National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

05 September 2014

A group of Young Farmers have returned to the UK after an unforgettable volunteering trip to Ghana. 10 young explorers were lucky enough to be selected for the trip in October last year and spent two weeks learning about a completely different culture. A trip that filled with farming, painting and entertaining children left the team blown away by an entirely new experience.

Bethan Ellis, group team leader, said: "The process started in October when the details of YFC Travel trips were released. We filled forms in and went for an informal interview at the NFU Mutual Headquarters in Stratford. Eight months later, having done our fundraising, we were jetting off to Accra, the capital city of Ghana.

"Our days consisted of working in the mornings, either painting or farming then returning home for food and rest before visiting a Day Care Centre in the afternoon to entertain the children. Following a week of painting at the Christian Unity Prep School in Mampong, we were presented with gifts from the headmaster, teachers and the PTA and thanked for our help. The experience will stand out in our minds because of the dodgy rat infested toilet block and the football pitch we had to drive across to reach the school, sometimes with a game in mid-play! 

"A week spent farming consisted of feeding and cleaning the animals, raising beds, weeding the maize (with a machete!) and planting cassava, plantain and tomatoes. We also visited a farmers market, palm wine factory and a gari making plant and had the chance to see how Ghanians make a living from farming."

In between the hard work the team got the chance to see Ghana’s rich, vibrant culture, ranging from cooking, dancing and drumming lessons, a visit to a bead and wood market and broom making.

Bethan said: "We also had the chance to visit Cape Coast, where we were given a tour of an important castle during the slavery era and given an eye opening account of the way slaves were treated. Following this we visited the Kakum rain forest where we bravely made our way across the ropey untrustworthy ladders of the canopy walkway – a rope ladder suspended 40 metres above the floor."

"Although we only spent two weeks in Ghana, we got to see how the real people lived by staying with a family and joining in with their life. The people there have a completely different take on life and couldn’t quite understand our descriptions of life as British Young Farmers!

"The YFC Travel programme gave us a chance to live life in an entirely different environment and culture and we encourage anyone who wants to travel to give it a go and to take advantage of the trips on offer."

Young Farmers now have the opportunity to apply for next year's YFC volunteering trip to India. Details for this trip, plus all other 2015 YFC Travel adventures can be found on the website


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