Art & Design Teaching

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founded in 1989
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High­lights

Work with local artists, share knowledge, learn from them and be inspired!
Run classes and workshops on art & design, inspiring a new generation of young artists
Work at art clubs in local schools, and run classes using a variety of different materials.
Gain valuable and practical experience in teaching
Share your artistic skills with students and help them to create an exhibition of their work. At the same time work alongside and mingle with local artists! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
If you have a love for Art and Design, this will be an exciting project for you! You will volunteer at art clubs in local schools, and run classes using a variety of different materials and mediums. Your assistance at the school will help local children develop their own creative abilities, to gain confidence and to express themselves with their own designs, which they can be proud of.

You can usually choose the age group you’d prefer to work with. You can develop a course outline for your class and determine what the goal will be during your time here. You will then teach and guide the students through the syllabus and achieve the results targeted. Through your encouragement, they may even be able to have an exhibition to showcase their work. This project can help the students be inspired to pursue any artistic dream they have, and give them the confidence they need in their abilities.

You will also get to chance to observe local art and learn from the local artisans who create a large collection of art and design pieces. These range from batik on clothing and scarves, jewellery design, painting, photography, screen printing, sculpture and wood carving. The exciting bit is that you will get the opportunity for some hands-on, experimental learning. Discuss with the locals about the creative process and stylistic qualities of African art, gain knowledge on local styles and compare that to Western art.

Keep in mind that time with local artists is subject to their availability. Note that there may be some additional costs involved for any additional materials (brushes, canvas, paint, etc.) that may be required for your participation.

*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.

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.  

Typical day

Your actual schedule may vary based upon availability of local artisans and the specific art club you will be working with. As an art and design volunteer can expect your day to include activities such as:
  • Breakfast at your accommodation. Depending upon your schedule, Lunch will be at your accommodation or you may be able to take a lunch bag with you. Dinner will be served at your accommodation each night.
  • Using the syllabus, you have created, teach the young students in art and design and increase exposure to those students whose knowledge may be limited.
  • Mentor the students and keep an eye on their progress.
  • Use your expertise to provide leadership and encouragement, as they prepare their work for exhibition.
  • Engage with local artisans to learn about specific aspects of their crafts, as well as the history and culture of African art
Volunteering will be 4-6 hours a day. 

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

Free-time activities

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 33,00 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.

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.
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Police check or working with children check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
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
In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
Airport
ACC (Kotaka International Airport)

Pickup Window
You will be met upon landing on Saturday or Sunday between 06:00 - 24:00. Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.

Other Times
Discouraged, but can possibly be arranged. Please contact us in advance.
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.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
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.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,000
8 weeks
$1,700
12 weeks
$2,425
20 weeks (max. stay)
$3,255
Average fees
$206 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Art & Design Teaching

Share your artistic skills with students and help them to create an exhibition of their work. At the same time work alongside and mingle with local artists!

$206/week

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