Volunteer science teacher Graeme - Ghana

Sample of the topics in the curriculum: Describe characteristics of plants and animals (P1); Ways by which young plants are produced from seeds, Identify good drinking water (P2); Examples of substances that exist separately as solid, liquid or gas (P3); Group plants according to their root system, List some characteristics of metals (P4).

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1st Grade (6-year-olds) Natural Science Syllabus extracts

Volunteer would guide the pupil to be able to:

  • group living things into plants and animals
  • describe some characteristics of plants
  • describe some characteristics of animals
  • draw or model some plants and animals
  • measure and compare length of objects
  • measure and compare mass of objects
  • estimate the volume of substances using the terms ‘more’ or ‘less’

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


2nd Grade (7-year-olds) Natural Science Syllabus extracts

Volunteer would guide the pupil to be able to:

  • describe various kinds of plants
  • demonstrate ways by which baby plants (young) are produced from seeds
  • group animals into birds, insects, fish, reptiles and mammals
  • group animals into how they reproduce their young ones.
  • name some sources of water
  • identify good drinking water

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


3rd Grade (8 year olds) Science Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will help the pupils to:

  • Describe the composition of soil
  • State the sources of the materials needed by plants to prepare their food
  • Describe the methods of feeding in animals
  • List some examples of substances that exist separately as solid, liquid or gas.
  • Tell the time on both digital and analogue clocks

We’ll send you the complete syllabus in the course of your application to volunteer abroad in Ghana. 


4th Grade (9 year olds) Science Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will help the pupils to:

  • Group plants according to their root system
  • Group animals according to their body covering
  • List some characteristics of metals
  • Demonstrate how to prevent iron from rusting
  • Explain the concept of convection

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


5th Grade (10 year olds) Science Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will help the pupils to:

  • Identify the four main parts of flower and state their function
  • Describe pollination and fertilization
  • Measure the area and volume of regular objects
  • Describe the water cycle
  • Name the organs of an organ system in humans

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


6th Grade (11 year olds) Science Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will help the pupils to:

  • Identify different forms of energy
  • Explain how energy is converted from one form to another.
  • Demonstrate that light is made up of different colors
  • Identify the characteristics of magnets
  • List some uses of mixtures in industry and in everyday life

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


7th Grade (12 year olds) Science Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will help the pupils to:

  • Outline some instances where science and technology have been misused
  • Outline the differences between plants and animals (in terms of feeding and movement)
  • Distinguish between base and derived units of measurement.
  • Identify causes of hazards encountered in teaching and learning science
  • State the importance of vegetable crops to humans

We’ll send you the complete syllabus in the course of your application to volunteer abroad in Ghana. 


8th Grade (13 year olds) Science Syllabus extracts

The volunteer teacher will help the pupils to:

  • Classify materials into elements, compounds and mixtures.
  • State the electrical charges on the sub-atomic particles
  • Discuss why certain metals are used to make jewelry
  • Describe the composition and components of water
  • Describe how carbon is cycled in Nature.

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. 

The Program fee

We have the best 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?

545 USD flat fee for up to 4 weeks. After that 100 USD for each additional week. No other hidden charges. Fee covers the following

  1. Administration and pre-departure support
  2. Airport pickup
  3. First night’s hotel accommodation
  4. Transfer to placement
  5. Orientation and familiarization
  6. Accommodation near placement
  7. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  8. Locality sight-seeing tours
  9. 24/7 in-country support
  10. Certificate of participation
  11. Airport drop-off on completion

Not included

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

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