ARV focuses on the support of children whose parents have died from HIV/AIDS and many other related accidents. In Ghana/Liberia there are many children who have no one to look after them after the death of their parents. These children are forced onto the streets, and some of them end up in orphanages which are privately owned and also run by the governemnt
At the orphanage, children are taught how to read, write, garden, work with wood, and play sports. They are given a chance at a better life. The orphanages are located not far from the city centre. Besides giving the children clothes, food, and shelter, volunteers provides supplementary lessons at the orphanage for the children as well as children in the community. International volunteers teach classes in English, mathematics, social studies and science a day.
You would be helping the kids at the orphanage to learn life-skills that parents would normally teach. By getting involved in the day-to-day running of an orphanage – making sure children are fed, washed and dressed, and paying them personal attention you will be making a really positive impact on their lives. You have the opportunity to share any talents or interests you may have with the kids and staf. Art & crafts or music are always top activities and many of our orphanages have oopen spaces where sports and games can be played. Many volunteers also help to educate the children in personal hygiene and social skills.
A typical day may start early which sees you getting the children up and giving them breakfast, sometimes you will probably finish early too or have several hours off at lunchtime before returning to play with the children in the afternoon. Many volunteers like to take some of the children out on a trip from time to time. An afternoon at the beach or walking around the market can be a revelation for some of the children, who rarely get the chance to travel more than a few miles away from their homes.