GHANA

TEACHING: TEACH DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN ACCRA IN GHANA

Meet a generation of eager students and help improve their education - as a teacher in Ghana!

Make an impact by sharing your knowledge as you teach subjects like Math, English, History, Science and Foreign Languages at schools in Accra. In addition to regular class-teaching, you'll be encouraged to introduce your own ideas and get involved with extracurricular activities, which might include art and design, drama, music, sports or the production of a school newspaper.

Project Objectives:

  • You'll improve the educational prospects of village children and widen their cultural interactions
  • You'll gain practical knowledge from your teaching experience, an invaluable life skill!
  • You'll assist school staff, working hands on with students and infusing new ideas in classes

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Hi, I'm Jim Morel, Project Coordinator for Ghana, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
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Price: £645 (approx. US$795) for 1 week
£200 (US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: This program starts every week, all year round, but subject to school holidays (see Dates & Availability tab). you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 17, or lower if accompanied by parent or guardian. You sho9uld have at least basic English, but no other qualifications are required.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Accommodation
Food
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport. Please note that daily transport costs to and from your project are not included and may range from 2-8 Euros per day.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
ANYONE interested in working with children, teaching or sport
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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A volunteer giving some one-on-one help to a pupil on the Teaching Project in Ghana
A volunteer with some of her students in class.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

It is impossible to write how priceless it is to do this kind of placement and the amount of knowledge and experience it provides.

Ghanaian schools are structured in three main levels and operate under the Ghana education service. They include the Nursery/Primary schools, the Junior High School and the Senior High School.

Our main focus is on the Primary and the Junior High School level, as it’s an age range that needs more help from you and other participants.

You'll be placed in one of the local schools and will be responsible for teaching students English and/or a range of other subjects, including Maths, History, Science and any other subject you have knowledge in. Your role will be to offer inspiring and exciting lessons that will improve the literacy, numeracy, and communication skills of the students in your class.

You'll receive help with issues such as lesson planning, discipline and cultural courtesies. These will be available from a number of sources, including local school teachers, the in-country staff and other participants. However, it is important to remember that your role is intended to be as independent and self-supporting as possible. This will enable you to develop greater self-confidence in your own teaching ability and organisational skills.

Before you leave, Travellers will provide you with a mountain of information on just about everything to do with Ghana and your placement, including a Teaching Guide to help you to structure your lessons.

Your help is very much appreciated! Teaching the children in Ghana is very satisfying, as it is in most African countries, because the children actually do want to learn! We asked a volunteer in Ghana "What do you feel you gained from doing this project?" and she answered:

Blimey, where do I start! Social skills, communications skills, greater initiative, leadership skills, planning skills (for lessons and travelling at weekends), patience, confidence, cultural knowledge to name just a few! It is impossible to write how priceless it is to do this kind of placement and the amount of knowledge and experience it provides.

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A very colourful classroom on the Teaching Project in Ghana
The classrooms in Ghana are very colourful!
One of the volunteers gives a child very helpful individual attention on the Teaching Project in Ghana
One of the volunteers gives a child very helpful individual attention.
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DATES AND AVAILABILITY:
Teaching is not available during school holidays (although other activities are available during that time - see below). So, if you're planning to participate in a placement, please take the school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project. Dates for the school holidays are as follows:

2019 School Holidays:

Easter holidays:
• Dates: 12th April - 06th May
• Activities during: Holiday classes with small groups each day. This could involve doing catch up maths or English but also fun activities including art, sport, history etc.
• Remarks: Programs not running: Teaching

Summer holidays
• Dates: 26th July - 09th September
• Activities during: Holiday classes with small groups each day. This could involve doing catch up maths or English but also fun activities including art, sport, history etc.
• Remarks: Programs not running: Teaching

Christmas holidays
• Dates: 21st December - 14th January
• Activities during: Holiday classes with small groups each day. This could involve doing catch up maths or English but also fun activities including art, sport, history etc.
• Remarks: Programs not running: Teaching

2020 Holidays:

Easter holidays:
• Dates: 09th April - 01st May
• Activities during: Holiday classes with small groups each day. This could involve doing catch up maths or English but also fun activities including art, sport, history etc.
• Remarks: Programs not running: Teaching

Summer holidays
• Dates: 24th July - 04th September
• Activities during: Holiday classes with small groups each day. This could involve doing catch up maths or English but also fun activities including art, sport, history etc.

• Remarks: Programs not running: Teaching

Christmas holidays
• Dates: 21st December - 08th January
• Activities during: Holiday classes with small groups each day. This could involve doing catch up maths or English but also fun activities including art, sport, history etc.
• Remarks: Programs not running: Teaching.

***IMPORTANT*** Please note that the 2020 dates for all holidays are provisional until officially confirmed by the Ministry of Education.

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Volunteers enjoy teaching games in the playground
Volunteers enjoy teaching games in the playground
A selfie moment on the Teaching Project in Ghana
A selfie moment!
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ACCOMMODATION

During your stay here in Ghana you will be accommodated at our Volunteer House here in Accra. Our accommodation is located in Teshie, a coastal suburban town on the east side of Accra. It is a quickly growing suburb that’s getting bigger and bigger every day. Teshie is rich in its diversity and has its own train station for easy transport.

