Community Education Volunteer

Prince of Peace International School - Swedru, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-871 Location: Swedru, Ghana Sector: Community Development Category: Human Rights Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Most of the people in the villages in the communities surrounding the Prince of Peace International School participate in child labour due to low family incomes. Parents in these villages need to be taught the consequences of child labour, the selling of their children and of child sexual trafficking.

Prince of Peace International School has taken the initiative of establishing this school and educating the parents, as well as the children but due to inadequate funds and personnel to help, there is a need for volunteer support to educate the inhabitants on the consequences of illiterate children.

A human trafficking awareness volunteer should come to this placement prepared to talk about the dangers of illiteracy to the children in the schools and the people in the surrounding communities. This would include knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases and the treatments available for such diseases, as well as the prevention of same.

A human trafficking awareness volunteer does not need to have any specialized education. However, he/she must be mature individuals with good communication skills and a sincere desire to help in the fight against human trafficking. Volunteers should have previously researched and educated themselves in respect to the different aspects of this dilemma, so that they can make a meaningful contribution during their volunteering commitment, at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Community Educational Programs

A human trafficking awareness volunteer would be expected to organize educational programs tackling human trafficking issues especially child labour in the communities. The focus group will be adults in different households within the communities.

Door to Door Campaigns

As a human trafficking awareness volunteer, you would be expected to organize door to door campaigns in the communities. The volunteer together with a teacher from the organization would carry out this exercise.

School Outreach Programs

A human trafficking awareness volunteer would carry out outreach from one school to another in the communities to educate the pupils about the importance of an education and the need to attend school regularly, as well as to make a sincere effort to learn their lessons.

Administrative Duties

A human trafficking awareness volunteer would be expected to assist in administrative duties such as helping to keep accurate records of all programs conducted. A volunteer may also be asked to help produce pamphlets that highlight different aspects of human trafficking.

Host Organization Details

Prince of Peace International School

Prince of Peace International School operates two schools that serve communities in and around the Agona East District in Central Ghana. It is the only school in the region providing access to primary school education. Prior to its founding, the nearest school was many miles away and the distance discouraged parents and students from attending.

The schools service approximately one hundred and fifty primary students aged six to eleven. For most students this school is the only opportunity they will have to learn to read and write, study math, explore geography or discover music and the arts. The aim of the school is to provide the students with a strong enough foundation to allow them to move on and have success at the next stages of their education (junior/secondary school).

In addition to the classroom studies, the school administration also works actively throughout nearby villages and more remote communities to promote the importance of education and raise awareness about the school and it's open and free access policy. In some areas child labour is the only alternative to education, and it is important to ensure all parents are aware this opportunity exists.

The school is staffed mainly by volunteer teachers, committed to providing an education for the children of the region. Staffing is difficult and the school often does not have the teachers necessary to properly sort the students by level. Volunteer teachers are always welcome to assist at Prince of Peace.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

Prince of Peace International School is a Christian based school, however volunteers do not need to be of any religious faith, but be willing to respect the values of those that are.

When They Were Founded

Prince of Peace International School was founded September 9, 2009 in Agona East District by Mr. Patrick Essel. He recognized the importance of education for the children in his region if they were to have a chance of improving their standard of living, and have new opportunities in the future.

After working within the village to spread awareness of his school and the importance of a primary school education he opened the doors for registration. On that first day of opening the school, no one came to register. On the second day, the school registered only three students. Despite this setback Mr. Essel continued with his efforts and today one school has over sixty registered students, and the second more than 80.

How Are They Funded

The Prince of Peace International School does not receive government funding. The school relies on parents, who pay what they can to help support the school, and private donations.

Donation Requests

Prince of Peace could greatly make use of the following donated items:

  • Clothing (boys/girls age 6 - 11)
  • Lined notebooks
  • Pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers
  • Whiteboards, dry erase markers
  • Story books (English age 6 - 11)
  • Colouring books
  • Classroom posters
  • Flashcards (math, reading)
  • Games, toys

Donations are greatly appreciated. Please keep in mind there is no electricity at the school, nor proper waste for electronics therefore please do not donate items requiring electricity or batteries.

