We’ve created a new role at KickStart Ghana this year, the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. This is to help manage our volunteers in Ghana; whether that is meeting them from the airport, helping them on their placement or answering any Ghana related questions that they may have!
We recruited Chris Minch to do this role early in 2013 and he arrived in Ghana last week. He’ll be with us until the middle of September and he’ll be regularly blogging about living and working in Ghana. Here is his first blog introducing himself.
Hi, my name is Chris Minch and I’m working with Kickstart Ghana this summer as the Assistant Volunteer Co-ordinator. I’m writing this blog post mainly to introduce myself and describe what I’m doing in Ghana in the first place, but hopefully there will be slightly more exciting and insightful posts to come as the summer develops.
So, firstly, the basics. I’m 22 years old and I’m from Dublin, Ireland. I just graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a degree in economics and psychology, so come September, I suppose I’ll have to be on the hunt for some sort of job in the big bad world. I have a massive interest in international development and this is something that I will hopefully be able to find work in when I get back to Ireland.
Three years ago, I visited Ghana for six weeks. Four of those weeks were spent volunteering in a remote village called Ve Hoeme, about an hour and a half away from Ho. There I was part of a group working on building a sanitation block and teaching in the local school. I spent the other two weeks travelling around Ghana and taking in its many cultural and natural delights. Whether it was sleeping under the stars on the roof of a hostel in Larabanga or chilling in a hammock on Busua beach, I found that Ghana has something to suit everybody’s taste and I instantly fell in love with the country.
It was during these six weeks that I got to know a few of the guys working with the organisation Dave Squared Volunteering, now called Kickstart Ghana. At the time, I was just enjoying their company in the moment, along with getting to know all the other people I was volunteering with. However, here I am though, back in Ghana three years later looking forward to a great summer working with Kickstart Ghana in Ho. So a lot more came out of getting to know them then I could have ever hoped for. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and excited to get back in to the Ghanaian way of life!