Volunteering Waging War Around The World Fighting HIV/AIDS!

Willie Mitchell Start Date: Aug 17, 2016 - End Date: Aug 16, 2017
  • Ghana
  • Kenyatta Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
  • France
  • Yemen
  • Greece
  • Jamaica
  • Australia

My Travel Story

by: Willie Mitchell Start Date: Aug 17, 2016 - End Date: Aug 16, 2017
DEAR, SPONSORS AND FRIENDS!

LOOKING TO STUDY AND VOLUNTEER ABROAD 4 MONTH'S TO A YEAR!
STUDYING AND VOLUNTEERING!

  • Program Summary
I now have the opportunity to work with a pioneering HIV/AIDS program in Ghana. As a volunteer you will not only learn about the HIV/AIDS situation in Africa and the stigma surrounding this virus, but will also get to observe and work directly with patients who are suffering.
With an increase in the number of AIDS cases Ghana has been forced to respond to this issue and is now working toward finding a lasting solution. The goal is to prevent new HIV infections as well as to mitigate the socioeconomic and psychological effects of HIV/AIDS on individuals, communities, and the nation.

One of the hospitals working toward achieving this goal is the Police Hospital in Accra, a large government-run hospital opened in 1976. Projects Abroad has sent medical volunteers here for many years. The Police Hospital started its HIV/AIDS control program in 1998 and it has grown significantly over the past few years.

In order to prepare Willie for what will be an eye-opening, emotional, and rewarding project, he will be provided with a three day training course on arrival in Ghana. This intense training will help him become familiar with counseling patients, testing for the virus, and spending time with people with HIV and AIDS.

 Program Highlights
 
After the initial training, I will work in a variety of different departments within the HIV/AIDS Control Program in the Police Hospital. These may include the following:

Counseling unit: This department helps prepare patients before they have an HIV/AIDS test

Anti-retro viral therapy clinic: For HIV/AIDS patients who are receiving treatment.

Prevention of mother to child transmission: Antenatal cases are counseled and screened for HIV/AIDS. Mothers who are infected follow a program to prevent them from infecting their unborn babies.

Diagnosis and testing unit: A special laboratory solely used for testing and diagnosing HIV/AIDS

The patients who have HIV/AIDS in the local community meet on a regular basis and i will spend time with these patients to help them understand more about the virus. willie will also travel to schools to help or awareness regarding HIV/AIDS through outreach programs.

This project will often be emotionally demanding, but as a volunteer you will be working toward a worthwhile goal and alongside some inspiring people.


Program Duration
1-2 Weeks, 3-4 Weeks, 5-6 Weeks, 7-8 Weeks,9-10 weeks,11-12 weeks 3-6 Months, 9-12 Months. 

Dates
Year-Round/Rolling-Starts

Qualifications
none

Languages
English
Cost in US$:
From USD 2,345 Up

Cost Includes:
Emergency evacuation services
Food
Housing
In-country orientation/Training
In-country staff support
Medical insurance
Medical services
Pre-departure orientation/Training
Written materials abroad
Written materials pre-departure
Experience Required
no

Volunteer Types
Aids
Health Education
Typical Volunteer
Open-minded with a willingness to travel.

Age Range
16-80

This Program is open to
Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
Home-stays
Participants Travel
Independently

Typically Participants Work
Independently or in Groups of 2-5

Application Process Involves
Letters of Reference
Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
10 days

Post Services Include
Alumni Network
Exit Debriefing Abroad
Re-Entry Debriefing at Home

WHY THIS MEANS SO MUCH TO ME:

Late 2007 I was diagnosed with Hiv after donating blood plasma to hoxworth blood center, later that week I recieved a call From hoxworth blood center asking if I could come in,That's when i was told that i have Hiv.
.I was devastated and i felt i couldn't go on.
Not Thinking I left home and traveled to Littlerock Arkansas living on the streets not being abled to focus from one day to the next feeling hopeless wanted to Die,I even trying to end my life,but for the grace of God he came to me while being in the Hospital tied up and on 24 hour watch And told me what are you doing it's not over but the beginning. 
Being At the hospital for a week i decided to fight back and got inspired to learn and Ask Questions About the Hiv/Aids virus. While there in Littlerock Arkansas at the Center For Decease Control i was asked if i wanted to try out this New medication Called Complera that hasn't been out on the market or FDA approved I thought why not i tried it and it was a success and now i'm HIV/AIDS Undetectable Thanks To GOD!
and
The Arkansas AIDS Foundation /Consortia-Care of Arkansas

I Also volunteered for the agency.which also provides:
  • Transititional Housing provided for those that Hiv/Aids Positive.
  • Homeless.
  • Drug Addiction.
  • Group meetings each week.
  • Learning what is Hiv/Aids
  • How to prevent giving each other the virus.

