At a glance
- Use your skills and knowledge to teach children basic computer skills and support local IT teachers.
- Work at disadvantaged schools, teaching children to learn Microsoft Office, and how to do research on the Internet.
- You’ll create learning materials, and can also assist with basic computer maintenance if you’re able to.
16 or over
Assist the local IT teacher or lead a lesson
You’ll assist the teachers with their lessons from the local class syllabus. You can also teach the class yourself or teach extra classes. You will teach a variety of practical computer skills. This will range from demonstrating how to turn a computer on and off, how to touch type, and explaining software such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
A big part of what you do will also be to teach children how to use the internet for research and communication.
Create learning materials
Leave a lasting legacy at your placement by creating learning materials, worksheets, and databases. These will no doubt be precious resources that can be used by teachers for many years to come.
Help with maintenance of computers
As part of your work as a volunteer, you will get to keep a watchful eye on the computers being used at the schools. With your IT knowledge, you will be able to advise teachers about the best software options and help them install it.
You could also help clear memory, fix databases, and run antivirus scans.
Where you will be working as volunteer IT Teacher in Ghana
As a volunteer IT teacher in Ghana, you will be based at primary or secondary schools in one of two locations:
The Akuapem Hills are located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, just under 2 hours drive from the capital, Accra. Here, you will either assist the local IT teacher, or lead the lessons yourself.
The school has three computers which are shared by nearly 200 children. They take turns to practise and learn computer skills on them. The IT teacher teaches all different levels, but volunteers usually work with children aged 6-17.
The area does tend to have regular power cuts. This gives you the opportunity to think of fun and different ways of teaching IT without the use of a computer.
Cape Coast is a large fishing port in the Gulf of Guinea, with a history of European rule prior to Ghana gaining independence in 1957.
Here, you’ll work in a primary school with its own IT room where classes are run every day. There are two local IT teachers. You’ll assist the teachers with teaching from the IT syllabus.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.
Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.
For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.
We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. 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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