Your work will focus on the following areas:
Help children learn through play
By encouraging children to learn through play, you’ll support the work of local teachers. Your main focus will be on playing games and running other fun, educational activities. This can include:
- Reading books
- Drawing and colouring in
- Arts and crafts
Your supervisor will have plenty of activities planned for you to do with the children at your placement. But if you’re feeling creative, you’re welcome to come up with your own ideas for lessons, games, and activities.
You and the other volunteers will work together to make physical improvements at schools and care centres. You can paint classrooms and create colourful educational murals. Or, you can help with building desks or playground equipment. You can also make use of coloured cardboard and crayons to make flashcards, posters, or any other educational materials you can think of.
Everything you do is for the purpose of improving the children’s learning environment. This is important work, as the kids will continue to benefit from your efforts long after you’ve completed your project.
Expanding your horizons
On this project, you’ll get to travel to a different country and meet like-minded high school students from across the globe.
During your free time, we have a range of activities planned for you to make the most of your time abroad. You’ll take a trip to the Cape Coast, with a visit to the old slave fort and the canopy walkway at Kakum National Park. You’ll also do social or cultural activities together in the evenings, like a cooking class and drumming lesson.
Where in Ghana will I be working?
This project is based in the Akuapem Hills. This is a rural area not far from the capital city, Accra.
You’ll work in a small community care centre or school. These centres and schools often struggle with limited resources and staff to care for the children. They’ll appreciate having extra pairs of helping hands to assist with the children’s education.
You will learn a lot about another culture as you explore and get to know different areas of Ghana. You will be hosted by a local family, which allows you to become fully immersed in the Ghanaian way of life.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Ghana
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