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SEM FRONTEIRAS NON-PROFIT CHARITY ORGANIZATION

Email: staff@elghana.com

I want to volunteer with my friends, can we apply together?

Yes you can apply together to volunteer. You should give details of the people you are applying with in the details section of the application. This helps us make sure we place you in one common place/community so you can enjoy each other’s company while volunteering on different programs. If you are five or more, we will encourage you to consider a group volunteering program. If you are applying for non-group program but wish to share house, let us know in the details section of the application

Can I intern as part of my elective?

Yes you can. You can do your internship with us, local professors we work with will provide the assessment and sign your paperwork.

Can I volunteer in more than one program?

Yes but it cannot be concurrent, it must be consecutive and each must last at least 2 weeks. You can combine any of our programs in consecutive order as you like.

What are the age limits to volunteer?

If traveling alone, the minimum age is sixteen years. If accompanied by a person 21 years or older, the minimum age is fifteen. Parents can travel with their children 10 years or older. Please note that after meeting the minimum age requirement, a person must meet other requirements for the program of interest. For instance, to apply to work with local doctors and nurses in places with dire need of helping hands, you must be healthcare worker or student considering pursuing healthcare program in college, or currently a nursing, medical, pharmacy, or any healthcare program student. No skills or qualification apply to working with orphans or children. All volunteers must speak very basic english

When do I apply for a volunteer position?

You should apply as early as possible. It makes it possible to raise enough money to cover your expenses for this trip so it does not come from your pocket. However we are always open to receiving your applications. You will need to apply visa and get your passport back before you can travel, so there is a minimum time required to provide these visa application documents and for you to apply and visa. If your intended start dates are too close to enable us work through documentation and resources and get you here, we will notify you to change your dates.

why should I spend money to volunteer?

The expenses you should expect for your trip include your air-fare, visa application fee, travel clinic cost (yellow fever and hepatitis immunizations, Malaria medication), travel gear (may include mosquito nets, bug repellent spray and cream, flip-flops, worldwide electric plug adapter, voltage converters), meals expenses, hotel accommodation for group volunteering program and host family accommodation for non-group volunteering, transportation and entrance fees to places of interest. Your participation is so needed by us, and our program is designed is such a way to offer you benefits as well beyond playing an indispensable role in our work towards our goals. We wish it does not come from your pocket to cover these expenses after being willing to give off your time freely. But we are serving people in need so we cannot burden them with these expenses, least our help will rather be harmful, and we cannot ask for resources to be redirected from the work to cover these expenses. So we ask you to work with us using our resources to raise funds to cover your expenses and to support our work. We are grateful if you offer to top up from your pocket if need be.

How much do I spend to volunteer?

It depends on how much funding we are able to get to write off your trip expenses, the program option and the length of stay. Should you make your mind earlier, you can effectively use our resources to raise funding for the trip so you don’t spend from your pocket or reduce the pocket expenditure. More information at expenses and funding page under the volunteering section.

How do i locate your office?

Our head office location is at Number 32, Block D, Kokoben Aduana in Kumasi. Operations office location at 402/18 Tenbibian street in Abelemkpe, Accra. All in Ghana, Africa. We have volunteer staff in the United States and United Kingdom. They have worked with us in Africa, and are offering to volunteer as staff for our organization so they can attend your meetings, answer your questions accompany groups to volunteer with us when needed

I represent a club, association or group, can you host and work with us?

Yes you can. Email us, let us know the skills of the team members and we will work together on a group program. We will organize and include visit to places of interest, cultural activities and fun things to do as a group while volunteering to be part of our work towards our goal.

Why volunteer abroad in Africa, why should I get involved?

One question some hesitate in their minds is “why travel all the way to Africa to volunteer when you can volunteer at home and when it even cost so much to travel to Africa to volunteer?”, Because for the people in the poor communities we serve, for the mothers, the children and the orphans, there are no government assistance program. Because volunteers also get to learn new things, and able to position themselves to see things about their lives from a different perspective that improves the the life of the volunteer. Volunteers get as much back as their time and resources the spend to get here. Because it is not only work and work but include an exciting vacation that you will pay ten times more to experience as a pure tourist. We have an article that talks more about this. You can click here to read

Will someone meet me at the airport?

