Conversational English Volunteer

Center for Youth Empowerment - Kasoa, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-757 Location: Kasoa, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Employment Skills Training Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Center For Youth Empowerment formally called the Liberian Refugee Youths For Sustainable Development was organized by war-strickened Liberian youths who fled their country during the height of the Liberian Civil War fearing persecution and inhumane treatment and at present seek refuge in Ghana at the Buduburam Refugee Camp.

The Center needs volunteers to help in employment and vocation skill training where the volunteer would also teach English to help promote their careers after their employment training is completed.

An Employment Skills Training volunteer at this placement would be required to help in many avenues of endeavors be it: fundraising, teaching English or French, teaching and/or assisting in the production of products to sell, (aiming at educational knowledge towards future employment for the students), conducing seminars on health and hygiene issues etc. There is no limit to the contributions a volunteer could make. It all depends on you and the effort and commitment you are willing to exert.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Produce Items to Sell

An Employment Skills Training volunteer may be asked to help the students in the production of items to sell. The assistance of a foreign volunteer in this endeavor often provides encouragement for the students and increased enthusiasm towards learning their skill.

Education Lectures

An Employment Skills Training skills volunteer would help to develop and implement educational lectures in regards to: personal hygiene issues and knowledge on the prevention and/or care of diseases and illnesses prevalent in Ghana.

Teaching Assistance

An Employment Skills Training volunteer would be expected to help teachers in different divisions of learning whenever the need was required. Especially the learning of the English or French language,(depending on which language was the volunteer's native tongue) and other courses related to vocational training .

Fundraising

An Employment Skills Training volunteer would be expected to participate in any fundraising events. Money received would contribute towards the cost of maintaining the facility and to buy any necessary supplies for their various teaching programs.

Host Organization Details

Center for Youth Empowerment

The Center for Youth Empowerment (CYE) AIMS to empower refugee children and youth from Liberia through various educational programs and activities.

The Liberia civil upheaval destroyed many lives and created growing hatred among Liberians. In view of this they decided to respond to this disaster by organizing themselves under the umbrella of the, Center For Youth Empowerment, to work together in pursuit of peace, development, education, good health and sanitation. They presently reside at the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana.

The primary OBJECTIVE of the center is to create programs that facilitate the return of the youth at Buduburam Refugee Camp to Liberia, by providing them the necessary skills and knowledge to become agents of change and beacons of hope in their communities.

The CYE have over the years been involved with peace and reconciliation activities in the Buduburam Refugee Camp. They disseminate peace messages, conduct reconciliation workshops and seminars, and conduct programs aimed at developing the reading skills of the youths.

Children enrolled in this Reading Program go to the library every Saturday from 2pm to 5pm. There they are taught how to make proper use of the resources available to them. Volunteers are available to help and guide them during library hours. Children who demonstrate good reading skills receive motivating gifts. Refreshments are always provided at the end of each session. As a result of this project, many children have developed good reading habits.

When They Were Founded

The Center For Youth Empowerment formally called the Liberian Refugee Youths For Sustainable Development was founded in 2002 by war-stricken Liberian youths who fled their country during the height of the Liberian Civil War fearing persecution and inhumane treatment and at present reside in Ghana at the Buduburam Refugee Camp.

Who They Work With

Buduburan Refugee Camp that is located in a called Gomoa near Accra. The camp is home to over 40,000 Liberian refugees.

How Are They Funded

The Center For Youth Empowerment receives its major funding from UNICEF. They also receive funds from organizations outside of Ghana, as well as donations from individuals for different projects.

Donation Requests

Books ,teaching materials and also school supplies for students

Placement Location Information

Kasoa, Ghana

The Center For Youth Empowerment is about a ten minute drive from the main township of Kasoa in the central region of Ghana. The place was given to the refuge during the war in Liberia so the town has also been called Liberia Camp, this is because most of the people there are Liberians who have taken refuge here in Ghana.

The center has a big office as well as a classroom for students. The centre is in a landfill community, and there are no good facilities there to help teach or to support the center. The center has no walls, with about six classrooms on the primary side and another three for adult vocation which are painted brown.

The center does not have the necessary resources to teach the students properly.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) by taxi or tro tro (public transportation) to the Kwame Nkrumah Circle. From there volunteers can walk to the main station and take another tro tro to Kasoa Liberia Camp.

Once in Liberia Camp, volunteers will get off the tro tro at the last stop and walk for two kilometres to the Center For Youth Empowerment.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 44 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:10

Weather in the Area

The combination of low altitude and close proximity to the Equator creates a tropical climate in Ghana. From September to November is generally referred to as the dry season as temperatures in Ghana range from 33 to 40 degrees Celsius. From May to July is known as the rainy season because the temperature drops into the 20s and the rainfall increases dramatically. Although rainfall is generally not constant when it does rain it usually pours.

City/Village Description

Kasoa is a rural community that is located approximately 45 minutes from Accra. It is a charming community that is very central to the city and the coastline. This is a very busy area because of its market. People from both the central region and the greater Accra region go to this market for shopping.

Kasoa also has all the essentials like banks, a post office, restaurants, hotels, guest houses, schools, clinics and churches. It is now the fastest growing community in the central region, with many people moving there to live or open businesses. The community has a good school, hospital and roads, as well as what is considered the best market to get affordable food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Peace Clinic
Kpakpo Mankrolo Street
Accra
TEL 1: 0246839328

Placement Address

Center for Youth Empowerment
Buduburam Refugee Camp
Kasoa
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

MONTHS NOT AVAILABLE

The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • April
  • August
  • December

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.

Apr 05, 2019 May 03, 2019 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

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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