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HIV or AIDS program

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HIV or AIDS program

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Project Overview

Like other health and community support projects, our HIV/AIDS project in Ghana also provides our volunteers the opportunity to work closely with local welfare organizations and health professionals in fighting to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and provide support to HIV/AIDS patients and their families in Hohoe, Vakpo, Kasoa, Accra and various other rural and urban parts of Ghana. Like many other countries in Africa, Ghana is facing a serious HIV/AIDS epidemic. It is estimated that there are about 260,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. Every year hundreds of people are dying with this deadly disease. About 160,000 children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Ghana. If care is not taken, then more people would be infected and additional children would be orphaned in the coming future. Moreover, you can see that HIV+ people encounter legal problems associated with their health status. Almost all of them face discrimination in employment, housing and medical care. They are not allowed to get job in most of the good companies. However, another dangerous issue is that the number of HIV infection is increasing day by day. Many local NGOs and welfare organizations are working to tackle the problem but due to lack of awareness among people and lack of resources with these organizations, they are not achieving their goals effectively. Thus GVS gives helping hand to them to support HIV/AIDS affected people. Your help in this project is urgently needed.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

While volunteering in this project, you can get involved in various activities based on your skills and the needs of the specific community where you are working. As a volunteer, you will be increasing awareness through educational and training activities in order to stop the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in local community. You need to help and support medical professional who are caring for patients directly. You can also visit patients and their families to support them. You may also coordinate recreational activities for children whose families are affected by this deadly disease. You can educate the local community about the disease, its mode of transmission, its sign & symptoms plus its prevention & cure. You also have to change the negative attitude and behavior of locals towards HIV/AIDS affected people. You also need to provide tips about health, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene. You can also keep records of treated patients. Other than this, if you have fundraising experience and skills then you can participate in the collection of funds for HIV/AIDS affected people and support programs with the help of our local partners. Thus anyone with caring heart and interest in this issue can make a meaningful contribution in this project. Your help can make the society aware about the disease and thus lives of many people can be prevented.

PLEASE NOTE: Our local partner organizations will provide you with a flexible work schedule. We recommend you to work closely with local people and local organizations as it will help you to adjust easily in the new environment. You are required to work for only 3 - 4 hours per day and 5 - 6 days per week. However, if you are interested to do more work, then you can consult staff of our local partner organizations. They will provide you the work schedule as well as any other help you need in this project. Besides this, you are also expected to make certain disruption in the work schedule due to cultural, traditional festival, your exams or other similar situations. During these times, you can go home to enjoy short holiday.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

If you are a doctor, nurse or medical student, then you are highly qualified for this program. However, volunteers without having any kind of medical experience can also join this program, but we prefer you to have some counseling skills related to HIV/AIDS. You need to be at least 18 years of age. You should know medium level of English. You must have an open mind, flexible attitude, compassion, and eagerness to work with poor and HIV/AIDS affected people. You also need to be hardworking, self-motivated, resourceful and interested in working with HIV+ people. A lot of patience is also required. Knowledge about HIV/AIDS can be more beneficial for you during your volunteering time.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Ghana
Project Type: Work for elderly care home
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only
Volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Philippine). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.
Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost
2 weeks volunteering     US$ 180 2 weeks Internship       US$ 215
3 weeks volunteering     US$ 255 3 weeks Internship       US$ 290
4 weeks volunteering     US$ 330 4 weeks Internship       US$ 365
5 weeks volunteering     US$ 445 5 weeks Internship       US$ 440
6 weeks volunteering     US$ 405 6 weeks Internship       US$ 515
7 weeks volunteering     US$ 555 7 weeks Internship       US$ 590
8 weeks volunteering     US$ 630 8 weeks Internship       US$ 665
9 weeks volunteering     US$ 705 9 weeks Internship       US$ 740
10 weeks volunteering     US$ 780 10 weeks Internship       US$ 815
11 weeks volunteering     US$ 855 11 weeks Internship       US$ 890
12 weeks volunteering     US$ 930 12 weeks Internship       US$ 1005
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95 ( Mandatory)



General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Ghana volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Ghana program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Ghana?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Ghana?
03. Where is the Ghana programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Ghana?
05. How long does the Ghana volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Ghana?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Ghana?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Ghana is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Ghana?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Ghana?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Ghana?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Ghana?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Ghana?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Ghana?
02. What should I know about Ghana's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Ghana's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Ghana




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.