Travel to the coast of Africa’s Gold Coast, to help young students increase their confidence in working with numbers, words and computers. In your free time explore the cosmopolitan city of Accra, shop for local handicrafts at one of the many markets and experience the uniquely Ghanaian flavours of fufu and peanut soup.
On average the standard of education in Ghana is fairly low and schools are often underresourced and overcrowded. GVI volunteers will contribute towards developing these schools in a sustainable way by assisting in improving the standard of numeracy and literacy. All participants will receive the necessary training, including lesson planning and relevant teaching methods to conduct a lesson. This ensures that participants are fully eqquiped when they step into the classroom to teach a lesson.
Apart from focusing on subjects like English, Mathematics and Computer Literacy GVI volunteers will also get involved with public health volunteering.
Public Health Volunteering In Ghana:
GVI volunteers will help to educate students, parents and teachers about how simple lifestyle changes like regular hand washing, healthy eating can prevent common childhood illness in Ghana. These illnesses include diarrhoea, colds and flus, and adult diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes as well as the high incidence of injuries caused by motor vehicles.
"The most positive experiences I had volunteering for GVI would have to be just simply living with and getting to know the local people. Their way of life, response to life and general outlook on life is so inspiring and so beautiful that you can't help but fall in love with the people and the place. The children I taught and worked with made me discover a love and joy in children I never knew I had."
What's Not Included
Our teaching volunteers in Ghana will work with a wide variety of students from the local communities.
You will work on the project Monday to Friday, planning and delivering educational classroom lessons. Weekends are yours to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at base with your fellow volunteers.
This volunteer program allows participants with a unique insight into Ghanaian culture, while giving them a chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of their students and the local community. Accommodation is in a centrally located house or apartment with electricity and shared rooms and bathrooms. You will enjoy daily communal meals with your fellow volunteers.
What's Not Included
Our project details for our teaching program are quite flexible and we develop them according to the specific needs of the local community at the time.
Local teachers are under-resourced and there is a need to provide them with assistance and additional teaching resources. In assisting teachers with lessons, you will help improve the quality of education of disadvantaged communities in Ghana.
How this program makes a difference:
GVI volunteers looking to teach in Ghana will be providing these schools with the manpower they need to allow each child access to more personalised instruction in subjects like English, Mathematics and Computer Literacy. Public health volunteering plays a huge role in educating the local community about how simple lifestyle changes can benefit their well-being in the long run.
Ghana’s short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs. Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level. Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
What's Not Included
Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to make a sustainable difference globally, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.
We checked in with our long term field staff for advice and travel tips. We have put together the following information on trips and travel options in Ghana!
Optional Side Trips
On your weekends or while off project, the following short trips are popular and should definitely be checked out!
• Visit historic Jamestown and discover all the beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings, clapboard houses and corrugated iron shacks.
• Head over to the Makola market for a true African market experience. Be sure to try out some of the local cuisine that is sold here by the local vendors.
• Take a trip to the National Museum for insight into the local cultural or head to the ANO Centre for Cultural Research and check out the Ghanian art!
• Alternatively, for a relaxing day out, be sure to check out Bojo Beach just west of the city of Accra.
Further Travelling Opportunities
If you have the time and budget, there are a number of opportunities for exploring more of Ghana. These could include taking a tour of Cape Coast’s historic whitewashed castle, a former slave-holding site. For the nature lovers there’s Mole National Park, home to about 90 species of mammals, including African elephants. After going on safari you might want to head to Fort San Antonio for a guided tour of this historical monument and experience the amazing views of the coastline from the top of the fort. The travel opportunities in Ghana are endless!
Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.
When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!