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Support Girl Education

Tamale, Ghana

The Girls Education Program in Ghana is an effort to empower the young girls of the village communities and help them make a better life for themselves.

The project

As the name suggests, the Girls Education Program in Ghana is focused on providing help to young disadvantaged females living in urban village around Tamale. Volunteers work in a school whose main motto is to educate the girl child in the area.

These are girls from poor families living in the rural areas around Tamale, who barely manage to make their ends meet; let alone funding the education for their children. Being uneducated themselves, most of the parents don't believe in sending their girl child to school and rather keep them at home to help in domestic work. However, with years of efforts and awareness spread across these areas and families, these girls are now been allowed to go to schools and get proper education in order to make good out of their lives. 

Volunteer work

Volunteers joining this program, will provide their support and contribute in imparting basic education to these girls at the local girl schools. Volunteers on this program will enjoy a rewarding experience by assisting the teachers to deliver lessons. During the mornings you’ll be working with smaller groups helping them with their reading, writing and numeracy skills. There may be occasions when you’ll be asked to teach one of the classes yourself but you’ll be fully supported if this happens.

Both male and female volunteers are eligible to take part in this program. The project is very much recommended for volunteers who are looking to make a difference by working at the grass roots level along with the Ghanaian community. 

Volunteering for girl education in Ghana requires volunteers to involve themselves in a number of activities, at the school, on a regular basis. This may include, but may not be limited to; 

  • Assisting the teachers to deliver lessons. 
  • Work with smaller groups helping them with their reading, writing and numeracy skills. 
  • Teach one of the classes yourself but you’ll be fully supported if this happens.
  • Design a proper study module for the children to follow.
  • Involve students in out–of–the–class activities to teach them the importance of physical activity

Volunteers working in this program need not be qualified or trained teachers. The project is suitable for individuals who want to volunteer teaching on their gap year, holiday , summer placement or career break. 

The school

Please remember that these are schools setup in village areas and are not very big in area or number of students. One must not expect a high level of facilities available in the school and must make the best utilization of whatever facilities and materials available. There are 4-5 classrooms with each having a strength of 15-20 girls. in a school whose main motto is to educate the girl child in the area.

Typical day

The schedule for the volunteers remains as follows;

Saturday: Arrival at Accra 

Sunday: Transfer to Tamale + showing around the accommodation neighborhood 

Monday: Orientation + introduction to the placement (commute + local staff + kids + places to eat, etc.). Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behaviour, food, and  other suggestion over things to do in Ghana.

Tuesday to Friday: Volunteer work 

Breakfast - 06:00 am onward (provided at the accommodation)

Working hours at the placement - 07:00 am to 01:00 pm

Lunch - 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm (volunteers need to manage lunch on their own)

Dinner - 06:30 pm to 07:30 pm (provided at the accommodation)

Weekends : Free to explore the city and take short excursions trip to some of the best hotspots in and around Tamale, such as;

  • Mole National Park 
  • Monkey Sanctuary 
  • Kintampo Falls
  • Learn about their elaborate festivals, the local cuisine comprising of Banku and Fufu - Ghana's most famous dishes, their colorful dresses and the music and dances.

The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onward 

Details on Arrival

Below are the available start dates for this program;


2017
August         05 & 19
September 02 & 16
October     07 & 21
November 04 & 18
December 02 & 16

2018
Coming Soon

Since, the program start date is also the arrival date in Ghana, volunteers need to be at the placement location on the same date as their program start date. For example, if you select 21st October as your program start date, you need to be in Tamale on the 21st October 2017.

Free-time activities

Volunteers typically work for 5-6 hours in a day, for 5 days a week. However, depending on the workload every day, working hours can vary.

Evenings are free for the volunteers and volunteers usually get together and go out for social gatherings, eat out or watch football games in Tamale stadium. Weekends are free for the volunteers to explore the city. You can go for short weekend trips to Mole National Park, Monkey Sanctuary or Kintampo Falls. 

We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked separately. 

Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
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
General at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance and Passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 13:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteering Solutions are happy to help you.

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The total fee includes;

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Airport Pickup from Accra
  • First night hotel stay in Accra,if required
  • Orientation 
  • Food - 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation 
  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost) 

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

You will be met by our representative at Kotoka International Airport in Accra from where you are transferred to your project location. Volunteers will stay overnight in Accra at hotel accommodation provided by Volunteering Solutions and travel to Tamale the next day.

Accommodation

Volunteers will be staying with a standard Ghanaian Host family. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteer. By staying with a family you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions.

The accommodation setup has all basic facilities; such as clean and neat toilets, bathrooms, kitchen area, television room. Please remember that the area where you'd be volunteering and living (Tamale) is not a metropolitan and family homes can't afford luxurious bedding and home furniture.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) at the host family house. Ghanaian cuisine consists primarily of starches, soups, beans, meat and fish. The Starches consist mainly of rice and doughy balls made from mashed cassava, plantain or yams. 

Volunteers who have special food requirements or are allergic to a certain kind of food product can mention the same in their applications and it will be taken care of. 

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)
$935.00
8 weeks
$1,322.00
16 weeks
$2,096.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$2,870.00
Average fees
$177.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Tamale/Ghana between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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