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CARE FOR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN ACCRA IN GHANA

GHANA

SUMMER CAMP

CARE FOR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN ACCRA IN GHANA

Come to Ghana and have fun with the kids! Turn their school vacations into an enjoyable learning experience using games, hobbies and any creative activities. You'll use fun activities to teach them English, games, sports, arts/crafts, drama/music, magic, face-painting ...

We set up the Summer Camp to give the kids fun stuff to do during the vacations that doesn't cost them anything. The idea is to keep them entertained and perhaps teach them some skills at the same time. We provide equipment and materials for games, competitions and general fun stuff and we also make sure they get a meal every day (unfortunately, sometimes this is the only meal they get).

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates This project runs between approximately 1st August until 10th September every year and can be combined with another project before or after this one.
Duration From 1 week to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17. No qualifications necessary but you should be an enthusiastic person who loves children and enjoys fun and games!.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food

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 Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for children, teaching or working with children or coaching sports and playing games with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or short break in Ghana or Africa, or for those interested in 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 development.

  • 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!

Care for Children during Summer Holidays in Ghana

WORK CONTENT
Children in Ghana have school vacations from the beginning of August until the middle of September. Unfortunately, many of the children come from poor families and have little or no resources to entertain themselves during the Summer vacation. To help families who struggle to find someone to look after the children, or can't afford anyone to care for their children while they go work, Travellers set up a free Summer Camp for the children.  We provide equipment and materials for games, competitions and general fun stuff and we also make sure they get a meal every day.

Our first Summer Camp took place in 2005 at St Matthews School and was a great success for all involved!  Since then, the volunteers all loved it because they got to really give hands-on attention to all the children in an informal setting. Volunteers have made comments like, "the best time of my life", "I loved every minute of it and I'm going to miss my children!" and the best one, "I'm coming back for next year's camp".

The children love the Summer Camps - they win prizes! The prize for our volunteers is the big grins across all the kids' faces :-)  One of the obvious activities will be sports - as many varied sports as possible - plus various other children's activities, such as:

  • Any ball games, like Football, Cricket, Basketball, Rounders or Netball

  • Frisbee games

  • Dancing - Ghanaians love to dance, so putting together a dance concert or dance competition would be fun

  • Drama - Informal Drama productions is another activity that can be initiated - and all kids love play-acting!

  • Music - teaching them to sing, to play an instrument and perhaps to put together a concert to be performed at the end of the vacations

  • Magic tricks, juggling or circus-type activities

  • Simple games like hopscotch, skipping, hula-hoops

  • Arts & Crafts - here there are many options.

  • Any creative activities, like face painting

  • Reading from story books

  • Or anything else your imagination can dream up that will amuse the children.

The kids learn to use English at the same time, so they not only have fun, they also benefit from the activity. These activities also benefit the children by improving their team-work skills, social interaction and building their confidence.

The Summer Camp takes place in the grounds of one of the local schools in Kwabenya and is for children from all around the area, including other schools in the community. Kwabenya is a small town/suburb about forty minutes drive outside Accra city center and a place where many of our teaching volunteers are based.

You may work for only a few hours a day, or you may find that you want to devote more time to the children. The school remains open during the vacations because they are also running extra-curricular academic lessons for the children who need them. However, during the vacation period it is likely the school will have only one member of staff present as the rest of the staff are likely to be away on vacation. For this reason you will have the opportunity to become quite involved in the structure, running and development of the Camp, which will require you to work on your own initiative for a lot of the time.So being creative is a must.

You may work with large or small groups of children, so you need to be diverse and organised, but you are encouraged to utilise any skills or passions you have, whether these are playing sport, music, drama or just games.

Past volunteers made a real difference by introducing a fun and creative way for the children to express themselves and learn about new things. You’ll be rewarded by how much fun the children will have!

So if you haven't got anything planned and you're free for a couple a weeks or longer this summer, why not come to Ghana and have fun with the kids.

SCHOOL TERMS AND HOLIDAYS:

Dates for the 2015 school terms (semesters) are as follows:

  • Term 1: 6th January – 9th April

  • Term 2: 5th May – 30th July

  • Term 3: 2nd September – 11th December.

WHAT IS 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. 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! 

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!

Care for Children during Summer Holidays in Ghana

Care for Children during Summer Holidays in Ghana

Care for Children during Summer Holidays in Ghana


Congratulations - Prize Giving!

Teach English to disadvantaged children in schools in Ghana

ACCOMMODATION:
Your accommodation will vary depending on your work location, but will either be in a family run hostel or 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.

"The 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." Jonathan Childs

FOOD:

Food 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."

 

Caroline, left, Susannah, right, standing on the front verandah of their accommodation with Caroline’s host, Lizzie

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

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 wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who 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.

  

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Drumming Courses
 

This 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.

ABOUT ACCRA:
Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, 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

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.




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