The preschool curriculum recognizes the principle that children at this age learn by ‘doing.’ Thus provides children with expressive activities that demand their participation in all learning. This lays foundation for later formal experiences in learning.
- Preschool Syllabus Extracts
- Accommodation and food
- A typical volunteering day
- Program fee
- Apply for this program
Preschool Syllabus Extracts
As the child grows, he/she imitates the sounds he/she hears around him/her with his/her own baby talk. The child continues to look at pictures, plays with, and talks to or about things around him/her. As the child begins to grip things, he/she naturally scribbles with anything anywhere. It is through language that children are able to communicate with each other and with adults. Therefore, it is the duty of the Early Childhood Development (Nursery, Reception, Kindergarten) Teacher to create situations, which encourage and help the child to gain experience through a variety of speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities using a variety of materials.
The volunteer preschool teacher would guide the child to be able to:
–listen to and carry out simple commands and instructions
–listen to sounds and respond appropriately
–listen to and recall words in rhymes and songs
–use words to express ideas
–talk about field trip
–retell short stories
–sort objects according to colour, size and shape
You will be given the opportunity to bring up and/or implement ideas to improve the administrative processes at your placement school.
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 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.
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.