Former Bishop Thomas Grant School Student Volunteers in Ghana
Former Bishop Thomas Grant School student Eilish Jones (pictured below left) took part in a life-changing experience in autumn 2015, travelling to South Eastern Ghana where she lived in the village of Afranse for three months. From October to December, Eilish worked on a brand new project as part of the International Citizen Society (ICS) youth programme. The theme of the project was livelihood, and the areas focused on were youth, education, health, equality and advocacy of business.
The volunteers helped to train local women in beading, jewellery and flip flop making and book keeping. They also taught English to children at the local primary school and set up a reading club. One of the highlights was a youth day held to unite Christians and Muslims through a community versus volunteer football match and fundraising activities to raise money for the local school.
Staying in the Chief’s Palace, alongside her host mother, six host brothers and sisters, host grandmother and grandfather, and ten small children, Eilish formed strong relationships with her hosts and with the community. As the first ICS group of an 18 month project the volunteers, who included Ghanaian university students as well as the international volunteers, made a positive long term impact on the community with three locals successfully selling their goods during the three months.
Having now returned to the UK, the leadership and teamwork skills gained while volunteering have helped secure Eilish a job at an insurance firm before she begins her studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Nottingham in September 2017. Eilish is hoping to pursue a career in insurance, political risk or international development.
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