Teaching and Community WorkGhana

Support teachers in the local school and inspire further learning by running after school English sessions.

Volunteers inspire a passion to learn and since the projects began, many of the children have shown an increased enthusiasm to attend school. You will work with the local team to help develop the children’s English skills and confidence as well as promoting the importance of hand washing to schools. As a result, the children are achieving better results and have brighter futures ahead of them.

Experience local Ghanaian life while supporting development. Visit the stunning local sights including waterfalls, national parks and the vibrant and beautiful markets.

Support the vital work being done by the award winning charity!

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Rural village in Eastern Ghana
  • Start dates: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (7+ for families or groups)
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £895 / €985 / $1110 - see fees table below
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Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers live in the heart of an African village and play a vital role in the charity’s life changing development work. Since the project began, the children are achieving better results at school and have brighter futures ahead of them. To read more about the charity click here.

During the school term you will teach at the local primary and middle school, as well as running after school and lunch time English lessons for the students aged 6-21 years old. When the schools are on holiday, volunteers organise popular school holiday classes and activities for the local children. You can teach English, music, art and sometimes other academic subjects such as maths, science or geography.

If you do not have any prior teaching experience then you are required to a complete a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course or equivalent before joining the project.

“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

Other roles

The charity also needs Building, Early Learning, Photography and Sports Coaching volunteers and it's possible to combine roles.

In addition to the main roles, you may have the opportunity to get involved in additional activities such as IT mentoring and the after school club. Click here for more information.

Typical day

In your first few days in the village you will have an amazing introduction and welcome ceremony with the Chief, Elders and the community as well as an induction for your role and living in Ghana.

Volunteers normally work 5 days a week with 2 days off. Working days generally start at 8am and finish at 4pm. The school and is located within a few minutes’ walk of the volunteer accommodation.

On your days off, there are lots of fun free time activities to do.

Other volunteers

There are usually 1-5 volunteers, with a maximum of 20 when there are larger groups.

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) award

This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.

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.

Local support

You will be supported by the friendly and experienced local team of international and local staff, led by Fiona and Aitkins. Fiona is the Director of Operations, with a background in public and civil society roles. Aitkins is the Volunteer Coordinator and grew up in the local community so is a great source of advice and help for volunteers.

Accommodation

Volunteers live in the heart of the community, opposite the village primary school. The main volunteer accommodation is shared dormitories. Alternatively, there is a private basic mud hut available for couples, which is located a few minutes’ walk from the volunteer base.

There is an outside communal area and kitchen where volunteers can cook, eat and socialise; there is also an inside kitchen with a fridge and a social area next door to the volunteer bedrooms.

There is intermittent 3G internet access in the village.

Meals

Volunteers visit the local market weekly to buy food and take it in turns to cook meals for the rest of the group. A member of the local team is also available to offer any help you might need with cooking or to teach you a few Ghanaian meals!

Here are typical examples of the food you will have: 

  • Breakfast – toast, spreads and porridge 
  • Lunch and Dinner – you will be provided with basic ingredients for you to use such as pasta, rice, potatoes, beans, noodles, sauces, fresh local fruits and vegetables. Meat is a luxury in the village and is rarely eaten

Vegetarians and vegans are welcomed and can be catered for.

Volunteers buy bottled drinking water.  

Location and free time

The projects are based in a friendly village in the heart of rural, tropical Africa. The village is 2.5 hours’ drive from Accra, the capital city. The village is home to 400 members of the community and most are subsistence farmers. It is a very welcoming community and they love having volunteers helping in the village. Culturally it is very important to take time to greet the members of community and talk to them.

Volunteers usually spend afternoons reading in the hammocks and evenings relaxing playing card games, enjoying a weekly meal with a local family, visiting the vibrant local market or making a trip to a local bar once a week.

In their free time, volunteers can explore more of vibrant and friendly Ghana. Whether that’s Shai Hills nature reserve, historical Cape Coast and Elmina Castle or the tropical Volta Region – there is plenty to see! The nearby city of Koforidua has a weekly bead market that draws bead buyers and sellers from all over the region and is a popular place for volunteers to visit on a day off. Boti falls and Umbrella Rock in the Yilo Krobo District of Ghana and Aburi Botanic Gardens are also popular destinations, or for the more adventurous, Kakum National Park has a canopy walk through the treetops. These activities are best booked locally once you are at the project.

