Renovating the Dormitories in the Orphanage

Despite the fact I’m 45 years old I really wanted to join a social program abroad – and the decision to do so with Studentsgoabroad was almost perfect! The organisation is well-organized and it was a really helpful support for me being the first time abroad.

Arrival in Accra

The arrival in Accra flew pretty smoothly: we were picked up by our local contact person and went to a hotel where we spent the first night. If you have never been to Africa before, you really have to get used to it first: it’s astonishing. But you’ll feel comfortable pretty soon!

Our guest family in Ho

The next morning we continued our trip to Ho on a so-called tro-tro. Without the support of our contact person it probably wouldn’t have been that easy as the bus terminals in Accra are quiet exceptional. Finally arrived in Ho we were placed in our host families who welcomed us really friendly and open-minded. After a few days everyone really felt at home; everyday someone cooked for us – so you get three meals if you want to.

Last but not least: the orphanage

The next day Prince, the director of the organisation in Ghana, informed us in detail about the institution and the work we wanted to do there. He showed us the area and last but not least: the orphanage. We got to know the children, the local circumstances and decided to renovate the dormitories of the kids. After having collected an adequate amount of money of some friends we bought some colours to paint the walls; we built new beds and organized some new mattresses. After 4 weeks we could leave the place – knowing that we achieved something really useful. The laughter of the kids was our reward.