Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ― Leo Buscaglia
Dream Shelter Ghana (Ghana) seeks to eradicate poverty and gender inequality, by initiating various community development programs aimed at alleviating poverty levels in selected underprivileged communities irrespective of sex and religion, but more into girl child education. it is a well established fact that agriculture is the main occupation and major source of income for many rural communities. Also it serves as an employment avenue for people notably women who produce about 70% of the food and constitute 52% of the labor force in Ghana. In spite of this, growth has tended to over the years been much slower than expected. These low productions over the years is accounted for by low investments, pests, and poor technological skills as well as the urbanization drive of the youth compiled with the removal of subsidies on agricultural inputs and cumbersome or inadequate credit schemes. Considering the afore mentioned factors, one realizes that agricultural production is literally under threat. That is why at Dream Shelter Ghana, we seek improvement in the agricultural sector as one of its main strategy in empowering the rural folk aside from education. Also apart from agric projects dream shelter also provides volunteer opportunities in other areas of interest to the volunteer ranging from teaching to fashion and football coaching. it must however be noted that dream shelter volunteer programme is also aimed at students abroad who would want to enrich their resume with overseas work experience.
As the saying goes ‘a strong nation is built on a strong people’ portrays just how much a nation has to develop its human capital. That is why looking at the deplorable nature of people living in rural communities; a few philanthropic individuals came together to mobilize funds and implement projects aimed at lessening the burdens and suffering of the rural people, and to reduce poverty especially the rural farmer. Out of this dedication DREAM SHELTER GHANA was born in 2007 as a service oriented, non-government organization concerned with the deplorable conditions of the rural persons. DREAM SHELTER GHANA is in its formative years and we are aware of the difficulties involved in raising funds for projects, we will initially start with a few selected communities within eastern Ghana for the first five years and hope to cover the rest of the nation in some time to come. Currently, most of our projects are small due to financing. Dream Shelter Ghana is based in Accra the capital of Ghana and has no political or religious affiliation, which is working for the improved conditions of deprived communities through volunteerism. We are able to operate due to the kind contribution of members and donors. The organization is registered in Ghana with the Registrar General Department under the companies’ code, 1963 (Act 179).It must however be noted that apart from helping the rural farmer dream shelter also undertakes community based project through volunteer opportunities in the various areas.
Dream Shelter Ghana is a non-profit social organization working in the field volunteerism, girl child education, HIV/AIDs Education, IT education, empowerment of women, Agro projects and other weaker sections of the society, research & development and human resource development. Dream Shelter Ghana has made tremendous contribution in the areas as stated above which has long lasting and epoch making impact not only in the improvement of the physical environment of the country but also on its socio-economic and environment. The major achievement of DSG, may be categorized into three groups:
As a Care & Community volunteer working with children, you would be helping the kids to learn life-skills that parents would normally teach. By getting involved in the day-to-day running of a care centre - making sure children are fed, washed and dressed, and paying them personal attention - you are helping to shape the lives of young people, preparing them better for life. You might like to be part of a team working on community projects such as building classrooms, community centre’s, or playgrounds, painting and decorating children's wards or orphanage dining rooms, and generally lending a hand where it's needed. It must however be noted that Community projects are typically under-funded and under-resourced, so donations and kind contributions are always welcome. Care & Community volunteers don't need to be qualified or have previous experience - enthusiasm, a willingness to get involved and patience are the vital ingredients. Let us know if you'd like to work with children or on a practical placement. You could even do a bit of both!
DDream Shelter Ghana volunteer programs operate all year round in Ghana. Volunteers arrive monthly in Accra and go through the in-country orientation with other incoming volunteers.
If your field in a different culture where practices may differ considerably from what you're used to in your home country. There are a number of institutions who would appreciate your help. You could work in a hospital, clinic or teaching hospital, in any one of a number of departments. You can work in a variety of medical departments, where you can assist the staff. The type of work you will be allocated will depend to an extent on your own abilities and capabilities, which is understandable given that you will be dealing with patient health and safety.
You can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice, whiles on the other hand you will get a good general feel of the Centre by working and/or observing in most departments and you will be exposed to hands-on nursing work.
If you plan on specializing in a particular field of medicine such as; Nursing, Optometry, Dentistry, or any related field which is available, we can arrange to place you in a relevant department, to ensure that you receive maximum experience in your chosen field.
To do a medical work placement, you will need to be either planning to study medicine or a medical-related subject, currently studying medicine or related subject, or working in a medical field.
Teaching English \ Mathematics\ Science in low-income communities can increase employment opportunities and ultimately help people to become economically independent. Both inexperienced and experienced volunteers can teach vocabulary, assist with pronunciation them with the calculation of arithmetical figures and support students as they practice speaking English or Maths and improve on their Maths and Science.
