Teaching and Community Work

Ghana

Develop the students’ confidence speaking English and inspire further learning by running after school sessions. You will work with the local team promoting hand washing to schools and live in the heart of the community in a 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 are needed to support the teaching and ongoing community work in Ghana to children at the local primary and middle schools who are aged between 6 and 21 years old.

Volunteers are able to draw on their own skills and have the opportunity to get involved in the lessons such as English, Music, Art, Maths, Science, IT, Sport and Geography when required.

Volunteers can also run after school and lunch time sessions which can include:

  • Playing educational games
  • Creative arts and crafts
  • Songs, music and dance
  • Organising quizzes and competitions
  • Playing sports

When schools are on holiday, volunteers organise popular school holiday activities camps for the local children.

Teaching volunteers work with the local team to educate local communities on the importance of hand washing and school attendance through interactive sessions.

Teaching experience is not a requirement, however volunteers without experience are required to a complete a TEFL course before joining the project.

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

Teaching, Child Care, Building, Sports Coaching 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: 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: 6 Jan, 20 Jan, 3 Feb, 17 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?

Volunteering as a teacher in Ghana allows the school pupils to increase their level of conversational English, as well as receive new teaching concepts from experienced teachers in the classroom. Experienced teachers are able to share their skills and techniques with the local teachers.

Volunteers are able to provide additional lessons to the school which has limited resources by providing lunch time, after school and holiday classes.

“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 Teaching and Community Work project making a difference?

Although English is the national language of Ghana, the level of English in this area is low. 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. Education is key to solving many of the root causes of poverty and by providing additional English tuition, volunteers are directly improving the children’s prospects.

Increasing health education and the understanding of hygiene through the charity initiative means that less children fall ill from preventable diseases, and thus less time is taken off school unwell.

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.

Where will I be living?

Ghana is regarded as the one of the friendliest and safest African countries. You will be based in a small friendly 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:

  • Community 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

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Pod UK Specialist

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • Ghana Teaching and Community Work volunteer - Charlotte

    “If you're debating whether or not to do this project, I'd fully encourage you to do it! I made lots of new friends, both fellow volunteers and locals, and experienced a brand new culture.”

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  • Ghana Teaching and Community Work volunteer - Sarah

    “I had the most incredible time away. You get to live in the community and everyone in the village was so happy to see you, not just the children! The teaching was extremely rewarding.”

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  • Ghana Teaching and Community Work volunteer – Emma

    “Staying in Ghana was an amazing experience, the children in school are very playful and cheeky, helpful and fun to be around. I found teaching extremely rewarding and talking to children, acting as a role model.”

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