Bridge Foundation

School Construction Assistant

Accra, Ghana show on map

Non-profit | Bridge Foundation

Completion of an ongoing construction work on a six classroom block,library and Headteacher office. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

At the local basic school, some of the children learn under trees and in the event of rain, both teachers and students are left to the mercy of the weather. Many pupils drop out of school before reaching Primary 6, and of the number that progresses to that level or beyond, they have difficulties in reading and understanding basic arithmetic.

This is attributed to lack of adequate infrastructure; including provision of potable water, good sanitation and toilet facilities. Undoubtedly, most parent are increasingly becoming reluctant to send their children to school because in the end they are not impacted in any way that makes them better than before their enrollment. Instead children who ought to be in school are trafficked to engage in hazardous labour in the fishing industry to earn extra income for their families.

In collaboration with community leaders and the local school authority.Bridge Foundation is rehabilitating an existing old school infrastructure of the Kokrobite DA Basic School. Construction works of the  six-classroom block, library and Teachers’ Common Room has started and the project is about 50% completed. Work schedule for completion is as follows:

·       Block works from window level to lintel level

·       Plastering/Floor Tiling

·       Roofing Fixtures

.     Painting/Decoration

Volunteers'  work involves helping with work in any of the above stages.Although interested volunteers with working knowledge in carpentry,bricklaying/masonry,electrical etc are preferable; our program is flexible to accommodate multiple skills, provided that you want to use them. Apart from the volunteer's work, life in Ghana is relaxed and easy. By spending time with the locals you will learn about their elaborate festivals, the local cuisine, their colorful dresses and the music and dances.

Typical day

A volunteer works three hours per day  for five days in a week. Suitable days are  at the choice of the volunteer. Apart from the volunteer work, life is relaxed and easy. By spending time with the locals the volunteer learns about their elaborate festivals, the local cuisine, their colorful dresses and music and dances.


Details on Arrival

Programs are available throughout the year,starting February each year.Interested volunteers only have to give us two week notice.

Free-time activities

 

Ghana's towns and cities are busy and bustling, day and night. And even rural communities have their favourite local drinking spots which crack open the Stars, throw kebabs on the grill and open their doors as nightfall approaches. Sometimes, the challenge is finding out where the hottest, most happening joints are because a lot of events are word of mouth and do not appear in guide books or on tourism websites

Ghana is graced with 540km of stunning, sandy coastline. Most of it is undeveloped and many of its beaches are like private paradises waiting to be explored. Kokrobite, our project site is a small fishing village, about 30 km west of Accra. It is located on a long stretch of beach on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and is a popular destination for tourists seeking sandy beaches. Its proximity to Accra makes it an ideal getaway for city dwellers. Langma is a few minutes' drive after Kokrobite.

In the capital city, Labadi beach attracts hundreds of beach-goers at the weekend. Drinking spots line the shore and there is often entertainment late into the evening.

The Ghanaian festivals are a colourful and vibrant part of the culture. Each year festivals and durbars are held in various parts of the country, to celebrate the heritage of the people.

Among the tourist sites one can visit at his/her free time is:

  • National Theatre
  • Independence Arch
  • Jamestown Light House
  • Gallery 1957
  • Centre for National Culture
  • Du Bois Centre for Pan African Studies
  • Arts and Craft Centre
  • Teshie Unique Coffin Makers
  • James Fort
  • Christiansburg Castle, Osu

Swimming
Concert/Music
Sports

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)
Education Requirements
BUILDING TECHNOLOGY AND ALLIED SUBJECTS at TECHNICAL /HIGH SCHOOL level
Required Documents
CVs
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Building technicians and artisans (carpentry,masonry,electricians,painters)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Bridge Foundation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Bridge Foundation

Airport Pickup and Drop-off

Cultural Orientation

Transportation to project site

Accommodation

Registration Fee

Administration costs

Bridge  Foundation Fund

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

Airport Pickup and Drop-off at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra by a staff.First point of call is the Foundation's headquarters at Roman Ridge,Off Aviation Road Extension,West Airport Residential Area; about 10 minutes drive from the airport.

Accommodation


One single en-suite self-contained  with a study and washroom, with regular provision of all basic utilities including WiFi located at Kokrobite; a town along the Atlantic coast, 30 km (20 minutes) to the west of Accra, the capital city of Ghana. It is known for sea fishing and it is a popular destination for tourists, backpackers and international volunteers seeking beaches. It has a population of between 4000 and 6000 according to the Ghana Statistics Department 2010 Survey. Preference for Kokrobite is influenced by specific characteristics such as less noise, security and landscape.


Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast & Dinner, vegetarian food available upon request
No provision for alcoholic beverages
Soda and snacks will be provided

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 300
4 weeks
$ 600
5 weeks
$ 750
6 weeks
$ 900
7 weeks
$ 1,050
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,600
Average fees
$ 225 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Bridge Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ghana.
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 Bridge Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Western Africa Ghana  Accra, 18 Quarcoo Lane,Airport Residential Area,Accra

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