Ghana - Tamale

Population facets: 

Partner Organization: Marian Sisters of Eucharist Love (MASEL)

Location:  Tamale, Ghana

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates: Determined by site 

In person opportunities summer 2022: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2022: No

Additional information:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, if we are unable to deploy students in person, students will not be obligated to complete the ISSLP and may withdraw without penalty. For students wishing to continue with the ISSLP in virtual mode, ISSLP staff will work with them to be placed with a virtual international service option.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement: None
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  None
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements:  Interest and experience in working with children with disabilities and educational settings for children with developmental disabilities
  • Other:  Students must have agility, flexibility, and adaptability to live in a rural area.  Students must be independent and must be willing to take initiative for their own work. 

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment: 

(The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • Self Defense Session
  • Teaching and Working with Children Workshop
  • Students without experience working with children with special needs may be required to volunteer in a local organization that works with this population

Site Description:  

The Marian Sisters of Eucharist Love (MASEL) is a young Catholic religious order with the purpose of service to the children of Nazareth Home for God’s Children in Northern Ghana. The sisters teach in the school at this home, reach out to the neighboring community of Sang village, and contribute towards the daily running of the home. They provide the physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of these children with the aim of fostering relationships between these children and their families. Through their act of love for these children, they demonstrate to the community that the care that these children need can be received in a family setting. The sisters also aim to develop an educational/training scheme for educating the community as well as integrating health professionals into the program as a means of changing the beliefs of the people through prevention and elimination of these disabilities.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival/engagement.  

This site will be in person for summer 2022.

This section reflects the most recent scope of work proposed by MASEL for Notre Dame students accepted into the program. This scope of work may change based on the needs of the organization at the time of student arrival and/or due to COVID-19 restrictions.

ISSLP students can expect to assist in care giving work at the home. Students may wash laundry, clean dishes, feed the children and play with them.  Students may also assist in teaching and/or tutor a variety of subjects, including English reading, writing, and spelling; and help with their exercise and physiotherapy. Students adept at crafts and painting may also help with decorations or art projects. There are opportunities for joining the sisters in daily mass.

Students could be involved in various projects that the sisters are working including: vocational and technical skills projects for youth, teenage pregnancy, and other projects related to women and children.

The home also has other opportunities that the sisters may have need for students to engage in such as helping out at some of the income generating activities that the sisters are running. For example, there is a bakery on site, a guest house and conference center with a convenience store, as well as a farming space to grow crops and rear some animals. Students should expect to be entrusted with personal responsibility for the amount of time and effort dedicated to the Marian Sisters of Eucharist Love ministries and must be willing to take initiative for their own work.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students will be housed at the guest house on site which is about two minutes’ walk to the children’s housing and the sisters housing. Meals will be provided at the kitchen and dining room at the home.

For More Information 

Former ISSLP Participants:

Maura Hogaboom '23 (ISSLP 2021)* (Virtual 2021 CFHI Bolivia)
*Did not deploy due to COVID-19 pandemic

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.


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Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
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Information Session | SSLP 2022
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