Child Care & Teaching Ghana

Teach eager to learn students and help improve their education, as a teacher in Ghana! Take this opportunity to teach subjects like Math, English, History and Science, at schools in Accra. You will also be encouraged to take part in other activities such as art and design, drama, music, sports or the production of a school newspaper. Help improve the standard of living and education for children, through your involvement with a variety of tasks at a local school. Help over-run staff and give these children greater future opportunities.

we need you in Ghana

  • Ghana has seen a steady increase of economic growth in recent years, however with this growth, inequality has become more apparent.
  • Poverty is much higher in rural areas throughout the county (this can be 4 times higher).
  • Although officially an English-speaking country, many school children cannot speak adequately in English. Increasing confidence in the English language provides career opportunities for the children.
  • Around a third of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day.

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can you help?

  • You will be working at local schools, nurseries and childcare centres.
  • Staff at childcare centres and schools are often over worked so your assistence can be a big relief to them.
  • Work as a teachers assistant and create engaging lessons to teach the children yourself!
  • Teach children English, improve their speaking abilites and increase their confidence.

you can do?

  • Create daily lesson plans for fun, educational and interactive classes
  • Help the children with their conversational skills, which can be a vital skill for later on in life
  • Increase their cultural awareness by showing them unique objects from your home and teaching them about other countries
  • Have fun with playground games, painting, drawing, singing and dancing!
  • You can also get involved with renovation work, such as decorating and painting the classrooms

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Org & Charity with 30+ Years Experience
  • Social Experiences - Sharing with International Volunteers
  • Low Program Fees - From US$280
  • Incredible In-Country Support & 24/7 Assistance
  • Well Equipped Volunteer Guest Houses in Accra
  • One Application Fee - Mulitiple Countries or Placements
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  PROJECT NAME: CHILDCARE & TEACHING 

LOCATION: ACCRA, GHANA

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS) 

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A

  PROJECT COSTS: From US$280 P/WEEK + APPLICATION FEE

Overview

Teaching Project Description

Ghanaian schools operate under the Ghana education service. They include Nursery and Primary schools, Junior High School and Senior High School. You will mainly be assisting with Primary and Junior High School children, as at this level they require more help with English lessons.

You will volunteer at one of the local schools and will be responsible for teaching students English and other subjects if you wish. Your role will be to create engaging and educational lessons that help improve the literacy, numeracy, and communication skills of the students in your class. If you need some guidance on lesson planning, discipline and cultural considerations, the local teachers, in-country staff and other volunteers can be of assistance. You will however, be required to have a certain level of independence and hold the lessons on your own. This can be a great opportunity to really push yourself and to develop greater self-confidence in your own teaching abilities.

*Please be advised that you will be responsible for your daily transportation costs to and from your program. This could range from 2.50 to 4.40 USD each day.

Childcare Support Project Description

Teaching staff in the childcare centres and nurseries are often overworked and greatly welcome any help that can be given. You will work as a teacher’s assistant in the school or nursery and assist with various projects to help the staff. This can help them have more time to focus on each child individually and help those who are struggling.

Being able to speak fluent English is a great advantage here and the staff will welcome your knowledge in order to help with English lessons. These classes provide the children with valuable skills, added confidence and better opportunities for the future. Each child may have a different level of ability, so you will have to be creative and adaptable in your lessons.

There are other activities you can join in with, such as games and other fun exercises, often geared towards allowing the children a chance to express themselves independently. You can also get involved with manual work, such as repairing and painting the classrooms and school buildings.

*Please be advised that you will be responsible for your daily transportation costs to and from your program. This could range from 2.50 to 4.40 USD each day.

During school holidays, you will will work on school holiday workshops that are organised by the local school directors.    

Note that School Holidays are:
-Mid April to early May
-All of August  to early September
-Late December to mid January

Location

Ghana’s largest and capital city is Accra and has a population of over two million. Accra is situated on Ghana’s coast in the South of the country. Your accommodation is located in Teshie, a coastal and suburban town on the Eastern outskirts of Accra. It’s a fast-developing town and growing every day. There is a train station close in the town for convenience.  

Project Tasks

  • Provide teaching assistance in schools where help is greatly needed
  • Improve the children’s English conversational skills and widen their cultural interactions
  • Gain valuable teaching experience and develop confidence in the classroom

Food & Accommodation

Your accommodation in Ghana is situated at our volunteer centre in Accra. The accommodation is located within a gated community. Rooms are generally dorm rooms, with separate bedrooms for male and female. Volunteer projects are situated around 20 to 40 minutes away and you will be responsible for your own transportation costs to and from the project. Staff will be on site at the accommodation 7 days a week to assist with anything you need.

Your accommodation is close by any amenities you need, the closest shops are within a 15-20-minute walk. ATM machine is 15 minutes away by taxi. Restaurants and bars are a 20-minute taxi ride away.

Your meals will be Ghanaian dishes mixed with Western style food, served at your accommodation. Typical Ghanaian food include rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish. They are typically stews and soups.

FAQ...

If you have a passion for working with children and are interested in teaching or aspiring to be a teacher one day and young people then you will be a great fit for this project. If you have heaps of energy and like to be creative then this is a perfect project for you! This project welcomes people with no teaching experience, just the right attitude and willingness to learn. It is worthwhile completing some prior level of training such as a TEFL course (Teaching English as a foreign language).  

Through our partners ATA, we offer a well priced on-line training course which is internationally recognized HERE.

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

On the Monday of your first week, you will join our orientation day. This is a great opportunity to become familiarised with your surroundings, as well as facts about the local culture. Your project will continue as usual from Tuesday and throughout the week.

