Art & Design Volunteer Teaching in Ghana
Why not have your art and teach it too? In this program, you get the best of both worlds because you can share your skills and learn from others as well!
If you are all about your ART and DESIGN, then this is the perfect program for you. This is actually the best opportunity, because you get to give and receive. You will share your artistic talents with local Ghanaian children and then swap places to become a student, learning from local Ghanaian artisans. Talk about a win-win situation!
What a way to spend your time! If your passion for Art and Design is through the roof and you desire to share your unique gifts with the world, then this program is tailor-made for you. During your program you will get to help run Art Clubs in local schools, using any number of different mediums. Your efforts will be helping local children use their own creative abilities to express themselves and produce their own works of art that they can be proud of.
Aims & Objectives
- Deepen the artistic and creative expression of local children and yourself
- Broaden cultural interactions through learning and idea exchange
- Gain invaluable and practical experience in teaching
- Expand your knowledge of local customs, history, art and culture
Most times you can choose the age group you’d prefer to work with. You can develop a syllabus for your class and determine what the goal will be for your time together and then guide them through the steps to getting those targeted outcomes met. With some encouragement and direction from you, they may even be able to have an exhibition to showcase their work. Overall, this enriching experience can help them to build their own level of confidence in their skills and ability and even give them the nudge needed to pursue their artistic dreams. You will be helping to nurture that spark! The bonus is, that as they are learning from you, you will learn from them too. Through this program, which is a one-of-a-kind cultural exchange, all involved will be able to develop a unique bond.
The other great part of this program, is that you will also get to see local art and learn from the local artisans who are creating a vast array of art and design pieces. Just about anything you can imagine from batik on clothing and scarves, jewelry design, painting, photography, screen printing, sculpture to wood carving. The best part is that you will get the opportunity to get some hands-on, experiential learning. Discussions about the creative process will also yield a greater insight and likely a greater appreciation for the unique and stylistic qualities of African art. That additional knowledge may allow for comparing and contrasting with some of the Western style art you may already be familiar with.
It is important to note that time with local artists is subject to their availability. Keep in mind that there may be some additional costs involved for any additional materials (brushes, canvas, paint, etc.) that may be required for your participation.
Please be advised that the daily transportation costs to and from your program are not included and must therefore be paid by yourself throughout the course of your stay. Those costs may range from 2 – 5 Euros per day.
Monday to Friday
Your actual schedule may vary based upon availability of local artisans and the specific art club you will be working with. As an Art and Design program participant can expect your day to include activities such as:
- Breakfast at your accommodation. Depending upon your schedule, Lunch will be at your accommodation or you may be able to take a bag lunch with you. Dinner will be served at your accommodation each night.
- Using the syllabus you have created to integrate elements of art into the lives of young people whose exposure to art may be limited because of resource constraints and school curriculums that have few related options.
- Acting as teacher and mentor to keep the young artists’ projects on track.
- Using your skill and expertise to provide direction and encouragement, as they prepare their work for exhibition.
- Engaging with local artisans to learn about specific aspects of their crafts, as well as the history and culture of African art
During your stay here in Ghana you will be accommodated at our centre here in Accra. The accommodation has a pool (donations for maintenance are requested) and is located within a gated community. Rooms are generally dorm style and are separated between male and female. Programs are located about 20 – 40 minutes away from the house. Limited WIFI is available in the common area. Staff remains on site 7 days a week to assist volunteers.
- Standard Room
- All meals included
- Free beverages (Water,Tea,Coffee)
- Persons per room 2 -14
- Wifi in public areas
- Safety box
- Bed linen
WIFI is available, but in very limited supply. Personal SIM card is recommended.
Typical Ghanaian dishes mixed with western food will be served at the accommodation. Typical ghanaian food includes rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish.
Trip Country Info
Population: 27 million
Currency: Ghana cedi (GH?)
Time zone: GMT (UTC +0)
This multicultural nation is in the western region of Africa, south of the Sahara. Bordered by the Togo in the east, Burkina Faso in the north, Ivory Coast in the west and the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana’s President is both head of state and head of the government. They now have one of Africa’s strongest economies, which together with their democratic political system have made them to a regional power in West Africa.
This country has succeeded in keeping its culture alive for centuries making it an amazing place to visit. Its diverse geography and ecology ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical jungles. Once known as the gold coast, Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa and today Ghana is also the second largest producer of cocoa beans in the world.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|MUST have a yellow fever vaccination and must obtain a certificate as proof|
|Criminal Record Check|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Travel insurance