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1. A grassroots organisation
VPWA is a grassroots organisation which runs a wide range of projects across Ghana, where the charity is based. One of the benefits of volunteering within a grassroots organisation is any fees charged go directly to support your placement (accommodation and food) and the projects that you work on.
We always welcome ideas and suggestions which you can put directly to our director. This gives you the opportunity to help influence the growth of our organisation and the work we do.
In addition, because we are a local organisation we can support you throughout your placement. Before leaving home you can liaise directly with the people you are going to work with in Ghana and this will mean you will be better prepared when you arrive.
2. A reputable and respected registered charity
Whilst it is grassroots, Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA) is a reputable non governmental organisation. It is a registered charity (with the Social Welfare Department of Ghana) and a non-profit, tax-exempt organisation (as registered by the Internal Revenue Service of Ghana). It is also a member of the United Nations OV Service, United Nations Global Compact, International Peace Council and Coalition for International Criminal Court.
3. Experience being part of a Ghanian community
By volunteering with VPWA you will be given the opportunity to become integrated into Ghanian communities. Our volunteers live in homestays or in a house with other volunteers. They enjoy great quality, traditional Ghanian food on a daily basis. (We can arrange food for vegetarians or anyone with special dietary requirements.)
Our volunteers work in a friendly and safe environment, whilst having the chance to learn first hand about the cultural dynamics of African society.
4. A programme to suit you
From teaching to microfinance to healthcare, VPWA offers a number of flexible, comprehensive, and engaging volunteering experiences to choose from. This means you can find something of interest and relevance to your studies or career, and make your experience even more worthwhile.
5. See where your money goes
Unlike some organisations, VPWA does not charge an administration fee to apply for a placement with us. We only request money from volunteers to help contribute towards their accommodation and meals, and to make a small contribution towards VPWA's consolidated fund for health and education.
6. Recognition for your efforts
On successfully completing a placement or internships on one of our projects we will award you with a Certificate of Recognition. This is to express our deep appreciation of your service to humanity and promotion of world peace.
We can also issues reference letters to be used with university or job applications.
In addition you can become an ambassador of VPWA in your college, university or home community. At VPWA you don't simply pass through our projects, you become a part of us and can help shape our future.