Interns and Volunteers
WAAF plus mobilizes volunteers and interns from around the world to partner with communities in Ghana to see dreams realized and lives transformed. Volunteers serve alongside communities to help people work together in inter dependency, taking charge of their situations and moving towards a more empowered and satisfying life as individuals and community. Our strategy for mobilizing volunteers is based on a careful assessment that evaluates community needs and plans for sustainability. WAAF plus then encourages volunteers to use their vocations and skills to engage communities to help them overcome challenges on projects in reproductive health and infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, community development, economic development, etc while developing meaningful relationships How to apply : fill out the volunteers application form and send it to volunteer coordinator at pene @waafweb.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Brooks is a former worker for the AIDS Committee of London, Ontario and Susan has worked in securing funding for WAAF since 2006. In 2006, when she visited WAAF headquarters in Accra, She assisted the Almond Tree with her creative ideas and made some donations in the form of football jerseys, footballs, boots towards the Orphan project . She pioneered WAAF’s first ever “Care of the Caregiver” workshop for staff of IHCC.
Torsten Herbst, 2010 Australia
I really enjoyed my work at WAAF. I would highly recommend WAAF to anyone looking for a volunteering experience in Ghana. The organisation is doing some fantastic work here in Ghana. The people are extremely friendly, very generous and there is a great atmosphere in this place. Eddie and Naa Ashiley and the rest of the staff have really made me feel at home. What I did : I redesigned their website. Apart from that I helped out with any IT related matters and found the experience of working with a small NGO very rewarding. Please feel free to contact me via email: email@example.com
Jasper van Duijvenbooden, 2007 Netherlands
I traveled and worked in Eastern Africa for six months, together with Karin. In 2007, we decided to go to Africa again. We came in contact with Dr. Naa Ashiley, and discussed our opportunities by email. Karin first had to graduate and I had to quit my job to be able to leave for six months. It might take some efforts and sacrifice but it is worth every bit. What we did : We worked for WAAF and IHCC by reviewing the organizational structure and IT. All the staff and other volunteers made us feel welcome. It took some time to understand the daily routine but we made ourselves useful as much as possible. There is so much to learn for me! If you want to learn and have an open mind, again, I recommend volunteering with WAAF to anyone regardless of background or age. Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Debbie Ehrenstein, United States
During my month and a half service at WAAF, I was involved in several projects involving Orphans and Vulnerable Children, (OVC). One effort I made was visiting the caretakers and OVCs whose school fees were being paid for by WAAF. Since Dr. Naa wanted an assessment of their general condition, their family situation and their school attendance., I worked on gathering this information. In addition, I tried to find other resources that would help the families of our OVCs. In the course of that research, I contacted support groups that provide nutritional assistance and a speaker from the National Health Scheme to talk to the Income Generating Group about the advantages of health insurance. Also, by talking to the Ministry of Woman and Children’s Affairs, and the Department of Social Welfare, I attempted to gather information about other government programs that might benefit OVCs and their caretakers. I have enjoyed the experience of practicing my profession, social work, in another culture.
- Katherine Chojnacki – Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois – 6 weeks. ( Biology/Public Health).
- Elise Davis -Augustana College , Rock Island Illinois – 6 weeks. (Neuroscience/Africana Studies)
- Nichole Armah – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida) – 4 months. (Health Education and Behavior).
- Kerry Izzo -New York University – 5 months. (Public Health).
- Christian Cline -New York University – 5 months (Public Health/Nutrition).
- Maria Barroco -Fontes Cuhna (Brazil) – 2 weeks. (Psychology)
- Larissa Da Costa Itho (Brazil-) 2 weeks. (Medicine).
- Sander Sebti (Holland) – 5 months. (Applied Psychology).
- Adjoa Boateng -New York Wellesley College, Massachusetts – 5 months. ( Africana Studies).
- Spiros Georgiou -University of Bristol, UK – 1 month. (Social Policy BSc).
- Krystina Mawer -University of Leeds, UK) – Six weeks. (International Relations & International Development)
Volunteers/ Interns 2014
- Svenja Schneider -Dickinson College (Biology) USA
- Crystal Cassimere – University of Texas (Social Work) USA
- Sydni Kipp – University of Texas ( Social Work) USA
- Lauren Puts – Amsterdam University of Applied Science, Holland
- Maame A. Debrah – Queen’s Univeristy ( Gender Studies), Canada
- Sylvia Quaye – University of Ghana, Legon ( Communications), Ghana