Although Ghana is an English-speaking country, many school children cannot communicate effectively in the English language. This is common in both rural and urban areas of Ghana and there is a real need for volunteers to assist in communities with a shortage of teaching staff.
The Teaching project in Ghana seeks to stimulate the interest of school children in studying and speaking English, while simultaneously offering international volunteers the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Ghanaian culture and education system. Volunteers are placed in both rural and urban communities, where they teach solo or assist one of the few local teachers.
Volunteers on this project follow the syllabus of the Ghana Education Service, which is made available to volunteers during their orientation. Music, Math and Arts are also incorporated into the syllabus and volunteers are encouraged to bring resources that can assist with their teaching.
The school year has three terms and there are holiday breaks of 4 weeks, which fall between each term. Volunteers who apply for the Teaching project during these holiday breaks will work with school directors and placement staff in creating school holiday workshops for the children, and volunteers will then run these workshops unassisted.
As volunteers work with the support of YPB team and placement staff, they do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate.