Ghana Teaching & Childcare Project
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Group Size: Avg. 5-15
Trip code: GHTO
Duration: 2-12 weeks
Ready to take on a new challenge, explore Africa, meet loads of new friends abroad and make a real difference to kids’ lives? Take up this amazing teaching and childcare opportunity and enjoy a gap trip exploring Ghana at the same time! Ghana is known as the ‘Gateway to Africa’ and this vibrant land of year-round sunshine is one of the most friendly, exciting and welcoming destinations in Africa. Located in the awesome, laid-back capital city of Accra, this programme offers an incredible new challenge, a brilliant teaching experience and the chance to make a difference in kids’ lives. Volunteering at a childcare project and school you’ll get teaching experience, get involved in fun games and activities and help Ghanaian kids reach their full potential for the ultimate feel-good factor. Get to know Ghana on this rewarding and challenging childcare experience: It’s the ideal all-round introduction to amazing Africa.
- Teach in a school and help Ghanaian kids reach their full potential
- Help out with children at a childcare centre in Accra or teach kids at the Special Excellence school and help with sports and after-school activities too
- Make new friends at a lively volunteer house
- Enjoy loads of social activities and relax on beautiful beaches; go on organised group trips at the weekends and explore gorgeous Ghana on your gap trip!
- Make the most of this fun, friendly and laid-back destination – the ideal introduction to amazing Africa!
Ghana is a warm, welcoming and laid-back destination for anyone wanting the ideal introduction to Africa. If you want to enrich the life of local Ghanaian kids, gain amazing childcare experience, teach in a Ghanaian school, explore the wonders of Africa and make loads of new friends along the way this is the perfect volunteer programme for you!
Being so close to the beach and the capital city of Accra means your free time can be spent seeing the sights, lazing on a sunny beach or partying with your newfound friends. Ghana is one of the most secure and friendly destinations where you can relax, get to know the locals and explore the country at your leisure.
If you know you’ve got a lot of love and attention to offer kids who haven’t had the best start in life, then you can make your mark at this teaching and childcare project in gorgeous Ghana. Many Ghanaian kids have been left to fend for themselves and are in need of support, care and education to help improve their future. Make a real difference to the lives of kids Ghana by working alongside local staff to provide much needed schooling and care.
When you arrive at the project you’ll spend a couple of days getting to know your fellow volunteers. You’ll get a full introduction to Ghana and learn more about the school and childcare project. You’ll have a city tour of Accra and visit a vibrant local market. It’s a fun-packed few days, rounded off with a trip to some local bars with your fellow interns! This sociable start will set you up for the rest of your exciting stay in Ghana.
Your Volunteer Role
During your time volunteering in Ghana, you will get the opportunity to work at both a local school and a childcare project in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.
As a volunteer, you’ll help run English lessons at a local school, giving the children a valuable new skill and increasing their confidence. There will also be the chance to take part in fun games and after-school activities and bring fun, friendship and positivity to the daily lives of these Ghanaian kids.
The school day normally starts around 9am and finishes around 2pm, with 2 teaching sessions (from 9-11am and 12-2pm) with an hour's break.
Help out at a local childcare centre for underprivileged kids, providing education to many children, including orphans, who do not have access to mainstream education. Taking part in small group lessons and one-to-one teaching with these amazing kids, you'll also get involved with playing games and activities with the kids to encourage and support them in every aspect of their day-to-day life.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
As well as teaching and looking after the kids’ general care and wellbeing, you can also get involved with after-school sessions such as homework clubs. If you wish, you might also get the opportunity to work in a special school providing emotional support and care to child with special educational needs. There may also be opportunities to get involved with manual work at the school, repairing and painting school buildings.
Ghana is such a wonderfully welcoming and friendly country, your free time is all about having fun and amazing African adventures as you explore the best Ghana has to offer. Your hours of volunteer commitments are usually between 4-6 hours a day, leaving plenty of free time!
