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Project details

Project start
11 Jul 2013
Project end

Project duration
This project is ongoing

Project ID
2576

Project Name
TEACH CHILDREN IN ACCRA
Project City
ACCRA
Project Country
Ghana
Preferred skills
no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm!
Number of volunteers

Minimum age
17
Project types
Child welfare and Education

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Brief overview

TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN ACCRA

AN AFRICAN EXPERIENCE! 

AKWAABA, Welcome to this beautiful country and to our range of schools where you can teach disadvantaged children, who will bowl you over with their charm. Teach English to children in schools. Alongside English you can also teach other subjects, such as Sports and IT, which are very popular with the children. You can teach for any length of time from two weeks to three months or longer - the choice is yours.

There is lots of the good stuff in Ghana - overwhelming hospitality, friendliness, religions and languages. There's also lots of music, dancing, activities and socialising in Accra - and glorious African sunshine!

►SUMMARY FACTFILE

Start Dates: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!

Duration: 2 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements

Requirements: Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm!). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in the language.

Price: £645 for 1 week, ranging to £2,195 for 12 weeks.

Full Price List and other Currencies

 

What's included:

►Accommodation ►Food ►Meeting you at the Airport ►Transfer to your accommodation ►Transport to and from your project ►Full pre-departure support ►Local in-country team support and backup ►24-hr emergency support ►Free T-shirt.

What's not included:

Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required, but we'll provide necessary documents and assistance), Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this Project?

All projects are open to all nationalities.

Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged between 17 and 70+

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW


The schools that we work with are a mixture of primary and secondary. You will generally be asked to help out with any age groups, although where possible we will try to keep you to your preferred age range. You are very likely to be in popular demand everywhere - in and out of the classroom.

Teaching the children in Ghana is very satisfying, as it is in most African countries, because the children actually do want to learn! We asked a volunteer in Ghana "What do you feel you gained from doing this project?" and she answered: "Blimey, where do I start! Social skills, communications skills, greater initiative, leadership skills, planning skills (for lessons and travelling at weekends), patience, confidence, cultural knowledge to name just a few! It is impossible to write how priceless it is to do this kind of placement and the amount of knowledge and experience it provides"

Your teaching hours can vary from 20 – 35 hours per week, to children of a range of ages 5-15. Although English is the official language, a multitude of African tribal languages are spoken such as Ewe and Ga. 

Your help is very much appreciated and schools will usually embrace the volunteers whole heartily. Before you leave, you'll be provided with a mountain of information on just about everything to do with Ghana and your placement, including a Teaching Guide to help you to structure your lessons. 

Our Ghana Manager and his team will look after you well. You'll get lots of advice about the do's and don’ts of Ghanaian culture, what to do and where to go.

"I am beginning to get used to the lifestyle here, I even got a tro-tro on my own yesterday! I have tried a few of the foods here and I'm loving the fresh fruit on the streets. I worked at the orphanage today - I worked in the nursery bit which was an experience. Not having dealt with young children before, I found it a challenge feeding and washing them, but they were so sweet and put a smile on my face".  

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and 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!
 
SCHOOL TERMS AND HOLIDAYS:


Teaching is not available during school holidays, 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 holidays 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 holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.

2013 TERM DATES:

  • Term 2: 8th Jan – 18th April (Easter break 6th - 9th April)
  • Term 3: 14th May – 25th July
  • Term 3: 2nd Sept – 13th December (to be confirmed) 


Teaching is not available during school holidays, so if you're planning to participate in a placement, please take the above school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project. On the other hand, if a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.

 

REQUIREMENTS:


You don't need any qualifications, but you should have a good knowledge of the subject you want to teach. 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 African 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. This must be in mind and you are naturally expected to live within local cultural rules. 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!

If you're a little unsure about the idea of standing in front of a class and teaching, you can, before you leave, enrol in our weekend TEFL courses. (www.tefltime.com) to help you teach if you have no previous experience and would like to gain a little teaching knowledge.

Got any questions? Please email us: info@travellersworldwide.com

 

ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL

Your accommodation will vary, depending on your work location. You will either be staying in a family run hostel or with a host family. The hostel is a comfortable guest house accommodation, with 11 rooms, the owners are very friendly and they are Ghanian so you can still experience the culture. Alternatively you may be staying with a host family. This means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally live like a Ghanaian. Local family stays enable 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.

"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."

Food will be local cuisine - again this is to enable you to fully experience living as local Ghanaians do. Read about what it's like to live in Ghana.

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 programme, please click here.                 

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