Ghana Teaching Project

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1. In Brief

Experience a true Ghanaian welcome from the children of Ghana, surrounded by the natural beauty of this wonderful country, and truly integrate yourself into a friendly and hospitable culture. Teach underprivileged children and give them the opportunity to make something of their lives. In your spare time you could swim in waterfalls, spot elephants, baboons, crocodiles, and antelope on the African plains, or dance and socialise to the Ghanaian beats.

Check out our Ghana Teaching volunteer video

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit this country of tremendous natural beauty
  • Earn your TEFL certificate for free!
  • Carry out vital work within the community

FAST FACTS

Location Ghana
Activities Teach English
Mark pupils' work
Preparing homework
Developing lesson plans
Extracurricular activities (e.g. sports clubs)
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
UK TEFL training day & certification
In-country Airport pick-up & drop-off
Food
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.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Although English is the national language of Ghana, many Ghanaian children grow up with 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.

You'll dance, sing, and play games with 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 schools in Ghana rely entirely on volunteer support in order to remain operational and your work on a Ghanaian teaching placement will be invaluable in maintaining the ongoing educational opportunities of the local people.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your work schedule will cover a comprehensive, varied and enjoyable teaching programme in a small local community school, enabling you to engage fully with your pupils and awaken your creativity and initiative.

You will benefit in terms of your personal and professional experience and will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Working with local teachers and on your own you will be directly involved with marking pupils work, preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans. As well as this you could also get involved with a range of extracurricular activities depending on your personal skills and interests, whether it be helping to direct a school play, organising a choir, or helping select a sports team, just use your initiative and get the kids involved. Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these underprivileged children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.

3. What to expect

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 three delicious 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 glimpse of life in Ghana. Vegetarians are welcome and can be catered for.

4. The reviews

Developed my confidence in teaching..  | 1 Jul 2013
Prior to my departure, the Frontier staff I contacted were extremely helpful and easily contactab...

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A truly wonderful experience  | 26 Feb 2013
Because of my previous experience of volunteering in five different countries across Africa, span...

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Ghana - the only advice is to just go!  | 17 Nov 2012
If I was asked to recommend any project I am very happy to be recommending this one. You won...

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A real eye opener  | 21 Sep 2011
I went to Ghana with Frontier and did the teaching project for a month, July 2011. Pre-depa...

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Crazy times in Ghana!  | 24 Apr 2009
I volunteered in Ghana on a teaching project organised by Frontier, for four weeks, in March 2009...

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6. Extras

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 spectacular waterfalls, the Volta Estuary and numerous archaeological caves with evidence of historical settlements.

A range of adventure and cultural activities such as visits to remote villages, wildlife safaris, and river rafting trips are available. Talk to the 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.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$945

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly, please arrive during the day on the first Monday of the month.

2015/16 TERM DATES

School term dates are as follows:

  • 18th September - 17th December 2015 (1st Term)
  • 12th January - 14th April 2016 (2nd Term)
  • 10th May - 28th July 2016 (3rd Term)

DURATION

2 weeks & longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Food (minimum of two meals a day)
  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Accra (ACC)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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