Rural Community Teaching and Child Care Supports

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founded in 2006
Gloria
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Coordinator | Gloria
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Highlights

Run educational activities like helping children learn to read
Share ideas with other volunteers to create new, fun activities
Run hygiene awareness campaigns to help keep the children healthy
Track the development of children and placements using special tools and techniques
You’ll enjoy loads of opportunities to take initiative, while having a strong support system and reliable curriculum to guide you along.
Make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in Africa by assisting local teachers and caregivers in a pre-school, kindergarten and community daycare center This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Volunteer in Ghana and help us improve the lives of disadvantaged young children. You’ll assist local teachers and caregivers in our primary schools, high schools,pre-schools,kindergarten, daycare centre, or special needs school. Volunteering with children in Ghana is a great opportunity for you to gain practical childcare experience and learn new skills. Best of all, you’ll be helping where it’s really needed and working on sustainable, long-term goals.


This project is divided into two sub projects which are Teaching and Child Care Supports 


Teaching:

Teaching in community schools with limited resources provides an engaging environment for educating children and teenagers. Your ideas, your energy, and your presence are exciting for students and invigorating for the teachers and parents. The students are full of curiosity about the world around them and they welcome your perspective, you will also serve or be seen as a positive role models to students, You will be place in one of our community schools where you can choose to teach a class on your own or assist a local teacher till you are confident or ready to teach solo. 

 

You can choose to teach pre-schools (age 1 to 6-years), primary (age 7 to 11), junior high or senior high school. You may also be involved in creative projects and non-classroom based activities which help create a stimulating learning environment. All our community schools are very understaffed this is a common phenomenon in both rural and urban areas of Ghana, hence the need to recruit and place volunteers in communities where there are simply insufficient teachers to cater for the number of children. 

You will be effectively placed in rural communities where you will teach solo and assist the few teachers available to teach basic causes like English, Mathematics, Science, French, Spanish, creative art, drama, music, and Computer science  from per-schools(1-year to 6-year), primary(7-year to 12-years), junior high or senior high schools.

 

Your responsibilities will include but not limited to the following below;

 

 

>> Prepare lesson notes

>> Organize learning materials

>> Develop a teaching method

>> Teach classes through lecturing, discussions and demonstrations

>> Discuss output and methods with fellow teachers and supervisor

>> Access the performance of the students through work assignments, etc

>> Organize recreational games with students

Note: If you think you cant teach in a classroom with many children you can have one -on -one teaching lessons with one of the children who is lacking behind the other children.

 

You will receive assistance from us regarding the lesson plans and teaching curriculum. There will be a Teaching Guide book to assist you in your daily work with the children. You can bring along teaching materials and new teaching ideas, picture books, instruments, flash cards, art supplies, and songs. Classes are generally in session five days a week from 8am to 1:30pm. You have the rest of the day to yourselves; you can explore the community with the other volunteers. 

Pre-school and Child Care Supports:

This project focuses on early childhood development and learning through play. Your work will help us achieve our goals of promoting literacy, numeracy, and hygiene practices among young Ghanaian children.

This project is ideal for anyone who wants to help where it’s really needed and improve the lives of young children. You’ll gain practical experience of working in childcare. It’s also the perfect project to help you develop important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and planning.

If you have loads of energy, take a playful approach to life, and enjoy the antics of little ones, childcare volunteering in Ghana is definitely for you. No experience in childcare? No problem! As a volunteer working with children in Ghana, you’ll support the local teachers and caregivers and have Dream Africa Care Foundation staff members close at hand to help guide you along.

 

Help teachers pay attention to children equally

Classes are often full beyond capacity, so teachers and caregivers don’t always manage to attend to each child throughout the day. You will play a huge role in being an extra pair of hands and eyes to help pay attention to children who need it most on any given day.  

Give teachers and students a break from regular class routine by offering to lead a fun creative lesson. This could include arts and crafts, reading, or even introducing them to a new game. After classes end and before their parents collect them, you can help children with their homework or arrange sports activities outside.

Work with other volunteers

One of the best things about joining one of our volunteer programmes is the fact that you get to meet other volunteers from all over the world. Make the most of this opportunity by sharing ideas for activities, lessons, and games you can play with the children. You can also share these ideas with placement staff who can add them to their existing class routine to add a bit of variety.

Present hygiene awareness workshops

Some of the children you will work with may never have learned about the importance of basic hygiene. You can help improve this by teaching them how to brush their teeth properly and to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Make this fun with songs, games, and little class challenges.

