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Read the Latest News From our Alumni

The International Service ICS Alumni Network is a network of past volunteers of International Service who hae successfully completed their International Citizen Service (ICS) placement from the past 5 years.

You can now read the latest news from our Alumni in our news letter. Click the link below.

Read our alumni newsletter here

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Exciting opportunties for all Alumni!

For anyone who has Volunteered on the UK Government-funded ICS Programme with International Service in Ghana, as either an ICV or ICTL, these exciting opportunities are yours for the taking.

We are currently recruiting Alumni Board Members and Alumni Ambassadors, who will take on the exciting responsibilityof leading our ICS Alumni in Ghana.

This will create an opportunity for you to build your experiences and skills in the areas of organizing, management and planning whiles leading an energetic group of past ICS In-Country Volunteers or Team Leaders to fulfill their call to Active Citizenship.

Applications are open NOW! The deadline to apply is Friday 6th January 2017 at 5pm.

For anyone interested in being on the Alumni Board you can apply using the Alumni Board Application Formguided by the Alumni Board Role Description.

Anyone interested on being an Alumni Ambassador can apply using the Alumni Ambassador Application Form guided by the Alumni Ambassador Role Description. Please send your completed application forms to ghanarecruitment@internationalservice.org.uk.

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The Goal of True Education: Jacob's Story

Inspired by his International Service ICS experience, a volunteer from Ghana has set course for a life-changing career.

At just 18 years old, Jacob Achumboro Ayang has set his sights on becoming a teacher after recently returning home from his ICS placement with International Service. Jacob was inspired after working with the Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS) organisation based in Nayorku, West Mamprusi.

In his first week, Jacob was given advice from his host-sister, Teresa who said, “You will only love this place when you open your heart to learn its ways and adapt”. Along with the support of a host family, volunteers are given the chance to settle into a community, and in his own words, it made them “rarely realise we are not at our actual homes”. After being taught some basic Dagbani greetings, such as ‘dasiba’ and ‘aninwula’, Jacob understood he was “being educated on how to live in Tamale comfortably almost as a natural member.”

The RAINS project’s focus is education, but Jacob didn’t expect to learn so much himself. Based on the previous cohort’s baseline research in the communities, emphasis has been put on sexual health education which has benefitted from the UK and Ghanaian volunteers working side by side. Jacob says, “We are now able to cultivate a common knowledge on sexual and reproductive health, and more feasible ways to share this knowledge with the local communities”.

This understanding has lead Jacob to realise that volunteering in another environment involves a change of perspective and a real learning curve, such as learning how to dance the Nayorku way! He adds, “Without a doubt, my fellow volunteers and I feel better equipped to share our knowledge in future thanks to our experience in these sensitisations”, meaning that the work had relevance to the people of those communities. “When we educate a community, we educate ourselves even more” Upon reflection of his time with his host family in Tamale and his work in Nayorku, Jacob reveals that, “All these experiences on placement have given me a better grasp of education.”

What’s most inspiring is that Jacob now wants to utilise the skills he has gained and says he, “finally had the opportunity to know I wanted to become in the future. A teacher.” This aspiration of Jacob’s is exactly what Global Goal number 4 on Quality Education is trying to achieve. One of the goal’s targets is to produce more qualified teachers in developing countries. However, that relies on an experience like Jacob’s to spark that interest.

Jacob is leading the way for future generations and you can too.

Find out more about the ICS programme here.

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Celebrating International Women's Week in Savelugu

What does equality of opportunity look like for men and women? To celebrate International Women's Week, our volunteers held an event in the community of Savelugu in Northern Ghana. You can watch the video and photos beneath, or you can click this link to see live updates from our team in Tolon.

 

The event, organised by volunteers working on our Non Formal Education Divison projects, invited all female members of our Income Generation Groups to discuss women’s rights (and barriers to equality) in a workshop in the morning. In the afternoon, the event celebrated the rights of women, their successes and their achievements.

 

#Repost @nfedinternationalservice with @repostapp ・・・ Fati spent her youth struggling to go to school. She worked long hours and made a lot of sacrifices. Now she's a nurse and an advocate for female education, empowering young girls and making sure that others have the opportunities that she did not. @ics_uk @nfedinternationalservice @internationalservice #ghana #africa #empowerment #nurse #volunteering #inspirational #femaleeducation #heforshe #internationalwomensday #ICS #internationalservice #thinkgloballyactlocally

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#iwd2016 in #Ghana with @nfedinternationalservice @ics_uk teams from Savelugu and Tolon getting to know the female members of the income generation groups from six Savelugu communities. Activities included a #womensrights workshop and a celebration of the successes of the women. All 79 women expected were in attendance #pledgeforparity #planet5050

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WOSAG: Inspirational Women

International Women's Day is on Tuesday March 8th, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world.

The WOSAG ICS team in ‪#‎Ghana‬ launch us into the lead up to International Women's Day with daily posts along the theme of inspirational women.

 

Making music to change lives in Ghana

An International Service volunteer’s musical talent is helping women access education services in west Africa.

 

Jenniah Brown from Croydon in the UK has rapped since he was 14, and wrote a song to raise awareness of about the Non Formal Education Divison (NFED) project in Ghana. Jenniah professionally recorded the song in English and local language Dagbani after a meeting with well-known local rappers Choggu Boyz.

 

A New Beginning for International Service Ghana Alumni

It's an exciting time to be a Ghanaian Alumni - our revitalised Alumni Service aims to provide Ghanaian Volunteers with the motivation to continue their interest in International Service and its work. Read more.

 

The 1st Bolgatanga International Craft and Arts Fair (BICAF)

 

Bolgatanga International Craft and Arts Fair is an event that showcases the crafting talents of the Upper East region, and seeks to promote their products to an international audience, encouraging greater tourism into Bolgatanga.

BICAF 2015 was held on 12 - 15th November, and provided four days of crafting, dancing and fun for everyone involved.

To learn more you can follow the Facebook page here, or read our TradeAid blog.

 

Ghana ICS newsletter (Vol.1 Issue.1)

The first newsletter from our Ghana operations highlights the huge successes International Service and its partners are delivering through the 6 ICS projects we deliver there. Read more...

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