At your volunteer teaching placement in Ghana, you’ll help:
Teach English lessons to young children
As one of the most widely spoken languages worldwide and the official language of Ghana, it is important for local children to learn English. However, most children grow up speaking a local language such as Twi or Fanti. If you speak English, you can offer valuable help. You can help improve the students’ and also the teachers’ conversation and pronunciation, and grammar.
You’ll begin by assisting the local teacher if you’re not comfortable leading the class. If you’re confident, you can lead the class yourself, or work with another volunteer.
If you are working with children who have special needs, slow down your classes and spend more time focused on small groups.
Assist local teachers with their other classes
There is more to the school day than just English lessons. Work alongside local teachers as they teach their students maths and IT skills, French, music, art, drama and sports. The lessons for each class will depend on the children's skill level. You can help teach basic IT lessons, and assist with addition and subtraction during maths class.
Or, you can use your creativity during art and drama lessons, and get active on the field while teaching sports. If you can speak French to an intermediate level, you’ll have the option of teaching this class too.
Plan lessons to ensure you are prepared for the next day
As a Teaching volunteer, you’ll work towards goals that we have set out for the project. You’ll spend time planning your lessons for the following day, to ensure each lessons is in line with these goals. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be while teaching too. We encourage you to come prepared with teaching supplies from home and your own ideas on how you’d like to teach.
Participate in after school reading clubs on a weekly basis
Literacy is an important area for this Teaching Project. As a volunteer, you’ll assist with our weekly after school reading club. This club aims to encourage students to read outside of school by making it fun and interactive. You can read along with the kids or have them read aloud in turns.
Our Project Partners in Ghana
To meet the need for education in Akuapem Hills, Projects Abroad built and founded the Tore Eikeland School in partnership with the Tore Foundation.
The Tore’s Foundation aims to create democratically engaged communities with citizens that question decision-making and work towards economic change. The foundation provides these communities with education, debating skills, and the resources needed to implement liberal teaching methods. Through the growing confidence of their students, they will be able to build sustainable communities and help alleviate poverty.
Where will I be working in Ghana?
You’ll work at a school in one of three different locations. Many of the schools we work with are understaffed, with a high student to teacher ratio. The conditions are also basic, so you won’t have the equipment and resources you’re used to at home.
With a population of almost three million, Ghana’s capital city is a constant hive of activity. Watch the female traders carrying baskets and colourful merchandise on their heads as you maneuver through the gridlocked streets to get to the school where you’ll be working. There is a wealth of history in this town and many museums, markets, and monuments for you to explore.
In Akuapem Hills, you’ll work at the Tore Eikeland School. This school is fully funded by Projects Abroad and provides free education to the children in surrounding villages. This more rural region is quieter than most but will give you a good picture of what life in Ghana is like. Because it is quieter with less distractions, it becomes easier for you to get to know the locals and learn about their culture and traditions. In the evenings, the locals are known for their lively community parties. This is something you won’t want to miss!
Situated right on the coast, this historical city is a quiet fishing town. It is perfect if you want close access to the beach. You’ll work at a local primary school or special needs school.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.
Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.
For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.
We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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