Dr. Emmanuel Ehiwe, a consultant sonographer and public health practitioner from Birmingham, England talks about his volunteer program in Ethiopia. The interview was published on GoOverseas, find the full interview here.
Dr. Ehiwe served in different NHS Hospitals and currently teaches public health with health and social care courses in higher education colleges and universities in the United Kingdom and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He works as a clinical instructor for reproductive health (maternal and child) ultrasound program for obstetricians and gynecologists.
I was inspired to undertake this program as part of the need to give back and contribute to human development and society. My experience of working and providing care to patients gave me the inspiration to meet obvious gaps in practice and level of medical training among youths who are future leaders of the African continent.
The program organizers provided me the forum to meet with some youths who are members of the indigenous communities in Addis Ababa. They helped with local arrangements of lodging and accommodation, as well as guidance on moving around the city of Addis. The organizers also provided me with the training environment.
One piece of advice I would give to anyone considering this program is to be very open minded and prepare to meet new people. This is because I found the Ethiopian community locals to be friendly and warm towards volunteers and tourists. I would also advise that you make detailed enquiries about the specific roles and duties you would be involved in before you set out for the program.
An average day in the program was filled with one tutoring activity or the other. A typical day involved helping the kids review their school home work and getting involved in one public health advocacy seminar or the other in the evenings. Each workshop focused on teaching the youths life saving skills in emergency situations where there is no doctor. We also worked on learning first aid treatments for common injuries and accidents amongst other things.
I did not really have any fears or negative expectations before setting out for this program. This was because I knew and read from the web that Ethiopia is a peace loving and friendly country, particularly when you stay and work within the capital city of Addis Ababa. I had planned and limited my visit to this part of the country.
I participated in the Thailand Medical Volunteering project in Surin province and was placed at Takook Community Hospital. I had initially intended to stay 2 weeks in this program. Yet, since the first week I was there, I knew instantly that I wanted to stay longer which I did. Felipe from Iko Poran was incredibly helpful in sorting out pre-departure fees and was also available to answer all my questions.
As for the program, I was astonished at how hands-on it was and how incredibly lovely and welcoming the Thailand team was. I got the opportunity to partake in wound-dressing on locals of a rather indigent part of the countryside. The team gave us training in the first week, but by the second, we were given a lot of autonomy for house calls, obviously accompanied by one of the nurses. The people of the village were also incredibly friendly and giving.
Furthermore, we had plenty of time after volunteering hours and on our three-day weekends to discover other parts of Surin as well as the beautiful islands such as Koh Samet, Koh Chang, and many others.
I highly recommend this program to anyone who has not previously had much medical experience or anyone who wishes to extend their current skills to communities that cannot usually access such care. – Valérie Pierre-Louis, from France
I volunteered in a creche with children of 0 to 6 years old in Masiphumelele, a Township in Fish Hoek – Cape Town. Most of the time I worked with children from 5 to 6 years old, who at home would speak a language called Khosa, and at school they learn English. So, the volunteers teach them the shapes, colors, numbers, and among other basic things in English. In addition to literacy we play a lot, give hugs, lap, care, dance and sing. It is very fun and rewarding, a unique experience and difficult to explain with just words. My heart has multiplied!
I lived in a house with more volunteers from all over the world, I met and made many friends. Moreover, the region is beautiful and has many places to visit, adventures and food to try.
My advice is to volunteer de maximum of time you can. Just 1 or 2 weeks is not enough! All the volunteers I met that only went for a short time were sad they didn’t stayed for longer. So what recommend that is the perfect amount of time is staying for 1 month. The time will pass so fast that you will not even notice. I know it’s hard because you think you will miss your family and friends a lot, but you will make so many new friends in your new home, will go to so many adventures that the time will fly! – Camilla Bartholomei Santos, from Brazil
Visit our page with the volunteer project at a daycare in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek in order to find the full information and sign up!
You may also read about more volunteer programs, like wildlife volunteering in South Africa.
Patricia Oliveira & Rui Falhas Santos have been teaching at school in India. Both volunteer teachers com from Portugal and are giving back & making a difference in Jaipur.
As an assistant teacher, you’ll be teaching English at a Community school in India, situated in the southern part of Jaipur. Since the school is catering to children from an economically weak & marginalized area, quality English teaching with all other required amenities provided are a great advance for the young students.
Our in country partners have supported the school with all the furniture, infrastructure & teaching materials like boards etc. There are around 54 students who are studying in 1st to 5th grades. As a volunteer you will teach the students the necessary things that will help them in developing their interpersonal skills. You will also help the local staff in daily operations of the school. The top-most requirement of the project is to develop the overall personality of the students by encouraging extracurricular activities, art & craft, group discussions, teaching & communication.
