As a volunteer school administrator, you will be getting a different kind of school management experience in Africa for sure. Your duties as a volunteer assistant head teacher will be to assist the head teacher with the day-to-day running of the school as well as with planning and adopting strategies to improve the school in all aspects – general school administration work.
Some of your other duties will be drafting newsletters and other types of everyday school correspondence, keeping a record of the income and expenditure; administering any scholarships or bursaries to beneficiary pupils; assist the head teacher to conduct parent-teacher meetings as well as outreach visits to pupils’ homes in order to get to know the pupils as well as their parents or guardians more.
You’d also take a special interest in pupils who, apparently, may have one problem or other – whether it be a learning disability and/or issues at home and/or school and to impart new or alternative methods of teaching to some or all of the teachers – if you have the necessary know-how in that area.
This position will task and stretch your administrative capabilities. You’ll be dealing with the teachers in the school, the pupils, their parents or guardians as well as other members of the community and possibly government education officers, district officials and perhaps staff of the Internal Revenue Service. You’d have greatly expanded your managerial prowess and general understanding of how Ghana works by the time you are through.
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.
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?
Pay an upkeep fee of $645. No other hidden charges. No Application Fee. (But payment of a “Commitment” deposit** of $45 is required to hold down your allocated spot. )
The $645 upkeep fee covers:
- 3 meals daily
- 24/7 in-country support
The following components are provided free:
- Accommodation — free
- Locality sightseeing — free
- Flights and Insurance
- Personal expenses like bottled water and entertainment
- Traditional drumming and dance lessons
- Outside-locality tours
- Airport drop-off
**The remaining $600 may be paid through PayPal, credit or debit card, bank wire or cash upon arrival.