You will find that schools in Ghana encompass a wide range of resources. Most are well equipped with educational tools, yet are understaffed in their language departments. As a teacher of either English or French, you will provide students with valuable language skills. In addition to those offered in the educational environment, you may find that the greatest tool and bridge for effective learning is yourself. The students will want to find out about you, the country you come from, and your interests, topics that can be incorporated into many language lessons.
Whatever skills and talents you have, teaching in Ghana schools offers a rewarding combination of the new, exciting, and life-changing, as well as the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.
Ghana xchange volunteer organization offers opportunities to volunteer as a sports coach in Ghana. As a volunteer, you can get involved in coaching sports like soccer, basketball, and general physical education in schools. Volunteer sports coaches can have a significant impact on children and teenagers by encouraging then to be enthusiastic about sports and fitness and increasing their general health and fitness. Getting involved in sports coaching also gives you the chance to help your students develop their confidence and team skills.
If you are interested in volunteering in the Health sector you will be able to work in the local hospitaland help with consultations and public health such as, free health screening of Malaria,Cholera, Tuberculosis etc, Baby weighing,Helping in the maternity with child delivery and basic health assistant. As a health volunteer you also have the opportunity to take part in our health talks, which we organise at schools. Topics we have covered so far include, general hygiene, HIV/AIDS, STDs and Malaria. We are looking for volunteers to help with these health talks and we are open to suggestions on topics they would like to present on. These talks are meant to give primary school children basic knowledge that they can also take home and teach their siblings and friends. We try to make these talks interactive and use practical methods, e.g. demonstrating how to wash ones hands correctly etc. During epidemics, e.g. the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we also try to reach out to entire communities, through health talks open to all, during which we also distribute fliers with more information. Volunteers can also help us organise basic first aid training to local teachers at our partner schools.
If you have more experience in this area and perhaps even a medical qualification you could be working alongside the nurses and doctors and applying / teaching your skills. During your time, you will be able to identify any problems you see in the health provision in the hospitals and you will be able to help tackle them with any you may have.
One of the good things about volunteering in Ghana is that virtually everyone can speak English and thus there are no communication difficulties and language should not have an effect on your placement. All of the volunteers will, through their project, get to know the culture of Ghana and will also be able to travel through other parts of the country on weekends. As you will be based in the same town as the organisation you will always have a contact person and any problems can be solved immediately.
There is a lot of work to be done and all volunteers are only placed into a project where their help is really needed and will for that reason, never have a lack of things to do in Ghana.
VOLUNTEER GET THE WEEKENDS OFF TO GO ON TRIPS AND EXPLORE GHANA: Ghana has so much to offer volunteers with its rich culture, festivals, food, art & craft centers, castles & forts, long sandy beaches, national parks, waterfalls, rain forest and other interesting places to visit. Volunteers who come to Ghana experience these even more fully by getting an insider's understanding of the country.
Every weekend we organize trips for our volunteers to travel throughout Ghana to experience the Ghanaian cultural and explore.
Our program is an excellent opportunity to combine adventurous foreign travel with a worthwhile job as a volunteer. You will improve your transferable skills such as team-working, presentation and communication. Above all, this is an unrivaled opportunity to gain an insight into a completely different culture and way of life.
Our projects are not all about work, volunteers get opportunities to explore this beautiful part of West Africa. Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, Kakum National Park and Nzulezo Stilt Village are all within few hours from the community you will be staying in, Ghana offers an array of varying cultures and landscapes including national parks and stunning rain-forests.