Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Jansa Roman Catholic Primary School - Jansa, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-57 Location: Jansa, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Intermediate
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Volunteer Job Description

Jansa Roman Catholic Primary School is the only government school in the area and it serves the Jansa community and its surrounding villages. Due to insufficient teachers they presently lack a kindergarten teacher and so the school committee is looking for volunteers who are willing to help by teaching kindergarten.

The school is looking for volunteer pre-school teachers who are interested in interacting with children between 4 and 6 years old. At this early age the children have a lot of energy and need guidance to direct a little of this enthusiasm towards their school curriculum.

As a kindergarten teacher you would help to prepare very young children towards their academic education. This is a very important first step and needs to be addressed in a skilled manner so the children are able to develop an eagerness to learn and to have joyful expectations about school activities. As a kindergarten teacher you would create lesson plans and teach those plans to: the entire class, individually to students or in small groups.

Classes would include the basics of mathematics, reading and writing skills and volunteers would also be expected to develop and implement physical activities that would help the pupils release energy and at the same time teach them other learning skills such as: group participation, sportsmanship, competitiveness and just the joy of physical sports and games.

A volunteer pre-school teacher does not require any background in teaching. However, the volunteer needs to be a responsible, mature, energetic and creative individual who enjoys working with young children.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Report Cards

A volunteer pre-school teacher for the kindergarten class would maintain records on each child’s progress and development. These reports would be in compliance with the outlined school curriculum.

Creativity

A volunteer pre-school teacher would need to have developed methods to involve the students in learning activities that catch their interest, as well as stimulate their minds. Additionally, the volunteer may need to spend time with individual students whom have a more difficult time in learning concepts.

Patience With Children

A volunteer pre-school teacher would be teaching students from different backgrounds and faiths. The volunteer must have the patience and understanding to realize that when children lack understanding of something being taught they may use "acting out" methods to show their frustrations. The volunteer must have the ability to work through these demonstrations and produce positive results.

Teach Songs & Rhymes

The best way to connect with children anywhere in the world is through music. Volunteer pre-school teachers at the school would be expected to teach the children new nursery rhymes, songs and dances that would teach academic and hygiene lessons, as well as English. So volunteers should do their homework prior to their placement by collecting a repertoire of appropriate songs and rhymes.

Host Organization Details

Jansa Roman Catholic Primary School

The Jansa Roman Catholic Primary School includes kindergarten in its primary school which teaches grades up to and including grade six. The school was started because the children were unable to walk the 5km to Nsuta (the nearest town) for school each day. It is a small school of about 100 students with only 5-6 teachers (one of these being the headmaster). The Junior Secondary School and Senior Secondary School are in Nsuta.

The Jansa Roman Catholic Primary School teaches Mathematics, Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, English, and Physical Education. The school also offers opportunities for the children in terms of sports and athletics, (in fact, you may even be playing against some future world cup soccer stars!). On the playing field, the kids learn the importance of sportsmanship and fair play. These skills are essential for a culture that lives and breathes soccer!

After school classes are also organized for the primary grade 5 & 6 students to better prepare them for when they have completed primary school and go to Nusta for Junior High. You would be amazed with the kind of academic qualifications they have obtained by the time they go to J.H.S. in the bigger towns.

The community of Jansa centralizes itself around the school and is very proud of what the school is accomplishing. By giving these children a high level of an early education, they are much better prepared for future studies. This has resulted in a tremendous positive impact for the people in the community of Jansa.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. However, volunteers do not need to be of any faith as long as they respect the rights of others to practice their religion.

When They Were Founded

Jansa Roman Catholic Primary School was established in the Year 1946 by the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was the first church to be established in Jansa. In the course of time, they realized that it would be good for them to start a school for the children to save them from having to walk a total of 10-km daily to go and come back from Nsuta for school. The Jansa community school was started in the Roman Catholic Church building and gradually got support from the government to build a six classroom block for them.

Who They Work With

The children from this school are from Jansa, a small village located in the hills near Nsuta. Nsuta is about 5 kilometers away and the children (aged 5-13) are unable to walk 2 hours each way to attend classes. The school has become an integral part of the Jansa community and has enabled these kids to start learning from an early age. Without the school and teachers, the children would be at a major disadvantage when they are able to commute to Nsuta for classes.

How Are They Funded

Jansa Roman Catholic Primary School receives its funding from the Government of Ghana through the Ghana Education Service (get-fund), as they are a registered public school. BaseCamp Ghana has also supported them in the past by providing a three bedroom accommodation for teachers who live far from the town but walk to and from school daily.

Donation Requests

The Jansa Roman Catholic Primary School would appreciate all donations such as:

Children's books, pens, pencils, chalk, notebooks, exercise books and other school supplies. Skipping ropes, soccer balls, jerseys, playground toys, first aid kits etc.

Placement Location Information

Jansa, Ghana

Transfer From BaseCamp

Take a tro- tro,(commercial mini bus), or taxi to STC Station in Accra. STC bus to Kumasi (5 to 6.5 hours depending on traffic). Our regional coordinator will be there to meet you at the station. and accompany you by taxi/car/tro-tro to the homestay (about 1.5 hours).

* Nsuta (where homestay will be) is 5km from the school. The Jansa community will provide a bicycle for the volunteer, or they could choose to take a taxi.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp:
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Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through March and temperatures generally range from 29-34 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurs in April until August and is a bit cooler at temperatures of 19-20 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...

We calculate sunshine hours per day using our past forecast data. For August expect the sun to shine for an average of three hours per day. This represents the average number of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by cloud.

City/Village Description

Jansa is a small village of about five kilometers from Nsuta. It is beautifully set in the mountains like a valley in between two hills. When you arrive in Jansa, you are immediately surrounded by gorgeous red soil, and many smiling children welcoming you to their village. The population of Jansa is about 250-350 people of all ages. Everyone is very friendly and will wave and chat with you at every opportunity. The kids will be very eager to take you on a tour to see the town well and to see many of their beautiful native plants and trees. They are also eager to take you hiking on the mountain where you can see all the surrounding towns and villages of Jansa. The main occupation of the people living in his village is farming. Some of the village members will ask you to come and see their farm on the weekend when you are on your free periods.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Nsutaman Polyclinic
Effiduasi Ross
Nsuta
TEL 1: 0244947137

Placement Address

Jansa Roman Catholic Primary School
P.O. Box 13 Nsuta
Jansa
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
  • 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.

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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