Volunteer English language teacher, Ghana-Africa

As preparation for the formal study of English, it is assumed that pupils already have a background of two-year preschool language experience which focused mainly on the acquisition of oral skills and such pre-reading and pre-writing skills as visual discrimination, visual motor, visual comprehension, visual memory, auditory discrimination, auditory comprehension, drawing, colouring, painting, patterning, pattern writing and some phonological awareness. 


1st Grade (6-year-olds) English Language syllabus extracts 

Volunteer teacher would help the pupils to be able to:

  • sing songs and recite rhymes/poems learnt
  • mention animals or objects in song/rhymes/poems learnt
  • pronounce words correctly in songs.rhymes/poems with particular reference to contrast in stress and rhythm
  • use appropriate greetings and responses as and when necessary.

We’ll send you the complete syllabus in the course of your application process.  


2nd Grade (7-year-olds) English Language syllabus extracts

Volunteer teacher would help the pupil to:

  • Sing songs and recite rhymes/poems with correct stress and rhythm.
  • Talk about and act whole/parts of songs/ rhymes/ poems
  • Develop and say a line of rhyme/ poem/ song of their own
  • Listen to simple stories and retell them with actions and dramatization

We’ll send you the complete syllabus during your application process


3rd Grade (8-year-olds) English Language syllabus extracts

Volunteer teacher would assist the pupils to be able to:

  • listen attentively to simple instructions and carry them out
  • State some of the keywords, issues and moral in stories
  • Talk about people e.g. parents, siblings, friends using correct and appropriate language.
  • Talk about selected processes and issues concerning the home and life generally

We’ll send you the complete syllabus during your application process  


4th Grade (9-year-olds) English Language syllabus extracts

Volunteer teacher would help the pupils to be able to:

  • discuss values in poems/ songs
  • compose a poem
  • compose and tell a story
  • use connecting and referral words to enhance the meaning and understanding of a story
  • describe people accurately using correct/appropriate language
  • describe/ talk about events, games or places using appropriate language

We’ll send you the complete syllabus during your application process.  


5th Grade (10-year-olds) English Language syllabus extracts

Volunteer teacher would assist the pupils to be able to:

  • Listen attentively to songs, rhymes/ poems, sing and recite them with correct stress and rhythm.
  • Talk about and act whole parts of songs, rhymes/poems
  • Listen to directions and follow them correctly.
  • Give instructions and directions accurately.
  • Listen to simple and interesting stories and identify the key words, issues and values in them.  

6th Grade (11-year-olds) English Language syllabus extracts

Volunteer teacher would assist the pupils to:

  • Write short poems on their own experiences.
  • Give more complicated directions accurately.
  • Read and follow complicated instructions.
  • Tell simple stories
  • Recall and say some of the words, issues and moral in stories.

7th Grade (12-year-olds) English Language syllabus extracts

Volunteer teacher would help the pupils to:

  • Make the pure vowel sounds correctly in isolation as well as in context.
  • Recognize the differences in the articulation of consonants.
  • Talk about/describe people and objects.
  • Talk about/describe occasions and festivals.
  • Engage in active debate on a suitable topic.
  • Talk about personal and social values.  

8th Grade (13-year-olds) English Language syllabus extracts

Volunteer teacher would help the pupils to be able to:

  • Identify words that contain silent letters at initial, medial and final positions.
  • Identify the two basic tunes.
  • Recognize changes in meaning produced by each of the two tunes.
  • Identify change in stress as identical words change the grammatical functions.

We’ll send you the complete syllabus during your application process.  


Accommodation and food

Volunteers are accommodated by a friendly host family. Volunteers have their own private bedroom but share the dining and living rooms with other members of the household. Three meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served. The meals consist of a mix of local and western foods. Breakfast could be coffee or tea or chocolate beverage or oats or maize porridge with bread and butter or jam or egg omelette. Lunch could be boiled or fried yam  or rice or ripe plantain or potatoes or pasta or fufu with vegetable stew, sauce or soup. Dinner has similar content as lunch. As a rule, you can politely tell your host/hostess the food you don’t like – so they stick to those you like 🙂  Fruits abound most times of the year and are cheap. The world’s sweetest pineapples, mangoes and oranges can be found right here in Ghana Africa. 

A typical volunteering day

Wake up say 6.00 am, have your bath and breakfast. Set off for school at about 7.30 am. You would perhaps teach two or three 40-minute lesson ‘periods’ before lunchtime at 12.30 pm. Lunch break is typically one-hour. You can expect one more lesson ‘period’ before school closes at 3.00 pm. After school hours you are free to use your time as you please. You could play games like football or soccer with locals in the neighborhood. You may opt to take a quick trip into town, or socialize with fellow volunteers in the vicinity (if any) or embark on a keep-fit late afternoon jog. Browsing the internet is another one of the activities available to do. Dinner is usually between 6.00 and 6.45 pm. After dinner, you can chit-chat, read a book, chit-chat, watch TV or a movie, chit-chat, prepare for the next day’s work, etc.  

Weekends

Weekends are free days. In fact, Fridays after school till Sunday late afternoon, you are as free as a bird to explore all you can of the community, region and country. Volunteers would plan with other volunteers on the program so they travel together to a place of common interest during weekends. GV organizes tours and outings to which all volunteers are invited. 


Program fee

We have the most affordable program fees for our standards. You wouldn’t want to be miserable in a foreign country just because you went for the cheapest ‘bargain’, would you?

Duration Fee ($)
1 week 200
2 weeks 300
3 weeks 400
4 weeks 500
6 weeks 700
8 weeks 900
Application Fee: $45

Fee takes care of the following

  1. Administration and pre-arrival support
  2. Airport pickup
  3. Transfer to placement
  4. Orientation and familiarization
  5. Accommodation near placement
  6. Donation to the school
  7. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  8. 24/7 in-country support
  9. Certificate of participation

Not included

  • Flights and Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses like bottled water and entertainment

Optional Extras

  • Traditional drumming and dance lessons
  • Ghana exploration tours
  • Airport drop-off

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