The accommodation has a pool and is located within a gated community. Rooms are generally dorm style (2 - 14) and are separated between male and female.

Our Programs are located about 20 - 40 minutes away from the house. Staff remains on site 7 days a week to assist participants. A personal SIM card is recommended. Air conditioning may be available at night for an additional charge.

Wi-Fi / Internet: Very limited WIFI is available in the common area. There are internet cafes within 2 minutes’ walk.

Food:

Typical Ghanaian dishes mixed with Western food will be served at the accommodation. Typical Ghanaian food includes rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish.

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The exterior of the very comfortable accommodation
One of the seating areas to relax in at the accommodation
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU ... AND GHANAIAN TIME!
Like all our destination countries, the culture in Ghana is different to what you're used to. For example, the people are exceptionally friendly and helpful, with big smiles and a relaxed attitude. On the other hand, the living standard falls short of UK or Western standards. And Ghanaian time is when someone says, "See you at 10.a.m.," - what he really means is, "I'll see you sometime tomorrow" ... And then he may not turn up at all.

The pace of life is slower and more relaxed, but you'll quickly get involved in the daily life of the local people and pretty soon you'll feel completely at home - Ghana has that effect on you!

Self-reliance, independence and initiative are highly appreciated and a sense of humour when the electricity fails, or buses don't turn up, will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

Ghana is a wonderfully welcoming country and the people are overwhelmingly hospitable and friendly. They love their music, dancing and socialising, and this, together with lots of glorious open African country and sunshine, contribute to making your travel adventure to Ghana very special.

ABOUT ACCRA:
Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, with a population of over two million. Accra stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north.

Accra lies on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea and is both big-city hectic and African laid-back. There is something else this African city has that makes up for lack of planning and fancy buildings. It is a wonderful city to experience. It is full of character, has a warm feel, is extremely friendly and feels very safe. It also has some great beaches!

It is a city that is young, wild and full of soul and here you'll sample the true African spirit. During the day, the streets are full of market stalls and vendors where you can browse and buy mouthwatering foods, colourful Kente cloth, beads, or baskets. Don't forget to practice your haggling. During the night the city comes alive with the traditional Ghanaian ‘spot’ bars and the sound of live drumming music in the warm night air. Village-specific festivals and events occur throughout the year.

Accra itself is fascinating, very different from home. Very noisy, dusty and hot, but really colourful and vibrant. Particularly impressed by the palm trees, amazing variety of little stalls and shops and the women balancing huge bundles on their heads! We've felt very safe so far - very little hassle from people, most of whom have been really welcoming. Caroline Allen – Law Placement

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Volunteering to teach disadvantaged children not only benefits them enormously, it benefits you as well.
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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

CHARLES FOWLER
British
Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Schools in Accra

Being in Ghana is fantastic, there's no other word for it. There may be some initial homesickness once the novelty of being abroad has worn off, but then you realise that you're miles away from home, you're here for three months and you might as well pull your socks up and make the most out of your placement.

As for the country itself - what can I say? It really is one of the most wonderfully diverse places I've ever experienced. The people, the climate, the schools, the sights and smells all contribute to create a friendly atmosphere in which you feel very secure and very welcome from the moment you arrive. The instant you step off the plane into the dust and the heat, you can see at a glance that the next three months in Ghana are going to be like nothing you've seen or done before, but that only adds to the excitement and the pleasure you get out of it. Thanks for making all this possible

DAVID GRAY
British
Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Schools in Accra

I love Ghana and I can’t believe I’m going home in 2 weeks! I wish I could stay longer but unfortunately I can’t. It’s been the best time of my life so far! I am learning so much about the different cultures both at home with the family and also at the different schools. Ghana is so different from England and I thought it would take a long time to adjust but everyone has made me feel so welcome that it didn’t take long at all and once I had been here for a few days, I felt like I had been here a few months.

LYNDSAY WARNER
British
Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Schools in Accra

I don't know where to start..... I've learnt how to handle a class, how to communicate to children and adults alike who’s first language isn’t English, how to plan lessons and how to make them effective, how to handle people in the street, how to speak Twi! (a bit!) And then out of the classroom - how to plan trips away, things like that.....I feel like I've learnt so much and I'll go home like a new person.

The best thing about this placement is my students...definitely. I love them so much. I'm going to miss them a lot.

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RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL TRAVEL:

Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.

We are passionate about mutually beneficial interaction with the local community. The team members are locals and very community-minded. We work closely with the local community to achieve maximum benefits and emphasis is always placed on doing what is best for the local environment. To this end, information on how to leave minimal negative impact on the environment is given to you prior to your departure as part of your documentation from Travellers Worldwide. This is also highlighted in your induction on arrival., so our interaction with all local institutions and businesses is very extensive.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY:

We employ local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect

POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

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A volunteer playing with a child at the beach.
There are some amazing waterfalls to explore in Ghana!
Lovely beaches too!
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