VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT IN GHANA

Status: Needs urgent help
Time needed: 
Two weeks or more

KIRC FOUNDATION is looking for volunteer to help in the cassava cultivation in Ghana.if you are interested Visit: www.kircfoundation.byethost16.com

Hi Bernard

You could try posting your volunteer opportunites on some of the following sites:

Workaway
http://www.workaway.info/
Information and registration http://www.workaway.info/information-for-hosts.html

Voluntourism
http://govoluntourism.com/
Click on 'for hosts'

Idealist http://www.idealist.org/
Register as an organisation, then post volunteering opportunities.

Worldwide Volunteering http://www.wwv.org.uk/

Worldwide Helpers
http://www.worldwidehelpers.org/

Christian Volunteering
http://www.christianvolunteering.org/

Staydu
http://www.staydu.com/

Omprakash http://omprakash.org/partner

Mary

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Mary I have tried almost all the site but have not yet recieve any response from any volunteer yet.please can you try it for me ?Or is there any other way out?

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Hi Bernard

Sorry to hear you haven't had any responses yet - it can take time, and there is also a certain amount of luck involved. All I can suggest is to read your information and see how it compares with others e.g. are you charging a high fee, or do you only have very limited details of what volunteers would be doing etc.

Learn from others in Ghana too - see how they are finding international volunteers.

In the task title you talk about wanting volunteers to help with growing cassava. Seems to me that this is something local people can do themselves? Or are you looking to find people who can teach you e.g. improved methods of cultivation? If so, get in touch with Ken Hargesheimer http://www.nabuur.com/en/user/minifarms/profile who can send you DVDs about effective low-cost farming methods which farmers should be able to use without needing any outside money.

Mary

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just learned about this off the internet. The internet has many sites doing this and in several different ways. Very inexpensive way to build. I have never seen any reference to this on NABUUR.

Mary

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Hi Bernard and Mary,

Its all about patience to get any response for volunteer tasks. From experience, it has taken over 8 months to have responses to posts on idealist. So, Bernard, should be hopeful to be contacted any time, if his tasks are well articulated and elaborated to capture the interest of, and need for any volunteer help!

Sylvia

L/R
Kajwenge
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For and on behalf of Luhwahwa Youth Development Foundation (LUYODEFO)

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Dear All
The following links may be of help-

VOLUNTEERS

Email- Dawn@aglionline.org ;
http://www.aglionline.org/ Africa (Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda).
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Email- bd@australianvolunteers.com
http://www.australianvolunteers.com/
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Email- volunteer@avif.org.uk
http://avifvolunteers.blogspot.com/
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Email- volunteers.info@gmail.com
http://avn-org.tripod.com/
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Contact Detail- http://www.idealist.org/en/about/contact.html?#contact
http://www.idealist.org/
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Contact Form- http://www.cadip.org/form.htm
http://www.cadip.org/
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Email- webmaster@civa.org.cn
http://www.civa.org.cn
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Email- info@crossculturalsolutions.org
http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/
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Contact Form- http://www.differentafricaconnection.nl/index.php?option=com_contact&Ite...
http://www.differentafricaconnection.nl/
(Africa - Projects - Management & Microfinance / Education / Health / ICT / Agriculture )
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Email- info@fairground.nl
http://www.fairground.nl/
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Contact Detail- http://www.globalcrossroad.com/application.php
http://www.globalcrossroad.com/
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Email- @globalvolunteers.orgemail@globalvolunteers.org
http://www.globalvolunteers.org/email@globalvolunteers.org
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Email- info@ifrevolunteers.org
http://www.ifrevolunteers.org/
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Email- info@NGOabroad.com
http://www.ngoabroad.com/
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Email- info@onlinevolunteering.org.
www.onlinevolunteering.org
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Email- info@projects-abroad.org
http://www.projects-abroad.org/
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HOPE@projecthope.org
http://www.projecthope.org/
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Email- http://www.sci-ivs.org/new/index.php?contact
www.sci-ivs.org/
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Email- http://www.unitedplanet.org/contact.php
www.unitedplanet.org/
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Email- information@unvolunteers.org
http://www.unv.org/
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Email- uganda_pioneers22@hotmail.com
http://www.upa.sphosting.com
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Email- vfp@vfp.org
http://www.vfp.org/
*Search for volunteers, for any country -

