Teach English to Children in Kumasi, Ghana

Kumasi, Ghana Children & Youth Development

Program

Description

Travel to Ghana and teach English to students in Kumasi with Plan My Gap Year! On this program, you will work with children aged four to 16 at the Divine International School, where you’ll help with teaching core subjects such as English, math, and IT as well as leading extracurricular activities like sports and arts. Your support as a volunteer will be incredibly appreciated both by the children who will learn from you and from the local teachers. As a volunteer, you’ll help to promote creative thinking and innovative lesson planning and teaching techniques in the classroom, and giving the teachers enough support to let them focus more on students who may need extra assistance.

Impact

Your volunteer efforts are vitally important to helping students pursue greater educational and career opportunities. As well, you will be able to provide support through innovative lesson planning and teaching techniques: the Ghanaian school system often focuses on repetitive work and memorization, which can mean that students will memorize their lessons without developing an understanding of them. You will have the opportunity to develop a more student-oriented approach in the classroom to help ensure the success of your students through interactive, engaging courses.

Field conditions

During your time in Ghana, you will work as a teaching assistant in a classroom at the Divine International School, which supports students aged four to 16. You’ll help a local teacher carry out lessons in English, math, IT, and other subjects, and find ways to help your students become more engaged and interested in learning and understanding their subjects. You will be a big help not only in developing innovative teaching methods, but also with supporting teachers in overcrowded classrooms, which can be difficult to manage on one’s own.

Outside of the classroom, you will be able to develop and lead extracurricular activities, such as sports, dancing, storytelling, coloring, and much more. To ensure that you have the best experience and impact possible, PMGY encourages you to take part in their 60-hour, accredited, online TEFL course.

Arrival and orientation

This program starts on Sundays. You will arrive to Kotoka International Airport in Accra on your selected start date, and be greeted by a local staff member or appointed driver holding a sign with your name on it. From there, you’ll head to a hostel near the airport for your first night, and after that, you will be taken to the volunteer house near Kumasi, where you will get settled in before starting your volunteer program.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Your first night in Ghana will be spent at a hostel near the airport in Accra, with shared, air conditioned rooms. After that, you will head to the volunteer house that’s located a 45-minute drive from the Kumasi city center, where you’ll find restaurants, convenience stores, and ATMs. There is a small shop close to the volunteer house, and the community you’ll stay in is friendly and inviting.

The house is basic but comfortable, and each room can accommodate up to six people in same-sex rooms, with mosquito nets and bedding provided. The bathrooms have western style toilets and cold showers, and there are fans provided throughout the house. There is wifi access (though may be intermittent) and a common area with a TV, DVD player, lounge, and outdoor seating area. A member of the PMGY team will live at the house, which is gated and secure. There are frequent power outages and water shortages throughout Ghana, so you should be prepared to be flexible with accommodations you may not be used to at home.

June through September are PMGY’s busiest volunteer months, so you may be placed at an alternative location such as a nearby guest house or a different volunteer house. You will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day at the volunteer house. Breakfast usually consists of bread, cereals, milk, spreads, and tea or coffee; lunch often consists of noodles or rice; and dinner can include rice, chicken, eggs, spaghetti, stew, yams, fufu, or soup.

Location

Volunteers will stay in a volunteer home.

Cost

from $312 USDper week

from $312 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Certificate of completion

  • Regular program inspection

  • 100% financial protection

  • Live pre-departure webinars

  • Comprehensive volunteer handbook

  • Unlimited email and telephone support

  • Dedicated pmgy travel mentor

  • 24-hour us-based emergency support

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • In-country orientation

  • Airport pickup

  • Meals

  • Accommodation at volunteer house

What’s not included

  • Criminal background check

  • Visa

  • Return airport transfer

  • Travel insurance

  • Transport to project

  • Airfare

Start dates

This program starts on the first and third Sunday of each month year-round.

Founded in 2011 by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Years works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact in the world. Our structured programs create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in your host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with them. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure their setup is safe and that their volunteers are making a positive impact. There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all of your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way.

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