About The Placement
We offer placements among all classes
of the Ghanaian education system, these are:
- Primary School
- Junior High School
- Secondary School
Volunteers will be placed in Primary and Junior High Schools which are located together therefore adding an extra level of flexibility to meet
everyones needs. Secondary is usually reserved for qualified
individuals as once students have completed this level they are
English is the official language of Ghana however in the rural areas many children still speak their local dialects in school. French has recently been added to the curriculum in Ghana with a view to nurture more French speakers to be able to expand in terms of trade and tourism given the fact that Ghana is surrounded by French speaking countries in the West Africa region.
Why This Placement?
Many of the rural schools we visit are struggling with their French studies or simply unable to offer French classes due to not having a French teacher available. Often the children only start learning this later in life so miss out on the crucial early development stage when they can pick up on the language quickly - with our initial focus on primary classes we aim to support the schools being able to run French classes to younger children to give them a greater opportunity to be able to learn a language during their school timeline.
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 may be paired up with a teacher to
primarily start supporting as a teaching assistant or you may be
given a class yourself depending on your experience and confidence.
Although the thought of your own class may seem overwhelming at
first, the sheer enthusiasm and eagerness to learn of children will
be a strong push to spur you on the way.
For the younger children
basic reading, writing and phonics are usually required
whereas for the older children it's learning to expand their vocabulary and basic lessons of English Language. Even just day to day chatting with the children offers a fantastic cultural exchange experience where they are introduced to different accents and ideas which you then see their use and confidence of English come on leaps and bounds! We have a wide range of teaching books and lesson plans
within the store room of the volunteer house and we advise volunteers
to make use of their free evening and weekend time to plan the
following days lessons.
Even combining some English teaching into subjects such as creative arts for posters or wall displays for the classroom will be loved by the children, they are often taught via dictation due to a lack of materials.
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. It is not
uncommon to be invited round their homes for dinner at an early stage
as a way of saying thank you.
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.
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 we advise bringing plenty of 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 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