Volunteering experiences: Health Care in Ghana
Meet the helpers
Meet the stars of a new regular feature called Meet the helpers. Without our helpers globalhelpswap would not exist. Our main aim is to get as many of you travellers out there to consider volunteering next time you are on the road. So without further ado, let’s meet our first featured helper!
Meet Emma Whitham:
1) Which country did you visit & which organisation did you volunteer with? Ghana – Better Life Aid
2) What type of work did you do while you were there? I worked in a rural health centre – I was mainly working with the midwife there helping to deliver babies! I also supported the nurses and worked in clinics giving injections and weighing babies. At the end of my month I wrote a report for Better Life Aid describing my experience and discussing possible ways to develop/improve a volunteer programme at the health centre.
3) What were your highlights and what did you learn? Definite highlight was meeting the Ghanaian people and being fully immersed in their way of life for a month – they were all so welcoming and friendly and they have a really good approach to supporting each other, placing big emphasis on the importance of extended family. They also don’t get stressed about anything! At times this could be frustrating, especially when things needed to get done but I really want to keep in mind that the majority of the time, by getting so stressed out by things in the western world, we do ourselves much more damage than good.
4) What was the toughest thing you had to do? Without a doubt, seeing children in the really remote villages who were clearly malnourished and wandering around naked and dirty was really hard – in many cases the nurses at the health centre did get involved but some families did resist help and I found that difficult to handle.
5) What advice / tips would you give to other helpers / readers? Do lots of research before you go so that you are well prepared and you understand some more about the customs/traditions in the country you are travelling to but also go with an open mind and be ready to embrace every experience, good and bad and use it to learn from.
Emma has also written a blog which we will post in the near future.
Thank you Emma!
Reading Emma’s answers completely confirms that what we are trying to achieve here at globalhelpswap is the right thing to do. The more people who volunteer and help one another the more the world will be a better place. You don’t have to travel far either to help your brothers and sisters. I am quite sure just around the corner from you there is somebody that needs your help.
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