Teaching in Rural Ghana
Teaching English, Mathematics and Science in low-income communities can increase employment opportunities and ultimately help people to become economically independent. Both inexperienced and experienced volunteers can teach vocabulary, assist with pronunciation, help with maths and support students as they practice speaking English.
These students, of all ages and backgrounds, appreciate the opportunity to interact with fluent speakers and the extra assistance is welcomed by local teachers. If you are fluent in English or have maths skills, you can provide a real contribution to the community and have great fun in the process.
You don't have to be a teacher to take part in and enjoy our teaching placements. Open to all volunteers, you really benefit the students you work with, while gaining valuable skills yourself. Placements are in primary or secondary schools and special schools. All our placements have one thing in common – a genuine need for conversational English or Maths practice.
Usually you work in timetabled conversational English or Maths lessons. Sometimes (usually at a primary school) you are given your own class. Depending on the town of your placement, you can find yourself teaching a group of five-year-olds or a class of adults.
If, like many volunteers, you feel a little unsure about taking an English or Maths class of any age, we give you a great deal of help. Once you are on your placement you have the full support of your team.
Before you leave we brief you comprehensively about teaching English or Maths. You receive teaching guide packed with guidelines and ideas, teaching games and advice. It includes tried-and-tested teaching resources, and takes you through beginners and intermediate lessons.
But you are your own primary resource. The teaching guide gives lots of suggestions about how you can maximise yourself as a 'resource'. Bring along 'props' – like family photos, postcards magazines, coins, CDs – to kick-start conversation or a lesson. And when you get to your destination, comparing notes about what works and what doesn't work with other volunteers is always helpful.
You are not likely to have many problems getting your pupils' attention. They want to learn so that they can get into good universities, get better jobs, have a better life – and also enjoy everything that satellite TV has to offer!
While your pupils want to learn English or Maths, you will probably find that local teachers are just as keen – and they will practise their spoken English or Maths on you. This is, of course, part of the benefit of your placement – the better local teachers speak English or do Maths, the better they will be able to teach their pupils.
You will stay with a host family, within a rented house and will stay either in a single or shared room. All our families are middle-class and live in safe neighborhoods. The distance from the project varies.
No formal qualifications are required. Skills requirements
No special skills required, but fluent written and spoken English is needed along with basic Maths skills. Physical fitness requirements
Good physical fitness. Compulsory languages
English Minimum age
17 Maximum age
In a typical day
A typical day for a volunteer on this project starts at 8am working through to 5pm. During this time the volunteer will be assigned various duties which will be determined by the school.