Manuel Först

Hi Ich heiße Manuel, bin 28 Jahre alt und werde für fünf Monate für den Film Workshop bei AIM im Einsatz sein. Soviel erstmal zum groben, näheres dann natürlich in meinen Blogeinträgen!

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Haribo for charity

From 19 July, HARIBO will be running a special promotion for charities.A code is printed on each Gold Bear action bag. You choose your association online (African Information Movement ;-)) and enter the code. At the end of the campaign, the 50 lucky winners of...

What is actually going on at AIM. in Ghana?

It has been a long time since we reported about our activities in Ghana. The main reason for this is that you can read more about it on the separate website of our training centre. However, we would like to give you a short summary...

Election for the Migrant Advisory Council in Freiburg 2020

Our board member Kirstie Angstmann is running for the migrant advisory board. We support her because she stand up for the education of immigrants, especially migrant women.The election will take place on December 13, 2020. You can find more information on the following website...

Vote now for Fundraising Campaign of our German Bank

A fundraising campaign for local NGOs is running on the Facebook page olf our local German bank. Please support our work with a like / thumbs up on the following page. With enough likes, we can make it into the top 10 by October 21,...

Voluntary service with AIM – it goes on :-)

We are very happy. With KulturLife we have found a great sending organization. With departure in August 2020 volunteers can do their service with our partner organisation AIM in Ghana. The selection process is open. More information is available here. ...

Computer courses for pupils – powerful start to the new year

Our partner in Ghana has been very active over the last few months. Many local schools were persuaded to transfer their practical computer lessons to our training centre. They are supported by our AIM. staff during the lessons. Meanwhile computer courses take place almost daily...

Second Solar-Workshop

In the January holidays of the Ghanaian Senior High Schools our second solar workshop for beginners finally took place. Again very interested participants. This time the course took place within 2 weeks, but only in the morning.More information and pictures on the website of our...

ICT workshops starts again

After the well-deserved holidays in Ghana, the ICT workshops are starting again at the training centre in Komenda. Here are a few impressions of the computer workshops for junior high school students. At these workshops, JHS students from the Komenda area come to our training...

In deep sorrow

Dear AIM friends, We are very shocked by the sad news that reached us from Ghana at the beginning of October. Our Chairman, Papa Kodwo Mbir, passed away in the early morning of October 1st. At the end of September, he came to the hospital because...

First solar workshop @AIM training centre

It took a long time, but good thing needs time. Thanks to the donations from Christmas 2017, especially from solares bauen GmbH, we were able to set up a small but nice solar workshop at the training centre in Komenda. At the end of August,...

Movie workshops at the training centre

There used to be film workshops at the various senior high schools in the region, meanwhile the workshops take place at the training centre in Komenda. After suspending our weltwärts volunteer service, Francis Aidoo, a former model student and AIM. Youth club member of the...

Storage of PV-energy

Since 2 days our self-produced power of the AIM. Training center in Komenda, Ghana, is now stored. We are particularly proud that we are using the ecologically most sustainable battery variant with Acquion sodium chloride batteries from the Austrian company Bluesky Energy. With a useful...

Coconuts, Banku and wild Kids

It’s been only a month that I spent here in Ghana, but Elmina already feels like home. Here I am living in a room in the house of the director of AIM Ghana, Solomon Appiah. Unlike former volunteers I’m not staying in the village of...

New film: Documentary about electricity production in Ghana

Another post in our movie library on our Youtube channel. The documentation was produced by our volunteer Manuel. What is it about:Finally the new solar-panels are installed on the rooftop of the Aim-Training Center and now Aim can work completly independent from national power supply....

New video: Graduation film Ayensudo Workshop

A new post in our movie library on our youtube channel. Check it out. The film was created by our weltwärts volunteer Maxim together with the teenagers. What it is about:"Who do you want to become, Kofi?" is the final film of the Ayensudo film-workshop...

We produce our own electricity power!

Yes it works! After a few days of fine tuning, we are now proud to announce that the solar system on the roof of our training centre in Ghana is producing electricity power. UMAWA has done a very good job. In the meantime we can...

Installation of the solar panels on the roof of the training centre

As reported yesterday, our AIM. training centre in Komenda gets a solar system on the roof. After the delivery on Monday, the installation work of the solar panels on the roof started on Tuesday. The measurements are carried out by the Ghanaian company UMAWA. From...

Solar system for the AIM. Training Centre – Lets go

More than 6 years have passed by from the very first idea to intensive planning and financing - since yesterday it is time. The solar system for the roof of AIM. Training Centre becomes reality. In the future, the PV system will make computer training...

A fence for the training centre

The training center will be more secured. This is due to the financing of the perspective solar plant by Energiewerke Schönau (EWS). Because the solar system should be moreprotected by theft, the EWS finances us a fence. At this point, we would like to take...

Drainage channel for the training centre

After the rain season in the region around Komenda was particularly strong this year, we had to become active. The training centre was completely under water. Fortunately, we had already built the building higher, so the building itself was not affected. Thanks to the great...

