About The Placement
Working within local primary schools to improve English Language skills whilst promoting an interest in reading. Using a small collection of story books we have managed to source to run reading lessons and book clubs in the local schools. Usually most of the schools we work with don't have access to story books so providing them with this service is key to nourishing and developing their interest in reading. Our organisation works alongside the local education director to provide this service to as many schools and children as possible, depending on available resources.
Why This Placement?
With the books that we have managed to source we don't want to simple hand these over to the schools, firstly so that these can be shared across the district to ensure the maximum amount of children can benefit and secondly so that these are not 'kept for best' and simply locked away in the school as is what can sometimes happen. The official language in Ghana is English therefore all the school textbooks are produced in English, in the rural areas when this is often not their first language this can be very difficult for the children to then try and learn in depth topics. Imagine trying to learn a science or maths topic when you are already not comfortable in understanding English?! We want to try and develop these reading skills in the youth by providing fun and engaging books to attract their attention especially when the children are so keen on being able to read story books.
What Is Included In This Placement?
Support Staff - Accommodation - House Utility Bills - Pre Departure Support
We charge cost price for this project just so we can cover your
stay and employ local support staff to increase loyal employment. This
placement includes accommodation
in a modern style house for the semi rural area of which we are based
with great views and surroundings of the local towns and rainforest. All
house utilities are included for your time, you will have use of the
electricity throughout the house and running water which is a luxury
among the area of Kwahu. You will have a member of our local support
team living in house or close by depending on the volunteer numbers so
there is always someone on hand for any questions or support you may
How Do I Get To The Placement?
Budget an additional 10 - 40 Ghana cedis per day for transport costs.
work with a number of schools within the local community and slightly
further out. Volunteers will usually take taxis back and forth to their
placement site. It is very easy to take shared taxis in town and
they are very reasonably priced. Most of our schools will require
volunteers to pay transport between 10 cedis and 40 cedis a day, with the
being about 18 cedis.
The more remote village schools are usually located
down tracks and therefore cost a little bit more to reach. Our team
will be able to assist volunteers group together for transport and where
to find taxis etc.
Volunteers are usually able to head off into the town after school
easily to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with
friends before heading home and the ease of taxis offer a really
flexible experience for the volunteers.
What Will I Be Doing?
on the school that you select after your introduction and what you
will feel comfortable with, you will be paired up with a teacher initially to view the type of learning they experience and the materials they have available. You will then visit various classrooms and schools on a regular basis working alongside the school's timetable to run a reading/book club, depending on the class and current requirements these may involve:
- Helping to teach phonics to the children that are not yet comfortable with reading.
- Bringing a selection of books to a class and then provide support to the children in their allocated reading time. (Mobile library)
- Having a class all read through one book for comprehension discussion and reporting.
- Working with children to produce their own story books that we can add to the collection.
How Can I Go The Extra Mile?
We are always on the lookout for books so that we can expand this scheme! If you are able to assist in fundraising before or during your trip to help us source extra books that would be great! We have a partner charity in the UK that is able to arrange shipment of a wide selection of reading books and just requires the shipping costs to be covered. If you have any other ideas on sourcing books for this program we are more than keen to hear them!
Who Will I Be Working With?
the number permits we aim to group volunteers together at a
particular school or project. You will work closely with a teacher
and report to the Headteacher should you have any issues. A member of
our team will also spend a portion of their day at the project to
assist in anyway and offer any guidance should it be needed. Most
volunteers strike up a strong bond with the teachers and are treat as
another member of staff as if you were always there.
What Do We Expect From The Volunteers?
teaching qualification or experience is not compulsory for this
placement, your level of experience and confidence will gauge what
level of students would best suit and will be discussed between the
team and yourself on your first day introduction. The greatest traits
of a volunteer are enthusiasm, empathetic and the ability to adjust
to alternative cultures. You will get the most of our your trip by
opening your mind to new experiences and beliefs whilst also bringing
your own to the table.
We expect volunteers to visit their
placements Monday - Friday, exceptions can be made for long weekends
of travel etc but we hope for the children and yourselves to get the
most of your placement this is kept to a minimum. It would also be possible to setup an out of school book club on an evening or weekend in the local community or library should you be interested in which you alter your weekly schedule around this.
What Can You Expect From Us?
will be on hand any time of any day to support you in your placement
and trip as a whole. There will always be someone you can speak to or
get a hold of should you want to discuss anything or require any
guidance, from organising after school clubs to changing your
placement. Our team living in the volunteer house will also be able
to offer advice regarding travel plans and the local area so you will
soon feel at home.
What Should I Bring?
your placement it would be great if you could bring as many reading books as your luggage weight would allow. All fiction, non-fiction at a variety of age levels are needed. Also we advise bringing school materials, arts &
crafts items and some ideas from teaching resource websites. These
will prove invaluable throughout your placement as there is a lack of
materials able to purchase in the local area. Basic pens, pencils and
cheap paper are available as well as moderate priced photocopying
should you wish to bring activity sheets.
What Happens During School Holidays?
school holidays if a volunteers placement falls within these dates
then we will organise a holiday school. Usually in a remote village
where the children are more than willing to join in, these days
usually are more focused to reading, arts and sports from lunchtime onwards.
The school holidays usually fall three times a year; few weeks
around easter, few weeks around August and a few weeks during