Fundraising Coordinator / Event Planner
This is an opportunity for the creative mind!
Ultimate Frisbee? Zumba? Benefit hockey game? Silent auction? Coin drive? You name it…turn a fun event into a fundraiser.
You could be responsible for building a water reservoir at the school, or putting hungry kids onto our food programme, or sponsoring teachers… YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Consider a vacation combining volunteering and tourism that will enrich your life as well as the lives of others. It's a mix of social action, education and cultural immersion.
We are looking for volunteers to share their teaching expertise each July.1 For three weeks, you will work as a team with other volunteer teachers, delivering literacy lessons to the students of Dekpor Basic School, Monday to Friday.
After school, there will be some tours to local markets, shrines, drumming lessons, and cultural discussions. In the early evenings, you can work with some small groups of children, assist with the adult literacy classes, visit with local villagers or choose to just relax.
Optional weekend tours and a 9 day tour after volunteering (including the elephant nature preserve and the slave castles of Cape Coast) are available.
If you’re considering joining us on our next trip, you no doubt have lots of questions. Many of your questions will be answered in the Volunteer FAQs.
Ready to make travel arrangements? All of our travel arrangements are looked after by Off the Map Adventures. We look forward to seeing you!
1 Volunteer experiences are available at most times of the year. Please
us to make a private arrangement to help the children in Dekpor.
Giovanna Panzera - I remember the morning that I stood before my class of adoring Grade 6 students, many much taller than my small five-foot frame, and I began singing and pointing to my body parts.
"Head and shoulders, knees and toes….knees and toes…knees and toes…” There was this immediate sea of smiles (given there were only about 16 students facing me, perhaps a pond of smiles is a better analogy), and much laughter. Everyone was mimicking me and enjoying the sounds of their voices and the movements of their body. And we were learning…under this palm-thatched roof, without walls, with a dirt floor, and with a single slate of black board being held up by two sticks. The learning happened in spite of our surroundings, which seemed so modest and limited to my Canadian eyes.
And yet each day as I walked the sandy road to Dekpor Basic School during my four-week stay, and I saw the children in their environment – playing soccer with a ball they constructed out of plastic bags, using sticks to draw a hopscotch grid in the sand, making elaborate fans from the leaves of palm trees, caring for younger siblings on their backs, carrying water in buckets on their heads sometimes about half their size to their distant homes – I was continually struck by their happiness. That in spite of the apparent lack of things we grow accustomed to in Canada – these children were not lacking in their strength of spirit, love of life and joy of learning.
Reading books – which we had brought through generous donations from Canada – brought excitement to their eyes. Singing simple rhymes and songs in English made them shriek with anticipation. The beating of the drum, to which they marched to class each morning, gave wind to their steps and there was a pride in being in that classroom. Perhaps because the learning that happened there represented a hope for what could be for them in the future.
I was inspired by their hope. I was humbled by what they and their families are trying to do with very few resources to support them. I feel honoured to have been a witness to what these students and teachers are achieving in this very small, rural village in Ghana. And I feel compelled to share what I have seen, with the aim of paying tribute to their struggles but also their love of life. This continues to inspire me.
And when I think back to that morning when my students were trying to mirror my pantomime, by touching their knees and touching their toes… I think how lucky I was to have been there with them in those moments. What I learned in those moments will help sustain me – and provide hope that in building relationships, the best learning is possible.
Laura Puiras - My time in Ghana can only be described as the trip of a lifetime. I realize how cliché that sounds but I really can't think of another way to explain my time away. I feel so blessed to have been able to join the rest of the team on this adventure.
Our time spent in the school was an eye-opening experience for me. At times it could be slightly overwhelming and frustrating to see that some children are living and learning in environments that are so much poorer and less equipped than what we are used to in Canada. But at the same time, I was able to see that children will be children no matter where they are living. Children have that inner desire to invent and explore new things and it was a pleasure to witness those same characteristics in the Dekpor kids.
I would most definitely recommend this trip for others in the future. It is just such a unique time away from all the distractions and busyness of life in North America. You are able to focus on people other than yourself and learn from their experiences and what they have to offer you. You will learn more than you ever thought you might, not only about a culture other than your own but also about yourself. You will meet beautiful people who are overwhelmingly welcoming and friendlier than you can begin to imagine. Be warned, however, that it is very likely for you to fall in love with the country and the people who live there and you might find it difficult to visit only once.