This is the end…

11 Months have passed and there are only three weeks left of this one whole year here in Komenda. This fishing town at the Ghanaian Coast, that one year ago I only knew by name, I didn’t know the streets, I couldn’t speak the language...

The last workshop

The last term in Ghana’s school is about to end and so is the ICT workshop. Time for us to brag with our achievements.We had the ambition to present to the students the world of ICT besides Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp. Because anyone that does...

About rainy weather and crocodiles

„We love it, but at the same time we feel cooooold and get sick!“, says Adjoa while we are sitting in the kitchen. She talks about the cool rainy weather of the last two days. Compared to the weather here in Ghana before it is rather cold,...

THE YOUTH SPEAK 2017

Last Saturday, 29th of April 2017 finally the launching of this years AIM Youth Magazine „The Youth Speak“ took place. And consequently the result of Mellis’ and my work since beginning of our volunteer service in Ghana. It was a long way to walk with...

What’s going on in the workshop

Right now the workshop is on hold because of the holidays lasting till the 8th of May. Still, there was and is a lot going on concerning the workshop that I would like to share with you.In the last term, term 2, I did a...

Workshop Motivation

 For our workshop we had big plans this term. We wanted to organize an excursion to the parliament to Accra and moreover we had also made exact plans for the lessons with our students. Unfortunately, in the end, we had to realize that we could...

Extended visions in the ICT workshop

„The internet opens a lot of doors to those who are passionate. “– Michelle Phan“The internet is a big distraction.” – Ray BradburyThere are many feelings about the internet. Some might say it rises pressure on the individual to always be available, it consumes a...

Out and about with my camera

And again it was time for travelling. But this time it was all about work. For my movie-project I visited the Volta-Region and it´s prestige object, the Akosombo dam. This Hydrological plant is in charge of one third of the ghanaian electricity system. Above that...

On a journey

As the pre-christmas time was reserved for planning and performing of shooting dates for my Documentation about the energy system in Ghana and Aim´s Solar Panel Project, where I took interviews with different people beeing relevant for the Topic, the time from Christmas into the...

This year’s ICT holiday workshop

[caption id="attachment_25460" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Big run on the ICT vacation workshops. - This year we offer 8 courses for a total of 96 students. Each course encounters twice a week for 2 hours and the course size is limited to the number of available working...

Time flies by

With rapid strides the end of the first term passed. After a bit more than two months all the workshops go into a longer break for six weeks, to give the students time for preparate their exams and of course their well-deserved vacation. This gives...

What’s going on in Komenda

Whilst the first snow flakes are landing on your noses in Germany and you are enjoying biscuits and tee, life in Ghana is a little bit different. Instead of snowflakes we are feeling how the sun is getting hotter and hotter. For refreshment, we enjoy eating...

The first third of the ICT Workshop

Christopher and I have the wonderful task to explain some Ghanaian kids how the computer works and how many different possibilities the computer has. This task requires patience because most of the kids have never used a computer before. What seemed to be normal for...

ghanaian feel-good atmosphere

Very fast i get used to the normal rythm of the everyday ghanaian lifestyle. And this means especially waking up very early. It becomes normal for me to get up in the morning dawn, to do some sport activities. Under the week i go running...

The first month

Everyone who is wondering what a typical first month in Ghana looks like will not find his answer by looking at the experience we had. Because our first four weeks were anything but typical. Though pinning down a standard is already hard enough, our time would even...

Let’s get it started

 The lessons at the Junior High schools in the K.E.E.A. district have begun and so have the AIM. workshops. Hence, it is about time to inform you about this year’s ICT-workshop. After 10 years of preparation, the workshops now take place at the brand-new, freshly...

The first workshops

The time flies and although I can't believe it, already almost two months full of new experiences and encounters have passed since we arrived in Ghana. Slowly I start feeling at home in this place. Everyday life has begun and luckily also the workshops are...

First Steps

After a Month and first steps as a teacher in the Movie-Workshop, it is about time to resume for the Aim blog what i experienced so far. Planning and performance of the grand Aim training center opening, which i unfortunately couldn`t attend because of a...

The big opening: ICT Trainings Centre

Since over 10 years AIM Germany and AIM Ghana are working for this day, the 9th of september finally was the big day. The commission oft the AIM Community ICT Centre in Komenda took place. Important people like the deputy of the German Embassy, of...

ICT Training Centre commissioned

We have been waiting for long to deliver this news. On September 9th, it finally happened. Solemnly our "community computer training center" was opened among others by the Deputy German Ambassador Bernhard Abels. Even the heavy rain couldn't spoil our festive mood. But unfortunately, at...

The end

The video project ended with a great presentation. Teachers, students and guests participated at the presentation. They could see pictures and videos which the members of the movie workshop produced during the entire year. In the end of the workshop the members created their own...

Training Centre in Komenda will be opened soon

AIM. has appointed a Director and an Administrator for the operation of the training center in Komenda. Thus, preparations for the opening and operation of the training center in September are in full swing. Currently the concept is being adapted, the technical equipment supplied, and...