Years Later i returned back home in Ohio started Volunteering with this Agency Caracole in Cincinnati Ohio,who as well provide Testing and peer support Meetings through out the cincinnati Ohio area And Support other different Avenues In the LGBT Communities. And Through ShelterPlusCare That Provide:
  • Transistional housing for People who are Hiv/aids Positive. 
  • Homeless
  • Drug addiction.
  • ShelterPluscare Provide Homes For families that need help because of being positive for Hiv/Aids.


Thank you for your generosity and support - it means the world To The People  And To Me!

Sincerely

Willie T Mitchell


  • Ghana
  • Kenyatta Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
  • France
  • Yemen
  • Greece
  • Jamaica
  • Australia

Updates

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  • "LOOK WHAT I FOUND" I'LL BE HANDING OUT CONDOMS AT COLLEGES!

    "LOOK WHAT I FOUND" I'LL BE HANDING OUT CONDOMS AT COLLEGES!
    Dear (Ladies/Gentlemen), As you might know, I have been passionate about Studying/Volunteering Abroad for Many years. Thanks to your Kind Donations I Have Taken the Time and I have already learned so much about this. This trip I am planning to take the next step to (Studying and Volunteering) in (Continent of Africa). I am beyond excited! Beyond just exploring a new places and having Studied This Trip, I chose to go to (The Continent of Africa) because (I Care). While abroad I will be: ● (Working with The Children/Families) ● (This will show the community that they’re people around the world that cares) This trip means so much to me because I Too Had This HIV/AIDS virus and they’re not alone. On this trip I expect to grow, be challenged, and learn so much about myself. But I can’t do it alone! There are many ways you can contribute to my goal of making it a success while there I will learn of their culture and they can learn about ours. I’ve outlined them on my personal campaign page. On this page you can pledge your support through financial donations. You Will also have photos of what I will be doing there as a thank you for supporting me I’ll be sending to my donors. ● (Photos) ● (Thank you post cards) While I’m abroad I’ll be sharing my story at Facebook and sending special video updates to donors. ( http://www.facebook.com/terrence.mitchell.9404 )
  • VOLUNTEERING WAGING WAR AROUND THE WORLD FIGHTING HIV/AIDS!

    VOLUNTEERING WAGING WAR AROUND THE WORLD FIGHTING HIV/AIDS!
    Dear (Ladies/Gentlemen), As you might know, I have been passionate about Studying/Volunteering Abroad for Many years. Thanks to your Kind Donations I Have Taken the Time and I have already learned so much about this. This trip I am planning to take the next step to (Studying and Volunteering) in (Continent of Africa). I am beyond excited! Beyond just exploring a new places and having Studied This Trip, I chose to go to (The Continent of Africa) because (I Care). While abroad I will be: ● (Working with The Children/Families) ● (This will show the community that they’re people around the world that cares) This trip means so much to me because I Too Had This HIV/AIDS virus and they’re not alone. On this trip I expect to grow, be challenged, and learn so much about myself. But I can’t do it alone! There are many ways you can contribute to my goal of making it a success while there I will learn of their culture and they can learn about ours. I’ve outlined them on my personal campaign page. On this page you can pledge your support through financial donations. You Will also have photos of what I will be doing there as a thank you for supporting me I’ll be sending to my donors. ● (Photos) ● (Thank you post cards) While I’m abroad I’ll be sharing my story at Facebook and sending special video updates to donors. ( http://www.facebook.com/terrence.mitchell.9404 ) This trip is the best real-world experience I could ask for. It is a way for me to gain new perspective, push myself to try something new, and (make an impact on a community in need / stand out in my career / become fluent African language.). I know I’ve made it to where I am today because of the amazing people in my life such as yourself, and I hope you will join me in this next step. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." With gratitude and Thanks, (WILLIE T MITCHELL)