Ghana Teaching Volunteers
2-12 weeks from £419
- Teach English to children in Ghana
- Help the school children grow in confidence and build skills for life
- Experience one of Africa’s friendliest countries
- Immerse yourself in a different culture as you live and work alongside local people
- Chill out at the local beach during your free time
- Gain fantastic teaching experience that’ll make your CV stand out from the crowd!
Become a teaching volunteer in Ghana and make a real difference in the lives of young people. Jet over to the bustling city of Accra and help out in a choice of local schools, supporting teachers and delivering lessons. Many schools in Ghana are hugely underfunded and understaffed, meaning that lesson content can be limited and repetitive. As a teaching volunteer you can bring some creative flair and inspiration, and deliver lessons that are fun, exciting and interactive for the friendly school children of Accra. Plus, during your time off from the project you can relax on the beach or explore more of Ghana. The best of both worlds!
Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!
What to expect at the project
When you arrive in Ghama, 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!
You will then be placed in one of a number of local schools near Ghana’s capital Accra. You’ll have the choice of being placed at either the Junior or Senior High School, depending on which age group you feel most comfortable teaching.
You’ll be tasked with creating and delivering classes that are inspiring, fun, exciting and interactive with the aim to improve the levels of literacy, numeracy and communication of the students in your classes. Your main focus will be on the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Social Studies; but the project is flexible so if you can opt to focus on just on one particular subject that you are interested in and feel most comfortable with.
As with all volunteer projects, we ask the you remain as open-minded and flexible to all opportunities that arise as this will really help you to get the most out of your volunteer programme.
Transport between your accommodation and chosen 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.
Day in the life
You will typically be volunteering from Monday to Friday for between 6 and 8 hours each day (please note these hours can vary). During your free time, you will need to make sure that you set aside some time for lesson planning and preparation to ensure that your lessons are confident and well-structured.
Class sizes at the schools do vary, but are usually between 20 and 30 students, sometimes more. The schools that you will be placed in do follow a set curriculum, similar to your home country, which you will need to incorporate and follow in your lessons and planning. As part of your induction to the programme and your project work, the Ghanaian curriculum will be explained to you so that you are aware of the lesson content that you will need to cover.
You’ll receive plenty of help and assistance with tasks such as lesson planning, discipline in the classroom and cultural courtesies, from a number of sources including our in-country team, the local teachers at your school, as well as other volunteers. You will be placed alongside one of the local teachers until you have learnt the ropes and are comfortable leading the class and taking control. Once you have mastered this, you can choose to either take the classes on your own or with a fellow volunteer if you prefer. Although this may seem daunting you will no doubt have an amazing sense of achievement when your time on this volunteer programme comes to an end.
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.
You can also 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.
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 teach.
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
Teachers in Ghana are often overworked and under-resourced; as such they are unable to introduce fun and exciting exercises or extra-curricular activities for the students to become involved in. As a volunteer in one of the local schools, you will focused on teaching core subjects but creating lessons that are fun and interactive and introducing some new activities to really help enrich the education that the children receive during your time at the school.
By volunteering on this programme, you will provide much needed assistance to teachers in schools in Ghana. You will introduce creativity and energy to the classroom and give the children support and new-found confidence. As 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!
As well as getting the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of young people, you’ll also gain great teaching and childcare experience in a unique setting. This’ll help prepare you for future teaching and childcare roles, and certainly make your CV stand out from the crowd!
- All accommodation in a shared volunteer house
- 3 meals per day during your placement
- Volunteer placement at a school in Accra
- Support during your placement
- Arrival airport transfer
- Departure airport transfer
- Assistance of in-country team
- Comprehensive orientation, including a tour of Accra
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks and optional excursions etc
- Project T-Shirt
- Transport between your accommodation and project
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. The house does not have wifi, but local sim cards with data packages can be also be bought very cheaply locally (for around 15p for a SIM card and 90p for a GB of data) and there are local internet cafes that can also be used.
Three meals per day will be provided for you at the volunteer house, 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.
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.
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 A Visa For Ghana?
Yes you do! You must obtain your Ghana visa prior to departure as it is not possible to obtain a visa on arrival. You are required to have a tourist visa for this programme. British passport holders can obtain a Ghana tourist visa from the Ghana High Commission in London. You will need to apply and pay for your visa online and send off your passport and valid yellow fever certificate for your visa to be issued. It takes 10-15 working days for Ghana visa applications to be processed, please allow plenty of time to apply for your visa.
What Vaccinations Do I Need?
As we are not medically trained, we are unable to give advice on which vaccinations you may need for your travels. However, please note that a valid Yellow Fever Certificate is required for entry into Ghana and will be inspected immediately on arrival. Malaria is also present in Ghana so please you ensure malarial prophylaxis options with your GP prior to travel
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. When you travel during your free time, mosquito nets are normally provided in guesthouses etc when required. It is possible to purchase a mosquito net locally if you would like to have one.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
Yes, this is available at the volunteer house. The local team will give you more details when you arrive.