Opening of the sugar factory in Komenda

About one month ago the New Komenda Sugar Factory was inaugurated. Komenda has had a sugar factory almost as big as the new one many years ago, but it had to be closed in the 1980s because of mismanagement.Now the government of Ghana under President...

The end of the third term

Our workshop went on continuously. After finishing the camera exercises and the group finding each teams (Team Wonderstarts, Team Seastar, Team Victorious und Team Morning Star Multimedia) started to shoot the planed movie. So the Kids shoot all the scenes on their own, only with...

The stage is yours!

9 months already… It’s unbelievable, it really does not feel like we have been here for such a long time. It feels so much like home but soon we have to leave again, even though I would like to stay for longer.. But that is enough...

Time is running

Half of the time for the video workshop is already over. Lois und me are leading the video workshop in Ayensudo. Approximately 12 students are coming to the workshop. It is so much fun for the youth to act in front of the camera and...

Will the magazine work out?

The first weeks of this term already passed by. Unfortunately our plan for these weeks didn’t work out how we expected it to be. A lot of workshops couldn’t take place: Sometimes there were sporting activities at school, any kind of meetings, public holidays or...

The training center

Slowly the Training Center is ready to move in. So now in the third trimester we try to start the workshops there. In the moment we are still working on a new concept. Not only because of the limited space in the Training Center but...

It will start soon

Since one month I am in Komenda and really happy to be here. I much appreciate the warm welcoming here, especially from AIM. Ghana. I will join the film workshop. I am writing my master thesis about the film workshop. At the moment I am...

The students are the motivation

Still we are on vacations, both the students and us the volunteers. But we deserve the free time after we poured so much work, patience and lifeblood into creating and launching the first magazine. Next week we are going to resume the Workshop and new plans...

The Magazine is finished!

Especially in the last weeks we had a lot of work to do. We had to correct articles, layout the magazine and organize the printing, but finally we got it: The 7th edition of the AIM Youth Magazine is published.We organized a big launching ceremony...

Workshopfree time

­­­We are currently in a Workshop free time, as our students are on holidays. That means a lot of time to travel, work on various projects or just time to relax. Last one is very easy here, thanks to the beach, permanently nice weather and...

The Basics of the Internet

In the past two weeks we were able to start with the subject the Internet in two Schools. We covered which Software to use, how to open a website, what is Google and some were able to register an E-Mail account already. Previously we looked at the File Explorer...

New volunteers selected

Already last Sunday we had our first selection seminar for the voluntary generation 2016/2017. All 9 candidates were able to convince during the all-day seminar at Treffpunkt Freiburg. Ultimately, we had the possibility to choose 5 volunteers who will provide optimal support to our project...

New Laptops

AIM. received ten donated laptops from Germany last month. These laptops have been checked now and are going to be added to the already existing six AIM-Laptops.A very big thanks to: Free University of Berlin,  Kirsten Remde, Paul Remde, Max-Planck Institute Potsdam-Golm, Regina Attula-Rütz, Beate...

New school for the movie workshop

The second term has started and the movie workshop was located at another school.We have one week of workshops behind us. In Ayensudo we make up where we left off at the end of last term. But there is a new, one hand sad the...

weltwärts 2016/2017 – 1st deadline has ended

The first application period for a weltwärts Voluntary Service has expired on 31st January. We are pleased about the lively interest in our projects in Ghana. Those who are also interested to volunteer with AIM. in the fields of youth magazine, movie or computer can...

Successful African Kiss 2016

What a nice festival! And you made it possible .. you hardworking crew, you interested visitors, you great artist !! Thank you for everything! For us as a team it was a very great experience once again. And the special thing about it: We have...

African Kiss 2016 on 30th January

Do not forget, and visit our 9th African Kiss festival in the Mensa Rempartstraße in Freiburg on 30th January. Be with us and experience a variety of african family and concert program. More information....

Annual Assembly 2016

Happy New Year! And like every year our annual assembly of members will take place in January. In addition to our members we would like to invite all persons interested in our work. The assembly of 2015 will take place "Treffpunkt Freiburg" next Saturday, the...

AIM. receives seal of quality

After many nerve-racking hours and months of preparation for the quality verification carried out by the “Gütegemeinschaft Internationaler Freiwilligendienst e.V.” (quality control association for international voluntary service e.V.) we finally had our big day on October 26th 2015. With success we survived a day with...

The first weeks of the movie workshop

The movie workshop took place in the Komenda Junior High and in the New Town School in Ayensudo for a few weeks.At the Aim seminar we worked out the projects goal for each of the three school year terms with our mentor Francis.Term 1 Basics...

New team members

We would like to sincerely welcome Eva and Ebenezer in our AIM. Team. Eva will support our public relations work in Germany from November onwards, and Ebenezer is employed in part-time since September 2015 as the pedagogical mentor of our volunteers in Ghana. We know...

Initial assessment to apply for the RAL Quality Seal

For some years now AIM has been involved in the field of quality management for International Voluntary Services. For sending organizations of weltwärts Voluntary Service the qualification is mandatory. The documents had to be submitted already middle of September to the examiner of the "Gütegemeinschaft...