Volunteer Teaching in Ghana
- Placement locations: Mainly Akuapem Hills, but also available in Cape Coast
- Types of schools: Elementary
- Age of students: 3 - 12
- Class sizes: 20 - 40
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English, French, Geography, IT, Math)
- Requirements: None
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, Music, Sports
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Bordering the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, Ghana is the former British colony of the Gold Coast. Ghanaian children grow up mainly exposed to their local tribal languages, such as Ga, Twi, and Ewe, but English remains the country’s official uniting language, and is needed to communicate with fellow Ghanaians in education and business.
As a volunteer teaching in Ghana, you can have a huge impact and help local children develop their speaking and conversational skills. Ghanaian schools are often understaffed and poorly resourced, but you can help to improve this situation by volunteering. You can gain work experience teaching at elementary or high schools abroad and no formal teaching qualification is required. Whether you want to volunteer abroad by teaching during your gap year, career break, or vacation you will have a role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated.
The age of the children you can teach on this project can be between 3 and 12 years. The schools we work with have nurseries and kindergartens attached to them, which is why some of the children you can teach may be as young as 3 years old.
Teaching in Ghana was in many ways the most difficult job I have ever had, yet hands down the most rewarding. I felt like I was doing something meaningful and something that might actually make a difference… This is an experience I truly wish everyone could have, and it left me feeling inspired. Read more...
Volunteering as a Teacher in Ghana
With placements based mainly in the semi-rural Akuapem Hills, but also available in Cape Coast, teaching opportunities in Ghana are varied. These schools allow our volunteers to also teach a range of other subjects to younger children, including basic literacy, math, art, drama, and music.
Most of our projects are in elementary schools in and around the traditional Akuapem Hills area, about an hour north of Accra. You will generally be asked to take the scheduled English classes for a range of ages or alternatively be assigned to one particular class and assist with all subjects throughout the day. Your encouragement, praise, and some fun and interactive lessons are often all that are needed to spark an interest in the language and a desire to learn more. Your friendly Ghanaian teaching colleagues act as supervisors and ensure that you feel happy with your classes. They will have a good command of the English language themselves which will make your life that much easier.
French, geography, music, sports - particularly soccer - drama, art, and many other extra-curricular subjects are always welcome additions to the curriculum in most of our placements. Provided you can offer the basic provision of conversational English lessons, our partner schools are eager to let you develop the children’s interests in other areas as well.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ghana Teaching Management Plan.
Did you know? Over 250 languages and dialects are spoken in Ghana, but English is the official language and is used in the government and in schools.
Volunteering at a Teaching Placement in Ghana with Projects Abroad
During the main school vacations in August, volunteers work on a summer school program in the Akuapem Hills. The program is popular with local children and volunteers teach English as well as other subjects of their choice.
Rural placements are available if you wish to do your volunteer program somewhere a bit more remote. All we request is that you are prepared for slightly more basic facilities in your host family’s accommodation. We are very eager for our volunteers to gain experience of this sort, living in a smaller community and helping out at schools that would otherwise miss out from the benefits a volunteer teacher brings.
Teaching volunteers in Ghana receive regular workshops run by the local staff. The workshops will give you an overview of the Ghanaian educational system and more information about the school where you’re working. You will receive advice and suggestions regarding lesson planning and activities or games to include at your teaching placement. The workshops may also cover topics like cultural differences, classroom management techniques and communication tips.
The impact you have on the lives of your students will be obvious and long lasting, but you will also be part of a much wider international volunteer network, which is making a positive contribution to the communities in which we work.
This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.