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Providing Teaching Assistance in Schools

Ho, Ghana

Depending on your confidence and skillset, you can either assist teachers or take your own lessons. Either way, you will be making a real difference!

The provision of teaching for the children is at the heart of this role. You will work with teachers to deliver lessons, introduce new activities to the children and create a fun and engaging learning environment for the children. Activities include: assisting teachers with lessons; reading stories; preparing meals and playing games. The children’s enthusiasm when it comes to learning and taking part in sport makes this role so much fun.

Volunteering is the absolute focus of our trips. We work with privately set-up and run project schools which are in desperate need of support; volunteers travelling with us provide this. 

About the Program

African Adventures works with several schools in the coastal Volta region of Ghana. Whilst they are government-run schools, they are severely underfunded. In some classrooms, there are not enough desks for the number of students, meaning that children must take lessons sat on the floor. There is also a significant lack of resource material, particularly text books, which can present challenges in terms of teaching. The schools are in desperate need of funding and volunteer support.

Volunteering is the absolute focus of our trips. We work with government and private schools which are in desperate need of support; volunteers travelling with us provide this. You will have the opportunity to either assist teachers in taking lessons or deliver your own lessons for the children. The children are very eager to learn and relish the opportunity to experience different teaching methods and varying lessons. We provide you with guidance regarding the types of lessons you can plan, dependent on the project you will be visiting and the age of the children you will be teaching. It is a very different experience to attending or teaching at schools in the UK as there are very limited resources - some classes don't even have desks or chairs, which is something we are working hard to address. Not only will you provide teaching support, you will have the time to interact with the children, talk to them and just do simple things like playing games. Interaction of this sort is more meaningful than many people would imagine, as a large number of the children in the area we work do not have the family structure and guidance that we, here in the UK, are accustomed to. Outside of your volunteer work, we give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana, with a weekend adventure and a number of different cultural activities. This is a life-changing experience and we are sure that you will return from your trip a different person.

Teaching styles

In Ghana, students learn by rote (rote is a learning technique based on repetition) and, therefore, do not always have underpinning knowledge. This means that lesson delivery is often less interactive than in the UK. Each classroom has a blackboard but there is generally very little other decoration. The majority of classrooms have desks for each student and each school has a uniform that students are expected to wear. Teachers are either fully or partly qualified and a syllabus is followed using a text book.

Ewe is the spoken language in Volta, the region you will visit. However, at school children are taught in English (with the exception of lessons for younger children), so feel confident that you will be able to interact with the teachers and children comfortably in English. The children will want to practise speaking English with you and, in turn, they will enjoy trying to teach you some Ewe! Please do not underestimate the impact this exercise can have on a person learning a new language; it could be more valuable than you think.

Your role as a Volunteer

When teaching, you will be working alongside teachers and other volunteers to help manage the demands of educating large classes of mixed students, aged between 5-16. As you gain confidence, it may be that you start helping with lesson delivery and then progress to delivering lessons independently. There are typically 50 children and only one teacher in each class, which can be challenging because of the difference in academic ability across the student body. High-achieving students can be held back and struggling students can often get left behind. Teaching assistants can help bridge that gap because the class can be divided into smaller groups to work on more relevant topics.

We believe in providing an experience which has clear two-way benefits. Not only will you be helping to create lasting change in this deprived area of Ghana, you will go on an amazing journey and learn a great deal in the process.

How will you benefit from your stay?

During your stay, you will soon become familiar with, and adjust to, the pace of life in Ghana. Everyday life is more relaxed than the usual fast-paced lifestyle you may be used to in Western culture so be prepared for a few obstacles along the way with timings. Likewise, you may find that although we work hard to ensure that project work runs smoothly, it won’t always be exactly as advised – project needs can change and it is important that we are adaptable and flexible to manage this. The best advice we can give is to travel with an open mind and embrace the Ghanaian culture as best you can.

We are confident that you will:

  • Learn valuable skills which you can use in the future.
  • Gain experience that will benefit you and your career.
  • Return home a more globally aware citizen.
  • Help create lasting change in the Volta community.
  • Feel proud of the impact you have made whilst volunteering.
  • Go on an emotional journey that will make you appreciate what you have.
  • Build new relationships and make new friends, possibly lifelong ones.
  • Be inspired to continue helping to create change.

Typical day

You will wake up and meet for breakfast at around 7:30am and will then be taken to your allocated project at around 8:30am to start your day’s volunteering. Remember to take plenty of water with you as it will be very hot and humid. 

A typical morning session at your school project will involve assisting in the classroom with English and Maths. This will involve you using books, writing out activities on the chalkboard and engaging students in interactive learning by asking them to join you at the front of class and address their peers. Learning English phrases and numbers through singing songs is often very popular. 

At around 10:30, it is likely that classes will stop for morning break where there will be time for the children to have a snack and play games. This will be followed by another lesson up until around 12:30pm when lunchtime will commence. You will break for lunch and be served a delicious hot meal that is brought to you by your Trip Host.

After lunch, you may like to take your learning outside the classroom and get the children participating in a PE lesson. Activities may include bean bag racing, co-ordination exercises and counting games. These activities will depend on the resources available so we recommend bringing some sports equipment with you if you have specific sessions planned. 

Afternoon activities will finish at around 3pm, at which point you will be picked up and taken back to your accommodation to relax after a hard day’s work. You may have the chance to visit the market or take a trip to the beach during the afternoon. Dinner will be served at your accommodation at around 7pm.

Free-time activities

We will take you to see the beautiful sites of Woe, including the lagoon. We will also introduce you to the culture of the area as much as possible, with drumming and dancing and visits to other cultural activities.

Outside of project hours, you can relax, get to know the other volunteers and the African Adventures staff on your programme, and explore the local area. Ghana is brimming with culture and there is an abundance of things to see and do. From visiting the weekly market to relaxing at the nearby beach, if you have never been to West Africa before, you’re going to have the time of your life! You will have the freedom to use the local transport (tro-tros) for the short journey to and from town. 

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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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A can-do attitude and a desire to make a difference are the most important qualities that volunteers need. We believe that every volunteer has something to offer on our trips, regardless of skills.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
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Families
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at African Adventures are happy to help you.

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The trip cost covers most aspects required during the trip. This includes food, accommodation, all in-country travel, in-country guides, project work and volunteer travel insurance. The costs that are not included are visas, flights, medical expenses before you travel and spending money for the trip. There is an additional cost should you decide to go on an adventure weekend. See the website for more information.

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

We provide all travel required from and to the airport whilst in Ghana and we also provide all the travel to and from the projects and the adventure weekend.

Accommodation

Volunteers stay at our volunteer house, used only by our travellers. It is basic but comfortable and has the necessary western amenities.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day and will get to sample the local cuisine. All meals have a staple such as potato or rice and there are lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Plantain is a popular part of the meal.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,724.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2,219.00
Average fees
$555.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Ho/Ghana between 4 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Adventures 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 African Adventures during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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