Volunteering with BFG

We have spent 5 weeks here in Ghana volunteering with BFG in May/June 2012. Most of our time was spent in the clinic just outside of Akwakwah village, where we are living. Due to the remote location patients were often few and far between but the ones we did see taught us a lot about Ghanaian health care and the types of resources that are available here. We even got to see a new born baby just minutes old. As well as this we had the opportunity to go on child welfare outreach projects based in villages in the surrounding area. This involved both recording growth and updating vaccinations.

In the afternoons we sometimes got the chance to teach in Akwakwah Presby Primary School where we focused on creative art. The lesson on how to make paper aeroplanes went down particularly well! We hope to teach one more lesson before we leave.

One of the highlights of our trip has been giving HIV/AIDS talks in high schools in and around Swedru with BFG. BFG were extremely helpful with setting up a comfortable and welcoming home stay as well as helping to organise any weekend trips we wanted to take.

All in all it’s been a fantastic trip and gone by far too quickly! We hope to be able to come back in the future.

Ndella and Ezme

USask loves BFG!

The three of us are pharmacy students from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. We came to Swedru 4 weeks ago as part of a practical rotation focusing on international health and tropical diseases. During our time here we have had the pleasure of helping BFG give HIV/AIDS awareness presentations to schoolchildren in the villages surrounding Swedru, as well as helping prepare a future presentation about malaria. We were also fortunate enough to spend some time in the Swedru hospital and the Polyclinic in Nsaba, a village outside of town. At these sites we were given a first-hand look at Ghanaian health care at both a district hospital and a regional clinic, respectively, and we got to see the role of pharmacists and various other health care professionals within these settings. On our final day in Swedru, we plan to go around town putting up posters and handing out condoms to further spread awareness about HIV, how it is spread, and how it can be prevented at an individual level. BFG was very helpful throughout our time here, from arranging our fantastic home-stays to acclimatizing us to Ghanaian culture and making us feel at home in a faraway land. The time we have spent in Swedru will never be forgotten, and we are so grateful that we were able to spend it helping a fantastic organization like BFG!

– Janessa, Mike, and Melissa

i am Sammy, i am happy to be a member of the BFG family….Personally BFG has given me the opportunity to see nice places in Ghana. places like Ada foah – volta lake and the beach, Mole -trip on ferry and safari, Bobikuma- hiking, Kwaman – 2K farms, Akwakwa- ….i believe there is still more to come…..

Hi guys, i’m Dash, 22, from England.

I’ve been living in Ghana permanently now for 3 months, working with BFG on the current Akwakwaa project during this time, and must say how very well it has gone so far.  I also helped on site with the 2011 project in Kwaman for the last week of the renovation.

I first met Kofi when I was volunteering here 3 years ago with SYTO and stayed in contact after I returned to England.  When Kofi then set up BFG I was appointed as an executive director, and after coming back to Ghana in 2011 and helping outwith the Kwaman project I decided I wanted to live here for good, so in January I did just that and am loving every minute, as I knew I would!

I’ve met many great people in my ime with BFG, and the number continues to grow as we welcome more and more volunteers in all different fields and project types.  It is my hope that in time we can grow BFG to become one of the best known and most respected NGOs in the Central Region, maybe in Ghana one day!!  For now this means work work work to make this a reality.

BFG 4 life

My name is Jerry Nkrumah. i have been working with BFG as a project
supervisor for the past 8 years. I got the chance to meet great people from Ghana and other part of the world through BFG. I’m more than proud to be a team member.

If you ask me, i say this is just the right place to be!

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