Child Support Assistant

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founded in 2006
AFAWI
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Coordinator | Marlene
Coordinator | Marlene
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High­lights

Work alongside trained professionals in Ghana
Experience the Ghanaian way of living in local surrounding
Get international work experience and enhance your CV
Make memories you will never forget on the weekends while traveling the beautiful country of Ghana
Get a detailed insight into the work of a grassroots NGO
We are looking for volunteers to support our project with focus on supporting vulnerable and sick children in Ghana trough financial and medical support. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Empowering Communities: Care and Assistance for Deprived and Vulnerable Children (ECCACHILD). The Project targets marginalised children in communities, who have slipped through the net of government and social protection, by providing basic needs, education and health care.

By identifying those in serious need, AFAWI aims to ensure that educational and individual care is provided. The ECCACHILD project will work to expand the capabilities of vulnerable children and their families, whilst also empowering communities to strengthen and monitor long-term progress. 

AFAWI therefore has been conducting interviews and assessments of vulnerable children in small communities in order to determine the needs of those children. From the initial investigation, it has been determined that many children in Ghana are in particular in need of basic educational and health support.  As Girls especially are likely to be out of school, AFAWI primary provides much needed support for school fees, school supplies, uniforms and transportation costs to ensure the access to education.

Further some needs go beyond the educational support. We are thus working hand in hand with local officials and medical practitioners to conduct health screenings for children, that can identify previously undiagnosed problems. With proper diagnoses, we are able to assess needs very effectively and help parents and guardians to access available resources.

Additionally AFAWI has identified one of the most effective ways to provide support for children through empowering their mothers and guardians. Working in conjunction with the Livelihood team, AFAWI strives to lift women out of poverty through targeted supporting of small business entrepreneurship. Go to the LIVELIHOOD project page to read more about how empowering women will ensure their children to get the education they deserve for a brighter future.

As a volunteer, you will be supporting our experienced team in all the task mentioned above - be it in the office or on the field. 

We can't wait to welcome you in Ghana!

Typical day

A working day (Mo-Thu) typically starts for our volunteers at 9:00 am at the office. 

As the accommodation for our volunteers is located in the same building as our office space, the way to the work is often very short. 

Depending on the daily task, the volunteers will either work in the office on planning the next project phase (including demand analyses) or write reports. We further offer internal trainings to our volunteers.

On other days, the volunteers will go out in the schools for the field work, accompanied by our experienced staff. In this project this means helping with the data collection, the organisation of health screenings and the logistical support needed for the children. 

The daily working routine is thereby very diverse as we are always trying to give our volunteers an overall insight into the work of a NGO. 

We normally have a lunch break together on working days if possible and the day officially ends for our volunteers at 4pm. After that, the volunteers have time to explore the city on their own or take part in our activities  (such as language and cooking classes, games night etc.). 

Free-time activities

During your stay with AFAWI you will have the possibility to explore all parts of Accra and the rest of the beautiful country of Ghana. The city thereby has a lot to offer when it comes to cultural activities and also it is located directly at the beach, which gives you the possibility of swimming, surfing etc. in your free time.

Our team will assist you with the planning of your weekend travel options and accompany you if you are interested in. From waterfalls over hiking in the mountains,  beautiful lakes, long coastline and national parks of Ghana - there is a lot to see.

Concert/
Music
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Safari/
Zoo
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We are constantly looking for volunteers to help our experienced staff with the planning, implementation and coordination of our projects. We are therefore looking for individuals having an active interest in gender equality and grassroots sustainable development work, and share our mission and vision.

AFAWI welcomes everybody who seeks to make a real difference in this world and we will adjust the work of each person on their existing qualifications.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by AFAWI
If you chose to stay in our accommodation facilities the fees include:
  • Air port pick up and drop off
  • Lunch and drinks during working days
  • Accommodation 
  • Electricity and running water
  • 24/7 support by our team
  • Transportation to project site and partner meetings
  • WIFI during working hours
  • Project contribution 
  • Registration Fee 
Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
One of our staff members is picking you up with the car at the airport in Accra when you arrive and will also drop you off on your departure day. You will recognize us on the airport with our T-shirt with an AFAWI Logo as well as a sign with your name.  The drive to our house is around 40 minutes. 
Accommodation
Normally the volunteers stay in our accommodation facility in a shared room with one other person. However the amount of people in one room might be more (or less), depending on the season of the year and the number of volunteers we are receiving. 

The bathroom and kitchen is shared. Cooking equipment is provided in the kitchen area. 

There is an outside and inside eating area. 

The accommodation is mainly self organized by our volunteers, but our staff provides assistance with the general cleaning, as well as the cooking of lunch during working days in the office. 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
The accommodation is mainly self organized by our volunteers, but our staff provides assistance with the general cleaning, as well as the provision of water and cooking of lunch during working days in the office. 

The lunch and water during working days is included in the programme fee.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

There is no specific start date for our volunteers, but we encourage you to start at the beginning of a month! 
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$872
5 weeks
$1,036
9 weeks
$1,690
17 weeks
$2,998
50 weeks (max. stay)
$8,393
Average fees
$193 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. AFAWI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with AFAWI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Child Support Assistant

We are looking for volunteers to support our project with focus on supporting vulnerable and sick children in Ghana trough financial and medical support.

$177/week

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