Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Kwadaso Metropolitan Assembly School - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-46 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

At the Kwadaso Estate Metropolitan Assembly School, in Kumasi a volunteer teaching assistant would be guided by another teacher for the first week during which time you would be instructed in the teaching methods in Ghana. When the staff at the school and the volunteer feels adequately prepared they would be assigned to work independently, on a one-to-one bases or with small groups of pupils. Volunteers will often be assigned to individual pupils who are in need of additional help. This may be because English is not their first language or because they have learning difficulties and require additional help understanding or completing tasks. The volunteer may also be asked to help individual pupils who do not require additional support, but where one-to-one teaching is necessary – for example listening to pupils reading aloud.

A volunteer teaching assistant is often asked to support learning by working with specific groups of pupils or in a more general manner by "floating" and acting as an additional support during class activities.

Volunteers may sometimes be asked to help support pupils beyond the classroom. This may be during lessons outside the classroom which may be within the school grounds or it may be during official school trips or at school events such as school concerts or plays. In these circumstances, the volunteer's duty would be more of a supervisory nature.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Sports Activities

A volunteer teaching assistant may be asked to assist in physical education classes or to conduct such classes on their own. Each class of students has two periods of physical education per week. During these periods the children usually participate in sport activities such as soccer games or other forms of athletic games.

Parent/Teachers Conferences

Volunteer teaching assistants may be asked to provide data as to a child's progress to parents or guardians at conferences or other related meetings.

Volunteers may also be asked to help coordinate activities and resources within a specific area of the curriculum plus support colleagues in the delivery of said specialist areas

Teaching Assistant

Teaching is the basic reason for your volunteer placement at this school. Therefore numerous forms of teaching may be asked of the volunteers. It could be: assisting the teachers in the classroom, teaching a class of pupils independently or conducting one-to-one sessions. A lot will depend on the efforts the volunteers puts into their preparations of school lessons and the enthusiasm they demonstrate in the execution of said lessons.

Homework Assignments

A volunteer teaching assistant may be asked to give homework assignments to the pupils he/she taught or assisted in teaching. The volunteer would then be responsible for the correction of said homework and would note, at that time the difficulties individual pupils were having. This would be addressed at the next class session either as a group learning lesson or if appropriate on a one-to-one bases.

Volunteers may also be asked to give exams or tests in topics they are teaching or assisting in teaching.

Fundraising

A volunteer teaching assistant may be asked to participate in fundraising activities at the school. They may be asked to contribute new ideas for fundraising projects.

Host Organization Details

Kwadaso Metropolitan Assembly School

Kwadaso Estate Metropolitan Assembly School is a governmental school that provides an education for children ages 6 to 15, in Kwadaso and the surrounding areas.

The GOAL of the school is to help enrich the lives of the students by providing classes that teach both academics and life lessons.

The school consists of a two story building which has 6 classrooms on each floor for the primary students and a junior high building which has nine classrooms for the students. There are three classes namely JHS-1, HJS-2 AND JHS-3, each form is subdivided into three classes namely "A" "B" and "C".

Although the school lacks basic resources and materials, the teachers are striving to provide the best education possible for their students in order for them to achieve academic success.

The Kwadaso Estate Metropolitan Assembly School starts at 7 am and goes until 3 pm. The school teaches the Primary and Junior High level of education. Subjects that are taught include: English, Math, Science, Religion and Moral Education, Physical Education (P.E), Technical Skills, Vocation Skills and the Local Language. Primary school is from 7 until 2 p.m. and Junior High is from 7 am until 3 p.m.

When They Were Founded

Kwadaso Estate Metropolitan Assembly School was founded by the government of Ghana in the year 1982 through the mayor of Kwadaso Municipal area. Because the closest school to that area was about 3 kilometers away, the government decided to build this school to provide the people of Kwadaso and its surrounding areas with quality education for their children. Today, the school is one of the leading basic educational schools in the area.

How Are They Funded

Kwadaso Estate Metropolitan Assembly School receives its funding from the government of Ghana through the District Assembly Common Fund of Osu Klottey. The school also receives funding from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET-FUND)

Donation Requests

Any and all of the listed items would be appreciated:

computers, educational teaching supplies, especially for the kindergarten levels (ages 6-8), games, books, chalk, note books, First aid kits, soccer equipment like jerseys, boots, socks etc.

Placement Location Information

Kumasi, Ghana

Kwadaso Estate Metropolitan Assembly School is located in Kwadaso, which is a suburb of Kumasi. The area is well known for its agricultural farms and sites for other agricultural purposes.

The school has 12 classroom, cemented floors and the walls painted white and well furnished. There is an office and a staff room for the teaching staff as well as an area where school supplies are kept. The buildings are in good condition with walls and roofs so the students feel comfortable in the classrooms.

The home stay where the volunteers will be living is located about ten minutes walking from the main road, and from the main road to the school is another 15 minutes walk. So it is approximately 25 minutes walking from the house to where the school is located.

Transfer From BaseCamp

After one week of orientation in Accra, a BaseCamp staff member will accompany volunteers in a taxi to the VIP station (one of our local transports in Ghana). From there, volunteers will take the bus to Kumasi which is about a five hour drive. Once in Kumasi, volunteers will be met by our regional coordinator who will take you to your home stay and introduce you to everyone.

Volunteers will have to walk for around ten minutes to the main road of Kwadaso and from there another 15 minutes to the school.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 256 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 5:35

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...

They calculate sunshine hours per day using their 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 clouds.

City/Village Description

Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana and the capital of the Ashanti Region. The city is buzzing 24 hours a day, and is home to the large Kejetia Market. Traditional Ashanti pride is much more prominent in this area, and volunteers are likely to see more cultural dress and practices during their stay.

Kumasi is a hub for travellers planning on going in any direction in Ghana, and has good transportation (bus or tro tro) to all major cities. Drivers in the city are aggressive and down town traffic can often be a challenge.

However, all the suburbs around Kumasi are fairly close and walking, (if you're up for a bit of a hike), is never out of the question. The down town core has a few major tourist spots, (Vic Baboo's restaurant and Chopsticks), where you can always find good Western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

West End Hospital
West End Hospital Bypass
Kumasi
TEL 1: 233-322022590
TEL 2: +233-245460006

Placement Address

Kwadaso Metropolitan Assembly School
West End Hospital Lane
Kumasi
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
  • 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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