Breyer Customer Service Advisor off to Ghana to volunteer

Victoria is a Customer Service Advisor at our Dartford Branch who is going to Ghana to take part in a volunteer scheme – here she tells us what she is expecting….

On the 10th of September 2018 I will be jetting off from Heathrow airport London to Accra City in Ghana. I will be staying in Accra in a volunteer house with other men and woman that have travelled for the same reason I have.

A bit about Ghana: Ghana, a former British colony is one of the most peaceful in Africa. Its lush green plantations and dusty, sleepy roads will draw you in and make you feel at home. The people in Ghana are warm and friendly despite forty percent living below the poverty line.

There is great pride and energy which is clear to see in the classroom, during ceremonies and on the football pitch. Ghana is located in West Africa. It is bordered by the Ivory Coast to the west and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana comes from the ancient Ghana Empire and means ‘Warrior King.’

Preparation?...

For the past few months I have asked The Breyer Group, colleagues at Breyer, family and friends to donate stationary, toys and sanitary items. I have had the most amazing response especially from The Breyer Group whom have donated an amazing amount of stationary and merchandise which I can’t wait for the children to see, I am sure they will be thrilled and also Dartford Borough Council who have managed to raise plenty of sanitary items for girls and older woman who do not have access to this type of product. I have managed to get enough to fill an entire suitcase!

What’s the plan? …

On my first week I will be travelling to a village just outside of Accra in the Kwahu region and I will be teaching children aged between 7-12, there are also some orphanages that we may be attending to spend time with children under the age of 7. I have managed to collect plenty of materials ready for arts and crafts for the younger students plus books for the children to work from for the slightly older ones.

On my second week I have agreed to help build some new school facilities that the project is currently working on; I don’t really know what this will entail although I’m sure I will be supervised, as for those of you who know me I’m no builder, though I don’t think I would be half bad at a bit of painting!

Free Time? …

Though I will be going out there to work and learn the culture initially, I will also be attending Mole Nation Park for a safari trek to see Elephants, Crocodiles and Buffalo, The Slave Castle and Cape Coast Canopy walkway which will also be a fantastic cultural experience, where there is some amazing trade history and probably some horrific stories. To and from the volunteer house our washing facilities will be near a waterfall called Tafo Waterfall which will be an amazing experience by itself.

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