Contact Detail - http://www.goabroad.com/feedback.cfm
http://www.volunteerabroad.com/search.cfm
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Email- info@volunteerchina.org
http://www.volunteerchina.org/
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Email- info@volunteeringsolutions.com
http://www.volunteeringsolutions.com/
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Email- support@volunteermatch.org
http://www.volunteermatch.org/
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Email- info@voluntaryprojectsoverseas.org
http://www.voluntaryprojectsoverseas.org
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Email- tiger@loxinfo.co.th
http://www.voluntourists-without-borders.com/html/volunteer.html
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Email- fundraising@vso.org.uk
http://www.vso.org.uk/
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Email- VIA@VIAvzw.be
http://www.viavzw.be/VIA_in_english
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Email- info@worldvolunteerweb.org
http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/
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Regards,
Sushmita,
India

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Hello :)

I just returned from volunteering for 3 months in Ghana! What a great country with amazing people! :)

Here are my suggestions for getting more volunteers…. All the sites previously mentioned are great resources! But as already said it is so important that the information stated there by you is clear, accurate and makes people want to come and help your organisation. I think this one http://www.i-volunteer.org.uk has not been mentioned yet!

Do you have a facebook page or a blog? These are good ways of communicating with volunteers? And keeping them updated. I know from the organisation I volunteered with in Ghana that through this people interested can find out more about what the organisation is doing before they decide if they want to go and volunteer with them.

To create a blog you can go to http://www.blogger.com/ And it should be easy. (This is also free!)

Have you had any volunteers yet? Also a good idea is to have past volunteer reports on your website. These should just be an explanation of what they did and how they found their time volunteering.

If you can make a video and put it on youtube that is also a good idea!

Really the more often your organisation appears on the web the better!

Perhaps you could try contacting http://travelingdifferently.com/ and see if you can write an article for their site!

As a volunteer myself I always contact more than one organisation to see which one gives me the best response. So it is so important to be fast, friendly and informative with your communication with people who are interested in volunteering. Another idea is that with the volunteer fee you explain to the person interested in volunteering what this fee is for e.g. ….£ for accommodation and …£ for food so they understand why you are charging them to volunteer. Of course you should be friendly with people interested in volunteering, but in my opinion it is also very important that you remain formal!

You could also give interested volunteers an e-mail address of a past volunteer to get in contact with if they have any questions (of course this is only relevant if you have had volunteers in the past).

Make sure you take many photos and keep up dating them on your website so people can get an idea of what they would be doing as volunteers and that you are making progress.

Another idea is to try and partner with NGO’s abroad that may be interested in expanding what they offer to Ghana or to the part of the country were you work and would do their work in partnership with local organisations such as www.projects-abroad.net.

You could also look for local organisations that work in Ghana and that may want to partner with you to share resources and ideas and perhaps even volunteers. In case you are interested the organisation I volunteered with was http://www.godsglorychildrenfoundation.com/ perhaps you could share ideas and links together. They are also currently looking for volunteers.

Let me know if you want me to explain any of my points in more detail or if you need help with anything specific.

Helen

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Hi Dear, I used to work with local organisation who normally get volunteers from all over the wolrd. I was the project manager as well as volunteer co-odinater.Through this I have worked with lots of local and foreign volunteers before i decided to form Kirc foundation.For Kirc foundation I have not had any volunteers yet. I am looking forward to receiving volunteer to help in our project.Can you help recruit volunteers for the Kirc foundation? Can you Help me create a blogger for my organization?I can't wait to send you all the document you may need to help recruit volunteers for Kirc foundation as well as to create the blogger.Thank you. waiting to here from you soon.

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Hi Dear, I used to work with local organisation who normally get volunteers from all over the wolrd. I was the project manager as well as volunteer co-odinater.Through this I have worked with lots of local and foreign volunteers before i decided to form Kirc foundation.For Kirc foundation I have not had any volunteers yet. I am looking forward to receiving volunteer to help in our project.Can you help recruit volunteers for the Kirc foundation? Can you Help me create a blogger for my organization?I can't wait to send you all the document you may need to help recruit volunteers for Kirc foundation as well as to create the blogger.Thank you. waiting to here from you soon.

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Here is the way to grow cassava and every other crop. No funds needed except to purchase seed you do not already have the first time.

