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VolunteerMatch Ghana

Teach at Local Schools

Education Junior School Teaching

The primary school has limited resources and depends a lot on volunteers for support since the school authorities cannot afford to employ good English speaking teachers.

About the Program

Teaching English, mathematics and other subjects in Ghana will inevitably increase employment opportunities, reduce illiteracy and ultimately assist local people to become economically independent. When you teach at local schools as a volunteer with VolunteerMatch Ghana, you will work alongside local teachers to improve participatory teaching methods, classroom management, assessments and gender equality in the classroom. Volunteers will also help develop primary education projects focusing on early-childhood development, literacy and health education.

Your Role as a Volunteer

As a teaching volunteer, you may teach conversational English, mathematics, geography, science, social studies or supervise homework and provide individualized attention to students falling behind in class. Ghanaian students of all ages and backgrounds appreciate the opportunity to interact with fluent English speakers. 

Who we are looking for

You do not have to be a qualified or experienced teacher to join the project, and you are sure to receive a warm welcome from the local schools VolunteerMatch Ghana works with who are eager to have our volunteers. Whether you want to volunteer abroad by teaching during your gap year, career break, or vacation you will have a role to play, and your efforts will make a lasting impact.

The teaching placement is in kindergarten, lower grades and primary schools in Accra, the capital of Ghana as well as in the Volta region of Ghana. Volunteers with personal experience in special education can also bring their skills and initiatives to bear as they help create lesson plans and activities for their unique lessons. You will as well gain hands-on experience and have lots of fun working in VolunteerMatch Ghana's project. Due to limited resources, the school authorities cannot afford to employ good English speaking teachers, thus volunteers play a key role here by teaching English to the students. 


Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Typical day

Your role as a teaching volunteer will make a significant impact on the lives of children in local schools with limited resources, help building their confidence and individual potential outside the classroom. 

Volunteers will receive support from the VolunteerMatch Ghana staff and the local school teachers regarding the lesson plans and teaching curriculum. All of our placement schools welcome volunteers who express interest in other aspects of school activities like sports, dramaarts and music.

As a volunteer on this project, you will work from Monday to Friday for seven hours a day, with weekends off so you can explore your new community, visit some beautiful Ghanaian attractions and explore nearby areas. You are welcome to bring along teaching materials such as picture books, instruments, flash cards, art supplies, and songs. Classes are generally in session five days a week.

Details on Arrival

 VolunteerMatch Ghana's volunteer and internship placements are available all year round and open to anyone irrespective of gender or age. A life-changing experience you don't want to miss!  

Our program runs year-round. You decide when you intend to be part of the project and how long you want to stay. Kindly send us your flight details when booked to secure your placement.

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
Math, Environment, English at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You should be able to deal with a great bunch of kids in a small place. A calm character and stress resistance will be an advantage.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at VolunteerMatch Ghana are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

Accra has developed a fairly western social scene in the recent years, mainly because of the large expatriate community in the city. On Friday night, singing karaoke in the champs sports bar at the Paloma Hotel, you would be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back into Europe. And this has its place after a month living in the village, a cocktail and some fluent English conversation can be just what you need. 

There are some great deal of bars in Accra with much more feel, and much more opportunity to interact with Ghanaians, one popular place with volunteers is ’By well’ at the southern end of Osu Oxford street, where the house band plays every Thursday evening. Cape coast also has good bars, ‘Oasis’ on the beach near the Castle is popular and sometimes has impressive live drumming and dancing shows. 

Sport bars are usually relatively inexpensive, and the sorts of places local people go to for their beer after work. Learning some Twi or Ewe and some Ga from the locals as the sun goes down and sip an ice-cold star or club beer can be a great and very cheap evening out. Labadi beach is also a place where volunteers go swimming and horse riding.

As Ghana is a safari destination for tourists, our program has established links to various destinations for our volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to visit the famous Kakum canopy walk, Tafi Atome monkey sanctuary, Wli water falls, Cape Coast castle and the Mole national park.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding
Contact & Reservation
$150
/week
$150
/week
4 - 20
weeks
4 - 20
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Included Services

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We refund your fees if VolunteerMatch Ghana cancels your trip
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Services by VolunteerMatch Ghana
  • Arranging your program
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance 
  • Accommodation and food in the VolunteerMatch Ghana volunteer house
  • Airport pick-up
  • Orientation
  • Wifi internet access/ stand-by generator during power cuts
  • Local in-country team support and backup
  • Certificate of completion
  • What's not included?

    • Local transportation to and from program location
    • Any personal expenses, TIPS, extra meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned (approximate personal expenses for food and traveling per week would be USD 40 to USD 50 per week)

    VolunteerMatch Ghana strives to provide best of the living and other arrangements to its volunteers. Like we keep saying, just pack your bags and arrive at your placement destination. From your airport pickup, stay, meals, weekend tours and other nitty gritties, VolunteerMatch Ghana manages everything for you.

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. 

Accommodation

Most volunteers stay in a local host family organised by VolunteerMatch Ghana. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteers. By staying in a host family you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions.

Normally the rooms are shared but it is likely you can have a room to yourself at an extra cost depending on the kind of project and time of arrival.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

VolunteerMatch Ghana will provide breakfast, lunch and supper. Vegetarian food is available.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$600.00
5 weeks
$750.00
7 weeks
$1,050.00
9 weeks
$1,350.00
20 weeks (max. stay)
$3,000.00
Average fees
$150.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 20 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. VolunteerMatch Ghana 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 VolunteerMatch Ghana during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Ghana

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ghana. Please check the visa regulations for Ghana.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Ghana and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Ghana.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ghana.

What's next?

Airport
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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Ghana while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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