Enhance the lives of young students desperate to learn English while immersing into daily Ghanaian culture and exploring vibrant Africa nation.
English is the official language of Ghana but it's not the first language of most people. Young children mostly learn to speak English in schools. Therefore, the schools they attend become an important place for them to learn and develop their ability to read and write in English. The schools in poorer area, however, lack skilled and experienced English teachers to groom the children. As a result, the young children often become incapable of developing required skills to secure places in good universities and later good careers.
Recognizing this, RCDP is partnering with local schools to offer Teaching English volunteer opportunity in Ghana for you. Join the program and help young Ghanaians develop skills required to succeed in life. You will find the children well behaved and eager to learn from an international volunteer.
Ghana has 3 academic semesters a year: January-March, May-July and September-December. During the School holidays, holiday classes are organized for the School children.
Start Date : 10th January to 12th April 2006
School Holiday : 13th April to 1st May 2006
Start Date : 2nd May to 4th August 2006
School Holiday : 5th August to 12th September 2006
Start Date : 13th September to 15th December 2006
School Holiday : 16th December 2006 to January 2007
Note: volunteers are requested to join orphanage projects during school holidays
No previous teaching experience is required to volunteer in Teaching English in Ghana project. But you should have a good command of both written and spoken English. Even non-native fluent English speakers are encouraged to apply. Volunteers should also be patience, resourceful and open-minded.
You will work as an English teacher. You can start teaching straight away if you are confident of it, or you can assist the local teacher at first and start on your own when you have gained the necessary confidence. You will mostly follow the official curriculum; however, you can bring in your teaching methods also. You will be for instance encouraged to hold debates and discussions as this can increase the student's ability to comprehend English better, encourage participate and make the class fun.
The children are aged between 5-10 years old in the primary school, and between 11 and 16 years old for junior secondary. You can also participate or organize extra-curricular activities like games and plays and play the school's administration.
The Teaching English in Ghana project is based in Accra and Kumasi. Accra is the seaside city of Ghana. It's also the most populous and contains many beaches, museums, libraries, traditional markets and has a lively nightlife. The buildings in Accra reflect its colonial past and new development. You can see castles juxtaposed next to modern buildings. You can also visit shopping centers, restaurants and shanty towns in Accra.
Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti region. Also known as Ghana's second city, Kumasi is regarded as the cultural heart of Ghana as the vibrancy of Ghana's culture is more evident here than any other part of the country. The city's major attraction includes the National Cultural Center and zoological gardens with its lovely gardens but depressing zoo. In the villages around Kumasi, you can see artisans practicing crafts liking woodcarving, printing cloths and weaving. Villages like Bonwire are the place to visit for kente cloth, Pankrono is best known for pottery, Ahwiaa for woodcarving and Ntonso for adinkra cloth.