GARDENS/MINI-FARMS NETWORK
Wrokshops: USA - TX, MS, FL [ECHO], CA, AR, NM; México, Rep. Dominicana, Côté d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Honduras,
Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Haití, England, India, Uzbekistan, South Africa [2011], Indonesia, Liberia [2012], Ghana [2013]
minifarms@gmail.com
Workshops in organic, no-till, permanent bed gardening, mini-farming and mini-livestock farming,
using bucket drip irrigation, worldwide, in English & Español

Organic, No-till Farming

The solution to world hunger is teaching the farmers to farm profitably. "There's this belief that in order to stop poverty, we have to find ways to get people to stop being farmers. What we need to do is find ways to stop them from being poor farmers." Amy Smith, MIT The following is the solution and there is unlimited, documented proof. More than 850 million go hungry every day [50% are subsistence farmers]. They need knowledge about farming. “The hungriest people grow food for a living: Global hunger and poverty are largely a rural phenomenon. 70% of the developing world’s extremely poor people are in rural communities and work in agriculture. They barely produce enough food to survive, which is why they’re referred to as subsistence farmers.” compatibletechnology.org

These are based on the internet, experiences teaching agriculture in many countries, research data, farmer experiences in those countries and a demonstration garden. They are ecologically sustainable, environmentally responsible, socially just and economically viable.
Poor, unhealthy soil is the reason for low yields. Here is the solution. Organic No-Till is not a fixed set of rules but a method that gardeners/farmers adapt to their local conditions. No one plows the jungle and it produces; no one plows the forest and it produces. This applies to vegetables, grains, fruits, etc.
Organic, no-till farming, in permanent beds, with permanent paths, using only a machete/cutlass, doubles or triples yields compared to traditional farming, reduces labor 50% to 75%, reduces inputs-expenses to nearly 0 [buy only seed for new crops, green manure/cover crops], increases fertility, stops soil erosion [no rain water runoff], eliminates most weed, disease and insect problems and greatly increases profits if marketing. Use DIY drip or DIY bucket drip irrigation [made by farmer] to produce during the dry season and in areas of low rainfall.
SRI – system of rice intensification: 50%-100% increased yield, up to 90% reduction in required seed, up to 50% savings in water. panna.org/blog/bumper-crops-india-no-ge-required
SRI principles and practices have been adapted for rain-fed rice.
SCI – system of crop intensification: wheat, sugarcane, millet, maize and teff with yield increases.

With no-till, organic matter [green manure/cover crops or weeds or crop residue] generates the following results:
 The mulch gradually rots into the soil providing a constant supply of nutrients while eliminating composting.
 Moisture retention due to the mulch layer means reduced need for watering; saving both resources and labor.
 Mulch prevents weeds from growing, reducing another laborious chore.
 Because of greater nutrients, plants can be positioned twice as densely as normally recommended.
 The combination of denser spacing and healthy soil means a fourfold increase in yield. Josef Graf

These practices stopped the migration of farm families to the cities because it is profitable. [Honduras]. There are 262,000,000 acres in no-till and 85,000,000 acres organic, worldwide.

Fukaoka Farm, Japan, was been organic, no-till [rice, small grains, vegetables] for 70 years. At the time of my visits the following were organic, no-till: an Indian farmer [vegetables] for 5 years, a Malawi farmer [vegetables] on permanent beds for 25 years [model farm] and a Honduras farmer [vegetables & fruit] on permanent beds on the contour (73° slope] for 8 years. Ruth Stout [USA] had a garden for 30 years and 7,000 people visited her garden. I have been on farms where the farmer, alone, farms 10 acres [4 hectares], using only a machete/cutlass.
No technique yet devised by man has been anywhere near as effective at halting soil erosion and making food production truly sustainable as 0-tillage (Baker)

1. Financial: Little funds are needed. No tractor, no equipment, no fertilizers, no chemicals.
2. Inter-urban, urban, peri-urban, rural
3. Restore the soil to its natural health. Contaminations: inorganic pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers
4. Maintain healthy soil: Healthy soil produces healthy plants, for high yields.
5. Feed the soil; not the crop: Inorganics feed the plants and poisons the soil. Organics feed the soil which feeds the plants.
6. Increase soil organic matter every year
7. Soil always covered; never left bare. Weeds are Nature’s soil cover.
8. Feed the soil through the mulch.
9. Use green manure/cover crops.
10. Intercropping and/or crop rotation
11. Use external organic matter [leaves, manure, etc]
12. Leave all crop residues on top of the soil.
13. No-till - no digging, no tilling, no cultivating Worms and roots till the soil.
14. Permanent beds
15. Permanent paths
16. Sloped land: permanent beds on the contour\
17. Hand tools: machete/cutlass, planting hoe, etc
18. All year production: DIY hoop houses, high tunnels, shade cloth, row covers, etc.
19. Organic pesticides, herbicides if ever needed
20. Do not buy anything except seed
21. Seed - Open-pollinated
22. Crops: vegetables, fruits, nuts, fibers, gourds, oils, flowers, herbs, grains
23. Bucket drip irrigation should be used during the dry season and in areas of low rainfall: A bucket drip line can be made locally using poly tubing [US$3, Nicaragua]. One, 33 meters, will irrigate a row of crops using only 20 liters of water per day. A drip line can be moved to irrigate several rows per day. Water can be from a stream, pond or well. A drip kit returns US$20 per month to the farmer [FAO study].
24. Markets: farm stand, cooperative, farmer’s market
25. Imitate nature. Most farmers fight nature. ¡Nature always wins!