Accra is close by for art galleries and museums as well as shopping and all the practicalities such as banks and healthcare. Try awesome activities such as go-karting or visit Accra’s cinema. A beautiful, clean beach is only a ten minute drive from your accommodation. Group activities are often arranged such as African dancing, drumming or nights out in bars across Accra – and of course the famous beach party!
There are lots of opportunities for arranged weekend activities, which can be organised for you at an extra cost of around £100. These two-night trips offer organised and effortless ways of seeing some of Ghana’s top sights and you can take a trip with your new friends.
Please note, if you're are volunteering in August, the school will be shut for the summer holiday. During this time, you will instead help teach and volunteer on a summer school project.
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You will need to arrive at Kotoka international Airport in Accra on your agreed placement start date, where you will be met at the arrival gate and transferred to your accommodation, which is located about half an hour’s drive from the airport.
You will be staying in a shared volunteer house, where you will get to meet and mix with other volunteers. Located in a pleasant suburb of Accra, the house is basic but comfortable, and can accommodate up to 40 people. Rooms are single sex dorm share basis with between 2-12 people per room. All rooms have fans but air-conditioning is also available at an extra cost. There is staff on site 24/7 and the communal living room is a great social space. The house does not have wifi, but local sim cards with data packages can be also be bought very cheaply locally (for around 15p for a SIM card and 90p for a GB of data) and there are local internet cafes that can also be used.
There is also an outside space with seating where you can soak up the year-round sunshine! It’s the ideal environment to easily make new friends and have fun during your downtime, and there are plenty of opportunities for group outings and planned trips too.
There are shops, bars and restaurants near the house so you can buy tasty snacks and relax with a drink in the sun. Street vendors sell fruit on the roadside, and you'll interact with local people going about their daily lives.
You are responsible for your own transport to and from your placement, and there is easy access to several modes of transport. Staff will advise you on the best methods of travel. The main centre for this programme is a 20-40 minute taxi ride from the volunteer accommodation.
There is a taxi rank outside the house so you can hop in a cab and head off to explore. The volunteer house is ideally located only a ten-minute drive from a beautiful beach where you can soak up some serious sunshine in your leisure time!
Three meals a day are provided. These inclusive meals will be a mix of traditional Ghanaian and western food. There is a cook in the house who will prepare meals for you, but there is also access to a kitchen where you can make something for yourself whenever you fancy it. Drinking water is available at the house, but outside of the accommodation it is recommended that you only buy bottled water. Other drinks are at your own expense, but there are plenty of nearby shops and bars. Snacks are at your own expense.
A typical breakfast consists of fruit, bread, and hot drinks. Porridge is also available on request. Lunch is a mixture of sandwiches, wraps, pasta, salads and traditional Ghanaian dishes. Dinner ingredients include rice, chicken, beef, fish, beans, and also includes traditional Ghanaian meals. Vegetarians can be catered for but it is not possible to cater for other dietary requirements.
On average, we recommend you allow a budget of around £50-70 per week during your stay in Ghana. There will also be opportunities to take part in optional trips away on some weekends while you are in Ghana, and if you wish to participate in these extra trips you should budget around £100 per trip.
Minimum age for this teaching placement is 18 years.
British travellers to Ghana will need a 3-month visa to enter Ghana. You are required to arrange for your own visa before departure. This can be applied for online and you will need a 3-month tourist visa.
Please note: When you arrive in Ghana you will get a 60 day entry stamp at immigration. If you are staying for longer than 60 days you will need to extend your entry permit every month for a small fee. You will need to provide a passport photo. The local team will help you with this.
You will need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever before travel into Ghana and present a certificate to confirm this on arrival. Speak to your GP about vaccinations and up to date health information before you travel.
On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS previously known as CRB, or Criminal Record Bureau check and will need to have a clean criminal record.
DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.
There is an addition cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in 3 stages:
1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.
2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) will need verification of your identity - to do this you will need to take 3 original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.
3. Once the post office verification is done it usually takes up to 2 weeks for your DBS to be processed, and your DBS will be sent to you directly in the post.