Primary School Teaching Volunteer

A.D.A.B Primary and JSS - Swedru, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-810 Location: Swedru, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

A.D.A.B Primary And Junior Secondary School (JSS), is a governmental school that provides an education for children ages 5 to 17, in Swedru and its surrounding areas.

A.D.A.B Primary And Junior Secondary School does not always have enough teachers for all their classes. This may be caused by teachers being ill or away due to other circumstances. The headmaster of the school is seeking volunteer teaching assistants to teach classes and/or assist the teachers in their classrooms. The volunteer may be asked to teach mathematics, English and/or general science to primary and/or junior secondary school children.

A volunteer teaching assistant at this placement does not need to have a teaching certificate or previous experience in teaching but must be a mature individual who is willing to participate in any of the numerous teaching tasks. Any volunteer who is contemplating a career in the teaching field would obtain an unlimited amount of experience at this placement. It all would depend on the volunteer's efforts and commitment.

Volunteer Tasks Required

One-to-One & Group Assistants

A volunteer teaching assistant would be expected to help individual children and/or small groups of children in order for them to master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by their teachers.

Sport Activities

Each class is entitled to two periods of physical education a week. This is when the children get to do some sport activities such as soccer games and other athletic endeavours. A volunteer teaching assistant may be asked to conduct these classes.

Teach Classes

Teaching is the basic reason for volunteers at the school, so a volunteer teaching assistant would be expected to help students understand the lessons taught in the classroom each day. This may be done by assigning them homework on the subjects taught and correcting the homework the next day.

Prepare Lessons

Volunteer teaching assistants may be asked to update bulletin board displays, exhibits and/or help in school demonstration or presentations. If volunteers have been asked to teach classes they would prepare the class sessions ahead of time and discuss each class preparation with the appropriate teacher, well in advance of the lesson.

Host Organization Details

A.D.A.B Primary and JSS

A.D.A.B Primary And Junior Secondary School (JSS), is a governmental school that provides an education for children ages 5 to 17, in Swedru and its surrounding areas.

The mission of this school is to help enrich the lives of their students by providing classes that teach both academics and life lessons. Although the school lacks basic resources and materials, the teachers are dedicated to providing each student with lessons that they need in order to excel.

A.D.A.B Primary And J.S.S School , just like any other school in Ghana, starts at 7 am and goes until 3 pm. The school teaches kindergarten, primary and junior high level of education. Subjects that are taught include: English, mathematics, science, religion and moral, physical education (P.E), technical skills, vocation skills, information communication technology and the local language.

Primary School starts at 7 am and goes until 2 pm. From the hour of 7 am to 7. 45 am, the students tidy the compound. Afterwards, there is a parade and during this time the Headmaster makes any announcements necessary to the students. Then a marching song is sung by the students as they march to their classes. At exactly 8 am classes commence.

Each period is of 40 minutes duration. After the first two periods there is a break of 30 minutes then the students return to classes until 12 noon at which time there is a second break for lunch. After the lunch break, they go back to their classes until 2 or 3 pm depending on their grade level of education.

When They Were Founded

A.D.A.B Primary And J.S.S was founded by the government of Ghana in the year 1962. The government decided to build this school to provide the children of Swedru an educational institution. In the year 1962 the government of Ghana took over the support of all the chiefs and elders of the community . Today, the school is one of the leading basic educational schools in the area and has been provided with a new building and toilet facilities.

How Are They Funded

A.D.A.B Primary And J.S.S School receives its funding from the government of Ghana through the District Assembly Common Fund of Agona West. The school also receives funding from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET-FUND).

Donation Requests

Computer, calculators, storybooks, sports equipment (soccer balls, volley balls, table tennis set) any of these items would be appreciated by the school.

Placement Location Information

Swedru, Ghana

A.D.A.B. Primary And Junior Secondary School is located in a densely populated part of Swedru; close to the main road and the Swedru government hospital. The school consists of multiple single buildings and a soccer pitch. There are eight classroom blocks in the primary part, as well as an administration office.

The Junior Secondary School consists of six classrooms and on the same compound there are A.D.A.B, A. and A.D.A.C schools with different headmaster's or headmistress's.

The school exterior has been painted a brown and cream colour and drums are used in the compound to tell the children that it is time for a break, change lessons and also for any announcements.

Each room has a cemented floor and a black chalk board. There are no dividing walls at the school however, there is a separate room for the teachers and other staff. There are two wash rooms.

The school also has a big ICT class but unfortunately, there are not enough computers for each student in the class; there are about 7-10 students per computer in the average class.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) by taxi or tro tro (public transportation) to the Kaneshie Lorry Station in Accra. From there volunteers will take a mini bus to the city of Swedrui, usually taking around an hour and a half, depending on traffic. Once there a BaseCamp Regional Coordinator will be there to meet you and take you to your homestay which is about a 45min drive.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 72 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:15

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

37 Military Hospital
Liberation Road
TEL 1: 0302-235110
TEL 2: 030 2767691

Placement Address

A.D.A.B Primary and JSS
P.O. Box 292
Ag Swedru

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Ghana and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Ghana to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

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
  • September
  • 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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