YCI was able to send 38 amazing youth volunteers and interns to Ghana in 2012 to work with local staff and local volunteers towards creating positive change in their communities. YCI is proud to recognize one of these outstanding local volunteers and to present the Ghanaian Volunteer of the Year award to Reindolf Chambas.
Reindolf Chambas is an enthusiastic and engaged local volunteer with the YMCA/YCI Mentorship program Ghana. His eagerness to participate in all program activities and his passion for community development are exceptional, as is his desire to provide support to other local and international volunteers throughout the program.
Reindolf is an engaging public communicator who can be relied upon to bring his eagerness and enthusiasm when engaging in all program activities. He has excellent communication skills and his passion for community development work is absolutely fantastic. Reindolf brings a lot of energy and has contributed to programs through suggesting innovative ways to carry out the community outreach programs to reach the most people possible. He quickly became a central pillar among the local youth volunteers supporting YCI ambassadors in their community outreach programs; during an HIV/AIDS outreach and testing campaign in the Sorodai community, Reindolf was instrumental in getting local community members to stop by off the street to get tested and receive information. Over 100 people were tested for HIV on that day and more than 250 community members received HIV/AIDS information!
Reindolf also provided support to volunteers when they used the medium of film to educate members of the Zongo community on peaceful elections. Additionally, he was an active participant in the workshops conducted by YCI volunteers; his high level of knowledge and deep understanding in the various areas of the projects, as well as his interaction with volunteers during workshops, is highly commendable. Reindolf demonstrates great leadership skills and works excellently in a team environment.
As a result of his excellent communication skills, knowledge and motivation, Reindolf was invited to be one of the keynote speakers to a global student video conference on HIV/AIDS hosted by the Toronto based NGO, TakingITGlobal. He spoke before an audience of over 100 Canadian and American High School students during the video conference and did a fantastic job communicating a well researched and powerful message about the realities of HIV/AIDS in Koforidua, Ghana. He received excellent reviews from all parties involved.