One of our journalism placements in Cape Coast, Central Press Newspaper, has grown very successfully since Projects Abroad’s involvement. Here is a description from their staff to best tell you how your experience working here would be like!
Your role here as a volunteer is that of an intern at Central Press Newspaper. You will begin by shadowing professional journalists, learning from them and hopefully gaining an insight into the field.
Volunteers’ responsibilities will depend on previous experience, as well as enthusiasm and level of initiative. However, to begin with you must view yourself as an intern with a learning role. The more you prove your capacities and initiative, the more responsibilities you are likely to get. You are expected to dress ‘smart’ and take your role seriously to have the best local response to your work and interactions.
Volunteers will be assigned to gather stories from the local communities, analyse and report on these stories, and educate the public. They will work for 7 hours every week day, starting at 8 a.m. and finishing at 5 p.m. Most of the time the volunteers go out five times a week to get some stories. Five volunteers work here at the same time and share articles.
The Central Press newspaper permits volunteers to go to many regions and write different types of stories, and also have regional correspondents who report on some projects. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to write on Business, Sport, Earth etc.
One of our past volunteer created centralpressnewspaper.blogspot.com, a link where we regularly post articles written by our staff and volunteers. Anyone in the world can keep up with what we write! For now, our office is shared but we are looking for a permanent office.
Useful equipment you may bring with you include a digital camera, a recorder, note books and a laptop. It is really well-recommended to bring your equipment with you. Most of the time we publish volunteers’ pictures when they take some.
Flexibility, on both sides, is the key to working at most Projects Abroad placements. As long as you are prepared to work hard and do the best you can, no one will insist on you doing something you are not happy about.
The area around Mampong-Nkwata previously known as Akokoa is now being referred to as the “Projects Abroad Village” by locals because of our involvement there in many different projects! This month, we have teaching and care at the Wonderful Love Daycare, farming nearby, and have begun building there again to support the growing numbers at the school.
This month we were able to celebrate the official opening of Wonderful Love Daycare just in time for the back-to-school period! We gathered the children from the surrounding communities already attending the school as well as the children who were in our summer school program to join in the happy float, followed by a ceremony.
This school, which began around March of this year with 20 children, was meant for the small Ewe-speaking community of Akokoa (in the Eastern Region, where most speak Twi). Projects Abroad was first involved when we decided to give this community a school of their own – before, the children who could go to school would have to walk miles to another village, and many could not even afford schooling.
Our building project began with a 2-classroom block and an office, which left the people of Akokoa ecstatic and very welcoming. As this finished, we found two teachers to hire who began quickly! From that point on the number of students has not stopped growing, and the children who were before seen during school hours strutting around curiously with nothing to do are getting an education through this establishment. We are now helping 66 children now that we have started the nursery!
We always had Teaching and Care here, and although sometimes challenging due to the children’s lack of English skills, they remain adorable and willing to learn!
For National Volunteer Week back in April, we built a water reservoir which allowed the school as well as the village access to water for various necessities. Then during the summer, we used our big number of volunteers to help build small toilets for the school. A donation also allowed us to start getting uniforms for the children, something that was very special to them!
Before, children used to be standing around everywhere ... Now more and more are in uniforms and going to school!!
We moved our farming to that area to start over with bigger land and that is so far going very successfully, and our volunteers have enjoyed working and doing outreach in Teaching children how to grow crops and donating vegetables and animals!
Finally, we have now moved our Building project back to Akokoa to add a 2-classroom block for the ever-growing number of children at Wonderful Love Daycare! Of course, we will update you when these are finished!
Follow the latest pictures of Wonderful Love Daycare and the surrounding projects!
Last week we had a cooking session in Koforidua with the volunteers and we learned to make Jollof Rice! Here's the yummy recipe we used.
- Green peppers
- Chili Peppers
- Nutmeg & curry flavoring
- Chicken broth or Maggi cubes
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