||All year round, subject to school terms - you choose
your start and finish dates.
From 1 week to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Minimum age 17.
No qualifications necessary but you should be
enthusiastic person who loves children.
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas,
transfer to airport.
Who can do
This project is open to all nationalities and all ages
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
teaching or working with children overseas while doing
voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Ghana, short
breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the
fascination Ghanaian culture
The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
You'll volunteer at a private school for pre-school (kindergarten), primary and junior secondary school children in Accra. The school is a mixed gender with approx 120 students and 18 teachers. The ages of the children range between 2 and 13 years.
Volunteering on this project not only provides much needed help to the staff of the school, but it helps the children in leaps and bounds by teaching them conversational English and allowing them to socialise with people from all over the world. This works wonders for their confidence and this can be seen as they progress in the school with more and more supportive contact.
Football has a huge following in Ghana and the school has a playground and soft turf (grass) so you could also incorporate some sports into your teaching. The school holds a monthly interschool games where nearby schools come together to compete in various games in a fun and informal environment.
The school also offers drama and cultural displays as after school activities which you could get involved with if you'd like to.
You'll be overwhelmed by the smiles and energy that these children show for visitors and each other – you won’t be able to resist them!
The school opens from 7am – 3pm with an hour lunch from 12pm. Your working hours will usually be 7.30am – 3pm (they rise early in Ghana, due to the heat!), Monday to Friday, with weekends off to relax or to do a bit of travelling. Usually the mornings are spent feeding and playing with the younger kids and the afternoons are spent teaching.
SCHOOL TERMS AND HOLIDAYS:
Teaching is not available during school vacations, 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. During the school vacations Travellers run a Summer Camp
for the children to give them something to do and a place to go
that provides them with food and keeps them off the street. Find
out more details here.
On the other hand, if a vacation falls during your proposed
placement, you could use this time to do any independent
travelling and sightseeing..
Dates for the school terms (semesters) are given below (These dates are used as
a guideline and can change yearly.)
Term 1: 6th
January – 9th April
Term 2: 5th May
– 30th July
Term 3: 2nd
September – 11th December.
REQUIRED OF YOU ... AND GHANAIAN TIME!
You don’t have to have a great knowledge of the game and the rules, but you must
be an enthusiastic person who enjoys playing the game.
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
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
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!
Your accommodation will be with a
host family. This means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and
generally live like a Ghanaian. This enables you to fully experience the
local culture from the inside.
Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long
after they leave Ghana and in some cases they return to the country
later especially to visit their family. Sometimes members of their
Ghanaian family have even gone to visit them in their home country.
family for the past 6 weeks, the Opuku family, have been very warming to
us staying there. They've cooked up some fabulous meals and have been
very helpful to us when we have needed some help finding our way around.
The children at the house are fantastic! They're very keen to explore
your room, and sweets seems to be very high on the list."
Food is included in this placement and
will be local cuisine - again this is to enable
you to fully experience living as local Ghanaians do. When we arrange
your placement, we will liaise extensively with you regarding both the
placement and your accommodation. As always, our Local Manager will look
after you well and will always be on hand to help and offer advice.
"My family -
Lizzie and Prince are lovely. The children are very sweet, and I
feel extremely lucky to have been placed with them. The house is
of a Western standard in most ways, and Lizzie's cooking is
excellent. I feel a part of their family already."
standing on the front verandah of their accommodation
Got any questions? Please email us:
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 program (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.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
While on your placements, you can also book some
Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Ghana, or
you could even do a second project in a different country in Africa (or
elsewhere) - thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND 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.
Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is both big-city hectic and
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.
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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arrive in your new country, please
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