Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

Christ Outreach Orphanage - Kasoa, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-170 Location: Kasoa, Ghana Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Christ Outreach Orphanage is an organization that takes care of children whose parents have died from diseases such as: HIV/AIDS, accidents or children that have nowhere else to go. The organization provides, (in a loving and supportive environment), food, shelter, clothing and an education to orphans and poor children throughout Ghana.

Christ Outreach Orphanage is in desperate need of volunteers. Currently there are 125 children who are registered with the orphanage and only two full-time workers. They have a few community volunteers that come to assist but the orphanage is definitely short staffed.

Volunteers are needed to help wash, feed and care for the children. There is also a small school set-up at the orphanage where volunteers can teach various subjects and implement educational games. Volunteers are also needed to help create a curriculum with the teachers for the school and the orphanage.

A childcare volunteer does not need to have any special educational requirements at this placement but should enjoy working with children of all ages and be able to create fun and stimulating activities for the children to participate in plus have the energy and emotional stamina that this requires.

Volunteer Tasks Required

House Chores

A childcare volunteer would be expected to help the orphanage staff in preparing food for the children, feeding them, bathing and helping them dress as well as, help to wash clothes and assist in keeping the orphanage clean and tidy.

Childcare

A childcare volunteer would be expected to care for the children in a warm and affectionate manner. Provide support to them when they are faced with difficult or challenging situations as well as, play and entertain them during leisure times.

Teach Lessons

A childcare volunteer may be asked to teach in the orphanage school. This may require the volunteer to assist the teacher in the classroom or the volunteer may be asked to teach a classroom of students. A lot would depend on the volunteer's capability in said subjects, as well as his/her comfort zone.

Educational Games

A childcare volunteer at the orphanage is expected to organise educational games for the children. These games could be taught through learning fun songs and rhymes, as well as sport activities.

Volunteers should do their homework prior to their placement and bring a repertoire of great songs & rhymes to teach various lessons, as well as have various sport activity ideas.

Host Organization Details

Christ Outreach Orphanage

Christ Outreach Orphanage is an organization that takes care of children whose parents have died from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, or accidents and the children have nowhere else to go. The organization provides (in a loving and supportive environment), food, shelter, clothing and an education to orphans and poor children throughout Ghana.

The Christ Outreach Orphanage decided to add a school program to its services and at the present time has approximately 125 students. There are 70 girls and 55 boys and from this total 45 children are considered orphan status because they can't afford to pay the school fees. 30 of these 45 children live with family members and 15 children live in the orphanage and are cared for by teachers and volunteers.

Christ Outreach Orphanage School teaches the Ghanaian syllabus which include mathematics, English, elementary science and the Ghanaian language. The school also conducts extra-curricular group activities and these include a culture group, a drama group and a cadet group. The participation in group activities by the students in the school provides them with a positive form of entertainment and sometimes enjoyment for all.

The school has a bus that provides transportation for the children living in far communities from the school, such as the Kasoa community which is a 35 minute drive from the school.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

Christ Outreach Orphanage and School's basic foundation was centred around Christian beliefs and teachings. However, children and volunteers from various beliefs and backgrounds are all welcome and the only stipulation is that all people show respect for each other and their beliefs.

When They Were Founded

Christ Outreach Orphanage was founded by Madam Rose Abekah and her eight children on March 16th, 1998 when she moved to that community and realized that there were many orphaned children living in the streets with no means to obtain food or an academic education. The orphans came from situations where both parents were usually dead from various causes such as HIV/AIDS or accidents or because of the death of single mothers at childbirth etc.

Who They Work With

The orphange is located in a small community called Kasoa but takes children in from 7 different regions in the area.

How Are They Funded

Christ Outreach Orphanage currently receives no continuous funds from organizations or companies. They raise their funds by selling water, bracelets and plaintain chips, as well as receive donations from individual donors and past volunteers who have worked at the school and/or orphanage.

Donation Requests

Christ Outreach Orphanage and School appreciates any and all donations such as:

Textbooks, note books, pencils, paper and other teaching supplies and materials, clothing and shoes for children etc.

Placement Location Information

Kasoa, Ghana

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. The closest town is Swedru and it is approximately 20 minutes away.

The orphanage runs a school for the orphans but it does not have adequate furniture, uniforms, and other teaching materials. There are approximately 70 girls and 55 boys and from this total 45 children are considered orphan status because they can't afford to pay the school fees. 30 of these 45 children live with family members and 15 children live in the orphanage and are cared for by teachers and volunteers.

Christ Outreach Orphanage School teaches the Ghanaian syllabus which include mathematics, English, elementary science and the Ghanaian language. The school also conducts extra-curricular group activities and these include a culture group, a drama group and a cadet group.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center Hostel by taxi or tro tro (public transportation) to the Kaneshie Lorry Station in Accra. From there volunteers will take a mini bus to Kasoa, usually taking around 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Volunteers will take another car to "kae me bre" and alight at the junction. The care taker at the orphanage will come and take the volunteers to the orphanage.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 55 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:2

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

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

Placement Address

Christ Outreach Orphanage
P.O. Box 175
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


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.

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
Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021 Aug 06, 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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