Jonathan - math volunteer teacher in Ghana

The Primary School Mathematics curriculum emphasizes mathematical knowledge and skills that should help the young person to develop basic numeracy competence to be able to function effectively in society. Modern life demands that young people should be able to use numbers competently, read and interpret numeral data, reason logically, solve problems involving calculations and mathematical reasoning, as well as communicate effectively with other people using accurate mathematical data and interpretations.

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1st Grade (6-year-olds) Math Syllabus extracts

  • draw and/or colour object/ shapes
  • copy and continue patterns made with objects and talk about them
  • sort out objects into groups according to identifiable attributes such as colour, shape, size, length etc.
  • use one-to-one matching to find which group has as many objects as in a given group
  • read and write the numerals 11-20
  • write addition sentences for two groups of objects and put together using the ‘plus’ and ‘equal to’ symbols

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


2nd Grade (7-year-olds) Math Syllabus extracts

  • assign numbers to groups of objects up to 100 objects
  • break 2-digit into tens and ones
  • use the symbols > and < correctly to compare 2-digit numbers up to 100
  • assign numbers 0-50 to points on the number line
  • write addition sentences from word problems and solve them

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


3rd Grade (8 year olds) Math Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will help the pupils to:

  • Count objects in thousands
  • State the place-value of digits in numbers 0 – 9999
  • Use the symbol > and < correctly and to compare numbers up to 10,000
  • Add numbers up to sums 9,999
  • Subtract numbers 0 – 9,999

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


4th Grade (9 year olds) Math Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will help the pupils to:

  • Identify a point, a line and a vertex
  • Show that only one line can be drawn through any two given points
  • State the place-value of digits in numbers 0 – 100,000
  • Compare numbers up to 100,000 using the symbols >, <, and =

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


5th Grade (10 year olds) Math Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will assist the pupils to:

  • Find factors of numbers
  • Find the multiples of numbers.
  • Write subsets from a given set of numbers
  • Represent data using block graph
  • Represent data using the stem and leaf plot
  • Write lengths given in m, cm and mm, using decimal notation

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


6th Grade (11 year olds) Math Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will assist the pupils to:

  • List prime numbers up to 100
  • Find factors of numbers up to hundred
  • Find the H.C.F. of two numbers
  • Order three given fractions in ascending and descending order
  • Multiply a fraction by a fraction
  • Solve word on multiplication and division of fractions

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


7th Grade (12 year olds) Math Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will assist the pupils to:

  • Use < and > to compare and order numbers up to 100,000,000
  • Round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand and million
  • Identify prime and composite numbers
  • Identify and use the LCM of two or three natural numbers to solve problems
  • Distinguish between different types of sets.

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


8th Grade (13 year olds) Math Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will assist the pupils to:

  • Read and write base ten numerals up to one billion.
  • Read and write base five and base two numerals
  • Convert bases five and two numerals to base ten
  • Solve linear equations in one variable
  • Translate word problems to linear inequalities

We’ll send you the complete syllabus in the course of 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 the kind of thorough quality we provide. You wouldn’t want to be miserable in a foreign country just because you went for the “cheapest” price, 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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