What is a workcamp?
VRD undertakes workcamps on both local and international levels.
International workcamps normally last two weeks and it is compulsory for all volunteers to stay until the end of the workcamp. During the first two days all volunteers are orientated about camp life, the community in which the project will take place, as well as the aims and structure of VRD. The work can be a combination of construction or forestation projects, along with HIV/Aids or environmental awareness campaigns. Volunteers usually work for 6 hours a day and are accommodated in a school block or a house in the community. An average number of 15 to 20 volunteers takes part in each workcamp and we aim to have an equal number of male and female participants. Local and international volunteers should be at least 18 years of age. International volunteers should register through our partner organisation in their country of origin. Volunteers coming from a country where we have no partner organisation can contact us directly. The participation fee for international volunteers is $200, volunteers that register through a partner organisation pay $150. Local volunteers pay ˘20.000.
A typical day at the workcamp is as follows:
7:00am Rise, fetch water, bathing
8:30 - 11:30am Work
11:30 - 1:00pm Lunch break
1:00 - 4:00pm Work
4:00 - 6:00pm Free time
6:00 - 7:30pm Dinner
7:30 - 9:00pm Evening entertainment and community time
VRD also organises several excursions during the course of each workcamp. These excursions provide volunteers to explore nearby natural attractions and facilitate a deeper understanding of the Ghanaian culture and lifestyle.
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Local workcamps are organised for Ghanaian volunteers only. They are a means of orientating the local volunteers in preparation for international workcamps. During this time, VRD discusses many important issues about workcamp life and working with international volunteers with all local staff. Local workcamps have a duration of 1 to 2 weeks, and follow a similar structure to VRD's international workcamps.