ALWAYS. A project staff is at the arrival terminal to pick you up. You will see the staff wearing a t-shirt and cap with our organization’s name and shall be holding a card or poster with your name on it. He/she shall produce an id to show you it is the person you have been pre-informed will be picking you up from the airport. For group travelers, we are able to get a staff or former volunteer to travel with you so you have someone at every point of the journey.

Work, Learn, Fun, Adventure
Medical group work

Summary of Medical Volunteer in Africa mission trip work

Medical volunteers in Africa help us provide healthcare to people in poor places with no health center. Volunteering in Africa medical mission trip help care for babies who were born at home and have never been seen by a healthcare professional. Medical volunteer work in Africa offer hands on experience for medical students, student nurses, and other medical education programs like pre-med, as well.
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Summary of Medical Volunteer in Africa mission trip work

student nurse volunteer work in Africa for hands on practical learning whiles assisting local nurses and doctors, nurse volunteer in African clinic or hospital in Africa to support the limited staff and help train nurse assistants to improve service. Pre-Med student volunteer in Africa to learn from local health professionals and healthcare delivery in Africa. Medical student volunteer in Africa for indepth practical hands on experience caring for patients and directly learning from doctors. Apply to volunteer in Africa with us today, help us make a difference volunteering in Africa
|| Teach, Play, Build group work

Summary of Community, Children, Orphanage Volunteer in Africa work

volunteer in Africa on this project to offer after school help to children, particularly orphans. Volunteering in Africa will enable you help us run our Africa literacy project. Volunteers in Africa encourage and motivate other families to foster orphans. If you volunteered in Africa with us, then you helped us introduce children to educational games like chess and writing competitions.
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Summary of Community, Children, Orphanage Volunteer in Africa mission trip

Volunteer in Africa to help us build classroom tables and chairs. Volunteering with us in Africa will enable us get your help in running the Literacy project. Volunteers in Africa help us educate community mothers, girls and school children on subjects relating to their welfare and development like nutrition, sexual assault, dental hygiene, wound care, Water safety etc. The volunteer work in Africa includes engaging children in games and dancing for recreation.
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SAFARI AND PLACES OF INTEREST for Volunteers in Africa
Explore new things and places in Africa when you volunteer in Africa, and discover fascinating wildlife, cultures, people and places. That makes your trip to volunteer abroad one of a lifetime. We help a volunteer plan or the volunteers can join our organized safari and places of interest trips. We provide information on the historical sites for volunteers and things to do abroad in Africa. Staff escort the volunteer to places of interest and safari, our support team is there for the volunteers in Africa.
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Volunteers learning local language in Africa
Volunteers preparing to come to Africa can request a copy of audio file of popular local words and phrases in Africa. This help a volunteer interact well in Africa with the locals with some few local language phrases or words. A volunteer in Africa can express thanks and greet in the local language. A volunteer abroad in Africa can become a darling to many people if the volunteer can utter some few local syllabus to their dismay. So why don't a volunteer on way to Africa take the chance to learn something before arriving.
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Immersion of Volunteers into African Culture

If you volunteer abroad in Africa with us, expect to be immersed in the culture of the people. It is part of the program to volunteer in Africa. In Africa, volunteers will attend social events like traditional weddings, birthday parties, with the host family or as a team on a volunteer in Africa mission trip. We organize activities like drumming and dancing, language lessons for volunteers to further improve the volunteers work in Africa. We choose communities which are notably hospitable and rich in culture for our Africa volunteer work opportunities. Come volunteer in Africa with us and have cultural immersion as part of the program.
|| Pre-Trip

Pre departure documentation to prepare to volunteer in Africa

Inclusive in each volunteer abroad in Africa pre-departure pack are; Country overview, How to make the most of the volunteer in Africa placement, Required vaccinations for the volunteer to travel abroad, Packing list for the volunteers trip to Africa, Staying in touch with family and friends whilst volunteering in Africa, Food and drinks in Africa, transportation for volunteers in Africa, Climate, Safety measures, Money and Budgeting for volunteers' trip, Applying for visa to volunteer in Africa, Planning a Safari and places to visit while volunteering in Africa, useful websites and information resources in Africa for a volunteer. Commonly used local language phrases and their meanings and more.
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Accommodation for Volunteers in Africa

We provide two types of accommodation. An African host family for volunteers, and a hotel accommodation for group volunteering in Africa. If you volunteer in Africa with us, your host families are open to learn and share cultures and perspectives.
In some homes and hotels for volunteers coming to Africa, there are internet services. You will have your own room or share with another volunteer in Africa. a room for a volunteer in Africa is furnished. A room may rooms have television, fan, air-condition, own bath and/or toilet. All hotels for group volunteers have own bath, fan or aircondtion, shower and sometimes hot water.
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Meals for volunteers in Africa

A volunteer is served with breakfeast, lunch and dinner. However depending on the time and distance between your work place and home, a volunteer working in Africa might have to eat snack for lunch on most working days. Volunteer in Africa are offered both local and continental foods. Volunteer in Africa and have the best of organic foods, fruits and vegetables. Volunteering in Africa, you will have rice, corn, chicken, beans, beef, bread, eggs, tea, coffee, truly fresh and organic fruits regularly as part of your meals.
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Travel and Health Insurance for our volunteers in Africa

Insurance for volunteers during time volunteering in Africa is inclusive in fees paid. $50,000 medical maximum @ $100 deductible. In addition to the medical benefits, the plan also provides the following additional features: * $300,000 for Emergency Medical Evacuation! * $10,000 for Emergency Reunion! (brings your family to your bedside in the event of a medical emergency evacuation) * $5,000 Trip cancellation benefit * $250 Lost checked luggage benefit * $25,000.00 of Accidental Death * Terrorism Coverage (see brochure for details) and more. Freedom of mind to volunteer in Africa.
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Visa for volunteers to come to Africa
Almost all our volunteers are from places or with passports that require visas before you can travel to volunteer in Africa. We provide the relevant documents for the volunteer to apply for visa to come volunteer abroad in Africa with us. We are able to arrange for volunteers to pick visa upon arrival but it is a situation we rather avoid as much as possible. The volunteer should therefore apply for the visa and get their visa before traveling to Africa. Normal processing time is two to three weeks so plan ahead of time.
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Flight to volunteer in Africa

We help volunteers get the most affordable flight to travel to Africa to volunteer. We connect with some travel companies, get corporate discounts and use leverages to get good deals most times for volunteers. However a volunteer is independent in making his/her flight decisions to travel abroad to volunteer with us in Africa. Make your search, tell us the best deal you got, we will then run our search and inquiries and let you know the results so you can decide. And do not worry about the arrival time, we shall be at the airport to meet you and pick you up.
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Communicating with friends and family while volunteering in Africa
Each volunteer is giving a pay as you go mobile phone service, mobile phones are provided to volunteers in Africa. The phone must be returned in its good shape upon departure. If there is going to be more than one volunteer in a host house, we may choose to provide one mobile phone for the household volunteers or as much as our inventory can provide. Most of our accommodation places for volunteers in Africa have mobile phone coverage. A volunteer could go to Africa with own phone and we shall provide the volunteer the pay as you go sim Card. The phone must be a GSM enabled phone.
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Reference letters for volunteers after volunteering in Africa

We provide all who volunteer in Africa with us a citation detailing your work activities, social activities, cultural immersion, endurance, sacrifice, impact, experiences and uniqueness. If you are an American citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, the hours spent volunteering with us qualify for the President's Volunteer Service Awards program, and we will credit you with those hours. The award is a medal, personalized certificate and congratulatory letter from the President of United States. For those who are seeking academic credits, or volunteering as part of an elective program, we complete the neccesary documents as well. We also provide reference letters and testimonials for our volunteers anytime requested and needed to pursue employment, promotion or college application. There is no limit to time or number of requests you can make.
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Wny volunteer in Africa

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Honored Recognitions
"We could not do what we do without them!" - Americans Serving Abroad Projects Inc. A U.S. non-profit organization. Verify here
Year 2009 - National Geographic's 1 of "The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life" - Verify here.

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