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Ghana Swim Kids: Hey, I´m swimming!

Organized by: Keli Sova

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THE STORY:

CUT SHORT VERSION:
OK, the short version is that I´m trying to gain money for being able to go to Ghana and teach local kids how to swim. Why? It´s called the "Swimming Coaching Volunteer Project Accra, Ghana" and it´s purpose is to make a change by increasing local kids´ swimming literacy and so hopefully lowering the number of drownings.

LONGER OFFICIAL VERSION...
...here is what the project founder says about Swimming in Ghana:
"Most Ghanaians do not know how to swim and access to swimming opportunities for young people and children in Ghana is extremely limited, despite the entire width of the country being coastal and there being many public swimming pools available throughout the country! Many people are fearful of the sea even though many communities rely on fishing as their livelihood. This fear comes from a general lack of being comfortable in the water let alone being able to swim in it.

Parents are also very strict and will not allow their children near the water. On top of this, it is generally very expensive and outside the average families’ ability to afford the high cost associated to using available swimming pools.

Your involvement will provide a huge impact on many Ghanaian lives as you teach them how to swim!"


HOW MUCH
The cost of this adventure is £1,095 for 4 weeks, with the optimal duration of 12 weeks. As I´ve already volunteered abroad a few times, I know how seriously these projects hit your wallet. That´s why this time I decided to try Crowdrise.com for the very first time. I hope to raise 5042 dollars to cover most of the costs (tickets, Insurance, visa, vaccinations, project fee - part of it is used to buy decent equipment for the project and community).

MY PERSONAL MOTIVATION
If you want to know why I want to participate in this project, here is the story:

It all started when I was 10 years old and without really knowing how to swim, I became a part of a swimming club. Since then, swimming has been my love and life. With the Ghana Swim Kids Project, as I called it, I have found another way to share my love for this sport and all the skills I´ve gained throughout the 19 years of my life when water was my bestest friend.

Also, I love challenges. All types of them. After graduating from law school, I didn´t even try to kick off my career as a lawyer and decided to follow my passion. I moved abroad to continue doing what I had already been doing for a few years, but finally for money.

Over the years I´ve worked with varioous age groups on all levels of performance. However, what astounded me was working with unpriviledged (and mostly aquaphobic) school kids in Marseille. That´s where actually all the swim teaching moved to other dimension for me and that´s also why I got involved in this project. And as I always feel I need to meet my "never-stop-learning" demands, I think this project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get new experience and, most of all, do something GOOD....because "Practice random acts of kindness...everyday" :-)

So, if you like water or are a good swimmer or can´t swim at all, BUT you feel like this is a good thing, I´ll be happy for your support. Anything from $1 up is great and I thank you for it!

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