Child Care

Ghana

Create fun educational activities with the children at the nursery and support the local nurses during community baby weighing clinics. Also, work with the team promoting hand washing to local schools. You will live in the heart of the community in the tropical village.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Rural village in Eastern Ghana
  • Start dates: Throughout the year - see role section
  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £895 / €1075 / $1210 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers assist with the day to day running of the school kindergarten by organising educational activities and working with small groups of children to help them improve their individual skills. Activities that volunteers may be involved in include:

  • Educational early learning lessons including phonics and numbers
  • English activities and games
  • Dance and group activities
  • Maths lessons
  • Supervising and interacting during play time
  • Organising music and art activities

Baby weighing clinics take place 3 times a month and are held in surrounding villages and are attended by mothers with children who are 0-5 years old.

Volunteers support the charities handwashing projects by helping out at school health education activity sessions.

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work 5 days a week with 2 days off. Generally volunteers start at 8am and finish at 4pm however this can vary.

Other volunteers

Child Care, Building, Sports Coaching, Teaching and Photography volunteers in Ghana all live together and there are generally 1 to 5 volunteers in total however this may vary. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in Ghana.

Child Protection

Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.

Start Dates

2017: 11 Mar, 25 Mar, 8 Apr, 22 Apr,6 May, 20 May, 3 Jun, 17 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 7 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov, 2 Dec

2018: 7 Jan, 21 Jan, 4 Feb, 18 Feb, 3 Mar, 17 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr, 28
Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 23 Jun, 7 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 18 Aug, 1 Sep,
15 Sep, 29 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov

Closure Dates

Closed from 15 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Volunteer Reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Ghana volunteer reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

The kindergarten has limited staff and resources so volunteers are able to help support the local staff and provide focused education assistance to the children.

Although English is the national language of Ghana, the level of English in this area is low since many children speak local tribal languages. All Primary and Secondary school subjects in Ghana are taught in English, so a good understanding of the language is vital for furthering their education. By interacting with the young children in English volunteers are directly improving the children’s prospects.

Volunteers work alongside the local team and act as positive role models for the children, inspiring a passion to learn and developing creative thinking at both the baby weighing clinic and at the kindergarten. Volunteers are able to provide small group and individual sessions with the children which would not be possible without volunteers since the school has limited resources and is understaffed.

“We love our volunteers and the community welcomes them with open arms! They are a key part of the charity and the team in Ghana. They help the local team assist and reach more communities by giving their time and energy”Neil, Charity Director

How is the project making a difference?

The charity that you will work alongside in Ghana started their work in 2006 when they completed their first well which allowed a village of more than 300 people to access safe drinking water. Since then, they have helped many other villages to alleviate poverty with the help of volunteers on projects which include building wells, a clinic, schools, toilets, improving education and health initiatives.

The mothers love seeing volunteers at the baby and infant clinics since they rarely have the opportunity to interact with people from outside the village and it allows the clinic and mothers to monitor their baby’s development to check they are growing and are healthy.

The hand washing facilities and health education projects are aiming to reduce preventable diseases to improve the health of the community. Increasing health education and the understanding of hygiene means that less children fall ill from preventable diseases and thus less time is taken off school unwell.

The team run hand washing and sanitation projects in 10 communities in Ghana. They have taught the importance of good hygiene to over 3,000 children and this also had a positive impact on the local community since now 90% of the parents of those children taught understand the importance of germs and hand washing.

Where will I be living?

Ghana is regarded as the one of the friendliest African countries. You will be based in a small village, nestled in a jungle in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The village has no running water and there is electricity around 70% of the time.

In the village volunteers sleep in bunk-bed dormitories. Although efforts are made for each dormitory room to be shared on a single sex basis, this cannot be guaranteed. There is a traditional mud hut available for couples. At the volunteer base there is a common room and simple kitchen area. The accommodation is clean but very simple, with long drop toilets and bucket showers.

Volunteers can visit a colourful bead market in nearby town of Koforidua, Boti falls or umbrella rock at weekends.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Sarah is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Child care volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Accra)
  • Accommodation - shared
  • Food - all main meals
  • Induction and training, including health & safety and culture
  • Local introductions and tours
  • Local language lessons given by the Headmaster of the school
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Price table
2 weeks £895 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £95 GB Pounds
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Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

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children taught the importance of handwashing and good hygiene

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian

Sarah

Pod UK Manager

Sarah has visited the project, apply and you'll hear from her soon!

We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information.

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • Ghana Child Care volunteer – Katie

    "Volunteering in Ghana was the most amazing experience I wouldn't have changed it for the world the village and people I met where the nicest of people."

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  • Ghana Child Care volunteer – Lucy

    "Working with the children was the most rewarding, worthwhile experience. To anyone sitting on the fence, unsure whether to go for it, I say do it as it was the best decision I have ever made!"

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  • Ghana Child Care volunteer – Sasha

    "I had a absolutely brilliant time! I went to do childcare but due to the flexibility I was also able to do some teaching, which was a incredible experience. The whole project is really well run and incredibly rewarding."

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