Travelling in Ghana before or after your placement

Ghana is widely regarded as one of the most friendly and safe destinations in western Africa. It is an ideal destination for first-time visitors to Africa. In the heart of West Africa, it is an exciting country to volunteer in and experience traditional life in a beautiful relaxed environment. Popular activities in Ghana that you might like to combine with your project include:

  • Exploring the fascinating local sights such as Umbrella Rock
  • Visiting Accra and learning about the history of the city
  • Exploring historic Cape Coast 
  • Visiting Larabanga Mosque and Mole National Park 

For more information on Ghana and some of the things we loved when we visited there please see our Ghana country page. This also features all our other Ghana volunteering projects as you might like to consider combining this project with one of the others we offer to make a trip of a lifetime! 

Climate

The Eastern region of South Ghana has a year-round tropical climate, being hot and humid throughout the year. The dry months are from November to March and in July and August, with the heaviest rains typically falling from April through to June. Temperatures are typically around 25-30 degrees Celsius, reaching up to 38 degrees on a hot day and lows of 19 degrees on a cold night. Even during the rainy season, Ghana can still enjoy averages of 5 hours of sun a day and downpours are usually powerful but shortlived.

Dates

Start Dates

2020: 11 Jan, 25 Jan, 8 Feb, 22 Feb, 7 Mar, 21 Mar, 4 Apr, 18 Apr, 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun, 11 Jul, 25 Jul, 8 Aug, 22 Aug, 5 Sep, 19 Sep, 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov

Closure Dates

15 Dec 2019 - 11 Jan 2020

What's Included

Included

  • Dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist to support you
  • 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
  • Support from the local team
  • Support from the Pod Volunteer UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Volunteering certificate and reference (on request)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Criminal record / police check
  • Vaccinations and medication
  • Transfer from the project
  • Living costs - snacks, drinks, laundry
  • Any tourist trips / activities you choose to do in your free time
Price table
2 weeks £895 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £100 GB Pounds

Discounts

  • £75 discount for every additional project you book as part of the same trip
  • £100 discount for any family members who are under 18
  • £75 discount if you have previously volunteered with Pod Volunteer 

Where the money goes - financial transparency

Your fee covers the overseas costs of volunteering and the costs of running our organisation in the UK, on a non-profit basis.  For more details and a breakdown of our costs please click here.

Book with confidence - financial protection

All monies paid to us are financially protected through The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT). 

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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

Read volunteer reviews from the Teaching and Community Work project

Kathy

“This is a great project, really well organised, we had a very clear explanation of the charity's aims and work. You are living in the local community and have a really good understanding of village life. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and the children I worked with were delightful, sometimes cheeky, but well behaved and respectful. 

Accommodation is basic, but comfortable and there's a strong emphasis on hygiene which is reassuring. It's well worth taking the opportunity to travel at the weekend as there are some really interesting places to discover."

Mary

“I cannot fault the support, information I got beforehand, the experience was awesome and I would definitely recommend this to anyone, whatever age you are!

Don't limit yourself by thinking these projects are only for the under 30s, they are for anyone! I had an awesome time in Ghana, I went to help teaching in a school, but learnt more from the people there than I could have imagined. This experience was life changing and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again."

Scott

“I had an exceptional time in Ghana, and was proud to be a part of such an excellently-run charity with some truly outstanding operational staff. The work is always meaningful and very “bottom up”... so you’re always working with the community to make it stronger, rather than awkwardly imposing ideas from afar. From a social point of view, you will form life-long friends from other like-minded volunteers that you are staying with.

Ghana’s an incredibly safe country; rich in history with an enthusiastic, genuine, laid-back society, lush scenery and beautiful places. Volunteering here is a wonderful way to experience a whole different side to the word ‘community’, and I am positive that you will learn things that you’ll never forget!”

Martin

“I was really impressed with how the charity looked carefully at our skill sets prior to starting, and the skill sets of the other volunteers, and then found suitable positions for them which both maximised the impact the volunteers could make in the village and maximised the sense of commitment to the work. In the time we’ve been here, we’ve set up a teacher training programme which we will be rolling out in the next three months in various schools.

Ghana is a beautiful country, and the people are the highlight of it. Ghanaian’s are so friendly and welcoming. There are also lots of great touristy things to do in Ghana. The charity is very flexible with weekends and trips away, so you have the opportunity to see a lot of the country in your free time.”

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children taught the importance of handwashing and good hygiene

"It was an amazing experience that will stay with me forever! Pod Volunteer provided the ideal amount of support and guidance"Satvinder

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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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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal