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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

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.

Your Impact

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs. 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 visualise 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.


GVI’s base in Ghana was set up as a result of an invitation to support education, gender equality, and community development programs in the region.


Participants will assist local partners by teaching English, mathematics or science to primary and secondary school children or working with gender equality organisations that promote women’s social and economic advancement through educational workshops. Public health also plays a huge role in educating the local community about how simple lifestyle changes can benefit their well-being in the long run.


Our Partners In Cape Coast

Project Objectives

 


GVI Cape Coast, Ghana’s Long-term Objectives:


1. To support local communities in Ghana by working through grassroots NGOs on community led women’s empowerment and education initiatives, in order to help empower and increase employment opportunities for women in Ghana.


2. To place renewed focus on training over funding, in order to equip local communities with the tools they need for creating and maintaining lasting and sustainable change.


3. To continue a successful teaching program which aims to empower teachers and students.


4. To work closely with local project partners to run workshops with students to help them perform better in school, as well as also assisting local teachers.


5. To empower local women by providing a platform where they can gain the skills, resources and confidence that they need to continue working towards achieving their personal and professional goals (employment, income diversification, alternative revenue streams and more).


 


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)

Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — Traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.


Support

Once a participant books, they will be assigned a personal support coordinator who will oversee their pre-departure journey. The support coordinator helps to bridge the gap between program enrolment and arrival at one of our field bases. Your personal support coordinator will ensure that you are provided with all the necessary information required to apply for visas, background checks, and any other documentation.


Safety

Upon arrival at the airport participants will be greeted by a GVI staff member. All GVI staff are our own and all our programs around the world are run by our staff. All GVI field staff are background checked, Emergency First Response and safety trained. Our minimum staff to participant ratio is one to six, although on several bases we have a ratio of one to three. When finishing the experience, participants will provide feedback on all aspects of their program.


Health & Safety Case Studies

19 Nov

HOW GVI UPHOLDS HEALTH AND SAFETY

It takes courage to book a GVI program, get on a flight, and head off to somewhere new. Volunteering offers a level of cultural immersion that typical backpacking or holidays just can’t achieve. This is why thousands of people around the world participate in paid GVI programs.


1 Nov

GVI’S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY AND SECURITY

As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the health and safety of our participants, staff, and local community members at all of our 20+ bases around the world.


6 Nov

HOW GVI REMAINS PREPARED FOR NATURAL DISASTERS

The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes a nasty turn, we are prepared to respond to stormy situations.


5 Nov

HOW GVI MANAGES PARTICIPANTS EXPECTATIONS

Once GVI has matched a participant to a program that suits their passions and goals, our team aims to set the right expectations for them. In the event that false expectations around a program are created, the GVI team takes immediate action to ensure that the situation rectified.


Country Exploration

Joining a GVI program not only allows participants to collaborate with communities or work toward preserving unique ecosystems but it also offers plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area or travel further to see what other parts of the region have to offer. Many decide to travel before or after their GVI experience, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.


Our own long term field staff are a great source of advice, and have helped us put together the following information on local travel options. Please note that the below suggestions are not included in the program fee, and are for the individual to organise at their own expense.


Weekend Trips

Makola Market

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.


National Museum and Centre for Cultural Research

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 Ghanaian art.


Bojo Beach

Alternatively, for a relaxing day out, be sure to check out Bojo Beach just west of the city of Accra.


Cape Coast Festival

Cape Coast festival (Fetu Afahye) is an experience not to be missed. It is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year. It is celebrated by the people and chiefs of Cape Coast, with people traveling from all over Ghana, and abroad, to attend.


Elmina

On weekends off, volunteers could visit historic Elmina and discover all the beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings, clapboard houses and corrugated iron shacks.


Kakum National Park

For the nature lovers there’s always Kakum National Park, which is home to an abundance of biodiversity and offers a breathtaking canopy walk.


Further Travels

Whitewashed Castle

Volunteers could take a tour of Cape Coast’s whitewashed castle, a former slave-holding site that is rich in history and deeply rooted in the national identity of Ghana.


Mole National Park

For the nature lovers there’s Mole National Park, home to about 90 species of mammals, including beautiful African elephants.


Fort san Antonio

A guided tour of this historical monument could be just what’s needed to make the experience go from good to great. Participants can expect to experience the amazing views of the coastline from the top of the fort.


Cultural Immersion

Engaging intimately with a new context teaches not only global awareness but adaptability and critical thinking, skills highly valued in the modern marketplace. Local and cultural immersion is encouraged on all our programs around the world, and is also one of the most enjoyable aspects of the GVI experience. Luckily, there are many activities you can get involved with in your free time, or before and after your GVI program. On our community programs the focus is on cultural topics, while on marine or wildlife programs the emphasis is more on the environmental element. Use your evenings and weekends to explore diverse and eclectic topics like Theravada Buddhism in Laos or how plastic pollution and climate change affects Indian Ocean coral.


Language

Participants are able to fully immerse themselves in Ghanaian culture through learning more about local languages (more than 80 languages are spoken in the reason, but don’t worry, English is primarily used in business and day-to-day exchanges).


Cooking

If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love trying some of the local delicacies, including Jollof rice, Fante Kenkey (boiled maize dough), Fufu, Coco-Yam or even Banku (which is cooked, fermented corn & cassava dough). Come into your program with an open mind and prepare to be exposed to some of the most interesting dishes you can wrap your head around.


Festivals

Ghana is home to 32 festivals each year, contributing to its status as a  culturally rich and diverse nation.


Cape Coast immersion

Cape Coast, or Cabo Corso, is a central region of south Ghana, situated in the Gulf of Guinea. The area has a population of roughly 200 000 people. From the 16th century until Ghanaian independence, the city and fishing port changed hands between the British, the Portuguese, the Swedish, the Danish and the Dutch.


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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.

Arrivals

When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.


As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.