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Volunteer to care for local children at a boarding school in Ghana! Many of the teachers in Accra are overworked and in urgent need of assistance. With a rising shortage of teachers and educators, school children often don’t get the individual, one-on-one help and support that they need. Your assistance in the classroom will help to ensure that children get more of the attention that they require in order to learn in a most effective way. However, this project consists of more than traditional lesson assistance; you will be involved in classroom games as well as renovation work on the school building.
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Location of the Project:  Accra, Ghana
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Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 12 weeks, 2-3 weeks are recommended
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Arrival Airport:  Kotaka International Airport (ACC)
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Volunteer Work:  Child Care, teaching assistance, repair work
Age:  Minimum age of 18 (Age Exception:This project accepts volunteers of ages 16 & 17 with parental consent.)
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international volunteers
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Important Note:  All volunteers must have a yellow fever vaccination before they arrive to Ghana. On arrival volunteers will need to present proof of vaccination, or entry into Ghana may be denied.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared, single-gender dorm-style rooms
Food:  3 meals per day are provided
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup provided upon arrival
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Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  Orientation will take place on Monday.
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), personal expenses, cost of transportation to airport on departure day, daily taxi transportation to and from project (approx. $6 per day)
The Republic of Ghana is located in western Africa and is bordered by Togo, Cote d’lvoire, Burkina Faso and the Atlantic Ocean. There are currently more than 75 ethnic groups coexisting in Ghana, making this country’s culture diverse and exciting. 

Accra is the capital, and largest city of the Republic of Ghana. It stretches along the Atlantic Ocean, making for many beautiful beaches! The accommodations for this project are located in Teshie, a coastal suburb of Accra, which is just a train ride away from many popular tourist destinations such as the National Museum, Aburi Botanical Gardens and Makola Market.
As a volunteer on this project you will be working in a school, assisting teachers with English lessons and more. You may be participating in games and additional educational exercises, as well as physical school reparations. Your contribution to this project will help to improve the conditions of the local school as well as help to build confidence of these young children in their English language skills and more.

Some of your tasks may include:
  • Assisting teachers with English lessons
  • Leading/ playing games with the children
  • Painting/ repairing the school buildings

A typical day: The Monday of your first week will be dedicated to the introduction for the project itself as well as to Ghana. Volunteer work will be Tuesday - Friday, with the weekend free. You will begin the day with a Ghanaian breakfast before heading to the boarding school. Every day you will have a lunch break and return to teaching before you end your day with a traditional dinner.
Internet
Internet:  There is limited Wifi available at the accommodations. A SIM card with data is recommended for volunteers who wish to have more access to Internet services.
Laundry
Laundry:  Volunteers should expect to wash clothes by hand.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will be staying in single-gender, shared rooms with 3-5 other people. Cold showers and fans are available. Air conditioning may be available at an additional cost.
Food:  Three meals per day are included. Typical Ghanaian dishes will be served, including rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish mixed with occasional Western food.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Basic level of English
  • Police clearance
  • Yellow fever vaccination before entry into Ghana
Volunteers have an array of different options for how they would like to spend their free time. The accommodations are in a central location, making it easy for volunteers to explore the bustling city life of Accra. For the volunteer who prefers to relax, there is a stunning beach close to the accommodations as well as a river for those who wish to explore Accra by boat. There is a train station in Teshie, so for an additional fee, volunteers can easily get to their desired destinations. Some suggested destinations can be found below:

Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is the place for those who wish to explore an enchanting rainforest!

Mole National Park
Get up-close with Ghana’s wildlife - from baboons and warthogs to majestic elephants at Mole National Park! 

Cape Coast Castle
History lovers wouldn’t consider their trip to Ghana complete without a visit to this historically important building that was once where slaves were held, representing Ghana’s once dark past. 
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