Jamal Musah, from Ghana, volunteered with Challenges Worldwide from October to December 2014, participating in the ICS Entrepreneur programme supporting local businesses and their owners. Jamal and his counterpart UK volunteer supported a small agricultural business to start managing their accounts and book-keeping. They undertook important market research to help the company develop a marketing plan and raise their brand awareness.
For his Action at Home project, Jamal successfully organised seminars in schools and other institutions to educate students about the effects of climate change on agriculture. He is a member of the ICS Alumni hub of Ghana, who exist to bring together all ICS Entrepreneur alumni to contribute to the growth and advancement of the ICS programme in Ghana.
Jamal’s passion for volunteering inspired him to set up the Ghana Youth Climate Coalition to advocate on climate change issues.
“I applied for ICS when I finished my national service in Ghana. I wanted to acquire enough skills and knowledge to prepare me as an entrepreneur. ICS provided a platform from which I could share and learn from individuals from other countries.
“My ICS experience was amazing. I learnt about working with a team to accomplish a set of goals. I also had the opportunity to stay with a host family. ICS also provided me with the necessary skillset to be analytical in solving social problems and also sustaining a business, both of which are vital for my future."