Visit the teaching volunteer project in India on our homepage, and sign up!
On our blog, you can find more volunteer projects in India.
Emmanuel enjoyed working on Health Coaching for children and youth in Ethiopa and included first aid techniques as well. Great Job!
I had a great experience volunteering and working with children of the Ethiopian Education Foundation (EEF). It was a grand experience coaching the youths on the basics of health and wellbeing lifestyle initiatives. Everyone involved learnt and practiced basic CPR and resuscitation techniques to save lives in emergency situations where there is no doctor.
The students learned how to handle and respond to various forms of first aid treatments for common accidents. It was also a pleasant experience as various groups explored how to recognize and manage signs of worms, diarrhoea and dehydration in children.
The youths loved it as much as I did as they also helped in showing me around the local places of relaxation at the weekends. Would relish an opportunity to work with the staff and organising team again as they made my experience a fantastic one.
I would recommend Iko Poran and EEF to anyone who would like to consider volunteering in Ethiopia. – Emmanuel
Since there are several different ways of thinking about health and wellbeing, students will get in touch with these different kind of exercises. Finally, they will find out, what is best for them.
Understanding the benefits of having a lifestyle in accordance with their body, mind and soul is crucial for health and wellbeing. Moreover, yoga, meditation and physical exercises help to achieve and maintain physical fitness and mental stability. This is a positive definition of health and wellbeing.
Ricardo Ramajo from Brazil has been caring for orphaned animals in the African Bush during his volunteer project on wildlife rehabilitation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
It was a lot of fun. I made many friends and learned a lot. – Ricardo Rampajo, Brazil
If you decide to volunteer for the rehabilitation of wildlife in South Africa, you can take care of orphaned and injured animals of the African bush. Throughout your stay, you will live near these magnificent wildlife. You will develop a deeper understanding of African wildlife. While working on wildlife rehabilitation, you’ll have a unique experience that goes beyond the wildest dreams of most people.
During this voluntary journey into the African bush you will be fully dedicated to the rehabilitation of large and small wildlife in South Africa. At the same time, you spare neither time nor effort and make a valuable contribution to the conservation of endangered species from the African bush. Since you live in a nearby lodge, the song of African birds will wake you every morning. After breakfast, spend your days looking after the animals.
Visit our Wildlife Rehabilitation Project close to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and sign up for this rewarding project!
Caregiving and Teaching children in Cambodia. There are no words to describe the magic, the love, the kindness, and the gratitude you will experience. Apply today to volunteer abroad with Iko Poran. Your best travel is here
This project provides for you as a childcare volunteer in Cambodia a chance to make a difference to such deprived children by helping them on a day-to-day basis.
Your volunteer work schedule will include sanitation, learning, recreation and offering extracurricular activities such as drawing, painting, singing, and dancing.
The main objective of the childcare volunteer program is to bring mental, intellectual, physical and social improvement to the orphans.
Jessica Mansoto, from Brazil, is sharing her love with the children in Tanzania, with the child care volunteer project. We are happy to see, that many Brazilians now go for volunteering abroad! Nice work! ❤ ❤ ❤
This is an orphanage in an area situated at only 10 minutes from the hostel. Around 25 children aged 4 to 15 live there while waiting for adoption since all of them are orphans. The team at the orphanage offers more than just food, clothing, and shelter; they offer education and a loving home.
When you go ahead and organize all kind of activities for the children, they will greatly appreciate your creativity and dedication! You can teach them arts & crafts, English, plan outdoors activities, organize a theatre play or dance workshop, etc. They are more than open to anything you want to offer. Also you can help in the kitchen, vegetable garden or in the farm. Most importantly, they need care and affection. With the right effort and ideas, you can really help them change their live paths. Are you up for it? Come and join to leave your mark!
Dr. Hugo Tolomei, a lawyer from Brazil, advocating for children in South Africa. With lawyers like you we can surely build a better future, thank you very much!!
In Cape Town, South Africa, you can do volunteer work at Doreen’s Crèche, educating the children at the day care. Recently, two volunteer physicians from Brazil did even a health screen for the children.
If you are into therapy, or psychology, you can even work with occupational therapy for children with special needs. Moreover, there is a teaching internship available at a school on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town.
Dr. Ana Elisa Pena & Dr. Fernanda Rangel de La Peña doing a health screen of the children in South Africa. Both physicians cam as volunteer from Brazil 👏👏👏 Well done ladies!! The world needs more people like you 😄
Visit our page with all the volunteer opportunities in South Africa, including health screening, volunteer work with children at Doreen’s Creche, a Marine Biology internship, wildlife veterinary internship and many more!