Placement Location Information

Swedru, Ghana

Prince of Peace operates schools in two communities, Agona Kwansakrom and Agona Osuankwaa. Both schools are of basic construction, ranging from palm branches to wooden construction. Strong winds and rain have blown down the school in Kwansakrom and both structures are in desperate need of improvement.

The schools resources are extremely limited. They don't have enough desks and chairs for their students, resulting in two, three and even four children having to share a chair and desk during class. There is usually a shortage of paper, pencils etc. and the students have to work extra hard in order to keep up with their lessons.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center by taxi or trotro (public transportation) to the Kaneshie Lorry Station in Accra. From there volunteers will take a mini bus to the city of Swedru, usually taking around 90 minutes, depending on traffic. Volunteers will take another trotro to Kwansakrom and the project coordinator will meet you and take you to your accommodation residence.

Group or special project volunteers will travel via private transportation accompanied by a BaseCamp staff. Groups will stay at guesthouse accommodation closer to the school during project work.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 72 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:12

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through to March and temperatures generally range from 30-45 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurs in April until August and is a bit cooler at temperatures of 20-35 degrees Celsius. As the name of the season suggests, rainfall increases dramatically throughout these months. It is generally not constant rain, but when it does rain, it usually pours. The wettest months are May-June and September-October while the drier periods occur in December-February and a brief period in August.

City/Village Description

Swedru is a small attractive town situated 20 km away from the coastline of Ghana. It is the capital of the Agona District with a population of approximately 60,000 people. While strolling down the winding pathways of Swedru, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of this city. The palm trees, lush vegetation and elaborate markets entice many visitors to stay more than just one night.

Swedru is a unique town having both the components of a rural and urban community. Visitors to Swedru, frequently comment on the various traditional activities that occur throughout the town. For example, it is quite common to see people wearing traditional attire, playing traditional games or using bicycles as the major form of transportation.

Since Swedru is the district capital of Agona, there are many facilities throughout the city that generally are only found within the big cities of Ghana. For example, there are at least six hotels, five internet cafe's, restaurants that serve a wide-range of Ghanaian and western dishes and a fairly big hospital. It is considered a major commercial centre for the district and is well known for its cocoa growing plantations.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Swedru Government Hospital
Asafo Road
Swedru
TEL 1: (+233-3320) / 20214

Placement Address

Prince of Peace International School
Kwansakrom
Swedru
Ghana

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ghana you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana
BaseCamp Ghana Address

C/O Pink Hostel
5th Crescent
Accra, Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana Contact Details

Tel: 233-243-745-771 (Hostel Number)
Mobile: 233-245-916-108

The BaseCamp Center in Accra is a hostel situated in the residential neighbourhood of Asylum Down. This is a relaxing and peaceful area, away from the continuous activity and hubbub of the tourist district, but central enough that we are within walking distance of many attractions in Accra including the National Museum, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Adabraka Market.

The centre itself is a three-story building with several dormitory rooms. There are also several quiet areas where volunteers can study and relax including a covered area outside. There is an internet cafe, allowing volunteers to stay in touch with friends and family abroad. In addition to this, free WIFI can be accessed throughout the building.

All volunteers spend their orientation in this centre when they first arrive in Ghana. The workshops and language training take place in this building as well although each day we incorporate outings to learn about the area and how to get around independently.

Living With a Host Family in Ghana

Living with a host family in Ghana is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ghana.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ghana

  Registration Fee
250
 
  1 Week
395
 
  2 Weeks
535
 
  3 Weeks
675
 
  4 Weeks
815
 
  5 Weeks
940
 
  6 Weeks
1,065
 
  7 Weeks
1,190
 
  8 Weeks
1,315
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
120
 
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried


Program Dates


Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Jun 07, 2019 Jul 05, 2019 Aug 02, 2019
Sep 06, 2019 Oct 04, 2019 Nov 01, 2019
Dec 06, 2019 Jan 03, 2020 Feb 07, 2020
Mar 06, 2020 Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020
Jun 05, 2020 Jul 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020
Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020
Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021
Mar 05, 2021 Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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