Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Bobikuma Catholic Primary and JSS - Bobikuma, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-53 Location: Bobikuma, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Bobikuma Catholic Primary and Junior Secondary School (JSS), needs volunteers to help them achieve their goals and vision for the school. Because it is located in a rural area most teachers don't want to work there and so obtaining adequate teaching staff is difficult.

As a volunteer primary school teacher you would be expected to help to develop and foster the appropriate skills and social abilities to enable the optimum development of the children, according to age, ability and aptitude; assess and record progress and prepare pupils for examinations; link pupils' knowledge to earlier learning and develop ways to encourage it further and challenge and inspire pupils to help them deepen their knowledge and understanding.

As a volunteer primary school teacher you would be required to teach the following subjects: mathematics, an English language course and science.

This placement would like volunteers to help with the teaching of basic skills to the children, as well as organize social activities. Perhaps get involved in a community clean-up, a tree planting exercise or other projects for improving the environment.

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

Organize Classes

As a volunteer primary school teacher you would be expected to organize the classroom and learning resources to create displays to encourage a positive and enjoyable learning environment, as well as take the responsibility for the progress of the students in the classes you conduct.

Lesson Presentations

As a volunteer primary school teacher you would be expected to plan, prepare and present lessons that cater to the needs of each individual child within your classroom.

Motivate Learning

As a volunteer primary school teacher you would be expected to motivate the children with enthusiastic, imaginative presentation that include any up to date changes and developments in the structure of the curriculum at the school.

P.T.A Meetings

As a volunteer primary school teacher you may be asked to attend and contribute at parent and/or guardian meetings. At all times you would be expected to keep an up to date record of each child's progress in the classes you teach.

Teach English

A volunteer primary school teacher would be expected to teach the English language course. 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

Bobikuma Catholic Primary and JSS

Bobikuma Catholic Primary and Junior Secondary School (JSS), is a governmental school that provides an education for children ages 5 to 17, in Bobikuma, 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.

Bobikuma Catholic Primary and J.S.S, 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.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

The Catholic faith is the religious affiliation of this school. However, volunteers do not have to be of any religious faith but must respect the faith and practices of others.

When They Were Founded

Bobikuma Catholic Primary and JSS was founded by the Catholic dioceses of Ghana in the year 1950 and was lead by the then Archbishop of the Central region . Because there were no schools in the Bobikuma community, the Church decided to build this school to provide the children of Bobikuma an educational institution. In the year 1970 the government of Ghana took over the support of all missionary schools. Today, the school is one of the leading basic educational schools in the area.

Who They Work With

Bobikuma, Ahasowode, Otenkorang and surrounding villages

How Are They Funded

Bobikuma Catholic Primary and JSS 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

The school would appreciate all school supplies such as: calculators, pens, pencils, mathematical sets, storybooks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, note pads, sports equipment (soccer balls, jerseys, volley balls, table tennis sets, etc.)

Placement Location Information

Bobikuma, Ghana

Bobikuma is an enchanting community; filled with an energy that captivates the soul. While staying in Bobikuma you will be taken in as part of the community due to the small town atmosphere. Most of the community members of Bobikuma are farmers; therefore, there is the opportunity for you to learn how farming is done in Ghana if you are interested.

Bobikuma Catholic Primary and JSS is located just a three minute walk from the main Bobikuma police station and at the center of the city of Bobikuma. The school consists of multiple single level buildings and a soccer pitch. There are eight classroom blocks in the primary part as well as an attached office.

The Junior High consist of six classrooms and a big assembly hall and as well an office. The school does not have walls but has a two finished ICT (Information & Communications Technology) rooms which the school children used for ICT lesson. There are also four uncompleted class rooms - these remain incomplete because of lack of funds. The school has a soccer field where football and other sport activities take place.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) straight to the nearby main road – Ring Road Central. From there, volunteers can take a taxi or tro tro (public transit) to the Kaneshie Main Market. Once there, ask for another tro tro going to Swedru. In Swedru a coordinator will come pick you up and take you to Bobikuma which will take about 40 minutes.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 89.5 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:30

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September to March and temperatures generally range from 30-45 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurring 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

Bobikuma is an enchanting community; filled with an energy that captivates the soul. While staying in Bobikuma you will be taken in as part of the community due to the small town atmosphere. Most of the community members of Bobikuma are farmers; therefore there is the possibility for you to learn how farming is done in Ghana if you are interested.

Bobikuma is located between two district capitals; Swedru and Ajumako. It is approximately 15 km from Swedru and takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by tro tro. The population of this community is around 2000 people.

The district is made up of two Paramountcies - Agona Nyakrom Traditional Area and Agona Nsaba Traditional Area. The three main towns of The Nyakrom Traditional Area are Nyakrom, Asafo Duakwa and Kwanyako. Other villages like Agona Mankrong, Agona Mensakrom and Mankrong Junction owe allegiance to Agona Nyakrom Paramountcy. Agona Nsaba, the other Paramountcy has the following town and villages: Lower Bobikuma, Teacher Okai and Agona Ninta.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Bobikuma Community Clinic
Behind Bobikuma Police Station
Bobikuma
TEL 1: 0244530299

Placement Address

Bobikuma Catholic Primary and JSS
Behind Bobikuma Police Station
Bobikuma
Ghana

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
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
  • 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.

Feb 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019 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

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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