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Ghana Children, Teaching & Community Health

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Ghana Children, Teaching & Community Health

Make a huge impact on the local community and get involved in the vital aspects of making it stronger and better! Work with some of the friendliest people on Earth.

Prices from $795

Ghana is renowned for its friendly people, tremendous natural beauty and fascinating culture and you're sure to feel right at home in this wonderful country. Experience a true Ghanaian welcome from the children of Ghana, surrounded by the natural beauty of Africa, and truly integrate yourself into a friendly and hospitable culture. In your spare time you could swim in waterfalls, spot elephants, baboons, crocodiles and antelope on the African plains and dance and socialise to the Ghanaian beats.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit this country of tremendous natural beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Carry out vital work within the community

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years
  • CV Required
  • Intermediate level of English

FAST FACTS

Location Ghana
Activities Teaching
Caring for the children
Healthcare education
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Visas & equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

FREE Frontier TEFL certificate

In-country Airport pick-up & drop-off
2 meals a day
Accommodation
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

 


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

There are very few recognised charity homes for neglected children in Ghana and these intelligent children miss out on the opportunity to attend school and develop their education. Volunteer teachers and carers are vital to ensure these children can build a future for themselves. Although English is the national language of Ghana, many Ghanaian children grow up speaking the local tribal languages of their families, such as Ga, Twi and Ewe. However, to communicate with fellow Ghanaians in education, business, and all official areas of life they must have a good command of English. Knowledge of English is therefore essential. You could dance, sing and play games with the children, as well as teach them English. Literacy is key to education and future jobs for poor children, enabling them to move beyond subsistence farming. Illiterate children have few educational options, and your presence in the school gives them the gift of the language of commerce, allowing them to access stable and secure jobs and high school and college scholarships. Many centres in Ghana rely entirely on volunteer support in order to remain operational and your work will be invaluable in maintaining the ongoing educational opportunities of the local people. You can also help support and educate the local community in much needed areas where a lack of knowledge in malaria, family planning and other health issues presents a very real problem. The time you put in to working with the community is greatly appreciated and hugely beneficial.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The Ghana Children, Teaching and Community Health project is a fantastic opportunity for caring volunteers to make a great impact on the local community and really integrate themselves within Ghanaian culture. Volunteers should be ready and willing to get stuck in to the varied work; a flexible and positive approach is essential! Whichever projects you take part in you can be sure that the children and people you help will be extremely grateful for having someone there to support and care about them. Your work programme will usually run five days a week, mornings and afternoons, with evenings free to enjoy as you wish. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help in various areas within the local communities, depending on current need at the time of your project. Areas of work may include the following.

Working with children

Volunteers may help with caring for and teaching children living at the Centre, as well as others from the village who may visit for classes. Volunteers are instrumental in keeping the children engaged with games after school hours and helping with cooking and cleaning in the centre .  

Teaching

Volunteers may work in basic community schools, day care centres and the special school for the deaf, helping out in the classroom and with any other aspects of school life. Please note that school and public holidays may affect the schedule so please check for the time of year in which you are taking part.

Community health

Volunteers may help in assisting people with disabilities, working around the hospital, patient and customer care, malaria and the need to keep our environments clean to avoid disease, or even administration - basically a variety of different aspects required to keep the hospital or health centres running.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected from Accra airport by a local staff member, but please aim to arrive before 8pm, as we prefer not to have volunteers travelling at night time. You will be taken straight to your homestay accommodation, where you will receive introductions and briefing on your project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be offered accommodation with a welcoming Ghanaian host in a comfortable house attached to the community school in which the project runs. You will be provided with a bed and bedding and there are Western style toilets and basic facilities.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

During your stay you will enjoy two tasty meals a day, sampling national dishes such as fufu, a delicious treat of mashed yams, rice or corn. Try this with the thick soup which is a national staple and you will experience a truly authentic snapshot of life in Ghana. Vegetarians are welcome and can be catered for.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

Where else could I have experienced all this and more?  | 13 Aug 2018
The whole experience has been truly brilliant. The welcome from the children, their instant curio...

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Life changing experience  | 25 Jul 2018
I chose this project because it offered three types of volunteering; teaching, helping in an orph...

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Ghana Colours  | 11 Jul 2018
Ghana is a great place to volunteer. I spent there four weeks, working in a school and in an orph...

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Great times in Ghana  | 4 Jul 2018
Ghana is incredible! At the start of my trip i needed a bit of time to get used to the different ...

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Ghana Has Changed Our Lives  | 17 Jun 2018
It feels longer than four weeks since our feet first tripped on Ghanaian soil. We have come a lon...

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A week of techno- free life in Ghana  | 3 Jun 2018
I’ve been living the techno-free for 3 weeks! We all got here safely and settled in well. W...

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Mini update from Ghana  | 15 May 2018
The village and the country are awesome! The projects are all amazing and I am enjoying every min...

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Tro Tro here, Tro Tro there  | 29 Apr 2018
After an incredibly long day travelling, five hot and bothered people stumbled through arrivals a...

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Baptism of Fire  | 1 Apr 2018
Our arrival in Ghana was a culture shock from the start, but the heat, the dust, and the much to ...

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I WAS ABLE TO MAKE AN IMPACT  | 18 Mar 2018
I felt that I was able to make an impact on the children's lives by helping them to learn and...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time you may explore your local area as you please, or arrange a tour around a village or to a particular site, taking in the many spectacular attractions Ghana has to offer. Attractions include five spectacular waterfalls, the Volta estuary and numerous archaeological caves with evidence of historical settlements.

A range of adventure and cultural activities like visits to remote villages, wildlife safaris and river rafting trips are available. Talk to our in-country project representatives on arrival or during your stay to organise your trip! Book direct with in-country operators and help to support the local economy.

COSTS

2 weeks $795

Extra week $295

DEPARTURE DATES

Please aim to arrive during the day on the first Monday of the month.

2017/18 TERM DATES

School term dates are as follows:

  • 12th September - 15th December 2017 (1st Term)
  • 8th January - 12th April 2018 (2nd Term)
  • 8th May - 26th July 2018 (3rd Term)

During school holidays there will be a modified programme offered, as no teaching will be taking place.

DURATION

2 weeks & longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel and medical advice & documentation
  • Visas & equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • Free Frontier TEFL certificate

In-country

  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Accra (ACC)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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