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Akwaaba Volunteers

Teaching Supporter

Accra, Ghana

Teaching in Ghana is a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Join local schools and work alongside teachers to brighten the future of the next generation.

About the Program

Join Akwaaba Volunteers teaching program no matter what your experience, we have something for everyone. 

We are working in the local community to try and offer education to all children, no matter what their background, there are many people in Ghana living in poverty that do not have access to education due to lack of money to afford basic fees such as uniform.There is also a high number of young children working on the streets to try and make enough money just to eat. 

We have established a school for all of these children to give them a free education, food and extra curricular activities. Through this school, children will graduate and be supported through to high school and university. This will decrease the illiteracy rates in the area as well as giving more children the chance to better their future and learn invaluable lessons and offering them a much wider range of future career options.

During our program, teaching volunteers will be working in a local school from 8am - 3pm. You will either work alongside a local teacher, following the school curriculum for your class, take on the challenge of teaching your own class or help students who are struggling or excelling in one on one / small group sessions . Classes range from nursery to 16 year old of all ages and abilities and all our schools are within a 15 minute drive from the volunteer house. By having volunteers working in the school we are able to increase the number of students attending due to the extra help and therefore are able to get more children into the education system. 

We will place you in a school and age group based on your experience and interests but you will have the opportunity to make experience as much school life as possible.

Volunteers do not need any special qualifications or experience, although these are more than welcome, all you need is the enthusiasm to work with children, a good attitude and a desire to make a difference and genuinely change lives. We expect all of our volunteers to come ready to face a challenge, and to have a new experience unlike any other. You should be prepared to be with children and plan a few classroom games or simple exercises in case you need them! Upon arrival you will be able to plan lessons more easily after you meet your students and assess their levels. 

We will ensure you have 24 hour support from our committed team in Ghana helping you at placements and at home and to ensure that you make the most out of your experience. Although it is not necessary for you to bring anything any small donations such as pencils/ stationary or other classroom equipment are more than welcome! The more effort you put into your program the more you will get out of it! 

The Location

All our volunteers are based in Labadi, a pleasant suburb of Accra, 10 minutes from central Accra and just a 2 minute walk from the beach. We live in a large shared house on a large estate with restaurants, bars, pharmacies, shops and ATMs within walking distance. It is an extremely safe area but we live in a gated compound with security to make you feel more at home. The majority of our schools that we work with are in walking distance of the house to make the biggest impact we can in the community.

Typical day

Breakfast is served from 6.30am onwards - a simple continental breakfast

Placements start from 8am onwards depending on the school. You will spend all morning working on your project before returning to the house for lunch. 

A freshly prepared lunch will be served from 12.30 - 2.30. The perfect opportunity to have a break and refresh yourselves.

Afternoons you will return to your placement till the end of the day around 3.00pm 

You may have the afternoon free from time to time - excursions will be organised around the local area to places such as museums, markets, the beach, the swimming pool, or language/ cooking lessons  or this will give you time to plan lessons and activities for tomorrow.

In the evening another home made meal will be served at 6.30pm - you will get the chance to catch up with all the volunteers in the house, find out about their day and relax after your day 

From 8pm there will an activity on offer run by our volunteer coordinator - this can be anything from movie nights, games nights, salsa night, visiting a bar, clubs etc

Free-time activities

During your free time there are plenty of things to experience, from Ghana's rich history to enjoying the sunshine on the beach we can offer anything. Most afternoons can be spent exploring Accra and the local area with activities such as, visiting markets, beaches, museums, playing sports, bowling, visiting the swimming pool and art galleries. Evenings consist of relaxing at the house, movie nights, quiz nights, game nights, salsa nights, partying, playing pool at local bars, visiting clubs and restaurants. 

At the weekends you will have the opportunity to explore all the beauty of Ghana, joined by our experienced staff we will take you across the country from climbing mountains and swimming in waterfalls, playing with monkeys and visiting a safari, learning of the slave trade in Ghana at Elmina Castle and relaxing at beach resorts or taking on the waves at surf school! This country has something for everyone!  

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English, Maths and Science are the core subjects taught in Ghana. at GCSE level
Required Documents
CV required with all relevant experience clearly stated
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Relevant experience or aspirations to become a teacher are useful but not necessary.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Akwaaba Volunteers are happy to help you.

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The fees paid for our volunteer programs go directly into the programs you are working with.

It includes:
  • The set up of your placement 
  • Pre departure information 
  • Airport pick up 
  • 3 x meals per day 
  • Accommodation in our Volunteer House 
  • 24hour Staff support

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

We understand that landing in a foreign country can sometimes be difficult which is why we will have a member of staff waiting for you at the airport. Just look for your name and an Akwaaba Volunteers T-shirt. 

We will be regularly checking the status of your flight so dont worry if you are delayed we will still be there for you! 

Accommodation

During your stay with Akwaaba Volunteers you will be staying in our Volunteer House based in Labadi.

  • We have single sex shared bedrooms with separate bathrooms 
  • A large communal living room with wifi and TV
  • Dining room and fully functional kitchen 
  • Outside seating area 
  • 2 minute walk from the beach 
  • 5 minute walk from local shops, pharmacies, currency exchange, ATM etc

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will get 3 meals a day 

Breakfast is a simple continental breakfast with coffee, tea and hot chocolate available
Lunch and dinner are both freshly prepared by our in house chef and a mixture of Local and western dishes are available throughout the week.
Every 2 weeks we take all our volunteers out to eat at an extra cost.

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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$720.00
5 weeks
$880.00
6 weeks
$1,040.00
7 weeks
$1,200.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,000.00
Average fees
$173.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Akwaaba Volunteers 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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Akwaaba Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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