Sunday, 25 January 2015


Last week saw the arrival of Cohort 3 to the Creating Change office. A lot of planning has been done for the next 8 weeks on project. We have decided to tackle 4 different areas during our time (capacity building, sustainability of water tanks, the sustainability of Creating Change and awareness raising on the importance of education by carrying out sensitisation events. Altogether we are 7 volunteers (4 UK volunteers and 3 Ghanaian volunteers) alongside team leaders Kristina and Jill.

Meet the new team....

Chris - 21 year old volunteer from Sheffield, UK. Prior to coming to Ghana i worked as an Estate and Letting agent for a small local company. I am very excited to get started on this project and really looking forward to seeing how things change from now to the end of the project.
Ruth - A graduate of the University of Ghana in English and Theatre arts. I heard about ICS online and thought it was an awesome scheme. I love to read and write and I love children. My motivation for joining the ICS team was to help impact the lives of people, hence making an impact on society in general and also build myself as a person. I intend to build on skills like public speaking, ICT, confidence and team spirit. I have made new friends already and everyone on my team is really amazing! I hope to have a great time working and impacting lives.

Fozia - 22 year old volunteer from London, UK. I decided to become a volunteer because I want to make a real difference to the lives of people in deprived communities, and I am very excited to be a part of Creating Change as I extremely passionate about the empowerment and education of young girls.

Suraiya - I'm from Tamale, Ghana. Good day to everyone. I decided to go for the ICS programme because I want to gain personal experience and contribute to the development of my country. Also I want to improve my confidence and public speaking ability which I think is happening because i've seen some improvement already and this is only my first week on the programme. I hope to even improve more on that by the end of the programme . ICS is really a good platform to improve your life and I am really enjoying it.
Jemimah - 19 years old from South London, UK. I applied to ICS for personal development and also to help others in a productive way. For my own personal development I want to improve my self confidence skills which I have already noticed a difference in and at the same time I am providing help for girls in Ghana to complete the transition from primary school to junior high school

Williams - 26 years of age from Kumasi and I like everything about football, listening to music, watching good movies and I'm also passionate about assisting people in need. My journey with International Service has been educative due to the interactive nature of our induction programs. I also want to say a big thank you to everyone who made my birthday an everlasting memory!!
Jenny - After recently graduating from the University of Sheffield, I was really keen to travel and to learn more about the world and other cultures.  ICS not only provided that chance but also enabled me to do something worth while that would also benefit others around me with the skills that I had gained.  Although we are only a week into the project I have already been given some incredible opportunities and made friends for life.
Jill - A year back I first introduced myself on the RAINS blog as an In-Country Volunteer, thus my journey began as a volunteer with International Service on the ICS programme! It's been a year filled with memories, experiences, fun, work, change and all you can think of or imagine. This time I reintroduce myself as an In-Country team leader working alongside a wonderful sister and a stunning team of UK and Ghanaian volunteers. We are on a quest to Create Change and be the Change we Need!! I, Jill Judith Sarkodie Addo invite you to join us in our journey of creating change with the Creating Change Organisation!!

 Kristina - Originally from former Yugoslavia (Bosnia), I moved to the UK as a refugee in 1992. My volunteering experience with ICS started in September 2011 with Restless Development. It changed my life and led me to grasp opportunities in different countries due to the skills and experiences I gained. Four months into my time here I'm with an extremely enthusiastic and lovely new team (sending massive love to the previous cohort too, miss you guys), an incredible team leader to share this experience with and an organisation that is very close to my heart. Be the change that you create!! 

Our main target in the next 8 weeks is to improve ways of teaching in the literacy clubs that Creating Change run through the introduction creative learning, this will enable children in the schools to be pro-active about learning, enjoy learning and give them enthusiasm to learn in different ways. Also another main target is to improving the sustainability of the water tanks in schools so there is a constant supply of water available for the students. Sensitisation of the communities (parents and students) is also vital, education should be a right for everyone!!

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