West African Aids Foundation

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founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Albertine
Coordinator | Albertine

High­lights

Focus on HIV/Aids
Care for Mother & Child
Community outreaches
For medical, nursing and social work students/ volunteers
West African Aids Foundation (WAAF) is is an outpatientclinic that has been focusing on counselling and guiding people with HIV/Aids This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

Since January 2018 You & Ghana has been an official partner of WAAF. Next to counseling and guiding people with HIV/Aids, WAAF goes on outreach to test and inform people about HIV/Aids within large companies, but also in the remote villages. Meanwhile, it is not only HIV that WAAF focuses on. They also focus on tuberculosis, because this often occurs in combination with HIV/ Aids.

At WAAF you will work together with the nurse or doctor at the clinic and during outreaches. WAAF has various projects aimed at specific target groups, for example, the Prevent Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) where pregnant women are closely monitored during their pregnancy. Think of i.e. starting the medication on time, so that there is a good chance that the child will enter this world healthy.                                  

WAAF is also our partner in doing the You & Ghana - Safe Motherhood outreaches where you will give information about Safe Birth, PMTCT and family planning in communities, at markets, and at health clinics around the WAAF offices in Accra and Sunyani. 

Typical day

Your working day will be average from 8 am till 3 pm, so you can travel to the clinic from the house by daylight.
On a day at the clinic, you'll join the nurse or doctor and your shift will start with a small meeting to discuss the daily program

and patients. You'll be seeing patients for the general OPD even as people with HIV coming for routine check-ups and new medications. 
When desired you can join the doctor when she's seeing new HIV patients and follow the counseling session around it. 

Other days you won't go to the office but you'll find your self in a village, hospital or market going for an outreach program where you'll provide health education on Safe Motherhood, HIV/TB and Malaria. Free testing is often included. 

You'll can also join several support groups like one for mothers with HIV, one for youth (and their parents) living with HIV and last but not least the MSM (men having sex with men) group.

In general, you won't find any day the same at WAAF. 
We'll connect you to the projects and support groups based on your interests and experiences. 

Free-time activities

When you're staying in Accra there are many places to visit for lunch, dinner or just a drink. 
Visit the beach, go for some historical information about Accra during a walking tour in Jamestown etc.

During weekends Ghana offers you many hideouts like a weekend at the beautiful beaches in the Western region.
Explore the slave history in the Central Region. Go for some village immersions and hikes in the forest in the Volta region and many more places in the country to visit. We're partnering with a local eco-tours travel company called Jolinaiko Eco- tours which we can easily
connect you to in case you'll like to know about possible tours and highlights in Ghana and neighboring countries. 

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Health & Nutrition at Study medicine, nursing and/or social studies level
Required Documents
CV and English motivation letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Command of the English language
- Creative, independent and enterprising
- Flexible and loves a challenge
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by You & Ghana Foundation

Participation fee - Before departure

  • A good preparation & guidance from the volunteer team
  • Personal introductory meeting
  • Checklist to prepare your trip to Ghana
  • Online preparation course 
  • Training on tropical diseases + children & maternity
  • Free airline ticket quote
  • Advice on choosing a good job - and travel insurance
  • Help and/or advice in arranging your visa.
  • Personal blog via website You & Ghana
  • Declaration of behavior (this is necessary in order to be able to participate)

Project costs - In Ghana

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to accommodation
  • Welcome drink + breakfast after arrival
  • Orientation day in Accra
  • Accommodation during the entire trip
  • Guidance throughout your stay
  • Assistance in extending your visa
  • Monitoring of projects
  • Maintenance of accommodation
  • Reliable local contacts and active safety policy
  • Emergency support

Project costs are exclusive:

  • Administration costs 
  • Deposit for using the You & Ghana apartment
  • Flight ticket to Ghana
  • Vaccinations 
  • Work, travel and cancellation insurance
  • Visa fee (+ the cost of renewal)
  • Work permit
  • Transport costs from Accra to your place of residence
  • Holiday - request a free quote via our partner organization

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

We'll pick you up from the Kotoka International airport, where we'll be waiting for you at the arrival hall.
It will take us about 20 - 30 minutes' drive before we'll arrive at your temporarily new home. 

Accommodation

You'll be staying in your own apartment with a corridor, bedroom, living hall, porch and private bathroom on the first floor of an international hostel. The kitchen is downstairs and will be shared. 
WiFi is available and free.

Youth Hostel
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
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

It's possible to start working within this project throughout the year. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
8 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
8 weeks (min. stay)
€1,500 ($1,680)
9 weeks
€1,520 ($1,702)
10 weeks
€1,540 ($1,725)
11 weeks
€1,584 ($1,774)
13 weeks
€1,672 ($1,873)
15 weeks
€1,760 ($1,971)
20 weeks (max. stay)
€2,250 ($2,520)
Average fees
€150 ($168) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. You & Ghana Foundation 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 You & Ghana Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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West African Aids Foundation

West African Aids Foundation (WAAF) is is an outpatientclinic that has been focusing on counselling and guiding people with HIV/Aids

$150/week

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