As a volunteer Social Studies teacher in Ghana, you will be teaching material from the Ghana Education Service (GES) curriculum for your primary (ages 6 to 11) or junior high (ages 12 to 14) class or classes. You can of course add material from your own country or experience to make the subject matter more interesting and also broaden the minds of your students. Language of communication is English – both at the school and home where you’ll be staying.
- Social Studies Syllabus Extracts
- Accommodation and food
- A typical volunteering day
- Program fee
- Apply for this program
Social Studies Syllabus Extracts
The GES curriculum for the classes mentioned is intended to help the students:
- Understand the interrelationships between the social and the physical environment and their impact on the development of Ghana.
- Appreciate the impact of history on current and future development efforts of the country.
- Appreciate the various components of the environment and how these could be maintained to ensure sustainable development.
- Understand the dynamics of development in the world and their impact on development in Ghana.
- Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for personal growth, peaceful co-existence, and respect for peoples of other nations.
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.