This project runs between approximately 1st August until 10th September every year and
can be combined with another project before or after this one.
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 and enjoys
fun and games!.
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, Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
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
Also available as a summer placement or short break in
Ghana or Africa, or for those interested in TEFL
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!
Children in Ghana have school vacations
from the beginning of
until the middle of
many of the children
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.
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".
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
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
Simple games like hopscotch, skipping,
Arts & Crafts - here there are many
Any creative activities, like face
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
The Summer Camp takes place in the grounds of one of the local schools in
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.
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.
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!
Congratulations - Prize Giving!
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.
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 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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