Primary School Teaching Volunteer

31st December Women's Movement - Accra, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-477 Location: Accra, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The 31st of December Women's Movement is a women's rights organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of women in Ghana by initiating programs that are designed to eradicate poverty through educational initiatives and mobilizing women in both rural and urban communities.

The 31st December Women's Movement needs volunteer primary school teachers at their Nima School in Accra. Volunteers would assist in their teaching programs, which has an enrolment of approximately 100 students who are from Nima and the surrounding areas.

This placement needs volunteers to help create new programs for the children and improve the quality of existing programs; the children have a structured timetable but there is a lot of time throughout the day for volunteers to initiate activities. Volunteers are also needed to bring new ideas and increase the cross-cultural sharing of information with the teaching staff.

The school is significantly underfunded and overpopulated, which only increases their need for volunteers! The teachers need extra hands to provide the amount of attention and dedication that the children need to succeed. They also need volunteers to bring in new ideas and develop new clubs to motivate the children to attend the school on a more regular basis.

The educational background of a volunteer primary school teacher at this placement, does not require a teacher's degree but the volunteer must have a passion to help children in their educational development process. Of-course the more teacher orientated the volunteer's background the higher level of teaching experience they may be asked to participate in.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Class Conduct

A volunteer primary school teacher would be expected to follow the directions of the school's Proprietress/Administrator. All classes should be conducted respecting the rights of others and promoting friendly group participation, when possible.

Preparation of Lessons

A volunteer primary school teacher would be expected to prepare his/her lessons ahead of time, keeping in mind that the classes should be geared to the age and grade level taught and should contain enjoyable approaches to learning.

Songs, Poems & Rhymes

A volunteer primary school teacher may be asked to guide children to act or dramatize whole or parts of songs, rhymes or poems to show understanding and appreciation of different topics. Note: songs, poems and rhymes should include those on health and hygiene issues and drug related activities, when possible.

English Lessons

A volunteer primary school teacher may choose to teach the English language to any or all of the eight different classes. The broad aim of the syllabus is to help the pupils develop their basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing English.

Host Organization Details

31st December Women's Movement

The 31st of December Women's Movement is a women's rights organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of women in Ghana by initiating programs that are designed to eradicate poverty through educational initiatives and mobilizing women in both rural and urban communities.

In order to identify the issues particular to rural Ghanaian women, members of the organization toured the country extensively. Their tours took them through various villages, towns and communities of Ghana where women spoke candidly of their hopes, needs and challenges. In the course of their interaction with women of diverse ethnic groups, they came to appreciate even more the similar struggles that Ghanaian women face regardless of their different ethnic backgrounds.

The organization promotes activities at the grass roots level. Activities that empower women through education, management of their profits and capacity building, which enables women to develop a new sense of culture and attitude to take charge of their lives and be part of governance from the village to the national level.

The movement provides loans, equipment and training to women in small independent businesses. Part of the movement's GOAL is to liberate women from poverty by engaging them in productive ventures, as well as, encouraging group action and communal solidarity, civic education literacy, academic education, income generating activities and daycare centres.

Their MISSION is to empower women in all areas of human and national development so that they can make informed choices.

Their AIM is to bring women into the mainstream of national development using a multi-facet approach so that women can actively play an integral part of decision-making at every level; thus reduce and eventually eliminate the cycle of poverty among women and their children.

When They Were Founded

31st December Women's Movement (31st DWM) was launched on May 15, 1982 in the context of progressive political and social change in Ghana. The government embarked on policy formulation that created the atmosphere for full participation of every citizen in decision-making.

The 31st December Women's Movement created in 1982, by former Ghanaian president Rawling's wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, raises awareness for womens rights in Ghana.

Who They Work With

The 31st December Women's Movement has many many projects in all regions of Ghana both rural and urban.

How Are They Funded

African Development Bank (ADB) supports the Women Community Development Program, The Forestry Commission of Ghana provides nursery seedlings and technical support for their forestation projects. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) supports Grassroots Grant-in-Aid.

Donation Requests

Teaching materials, arts and craft supplies and also school supplies for children

Placement Location Information

Accra, Ghana

This branch of the 31st December Women's movement school is located in the community of Nima! One of the many vibrant and active communities of Accra! Every Wednesday is market day in Nima so you can get just about everything just feet away from the school's gates!

Transfer From BaseCamp

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 15km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: :

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September to March and temperatures generally range from 25-40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season begins in April and lasts until August and the temperature is a bit cooler at 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.

Often the weather can change throughout the day. At one moment it is very hot and the next moment it is pouring rain. Volunteers are advised to bring a good waterproof jacket while in this area.

City/Village Description

Accra is a vibrant city that is steeped in history. There is a historical lighthouse in the district of Jamestown; built in 1871, by the British. Climb to the top and enjoy the fantastic view of the Gold Coast. Note the traditional fishing boats and Fort Ussher. Observe the hustle and bustle of Jamestown.

Accra is home to the National Arts Market which provides an opportunity for volunteers to practice their bartering skills for paintings, carvings, bead work, fabric, and many other unique West African Arts.

There are many places to see in Accra. Why not visit one of the many museums? Accra also has an eclectic music scene, with a good beat to be found on almost every corner.

Activities in and around Accra include biking, swimming, catching a soccer game, drumming, dancing lessons, art lessons, and much more.

Nearest Medical Clinic

37 Military Hospital
Liberation Road
TEL 1: 030 2777595
TEL 2: 030 2767691

Placement Address

31st December Women's Movement


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
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
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


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.

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 Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021
Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022
Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022


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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