Music School Teacher

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You'll be working at the Agape Volunteers Music School, a flagship programme offering tuition to the poorest children in the community. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

You will be planning and running classes for pupils of all ages. The children resident at the JayNii Streetwise Foundation will be the core of the Music School but other local children and adults too may want to take advantage of the opportunity to learn.

A good grasp of theory will go a long way and experience of teaching music and lesson planning is very valuable. Lessons should revolve around resource light activities suited to the resources available. Singing, keyboard and basic theory are good places to start. Versatility and a willingness to have a go are essential, as you will most likely end up teaching a variety of instruments (even if you have no experience playing them!) and at various levels of experience and competence. 

Currently the Music School is equipped with several keyboards, an electronic organ, an acoustic guitar, a bass guitar and very battered old drum kit. We hope this collection will grow as the year goes on! 

A key part of your time as a music volunteer, whether your placement is long or short, will be contributing to the ongoing development of the Music School. Make a record of the activities your pupils’ enjoyed; make notes on their individual progress and pass these on to arriving volunteers; collect lesson plans. Try to leave something behind that will help the School to grow. 

You may want to bring your instrument but please think carefully about this first. Our school has a supply of instruments of varying quality from which you may be able to borrow from. However, please get your trip adviser to check that there will be a suitable instrument for you to borrow. If not, consider borrowing a cheap instrument to take with you or taking an instrument that you intend to donate when you leave. 

We strongly discourage bringing any instrument that is particularly expensive, especially wooden (oboes, clarinets) and stringed instruments, as they can be damaged by the humid climate. There is also always a risk of loss or theft to consider when travelling. If you have a spare or old instrument you would like to use or donate, the school is always in need of more.

A key part of your time as a music volunteer, whether your placement is long or short, will be contributing to the ongoing development of the children’s musical ability. Make a record of the activities your pupils’ enjoyed; make notes on their individual progress and pass these on to arriving volunteers; collect lesson plans. We have some basic recording software, so you could also practice a performance piece and create something more permanent at the end of your stay

Typical day

Volunteers in our Ghana music programs are generally expected to work at their placement five days a week. Weekday mornings will start with breakfast with other volunteers before you start work. As many of the children attend school in the mornings, you may be asked to help out teaching English, maths or other subjects. This is a great way to get more experience of teaching abroad in Ghana outside of the musical curriculum.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to work some music into the schedule. At around 12pm you’ll get a break for lunch, which you can take with other volunteers and local staff.

After lunch will be devoted to music, with your first class being comprised of local children who do not live at JayNii. Then, in the evenings, when the JayNii residents return, you’ll take your second class with them. Both one-on-one and small group tuition are particularly effective, thought you may also take larger performance classes.

You will generally finish your placement at around 5pm, though this will depend on the day. When you finish you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and local team members over dinner, and we often organise games and activities of our own in the evenings.


Free-time activities

All of Agape's volunteers in Ghana also get the opportunity to take part in a free tour during their stay in Ghana. This will typically be of Jamestown, a historic area of Accra which is now the site of a fishing village. You’ll be guided around the area, and get the chance to understand a little more of the country’s rich cultural history, as well as life in Ghana’s capital today.

Agape Volunteers offers a variety of extra adventures for volunteers in Ghana. There’s something for everyone, including jungle trekking, cultural excursions, and visits to a variety of National Parks and animal sanctuaries.

Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
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 Agape Volunteers

Your fees include accommodation, and two meals a day, six days a week. They also cover your transfers to and from the airport in Accra, in-country support from our staff, a dedicated trip adviser, a tour of Jamestown, your orientation, and all your administrative costs. It funds a donation to your placement and Agape Insurance, the most comprehensive package provided as standard in the industry.

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

You will be picked up at the airport by a member of Agape staff.

Accommodation

Most of those who undertake music volunteering in Ghana live at the local centre for street-children which also acts as Agape’s base in Ghana. Set right on the beach, it’s a great place to live with plenty going on. You will most likely be sharing dorm-style rooms with other volunteers, and these are typically single-sex.

Most of those who undertake music volunteering in Ghana live at the local centre for street-children which also acts as Agape’s base in Ghana. Set right on the beach, it’s a great place to live with plenty going on. You will most likely be sharing dorm-style rooms with other volunteers, and these are typically single-sex.

The centre can be a very vibrant place, with a great mixture of volunteers and local team members, and the beach-side setting provides the opportunity for a host of unique activities.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

The fees include two meals a day, six days a week. Breakfast tends to be fairly simple, consisting of bread and butter or jam, coffee and tea. Lunch will be your own responsibility and you can eat very cheaply near your placement. For your evening meal, expect to eat lots of rice and banku (a corn/cassava based dough with a consistency like mashed potato) as a staple. These tend to be served with beans, meat and cabbage, in stews or curry sauces. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy your host’s delicious Ghanaian cooking!

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

Shortly before your departure we will be in contact to give you some information about airport pick ups and safety procedures.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,043
6 weeks
$ 1,301
7 weeks
$ 1,430
11 weeks
$ 1,945
20 weeks
$ 2,847
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,359
Average fees
$ 184 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Agape Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Agape Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Music School Teacher

You'll be working at the Agape Volunteers Music School, a flagship programme offering tuition to the poorest children in the community.

$184/week

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