http://rodaleinstitute.org/20101005_birke-baehr-food-fighter-and-future-...

I volunteer my time to teach workshops, worldwide, in English or Spanish, when all expenses are paid.

Ken Hargesheimer, minifarms@gmail.com

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"Plowing the land over and over damages the soil almost as much as chemical weed killers do. It kills off nitrogen-fixing bacteria." Onmivore's Dilemma
“No one has ever advanced a scientific reason for plowing. It can be said with truth that the use of the plow has actually destroyed the productiveness of our soils.” Edward Faulkner
Plow to kill the weeds; that brings to the surface more seeds to sprout; more weeds to plow up.

Dear Ken, Thank you for all the info. I am applying it in my own vegetable patch. It is working. Got half a pocket of potatoes off a square metre. So would imagine about 10 pounds per square yard. This off previously dead low, carbon soil. Sure next crop will be better. Got yams coming up on same spot already. Want to plant herbs and spices. Your advise is so simple. People do not believe me when I tell them. I am so excited about growing things now. This coming from a commercial plum farmer. Jeremy Karsen, South Africa

We have already started several gardens in Jinkfuin community and the people working on them have benefitted from the DVDS we received from Ken. We watched the DVDs and got so many lessons and there women and men already running gardens, good ones! Lia, Kimilili

I confirm Ken's advice. I've been using mulch and no-till since the late sixties. It works. It really works. I now manage a 5,000 ft² community garden in its fifth season. It started on hard clay with turf grass using cardboard and mulch. Leaves are added to the beds every fall and it has never been tilled. It's a beautiful, fruitful garden. I have friends who have sand and advised them to do the same. They've been very successful as well. It will work anywhere. Judith Hainaut

Uganda: We have been working on improving farming techniques for almost a year. Unfortunately, the farmers are planting small plots of land that only feed their family. There is no other choice but to try new techniques to improve the output of their plot. Ken Hargesheimer suggested the "no till" farming techniques as well as the "drip system". Both have proven effective at increasing production by at least 5 fold. The time is now for Kyomya to become a model agricultural village. [nabuur.com]

Ken has instructed us that by introducing cover crops. We will improve the organic nature of the soil. This involves less work than the previous method and has resulted in double the yield from crops where this method has been implemented.’ Busukuma, nabuur.com

Mini-Livestock Farming

Farmers must produce high quality feed/forages for the livestock for high production. Use the native breeds with improved males.

1. Milk, meat, egg, fiber production
2. Manage livestock for lowest cost per pound/kilo; not the highest number of pounds/kilos.
3. Free range
4. Pens; no cages
5. Moveable pens over beds [small animals]
6. All bedding & manure recycled on the soil
7. 12 month of grazing [as possible]
8. Cut and carry forage to pens
9. Hay [hand baler] and/or silage [bags]
10. Legume & grass forages
11. Perennial and annual forages
12. Permanent pastures
13. Rotational grazing
14. Holistic animal health care
15. Keep males
16. Buy breeding service
17. Artificial insemination
18. Misc: bees
19. Miniature animals: donkeys, goats, cattle , horses, sheep, bantams, llamas, alpacas
20. Small animals: Muscovies, goats, chickens, peacocks, ducks, geese, rabbits, sheep, hogs, turkeys, guineas
21. Large animals: beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, yaks, buffalo, llamas, alpacas, donkeys, ostriches, zebu, water buffalo, camel

Appropriate Technology

1. Bicycle trailer
2. Solar food drier
3. Sawdust/hulls toilet
4. Village clothes washing machines
5. Solar water heater
6. Solar cooker
7. Village refrigerator
8. Soil-cement brick [Cinvaram press]

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