Volunteer to Teach Girls in Tamale, Ghana

Tamale, Ghana

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Volunteering Solutions

(52 Reviews)
  • From $645 USD for 1 Week

  • 1 - 16 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 17 And Older

Description

Overview

The Girls Education Project in Tamale in Northern Ghana is suitable for gap year, holiday, summer, or career break volunteers with a passion for education and an understanding of the role it plays in transforming the lives and the futures of girls (soon-to-be women) and, consequently, the community. It is based on the principles of the famous African Proverb: "When you educate a boy, you educate one person. When you educate a girl, you educate an entire community." This program is open to both female and male volunteers, and you do not have to be a qualified or trained teacher.

The mission of this project is to help young disadvantaged females living in the urban village around Tamale. From its beginnings as a grassroots effort, international volunteers have played a key role in the development of this project, and your efforts will be very helpful in its further growth and development. For teachers, your participation means extra hands, hearts, and minds to assist in making sure no girl child is left out or left behind in the classroom. You will help to prepare and deliver lesson plans, and work in small groups with girls who need enrichment in reading, writing, and math skills. On occasion, you may even be called upon to lead a class, but you will be fully supported.

Arrival and Orientation

You will be greeted by a Volunteering Solutions representative at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra. Volunteers arrive on Saturdays,and stay overnight in Accra at hotel accommodations provided by Volunteering Solutions. On Sunday, you will travel to Tamale, which is an approximate 5.5 hour drive (269 miles) from Accra.

A half-day orientation will be provided by your local coordinator. It will cover important cultural considerations, safety concerns, key locations, and getting around the region. After completing orientation, you will be given an introduction to your project, including information about your commute, local staff, the kids, and places to eat lunch.

Accommodations

The home of a typical Ghanaian host family will be your home away from home. There is, perhaps, no better way to experience true Ghanaian culture and to immerse oneself in the language, customs, and traditions.

You will be provided your own room or a shared room with another volunteer.

Volunteers are provided with breakfast and dinner at the host family house. Breakfast will be served as early as 6:00 am so that you can make it to school (your volunteer placement) on time. You will be on your own for lunch, and dinner is generally from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at your homestay. Ghanaian cuisine consists primarily of starches ( rice and doughy balls made from mashed cassava, plantain or yams), soups, beans, meat and fish.

Field Conditions

Although the central hub of your activity will be at the school in Tamale, you will be located in one of the fastest growing cities in West Africa and Ghana’s fourth-largest. Tamale is also seen as the center of education in Northern Ghana. An influx of business has spurred activity in the hospitality industry bringing both modern hotels and guest houses, and a relatively new football stadium, but you will still see traditional mud houses alongside modern architecture.

Tamale’s tropical climate has a wet and dry season, and it is hot and humid. The rainy is season is from April to September or October, peaking in July or August. The dry season is from November to April.

In a conservative and mostly Muslim town, conservative dress is encouraged. As it turns out, long sleeved tops and loose trousers or knee length skirts are better for fighting the heat and humidity than bare skin.

Your Impact

As a volunteer for the Girls Education Project, your care, concerns, and smarts will be welcomed by teachers and directly enrich the lives of the students you guide and instruct. Here are some areas where you can make a meaningful contribution:

- Aiding the teachers in delivering lesson plans

- Working on reading, writing and math skills in small groups

- Leading a class yourself (don’t worry because you’ll be fully supported if called upon to do so)

- Designing a proper study module for the children to follow

- Engaging students in out–of–the–class activities to encourage physical activity and fitness

Your work week will be from Tuesday to Friday, from 7:00 am in the morning to 1:00 pm in the afternoon. Please note: your schedule may vary depending on your particular project.

On the weekends, you are free to explore Tamale and the surrounding areas. Some of the must-see attractions include:

- Mole National Park

- Monkey Sanctuary

- Kintampo Falls

Elaborate festivals, with colorful dress, music and dance, are hallmarks of the culture, and the local cuisine, comprised of Banku and Fufu - Ghana's most famous dishes, are sure to delight.

Location

Tamale, Ghana
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Accra, Ghana

    Volunteers will assist teachers in schools.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Accra, Ghana

    Volunteers will be staying with a host family.

  • Nearest Airport
    Kotoka International Airport (ACC), Accra

Cost

<p>An application fee of $250 is included in the cost.</p>

1 Week
16 Weeks
1 Week

$645 USD

What’s Included

  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)

  • Accommodation

  • Food - 2 meals a day

  • Orientation

  • First Night Hotel Stay in Accra, if required

  • Airport Pickup from Accra

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff

What’s Not Included

  • Return Airport Drop(Can be arranged at an extra cost)

  • Visa

  • Local Transportation

  • Vaccinations

  • Transportation between Accra to Tamale

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

Select Saturdays year round.

Organization

Volunteering Solutions is a highly respected and accredited organization that coordinates volunteer abroad opportunities for high school students, individuals, couples, and even corporate groups. They’ve been running volunteer traveling programs since 2006, and in that time, they’ve helped more than 12,000 volunteers complete trips that have been life changing not only for them but also for the people they’ve helped. Volunteering Solutions operates in 19 countries, and provides over 100 types of volunteering and interning options in areas like child care, medical, education, conservation, community development, and much more. By coordinating volunteer efforts with local social welfare organizations around the world, Volunteering Solutions guarantees that your impact truly benefits the people you're there to help.

To help you get the most out of your journey, and to make the trip as safe and stress-free as possible, Volunteering Solutions takes care of the placement, accommodations, travel, meals, and security for each volunteer. That way, you're free to focus your attention on what's important, like helping the community, helping the people, growing as an individual, and exploring a new country, new cultures, and new practices.

Reviews (52)

Laurine

Dec 03, 2017

To give a summary, the last five weeks have been the most amazing five weeks of my life.
When arriving at the center you are warmly welcomed and shown around. It is a lot to take in because the center is pretty big and there are a lot of animals ...
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Xinyi Yang

Sep 27, 2017

It's a interesting journey. In this journey I tried a lot thing that are first time.

Shuwen Tang

Sep 26, 2017

This volunteer experience for me is very meaningful. I was really enjoy the two weeks I spent in Thailand. I knew many new things, the stuffs are all very responsive and the members in our group are very nice. That was a challenge for me to be a volunteer, with ... +more

Ruud

Sep 25, 2017

The trip was really awesome. It was my first time to go outside Europe and this project was the ideal thing to do for the first time! It is a good combination between different volunteering projects, travelling, and being with international people. The week in Mr. Lee's elephant village ... +more

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