These students, of all ages and backgrounds, appreciate the opportunity to interact with fluent speakers and the extra assistance is welcomed by local teachers. If you are fluent in English or Maths you can provide a real contribution to the community and have great fun in the process.
Work with veterinarians in private practice or in a clinic, or venture out with vets who minister to and specialize in farm animals. You will have opportunities to work hands-on and observe the reality of day-to-day care of animals. It may even be possible to arrange for you to have the opportunity to work with specialists who tend to wild animals in sanctuaries and game parks. The animals treated most frequently include: dogs, cats, sheep, goats, monkeys, and parrots. The doctors and nurses also make regular house calls for cattle, poultry and pigs. Some of the common diseases include: ticks, worms, foot rot, pneumonia, distocia, and lice infestation. Working hours are typically Monday-Friday 8am - 7pm and sometime Saturdays
Volunteering in Ghana on our Orphanage support program is the best travel experience you can have since you would be making a difference in a poor child's life in the orphanage. A typical volunteer helping in an orphanage would help the children with their day to day activities such as: doing homework, making notes, playing with children, helping staff organize the orphanage, providing mental and physiological support, exchanging cultural views, teach them about health and hygiene.
We cannot pretend to remedy the serious social and economic conditions in the countries where we work and send volunteers. But the care work placements we arrange - in orphanages, day care centers, hospital wards and homes for the elderly - make a difference to children and older people who would otherwise lack opportunities for one-on-one social interaction. Children particularly benefit.
As a Care & Community volunteer working with children in orphanages, you would be helping the kids to learn life-skills that parents would normally teach. By getting involved in the day-today running of a care center - making sure children are fed, washed and dressed, and paying them personal attention - you are helping to shape the lives of young people, preparing them better for life.
Sport, art, music and drama are always popular on these placements. Start a choir, put on a play or organize general fun activities!
You might like to be part of a team working on community projects such as building classrooms, community centers, or playgrounds, painting and decorating children's wards or orphanage dining rooms, and generally lending a hand where it's needed. Community projects are typically under-funded and under-resourced, so volunteers, and our resources, are always welcome.
Care & Community volunteers don't need to be qualified or have previous experience - enthusiasm, a willingness to get involved and patience are the vital ingredients. Let us know if you'd like to work with children or on a practical placement. You could even do a bit of both!
We at DSG believe that you have heard the expression “a healthy mind is in a healthy body”. Dream Shelter is recruiting volunteers from all walks of life to help children develop through sports. We are inviting individuals with coaching experiences in various fields (soccer, baseball, basketball, cricket, etc.) who want to help the youth develop their skills and to acquire new ones.
If you are contemplating a career or university course in journalism, a DSG Abroad placement can set you on the right track. On our Print Journalism placements, you don’t only get an insider's view of how publications are run; you get the chance to put together a portfolio. Alternatively, a Radio or News Paper journalism placement will provide you with an array of tapes and a host of broadcasting or production experience.
If you are already a working journalist, a DSG Abroad placement can broaden your horizons - and enhance your CV - with work experience in a different culture and society, or maybe a different medium.
Whatever placement you choose, you will get an insight into the workings of the media in a new cultural and political setting. This can mean working with local journalists for whom being a member of the Press is not just a job, but a commitment that places them at the cutting edge. The capital of Ghana, Accra is an incredible place to either start or broaden your career in journalism. As the centre of politics and official life in a key democratic West African state, there is always something going on under our journalism placements we have the following:
We are inviting everyone to help us make a big difference in rural communities in the Volta Region of Ghana. We would like you to touch the life of other fellows in dire need by helping on this summer project. You will be involved in Building of a three class room for the rural poor in the Volta Region. You don't need any skill to do. All you need is Passion and Motivation. Lets all join hand during this summer camp to put a smile on the face of the children of Africa, Ghana-Volta Region.
The Volunteers would be involved lots of activities whiles working on the summer project. The Summer Camp is culturally interesting and safe for all to be part. Let us all Join Hand to Put a Smile on the faces of the people of Africa, Ghana-Volta Region. Everyone is welcome to help on this project.
Volunteers can stay as long as they want to help on this project both group and individual volunteers are welcome.
Volunteers will be involve in doing unskilled work such as digging, mixing sand and cement, carrying rocks, sand and bricks, fetching water, and painting the school buildings. They will be led and work together with local skilled people who will be providing free labour for the improvement of their communities.
Child care, Community service projects, Education/teaching, Elementary education, English, Health care/hospitals, Health/health education, HIV/AIDS education, Independent study, Intercultural studies, Internships, Nursing, Occupational therapy, Social welfare/services, Student teaching.
Volunteer/Intern service can range from 2 weeks to 6 months. Program Fees vary based on the length of the volunteer placement/assignment.
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