All volunteers are welcome. You don't have to have a medical background before working with us. We provide you with a totally different experience from what you are used to at home. The work is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. It provides you the opportunity to experience a different world, to meet new people, to make an impact and to learn new skills.
- Have you worked at a place where there is little or no supplies?
- Have you been on an outreach before?
- Have you had a taste of tropical medicine?
- Have you done public health education before?
Our team provides you with these opportunities.
Public Health Education: We provide volunteers with the opportunity of doing some public health education in various communities\ schools. The chosen topics and contents are designed together with the volunteer. Topics include antenatal and post natal care, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, environmental sanitation, water borne diseases and handwashing, early recognition of childhood illnesses, first aid, breast feeding practises and good nutrition and dental care. These educational sessions are very interactive and interesting. There is a FEB staff who goes along to facilitate the education.
Volunteers who are interested can pick up “community projects”. Community projects are long term initiatives that volunteers who have visited a community deem as a problem and can help solve. These projects will be headed by project managers.
SOME USEFUL TIPS
- Easiest way to communicate with family and friends back at home is by phone. There are a number of mobile phone networks. All of them provide internet services. It would be helpful to get a Ghanaian Sim card. You could also bring a phone from home. Ghanaian Sim cards are cheap and some telecommunication companies offer very good packages. FEB Foundation will not provide you with a phone, but we can assist you to get everything necessary for you to communicate with family and friends. It is important though to get a phone for easier communication.
- Don’t be in the habit of giving your phone numbers out to strangers.
- All volunteers get a FEB ID card with emergency contacts. Please keep them with you at all times.
- Red- red and beans is a delicacy. You need to try it.
- Fufu with soup is a delicacy in Ghana. But often times not for the faint hearted. If you don’t mind swallowing without chewing give it a try.
- Ghanaian food is generally spicy, so don’t be too surprised.
- Wash all fruits bought from the market before eating
- Expect to have problems with food when you are here. But don’t worry you will find something you like eventually.
- There are some restaurants here that you may find foreign food.
- Fante is the local dialect. You may want to learn some common words once you are here
- Don’t greet people with the left hand. It’s considered disrespectful. Take special note when you go for gatherings like funerals, church service and naming ceremonies not to do this.
- Ghanaians are very nice peace loving people who love foreigners in their country, especially the kids. Don’t be surprised when you walk in the streets and you have a bunch of kids shouting Obroni. Meaning white person. Don’t worry it’s not a racist comment, just children loving your presence. A candy or two gets them in frenzy. Enjoy the attention.
- People here are religious. I will advise you to avoid religious arguments.
- Single sexuality is a thing frowned upon by the Ghanaian society. Avoid attracting unnecessary attention.
- It is very easy to find a place to have fun in Cape Coast. There are outdoor bars, beach resort and night clubs you can visit.
- Ghanaians are very good dancers. Hip life and highlife are the commonest music. Learn the Ghanaian dance whilst here. Outdoor loud music is very common typically on Fridays and Saturdays.
Common infections you may experience whilst here
- Diarrhoeal illness. Very common. Mainly from food and water. You may want to come with rehydration salts. It’s available easily though at the pharmacy shops no need for doctors prescription.
- Malaria from mosquito bites.
- Respiratory Tract Infections.
In Cape Coast there are a lot of pharmacies and hospitals. These are open to the general public and offer 24 hour services.
There are a couple of Banks which accept VISA Cards. Most Tourists withdraw money here. There is also a couple of Forex Bureau.
Suggested Items to bring for you:
- Students ID Card
- Bug cream\spray\mosquito repellent
- Nice Water bottles
- Sun screen
- Scrubs and footwear for the hospital\ community( trainers are good for both purposes)
- Stethoscope( Optional)
- Rehydration salts
- Party clothing
FEB Foundation will provide all volunteers with formal orientation once in Ghana.
Ye Daase- Thank you.
You want to volunteer? We would be very happy - just contact us!
Picture: Saaman Village with Community Elders