I enjoyed swimming under the sunset in the worlds biggest man-made lake, seeing lots of native wildlife, being chased by monkeys & swimming or on the beach chilling in a cocktail bar;

BUT…….the most amazing thing was teaching in the schools & building & painting them; delivering food to people that were remote to the nearest towns & playing football with the locals both children & adults…….what more could you want from life?!



Gwenan 10th July- 3rd September 2012

I guess now that i am writing in this book, it means my time in Ghana has come to an end for now!

Coming out here has been an amazing experience! I came out with two of my friends and Lindsay, the Managing Director. Even the plane ride over was great fun; we put Jack, one of the other volunteers, in charge of Teddy and he only went and lost it! As soon as we landed we were met by the friendly faces of the Co-ordinators.

On the first day we were shown around the three schools that the organisation help; Jovinnew, Healing Hand and House of Peace. Even then the children ran up and gave us all hugs which was lovely. All the children were happy and bubbly. The first school i taught in was Jovinnew and to be honest it was harder than expected at first, but it may be because i am not the best at speaking in front of people, but eventually i got used to it and i enjoyed it a lot. The children are willing to learn anything at all! All together i taught English, Welsh, Science and History. We also did a few ‘Arty’ things with them which they enjoyed. I spent most of my time in the House of Peace Academy and quickly got to know the children individually and could tell who needed a little more help. When the schools finished for the summer break we started a summer school for the children which started off as a few benches under the tree outside the house! Soon, all the children who couldn’t go to school heard of the summer school we were doing and came along to learn. We could have up to 60 children in the school!

If you dont like the sound of teaching there are other projects you could work on. There is a Maternity and Health Clinic you could work at. You dont have to be in the medical profession but you do have to have a basic first aid certificate. I worked there for a few days and it was a big eye opener! In one day i saw 4 cases of malaria and 2 of typhoid. As i am not a nurse or Doctor as such, i mainly observed what the nurses were doing but i did get to learn how to use the old fashioned blood pressure machine and took a patients blood pressure. I also helped out when filling in patient cards. Even from being there for about 4 days i feel i have learnt a lot from the nurses. Every one of them are lovely and so friendly.

Another project the organisation has is a partnership with Solo Forest and Monkey Sanctuary. We visited a few times and fed the monkeys every time we went. The monkeys all came down and ate right in front of our eyes! If you get the chance to go on their tour, i would recommend you go as it is very interesting. You get to go on a canoe ride to a village which is in the middle of a lake by the sea.

We also visited the Countryside Children’s Welfare Home. On both occasions we took aid to give out to the children and they all loved the stuff we had to give. The children there are all so sweet; all they want is to play and cuddle.

When you are not volunteering on any of the projects, there is still loads to do. I visited the Mole National Park and went on safari on the roof of a jeep! I also visited Tamale, Kumasi and Lake Bosomtwi where we went swimming and went on a fisherman’s canoe. Another place i went to was the Wli Waterfalls. It took us around 7 hours to get there but once we were at the falls it was breath-taking! We also went to the GTP Textile Factory in Tema. One of my favorite places to go was Big Milly’s, especially on Fridays for culture night and saturdays for reggae night. You could stay there the whole night partying and not get tired! Another great place to visit is Cape Coast Slave Castles and also the Canopy Walk in Kakum.

The Co-ordinators, Isaac, Tony, Kola and the chef Ben are all there to help you out in any way they can. They are amazing people and enjoy having chats and messing around with the volunteers. They will take you wherever you need or want to go. They are all very friendly and funny to be with!

I know even now that i am going to miss Ghana and everyone here as i feel like they have become my family and Ghana my second home. I am already planning my trip back here next year to come and volunteer again and see how things have changed.

I hope reading this has made you want to come and experience the awesome country and help the children like i have. I know you wont regret anything because i sure wont!

I’ll miss you guys!!


Charlotte Shaw  10th July- 3rd Sept 2012

Hi to all future volunteers!

Sadly, i am writing this which means i have come to the end of my trip to Ghana. My stay there has been AMAZING!