Schedule

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Ghanaian Do’s and Don’ts, Ghanaian Culture Lessons and Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the local area
  • Drive into Accra to visit the museum and craft market, Independence Square and Oxford street.
  • Visit local shops and amenities.
  • Lunch
  • Meet some of our academy athletes at our training centre, be introduced to a local school and help with the after school programme or visit some of the children we support in the local community.

Complimentary Arrival Transfer

An arrival airport transfer is included in the cost of your program fee for arrivals on Saturday or Sunday.   

There are several ways to travel in Ghana, but beware not all drivers are licensed, in which case you’ll need to use your judgment before travelling. Find a driver who has insurance and registration stickers displayed on the windscreen and check the quality of the vehicle’s tyres- the majority of road accidents in Ghana are caused by tires in bad condition.

Buses are recommended for long distance journeys. They provide better safety, cost, speed and comfort, although you will have to pay a bit extra for luggage. Keep in mind that tickets for buses can be sold out, sometimes days in advance, so book your ticket ahead of time if possible. All taxis in Ghana have orange corners that can be easily recognised. The taxi’s may not have meters, or they may not use them, so be sure to haggle for the price before you get in. Generally, whatever the driver says the price is, ask for half that, and then negotiate from there.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Introduction
  • Lunch
  • Introduction
  • Dinner

Tuesday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Working at the school
  • Lunch
  • Working at the school
  • Dinner

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

There are plenty of things to do on your days off- here are just a few!

Cape Coast

Cape Coast in Ghana has a colonial history, being the site at which many slaves were shipped over to the America’s. Michelle Obama is believed to have roots traced back here and herself and Barak Obama unveiled a plaque in their visit in 2009. Cape Cost is a fishing town, with a fort to look around and with an artsy vibe in the town centre. Many travellers use this location as a base to travel on to Kakum National Park.

Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park is a coastal rainforest covering an area of 357 kilometres. There are 40 species of monkey, 200 bird species and over 500 species of butterflies. The park is one of the most visited attractions in Ghana, with spectacular scenery and canopy walk for visitors.

Lake Volta

Lake Volta is a picturesque man-made lake, just North from Accra. The building of the Akosombo Dam resulted in lake Volta being formed. You can take a boat tour across the lake or even try kayaking over it.

Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle is situated in the Cape Coast region of Ghana and it has a dark past. During the height of the slave trade around 30,00 slaves were held here, before being shipped off and out of Ghana. Slaves were kept captive and tortured at Elmina Castle, which was built by the Portuguese. You can visit here with a guided tour, that will give you a better understanding of Ghana’s past history.

Manhyia Palace

Built by the British in 1925, Manhyia Palace was made to welcome back the ruler of the Asante state, after many years of banishment from the country. Rooms are still set up as they would have looked at the time, and you can book guided tours and watch a video presentation, explaining the palaces history. The small museum holds displays showing old royal objects, clothing, furniture and photographs.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

This is the site of the grave of Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Situated in the downtown area of Accra, this impressive sculpture is made entirely from Italian marble. Inside, you can see items and photos from the president and information about his life story. The monument is surrounded by water and looks particularly picturesque at sunset.  

National Museum of Ghana

The National Museum has been open since 1957 and has three main display areas; art, archaeology and ethnography. The museum is located in Accra and has some interesting exhibits displaying Ghanaian culture and history.

Accra Mall

This is where you can go for all your shopping and clothing needs. Accra mall is a large shopping centre that has clothes shops, a supermarket, restaurants and a cinema.

Bojo Beach

A great day trip from the city is Bojo beach, a large scenic beach, just 5 kilometres from Accra. Getting to the beach requires hopping on to a small boat over a small patch of water. Once here, you can relax and dine at one of the beach cafes. You can also try water sports such as jet skiing!

Aburi Botanical Gardens

Set amongst 160 acres, the beautiful Aburi Botanical Gardens are defiantly worth a visit, particularly for nature lovers. Situated around a 45 minute drive out of Accra, the gardens have a cooler climate and provide a peaceful escape from the city.

Additional Requirements

Anyone travelling to Ghana MUST have a yellow fever vaccination and must obtain a certificate as proof. You may be asked to produce this certificate at the point of entry into Ghana and can be refused entry if you don’t have one. There may be other vaccine recommendations listed that you may want/need to get before starting, so please ask your doctor before travel.

You will need to provide a valid CRB check before starting this project.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment required for this program. 

Ghana is a multicultural country, situated in West Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the South and 3 other countries; Togo, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. Ghana’s President runs as both the head of state and head of government. The economy here is now one of the strongest in Africa, utilizing a democratic political system, which has made Ghana a powerful country on the West side of Africa.

Ghana is known for its century old and lively culture, making it an exciting place to visit. Its diverse climate and ecosystem vary from coastal savannahs to tropical jungles. Once nicknamed as the gold coast, Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa and today is also the second largest maker of coffee beans in the world.

Ghana is situated just a few degrees north of the Equator, making it a warm climate, but which is still relatively mild for its location There are two main seasons, however it’s generally hot and humid year-round. Rains usually last for a short time but can occasionally rain throughout the day. Temperatures on average are around 22-30°C.

Ghana has more than 100 ethnic groups living in the county. The largest are the Akan (45%), then Moshi-Dagbani (17%) and Ewe (14%). The Ashanti tribe of Akan are the largest tribe and one of the few groups in West Africa where ancestry is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors. The Ashanti tribe are known for their handicrafts, ceramics, weaving and wood carvings.

In Ghana, the family bond is very strong, with respect for elders being most important. The entire family will share in the joys, success, loss and honour of the family unit, making a collective culture. The oldest member of the family is the most respected and will be treated with honour, as well as those who have a position in the community, wealth or other status.

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We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

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