Assess children and identify specific placement needs

One of the ways in which we keep track of the children’s development and the specific needs of placements, is through specially designed checklists. We will train you on how to use these checklists. You will assess the status of each child on a daily basis in areas related to:

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Fine motor skills
  • Emotional abilities
  • Social skills
  • Hygiene


Typical day

The projects starts at 8am in the morning, you can choose to have your own class or assist a local teacher until you are confident enough to run your own class. You and the other volunteers with the assistants of our project coordinators Prepare lesson notes, Organize learning materials Develop a teaching method, Teach classes through games,singing,dancing, coloring, arts and crafts and demonstrations, Discuss output and methods with fellow teachers and supervisor, Access the performance of the students through work assignments, Organize recreational games with students. You will teach at the school in the morning and help out at the children center in the evening.

Free-time activities

VOLUNTEER GET THE WEEKENDS OFF TO GO ON TRIPS AND EXPLORE GHANA; Ghana has so much to offer volunteers with its rich culture, festivals, food, art & craft centers, castles & forts, long sandy beaches, national parks, waterfalls, rain forest and other interesting places to visit. Volunteers who come to Ghana experience these even more fully by getting an insider's understanding of the country. Every weekend we organize trips for our volunteers to travel throughout Ghana to experience the Ghanaian cultural and explore. We have a lot of projects all over Ghana so you can choose to volunteer in the capital city Accra or in the Ghanaian country side. 

Our program is an excellent opportunity to combine adventurous foreign travel with a worthwhile job as a volunteer. You will improve your transferable skills such as team-working, presentation and communication. Above all, this is an unrivaled opportunity to gain an insight into a completely different culture and way of life. Our projects are not all about work, volunteers get opportunities to explore this beautiful part of West Africa. Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, Kakum National Park and Nzulezo Stilt Village are all within few hours from the community you will be staying in, Ghana offers an array of varying cultures and landscapes including national parks and stunning rain-forests

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding

Program 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
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This project is open to anyone who wants to help make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in Africa because we believe everyone has something unique to offer.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

Included Services

Services by Dream Africa Care Foundation
 The fees covers your accommodation, transportation from the airport, orientation and 24 hour support from our staff. ,laundry, drinking water, toiletries and local SIM card so that you can have access to internet 24-hours a day so that you can keep in touch with friends and family back home.

Our aim is to provide cheap and affordable volunteer opportunity to people like you so that you can help make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in Africa. There is no any hidden cost, apart from the approved fees stated here which covers everything. 50% of the money you are paying for food goes to feeding and educating the children in our orphanages.
Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
After you have book your flight let me know your arrival date, time, flight name and flight number so that we can send our driver to pick you up at the airport. 
The airport is 35 minutes drive from our Accra volunteer house. Our driver will pick you up from the airport. . There is only one international airport in Ghana call Kotoka international airport or Accra international airport so you will be flying into this airport. Our driver will pick you up from the airport whatever time or day you arrive at the airport.
Accommodation
You can choose to stay with a local host family or stay in our volunteer house with 16 other volunteers from all over the world.Our volunteer houses and local host family homes are located in very safe areas in Ghana.  Ghana is renowned for the friendliness and warmth of its people.

We have volunteer coordinators, who will be responsible for you and the other volunteers, your well-being while volunteering with us is our priority. We make sure your trip is safe and our in-country coordinators will provide whatever support you may need at any step along the way. The volunteer house you will be staying is very close to the local market, art craft center so there is always a lot to do
Dorm Room Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
We have a cook in the volunteer house who prepares three meals a day for all the volunteers. We will prepare special food for you, if you have to follow a special diet. The food is mostly western, but we also offer local dishes to our volunteers. If you are placed in a host family you might have more local dishes.
Internet Access
Good 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

Our projects run throughout the year so you can volunteer with us any time that is suitable for you. Our minimum volunteering period is four weeks and the maximum of one year. You need to send us your application at least three weeks before your intended trip to Ghana to volunteer with us. This will give us enough time to send you all the necessary document and information you will need for your visa and guide you throughout the process.

Our driver will pick you up from the airport anytime of the day you arrive
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)
$ 360
5 weeks
$ 450
6 weeks
$ 540
7 weeks
$ 630
11 weeks
$ 990
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,500
Average fees
$ 90 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Dream Africa Care Foundation 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 Dream Africa Care Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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