When i was getting ready to come out here, i was nervous as i didn’t know what to expect, but i can tell you i have had the best time. Over in Ghana i have learnt so much from so many people. Whilst in Ghana i have volunteered mostly in two local schools, a clinic, an orphanage and Monkey sanctuary. I visited an orphanage of 140 children; being there was heart-breaking. I am not very good with hospitals and medical things so i didn’t last very long in the clinic at all but i am very glad i have experienced it. The monkey sanctuary is called Solo Forest. At the forest you can feed the monkeys bananas and the sacred fish bread. I highly recommend the tour they offer, it is amazing and you learn so much. On the tour you learn about the history of the forest, you go on a canoe to a remote village where you learn about the people there. Personally, i went to the forest a few times but i wish i had gone a little more to help out but there is always next time! The forest is by a village that has huge rubbish issues; Volunteer to Change are supporting a project to try to clean and recycle within the village. I am studying photography so i volunteered to take some promotional photographs to get the project started. Seeing that village really made me appreciate my local area at home and how clean it is compared to there.

The whole experience has really opened my eyes to little things i take advantage of at home such as water, TV, school etc……i will be going home a different person, a happier more appreciative person!

The thing i am going to miss more than anything is the children here; they are all so sweet. All of the children want to learn; they are so keen. The school i mostly taught at was House of Peace Academy. I got to know all the children individually which was lovely. Even though i haven’t taught as much at Jovinnew School, i felt closer to the children there. Eric is the oldest in Jovinnew school,he is 16 years of age. His mother cannot afford his tuition so he goes to school to help John, the Head teacher with teaching as John is the only teacher there. Nora is the second eldest and she is the nicest girl i have met out here. She brings her two younger brothers to school everyday, one of which is 6 yrs old and the other 2yrs. The family is my favorite. Nora and her friend Elizabeth washed our clothes for us once a week and we gave them a few cedi for it. They loved helping the volunteers in any way possible especially Nora. All the children are sweethearts and i will miss them all so so so much. We had a school trip to the beach and all the children loved it. We set up a Summer school when school closed for summer and one day we had 60 children there! I successfully taught 16 children from 4-6 hoe to write in my last 3 weeks. I could carry on but i am trying to limit the pages i use, haha!

When i wasn’t volunteering, i kept busy. I went to Mole National Park on Safari, Tamale, Kumasi and Lake Bosomtwi. I also went to Wli waterfalls which took forever to get to but it was totally worth the wait. I visited a textile factory in Tema which was really interesting too. I also went to Cape Coast to the canopy walk and slave castle. The canopy walk was amazing; i am scared of heights and had a fab time. The slave castle was an emotional time but i am glad i went; it was interesting. Cape Coast is a beautiful place. When we weren’t travelling we went to Big Milly’s, Friday for culture night and Saturdays for reggae night. I highly recommend that!

Everywhere i’ve been and everything i have done hasn’t been alone. I’ve had amazing people to experience it with. My two friends came along with me and we had a great time. Lindsay, the Director of Volunteer to Change flew out with us. She has been amazing this whole time; she is such a loving and caring person that i’m really happy i met. She truly cares about the children out there and loves helping others.

Our Co-ordinators have been amazing and are now good friends of mine. Tony takes care of you and is lovely. Issac is fun to hang around with and i highly recommend winding him up. Kola is a sweetheart, such a kind loving person. Ben, our Chef, is a little cuttie; i couldn’t be more happy with the team. I am going to miss everyone dearly.

Two months for me wasn’t enough and i am planning my next trip already. I hope that you enjoy your experience as much as i have.


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  1. Gwenan says:

    After coming home from my volunteering experience I’ve realised that I’ve changed as a person for the better. Being over in Ghana really opens your eyes to how privallaged we are over here. I would definitely recommend going over and volunteering with Volunteer to Change as it is such an amazing experience. The people there are all lovely and really make you feel welcome. The managing director, Lindsay, is an amazing woman! She really does her best to help the people which is great. I had a fantastic time teaching and playing with the children in the schools and they loved learning anything you could teach them. The co-ordinators are lovely as well and they’re willing to help you out with whatever you need. I went out with 2 of my friends but I’d be happy to go on my own next time as you automatically feel like part of the Volunteer to Change family!

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