Volunteer Teaching in Ghana
Volunteer Teaching in Ghana
Known as one of Africa’s largest producers of gold, Ghana has long been a country of exploration and discovery – so where better to explore your shiny new talents as a volunteer teacher?
Within our programme, you will be placed in one of the local schools and will be responsible for teaching students a range of subjects, including, of course, English. However, the teachers are very receptive to new and exciting ways of learning, and you are encouraged to bring your own materials if you wish!
New To Teaching? This is the Programme for You!
… and if you’re new to teaching, don’t worry! You will be working alongside local school teachers, assisting with lesson planning and delivery, and adding fun to the children’s schooldays. The children are generally a very happy bunch – and love finding out about their new volunteers, where they come from and how they live, so you’ll always have plenty to talk about!
Explore Accra’s Vibrant African Culture
Our accommodation is located in Teshie, a coastal suburban town on the east side of Accra. It is a quickly growing suburb that’s getting bigger and bigger every day. With its own train station, Teshie is the perfect base camp to explore the many gems that Accra has to offer.
After your school day, you will be free to relax back at the centre with new friends, or to explore Ghana’s varied terrain from savannah and woodlands and lagoons, as well as its modern cities and tiny villages. Locals are very welcoming here, so you will find your placement as a volunteer teacher in Ghana a memorable and exciting experience!
Why Volunteer as a Teacher in Ghana?
- Give something valuable to the local community through your creative skills
- Discover Ghana’s many ‘hidden gems’ and explore its cities and villages
- Make friends with local teachers and fellow volunteers
- Relax at the end of the school day in safe and comfortable surrounding in a safe gated community
- Enjoy tasting Ghanaian cuisine with meals and beverages* included
*tea, coffee and drinking water
Working with your volunteer coordinator, you will be given activities for each day at the school. Whilst you will mainly be teaching English, you have a great opportunity to shine, and help your new little friends with any other subjects you feel confident in teaching. Together with local teachers, you can make each day an exciting adventure for the children in your care. Let your creativity flow!
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day to familiarize yourself with the surroundings, as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
Orientation Day Schedule
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations,
- Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Ghanian Do’s and Don’ts, Ghanian Culture Lessons and
- Language Lessons.Tour around the local area
- Drive into Accra to visit the museum and craft market,
- Independence Square and Oxford street.
- Visit local shops and amenities.
- Meet some of our academy athletes at our training centre, help with our after school programme or visit the community children we support with our programs.
Tuesday to Friday
- Teaching at the school
- Teaching at the school
- Preparation time for the next day
Cost of transport to locations is not included, but will usually be around £1.50 per day.
This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Evenings and Weekends
After a day of creative exploits, you can choose to explore the area or head further afield on the weekends. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends through the week and travel further afield at the weekends!
Places to Visit
Here are some of our favourite destinations in Ghana …
- Cape Coast
- Lake Volta
- Elmina Castle
- Manhyia Palace
- National Museum of Ghana
- Kwame Nkrumah National Park
- Accra Mall
- Bojo Beach
- Aburi Botanical Gardens
Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, with a population of over two million. It stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north, with many bustling towns and villages along the way.
Our accommodation is located in Teshie, a coastal suburban town on the east side of Accra. It is a quickly growing suburb that’s getting bigger and bigger every day. Teshie is rich in its diversity and has its own train station for easy transport to many of Ghana’s landmarks and places of natural beauty.
About the Accommodation
Safety is our top priority, and our Centre in Accra is located within a gated community, with dorm-style separate male/female accommodation. The programs are located between 20 to 40 minutes from the centre and transportation is readily available (all transport is extra).
And if you’re coming by yourself for the first time, you won’t be alone! There will always be other volunteers to spend time with, and there are staff on-site 7 days a week to help you. Wifi is limited, so we recommend you purchase your own SIM card to help stay connected with friends and family.
If you haven’t tried Ghanaian cuisine, you’re in for treat! Typical Ghanaian food includes rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef, and fish with its own African spices. At our centre, you’ll find a mix of Ghanaian and Western food to enjoy, with all meals, tea, coffee, and filtered water included in your stay. There are 3 meals during the week and 2 meals on weekends.
Our Volunteer Centre is close to all amenities with the closest shops within a 15-20 minute walk. ATMs are 15 minutes away by taxi, and restaurants and bars (including Wifi cafes) are a 20-minute taxi ride from the centre.
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|
|DBS, Criminal Background Check|
|Under 18, Parental Consent|
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Travel insurance