Volunteer Teaching In Ghana

Do your part to increase the quality of education in Ghana by working with schools in underprivileged communities in the coastal region of Greater Elmina.


Program Information

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 Elmina, shop for local handicrafts at one of the many markets and experience the uniquely Ghanaian flavours of fufu and peanut soup.

United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals

Overview

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.

 

Program Details

Program Type:
Location: Africa - Ghana - Cape Coast

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Project Life

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.

Project Details

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 It like?

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


Our 10 Ethical Commitments

 

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


 

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


 

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


 

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


 

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


 

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


 

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


 

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conduct, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


 

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


 

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.


Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.


However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.


What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Exploration

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!

The Team

Shayle Havemann

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!

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Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Herritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.