WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
There are very few recognised charity homes for neglected children in Ghana and these intelligent children miss out on the opportunity to attend school and develop their education. Volunteer teachers and carers are vital to ensure these children can build a future for themselves. Although English is the national language of Ghana, many Ghanaian children grow up speaking the local tribal languages of their families, such as Ga, Twi and Ewe. However, to communicate with fellow Ghanaians in education, business, and all official areas of life they must have a good command of English. Knowledge of English is therefore essential. You could dance, sing and play games with the children, as well as teach them English. Literacy is key to education and future jobs for poor children, enabling them to move beyond subsistence farming. Illiterate children have few educational options, and your presence in the school gives them the gift of the language of commerce, allowing them to access stable and secure jobs and high school and college scholarships. Many centres in Ghana rely entirely on volunteer support in order to remain operational and your work will be invaluable in maintaining the ongoing educational opportunities of the local people. You can also help support and educate the local community in much needed areas where a lack of knowledge in malaria, family planning and other health issues presents a very real problem. The time you put in to working with the community is greatly appreciated and hugely beneficial.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
The Ghana Children, Teaching and Community Health project is a fantastic opportunity for caring volunteers to make a great impact on the local community and really integrate themselves within Ghanaian culture. Volunteers should be ready and willing to get stuck in to the varied work; a flexible and positive approach is essential! Whichever projects you take part in you can be sure that the children and people you help will be extremely grateful for having someone there to support and care about them. Your work programme will usually run five days a week, mornings and afternoons, with evenings free to enjoy as you wish. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help in various areas within the local communities, depending on current need at the time of your project. Areas of work may include the following.
Working with children
Volunteers may help with caring for and teaching children living at the Centre, as well as others from the village who may visit for classes. Volunteers are instrumental in keeping the children engaged with games after school hours and helping with cooking and cleaning in the centre .
Volunteers may work in basic community schools, day care centres and the special school for the deaf, helping out in the classroom and with any other aspects of school life. Please note that school and public holidays may affect the schedule so please check for the time of year in which you are taking part.
Volunteers may help in assisting people with disabilities, working around the hospital, patient and customer care, malaria and the need to keep our environments clean to avoid disease, or even administration - basically a variety of different aspects required to keep the hospital or health centres running.