Volunteering in Ghana

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Hi- I am currently studying abroad for the next 4 months in Accra, Ghana.  I became aware that there are Compassion sites in the area, and while I have sponsored 3 children for the past 5 years (although none of which being in Ghana), I would love to get involved and volunteer/help at the Compassion site if possible.  I love working with kids, as I eventually want to do low-income education, and potentially work at an organization internationally.  How can I reach out to one of the site leaders or managers? Is it possible to volunteer?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Volunteering in Ghana.

Hi- I am currently studying abroad for the next 4 months in Accra, Ghana.  I became aware that there are Compassion sites in the area, and while I have sponsored 3 children for the past 5 years (although none of which being in Ghana), I would love to get involved and volunteer/help at the Compassion site if possible.  I love working with kids, as I eventually want to do low-income education, and potentially work at an organization internationally.  How can I reach out to one of the site leaders or managers? Is it possible to volunteer?
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Hi Madison! That is so exciting that you are studying abroad in Ghana! I hope you have amazing travels and semester! Regrettably, Compassion does not encourage long term volunteer workers in field locations for the following reasons:

  1. Indigenous people understand the culture better and are more prepared to work effectively in it.
  2. Compassion does not own the project and cannot directly dictate that a church partner allow someone to work in their midst as a volunteer. In some cases, a volunteer can be more of a burden to the church partner than a help.
  3. Language is an issue. In order to work in a project, a person would need to be fluent in the language and dialect of the area because project staff speak little or no English.

That said, occasionally we do facilitate custom visits of our centers and you may be able to do a service project there. You may learn more about this opportunity and apply here

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