Ghana Childcare Volunteers

2-12 weeks from £449

£49 Deposit
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Help children in Ghana get a better start in life

Help children in Ghana get a better start in life

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Volunteer with kids in Ghana

Trip Highlights

  • Volunteer in a childcare centre
  • Help make a difference to the lives of local children in Ghana
  • Get to know the locals
  • Visit the local beach during your free time!
  • Experience one of Africa’s most exciting up and coming destinations

Trip Summary

An exciting and thoroughly rewarding experience awaits you when you decide to become a childcare volunteer in Ghana. Like many countries in the developing world, Ghana has a large number of abandoned children across the country, many of whom, for a variety of reasons have been left to fend for themselves.

This programme gives you the opportunity to help make a difference to the lives of these children, working alongside local staff in a combined childcare centre and school, you’ll be able to give them the extra support and attention that so many are deprived of. 

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Like in many developing countries worldwide, Ghana has a large number of children who have been either, abandoned or neglected or whose parents have died, and as such are in desperate need of care and support. There are a growing number of care centres and schools across Ghana which are full to bursting point with children who are in need of your help. With staff often over-worked and stretched to the limit, they are unable to give the children in their care any extra support, attention or one to one time that they need and deserve. This is where you come in, as a volunteer you’ll be giving some much needed support and assistance to the children at these centres.

You’ll be based in a combined care centre and school in the capital city of Accra, working with both children who come to the centre and school on a daily basis. Some children live permanently at the centre. The ages of the children who live at the centre and attend school range considerably, with anything from 3 up to 16 years of age. 

With smiles aplenty from the children at the centres, a very warm welcome is sure to await you at this Ghana Childcare programme.

Your role as a volunteer on this programme will primarily be acting as a carer or as a teaching assistant in the adjacent school. Your help and support is invaluable to both the staff and the children that you will be working alongside.

By volunteering on this programme, you are helping to free up some of the time of the staff and enable the children to give children extra support and some one-to-one attention that they may otherwise go without. Through being a fluent English speaker, you can also help out with English lessons for the children, giving them an extremely valuable skill for life as well giving them a huge confidence boost!

Creativity is key on this programme, every child has varying needs so classes can be very unpredictable; the more interactive and fun you can make each day, the more you and the children will get out of it. Each day will be different, but as you get to know the children and start to develop your own teaching methods, you will soon reap the rewards and benefits. You’ll be joining in with games and fun activities with the children and hopefully introducing some of your own new ideas along the way, as well as giving them some basic English lessons; you’ll really be helping to enrich the classes and care that the children receive. You may also have the opportunity to get involved in some renovations at the school, repairing classrooms or giving them a new lick of paint and maybe the odd mural or two to brighten everything up.

As with any volunteering around the world, we ask that you remain flexible and open minded throughout which will help you to get the most out of your time away.

For the first few days of your programme, you will have a fantastic orientation to really help you get settled in to your new surroundings and get to grips with how things work in Ghana. You’ll receive an orientation briefing covering lots of useful information relating to your programme and Ghana in general. In addition you’ll also be taken on a tour of Accra including visits to the craft markets, shops, bars, banks and of course the lovely local beach!

Your volunteer project will normally run from Monday to Friday with a typical day at the project starting at around 8:30am and finishing at approximately 2:00pm, giving you plenty of time in the afternoon to prepare and plan your activities for the following days.

Please note: During August schools are closed for the holiday period, which means normal lessons do not run. If you are volunteering during this month you will be helping out on the recess program which runs throughout August and will also give volunteers a chance to get invovled with teaching.

In addition to your main placement, you will have the opportunity to teach classes, or assist in teaching classes with our football school based in Teshie- Accra. With a western education, you will be able to contribute massively to the standard of tuition that the students receive. Subject areas include English (language and literature), math, science, journalism, business, IT, RE and a whole variety of extra-curricular activities.

In addition, you can get involved with coaching your favourite sport in the afternoon helping disadvantage children reach their full potential in Sports, Education and Health using sports as a tool to achieve that.

The after school project was launched in recognition of the need to support children with their education as well as providing them with sporting opportunities.

We are aware of the pressure that young sporting talent put on themselves whilst trying to fulfil their sporting ambitions. This determination to succeed in sport is often pursued to the detriment of children’s school work. Put simply – when you’re eager to hit the football pitch after school, homework is the last thing on your mind! 

The after school programme offers homework help, extra tuition and exam revision for those children who may otherwise struggle to keep up due to their dedication to sport.

This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge with disadvantage but enthusiastic children in Teshie-Accra area.

Transportation

Transport from your accommodation to your project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own. 

More Trip Info

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Departure airport transfer
  • Assistance of in-country team
  • Orientation

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks and optional excursions etc
  • Transport between your accommodation and project

More Whats Included

Throughout your placement in Ghana you will be accommodated in a shared volunteer house in Teshie, near the capital city of Accra. Centrally located, you are in easy reach of local shops, banks, bars and even the beach!

You’ll be sharing a dormitory style room with other volunteers of the same gender, each room accommodates between 2 and 12 volunteers. There are also shared bathroom facilities including toilets and showers (cold water).There are fans in each room and air conditioning is available at night time only for a fee which can be arranged locally.

The house is basic but comfortable and has some lovely communal areas where you can chill out during your free time and socialise with fellow participants.  Limited wifi is also available to use, but local sim cards with data packages can be also be bought very cheaply locally. 

Three meals per day will be provided for you, the food will be basic but nutritious. Meals are a combination of western and local Ghanaian dishes, please ensure you inform us of specific dietary requirements prior to departure. 

Transport from your accommodation to your project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.

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More Flights Info

Your flight to Ghana should arrive at Accra Kotoka International Airport (airport code ACC) on your programme start date. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date.

To book your flights, please contact the Real Flights team on 01892 277037 or [email protected] who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.

More Arrival Info

The minimum age for this programme is 18 years. 

A tourist visa is required for entry into Ghana. British passport holders can obtain their visa through the Ghana High Commission. For this programme you will be required to obtain a 3 month tourist visa, this can be applied for online and then submitted to the Ghana High Commission for processing. The application process takes 10-15 working days, so please allow plenty of time for your application. All other nationalities should consult their nearest Ghana High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.

Visitors to Ghana will be stamped in for 60 days on arrival, if you are staying for more than 60 days you will need to extend your entry permit for a small fee payable locally, permits can be extended by 1 month intervals. For stays of more than 90 days, you will be required to obtain a non-citizen ID card, this can be arranged locally for a fee of approximately US$120.

Please also note that a valid Yellow Fever Certificate is required for Ghana and this will be inspected on arrival into the country and also need to be submitted with your application for a visa for Ghana. 

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS check and will need to have a clean criminal record.

DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.

There is an additional cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in three stages:

1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.

2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS will need verification of your identity – to do this you will need to take three original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.

3. It can take up to two weeks for your DBS to be processed, which will be sent to you directly in the post.

Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?

No, you won?t need to take a sleeping bag with you, however it might be a good idea to just take a sleeping bag liner or a thin sheet for night as it can be very hot.

Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?

All of the house windows and doors are netted and the rooms are frequently sprayed for mosquitoes. Even when you travel around, mosquito nets will always be provided if necessary, so there is no need to bring a mosquito net.

Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?

There is a locked filing cabinet (in the lockable on site office) where you can keep your valuables, you will also have frequent access to your items when needed.

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