Location: Accra, Gahna.
Like in many developing countries worldwide, Ghana has a large number of children who have been orphaned, abandoned or neglected and as such are in desperate need of care and support. There are a growing number of care centres and schools across Ghana which are full to bursting point with children who are in need of your help. With staff often over-worked and stretched to the limit, they are unable to give the children in their care any extra support, attention or one to one time that they need and deserve. This is where you come in, as a volunteer you’ll be giving some much needed support and assistance to the children at these centres.
You’ll be based in a combined care centre and school in the capital city of Accra, working with both children who come to the centre and school on a daily basis. The ages of the children who live at the centre and attend school range considerably, with anything from newborn up to 16 years of age.
For the first few days of your programme, you will have a fantastic orientation to really help you get settled in to your new surroundings and get to grips with how things work in Ghana. You’ll receive an orientation briefing covering lots of useful information relating to your programme and Ghana in general. In addition you’ll also be taken on a tour of Accra including visits to the craft markets, shops, bars, banks and of course the lovely local beach!
With smiles aplenty from the children at the centres, a very warm welcome is sure to await you at this Ghana Childcare programme. Your role as a volunteer on this programme will primarily be acting as a teaching assistant in the adjacent school. Your help and support is invaluable to both the staff and the children that you will be working alongside.
By volunteering on this programme, you are helping to free up some of the time of the staff and enable the children to give children extra support and some one-to-one attention that they may otherwise go without. Through being a English speaker, you can also help out with English lessons for the children, giving them an extremely valuable skill for life as well giving them a huge confidence boost!
Creativity is key on this programme, every child has varying needs so classes can be very unpredictable; the more interactive and fun you can make each day, the more you and the children will get out of it. Each day will be different, but as you get to know the children and start to develop your own teaching methods, you will soon reap the rewards and benefits. You’ll be joining in with games and fun activities with the children and hopefully introducing some of your own new ideas along the way, as well as giving them some basic English lessons; you’ll really be helping to enrich the classes and care that the children receive. You may also have the opportunity to get involved in some renovations at the school, repairing classrooms or giving them a new lick of paint and maybe the odd mural or two to brighten everything up.
Throughout your placement in Ghana you will be accommodated in a our volunteer house in Teshie, near the capital city of Accra. Centrally located, you are in easy reach of local shops, banks, bars and even the beach! You’ll be sharing a room with other participants on the programme, there are also shared bathroom facilities including toilets and showers. The house is basic but comfortable and has some lovely communal areas where you can chill out during your free time and socialise with fellow participants.
Three meals per day will be provided for you, the food will be basic but nutritious. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.
Your volunteer project will normally run from Monday to Friday with a typical day at the project starting at around 8:30am and finishing at approximately 2:00pm, giving you plenty of time in the afternoon to prepare and plan your activities for the following days.
In addition to your main placement, you will have the opportunity to teach classes, or assist in teaching classes with our football school based in Teshie-Accra. With a western education, you will be able to contribute massively to the standard of tuition that the students receive. Subject areas include English (language and literature), math, science, journalism, business, IT, RE and a whole variety of extra-curricular activities.
You can get involved with coaching your favourite sport in the afternoon helping disadvantage children reach their full potential in Sports, Education and Health using sports as a tool to achieve that.
The after school project was launched in recognition of the need to support children with their education as well as providing them with sporting opportunities. The after school programme offers homework help, extra tuition and exam revision for those children who may otherwise struggle to keep up due to their dedication to sport.
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay. You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. You will also have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.