Teaching and Community Work

Ghana

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 - see role section
  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (11+ for families or groups)
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £895 / €1045 / $1145 - see fees table below

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.

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. These lessons help to develop the children’s English skills and confidence. You can teach vocabulary, music, art and sometimes other academic subjects such as maths, science or geography. When the schools are on holiday, volunteers organise popular school holiday classes and activities for the local children.

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.

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. The school is located within a few minutes’ walk of the volunteer accommodation. There are lots of fun free time activities to get involved in on your days off.

Other volunteers

Teaching, Child Care, Building, Sports Coaching and Photography volunteers in Ghana all live together. There are usually 1-5 volunteers with a maximum of 20 volunteers when there are larger groups, but this varies considerably throughout the year. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in Ghana.

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.

Volunteer Reviews

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

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers provide essential assistance that enables the charity to achieve both long and short term development goals. Volunteers inspire a passion to learn and since the projects began many of the children have shown an increased pride and enthusiasm to attend school. The children are achieving better results at school and have brighter futures ahead of them.

Without funding from volunteers, the community would not be able to afford the local building developments which have improved the local standard of living through access to safe drinking water, toilets and much needed health clinics.

“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

Start dates

2017

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

Location, free time and accommodation

Ghana

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 include:

  • Shopping at the vibrant local markets
  • Exploring the fascinating local sights such as Umbrella Rock
  • Visiting Accra and learning about the history of the city

To find out more see Lonely Planet Ghana

Local area 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 around a camp fire, visiting the local vibrant market or making a trip to a local bar once a fortnight. You can see the local area on your days off such as the nearby city of Koforidua which has a weekly bead market that draws bead buyers and sellers from all over the region. Boti falls and umbrella rock in the Yilo Krobo District and Aburi Botanic Gardens are also popular destinations. These activities are best booked locally once you are at the project.

Accommodation

The accommodation is clean but very simple, volunteers sleep in bunk-bed dormitories with shared bathrooms and there is a traditional mud hut available for couples. At the volunteer base there is a common room and simple kitchen area. There is intermittent 3G internet access in the village.

Read volunteer reviews from the Teaching and Community Work project

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.”

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! Once a week we got to eat with a family, eating the local cuisine and fully indulging in the culture! The teaching was extremely rewarding. The people who you live with, make friends with and grow to love have absolutely nothing. It makes you realise how much you take for granted. They’re all so happy.

If you’re thinking about giving it a go, you should definitely do it! The people who are in charge are amazing and so supportive and the charity has achieved so much being the village. It’s been an incredible experience and the memories will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’ll definitely be going back in a couple of years!”

Charlotte

“If you’re debating whether or not to do this project, I’d fully encourage you to do it! Volunteering in Ghana has been an amazing experience and something that has created lifelong memories for me. As soon as you arrive in the village, you’re instantly welcomed by the locals and made to feel at home in their village.

Overall, whilst on the project in Ghana I made lots of new friends, both fellow volunteers and locals, and experienced a brand new culture and way of life to what I’ve been brought up in. Everything combined meant I had an amazing time in Ghana and by the end of my time there, I didn’t want to leave! I think returning to the project in the future is definitely on the cards.”

Rachel

“As a professional teacher, this project helped me to expand my knowledge and skills through experiences I would not get at home. On a personal level, I felt supported from start to finish, even before I’d really decided that this was the project for me, the staff was helpful and prompt.

The charity and the residents of the village were very welcoming and made for a very comfortable stay. I also appreciated the flexibility to travel and see more of the country during weekends and holidays. Definitely a small charity doing big work!”

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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 - Lucy is your dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • In-depth volunteering and planning your trip guides
  • 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 Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • 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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children taught the importance of handwashing and good hygiene

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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.”

    Read more volunteer reviews

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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