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Volunteers make a difference in Africa – why we are proud of them

Friday, January 15th, 2016 @ 8:22 AM

Volunteers make a difference in Africa, through our volunteers work, stay with local families, spending in local communities, historical places, read more..

Volunteers make a difference in Africa, through our volunteers work, stay with local families, spending in local communities, historical places, read more..

Volunteers make a difference in Africa, from the places the volunteers work, to the host families, the communities they stay in and the places of interest the volunteers visit. I have more than one story of a person in each of these places whose lives changed and impacted positively because of the chanced meeting with volunteers from abroad. Over the years working for Sem-Fronteiras non-profit, I have come to know changed lives of many people because of the encounter they had with a volunteer from abroad. Lives changed for what would never have been the case if not for that encounter.


Many volunteers have found their way to Africa, volunteers make a difference in Africa through programs like our organization offers on our website www.elghana.com listing some of our volunteer opportunities in Africa and mission trips to Africa. They have contributed to the local economy and local families through their spending, buying of arts and crafts and going out to local restaurants, events and places of interest. Volunteers make a difference in Africa supporting many rural schools, orphanages and healthcare clinics in places where there might be only a midwife and a local person the midwife trains.


Some local children have been sponsored through higher education and college by volunteers they met. Some young people got capital to start a business or local trade. Many mothers in poor communities have received financial help to start petty trading and some people have found love and married some volunteers, living happily ever after. All these people have improved their lives and are in positions where they are able to trickle down help and support to many people still at the local communities. These are few aspects and areas volunteers make a difference in Africa.


There are occasions people have argued some volunteers actually influence the communities more negatively than good. And others have been uncomfortably challenged by the new cultures seen from volunteers from abroad. But I have always seen the positive in every single volunteer I have had. The mere encounter of a foreigner in that local village sparks inspirations and dreams. I have several examples and testimonies, some of which you can read from our webpage and join us to salute our heroes who volunteer in Africa with us.


The negative observation is that over time, we see efforts by a few professional associations to make the process more costly for volunteers to volunteer in Africa, in their attempt to tap resources for their operations. I must quickly say before i explain myself further that all professional bodies and staff, just like virtually every single person in the countries our volunteers are placed in, have been very hospitable, welcoming and understand that volunteers are not taking their jobs from them, and appreciate that volunteers make a difference in Africa.


Volunteers make a difference in Africa, through our volunteers work, stay with local families, spending in local communities, historical places, read more..

Volunteers make a difference in Africa, through our volunteers work, stay with local families, spending in local communities, historical places, read more..

But the associations and even local people are filled with the notion that people who travel from abroad to volunteer in our poor countries are rich people and we must find ways to take more money from them to meet our needs. For instance, for somebody volunteering their service as a doctor, or nurse they have to send in their license so the local regulatory bodies can verify they are truly trained and in good standing/practice, which is a good system. However some regulatory bodies will require each volunteer or our organization to pay $300 and more to the regulatory body for a permit to volunteer in the country, regardless of the role the volunteer will be playing and in the full knowledge that the volunteers do not come to Africa to work for pay, they are volunteering their service, time, training and skills free.


At the points of entry, we have had to pay duty on some basic items volunteers bring to donate to hospitals, orphanages or local schools. This is not encouraging; it does not show we welcome them wholeheartedly. It does not show that we need them, though i know we do welcome and need them a lot and with a whole heart appreciate that volunteers make a difference in Africa.


To some local organizations like us, the literacy projects, scholarship for children, free healthcare and medication for rural folks without a health center and many of the programs including our operations are sponsored partly by fees paid by volunteers which also cover insurance, accommodation, meals, transportation, visit to places of interest and all the support and services we provide volunteers. Volunteers make a difference in Africa by keeping employed the very inspired people willing to work to bring change to many people. More information on volunteer opportunities and our missions trips or what our volunteer in Africa program and volunteers do.


The true fact is that most people coming to Africa to volunteer are not from the rich and worthy homes abroad. They are people from middle class homes; most of them are students who have taken loans to study or young graduates who are yet to find jobs to pay off their loans. These are the core volunteers making a difference in Africa.


We sure must find ways to even make volunteering free for them, but there is also the evil of depriving the local people the programs and funding which come from our money. So do you choose to raise money and put the money into the local poor communities or to support a volunteer travel to volunteer in Africa? The lesser of the two evils is to appeal to the volunteers to pay fees to support our operations and their stay.


And we make sure to return value for that spending by giving the volunteer a great adventure, cultural immersion and broadened horizons, adaptability and creativity skills; Keys that can make them more valuable to employers and successful in their lives in pursuit of competitive opportunities in their countries. By this, the volunteer know that beyond the self-gratitude of such trips, they can in someday reap what they sow and further, in return, we are able to make a difference in the lives of our communities.


I will be discussing more about this and others at our blog page.

My hope is that for those of us in Africa, to each and every one of us, we can keep encouraging volunteers to keep coming to Africa. It sure is making a difference in the lives of a lot of people who many of us never encounter, people who are in remote and much poorer communities with little to no hope of breaking away from all the troubles they face daily.

Volunteers have always enjoyed our hospitality; Let us let them know that we appreciate the role they are playing in changing lives of many people within our poor communities. Let us salute all those brave ones who make a backpack and take on the trip to unknown places in our dear mother Africa to offer their help the way they can.


My name is Agyapong Gyamfi, the head of operations and projects for the non-profit Sem-Fronteiras receiving and working with volunteers and groups in Africa in Ghana, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda. You can find our Facebook page here

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Summary of Medical Volunteer in Africa mission trip work

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Summary of Community, Children, Orphanage Volunteer in Africa work

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Summary of Community, Children, Orphanage Volunteer in Africa mission trip

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SAFARI AND PLACES OF INTEREST for Volunteers in Africa
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Volunteers learning local language in Africa
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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.
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Pre departure documentation to prepare to volunteer in Africa

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Accommodation for Volunteers in Africa

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Meals for volunteers in Africa

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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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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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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.