Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Maakro Metropolitan Assembly Primary School - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-58 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Maakro Metropolitan Assembly Primary School teaches children from approximately six to fifteen years of age. Due to the high enrolment of pupils it is necessary for the school to operate on a two shift system.

Volunteer teaching assistants would be guided by a local teacher for the first week during which you would be directed on teaching techniques in Ghana. When and if the school staff determine that you are capability to teach independently, you would be assigned to a class of your own or it may be decided it is best for you to work in a classroom with a local teacher where you would assist the teacher in conducing the lesson.

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. You 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 read aloud.

Volunteer teaching assistants may be asked to support learning in a more general manner by "floating" and acting as additional support during class activities or by working with specific groups of pupils.

You 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 might be during official school trips or at school events such as school concerts or plays. In these circumstances, your role is likely to become more supervisory.

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 endeavours. 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 on One Teaching

One of the tasks of a volunteer teaching assistant may be is to do one on one teaching. It is obvious that not all the children in a class will have equal understanding of whatever goes on in class. This makes it necessary for a teacher to do some one on one consultations with students having a hard time in class and finding solutions to their problems. Some have slower learning abilities than others.

Teaching

Teaching is the basic reason for your going to the school so as a volunteer you would be providing teaching assistant to the students by: helping them better understand what was taught in class, giving them assignments and making sure they do it. It is one of the most efficient ways of finding out how much they understood of the lesson taught that day.

Prepare Lesson Materials

Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits and demonstrations for classes. A volunteer teaching assistant would be expected to discuss with the local teachers the lessons he/she has prepared for the week.

Sport Activities

Each class is entitled to two periods of physical education in a week, during this period is when the children get to do some sport activities such as soccer games etc. Volunteers may be asked to supervisor or instruct such activities.

Supervison

A volunteer teaching assistant may be asked to supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, gymnasiums or on field trips. Volunteers would be responsible for the children when the teachers are not around. The main task at this time would be to keep order and to keep the children safe.

Host Organization Details

Maakro Metropolitan Assembly Primary School

Maakro Metropolitan Assembly Primary School is located in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, an area called Maakro. The school is a primary school that teaches children from approximately six to fifteen years of age.

Primary schools in Ghana are supposed to teach children from the approximate ages of six to twelve years old. However, sometimes due to late school starts of children who's parents are unable to send them to school early due to financial problems or other difficulties; you will likely see children ages fifteen or even older sometimes in primary school. This is now considered the norm in primary educational schools in Ghana.

Maakro Metropolitan Assembly Primary School operates on a two shift system due to their high enrolment of students. School starts at 7 am from Monday to Friday with the exception of Public Holidays. The older children from the age of ten and above, tidy the compound from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and then go to Assembly. Announcements necessary for the students attention are made at this time and afterwards the students march to their classrooms. Classes begin promptly at 8 a.m. The first school ends at 1 p.m. and the second batch takes over from then until 6 p.m.

They have subjects such as: Math, English, Science, Reading, Writing, Art and Music (singing) in their curriculum. The school also has a strong focus on Health, Exercise and Extra Curricular Activities including a variety of after school programs.

When They Were Founded

Maakro Metropolitan Assembly Primary School was founded in the year 1980 by the government of Ghana. Before the school was founded, the children traveled for about 2 miles or more to and from school daily which was a real challenge for the children, especially the younger ones.

The Mayor of the Maakro community had a meeting with its elders and its chief and decided that a primary school was necessary for the children of the community and the Kumasi region.

How Are They Funded

Maakro Metropolitan Assembly Primary School is a government school which is funded by the government. However, the amount of funding that the government gives to the school is not sufficient to adhere to all the school's financial needs. The school has therefore sought and obtained financial support from NGO's and other institutions to help in the successful operation of the school.

Donation Requests

Any and all items listed below would be appreciated:

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

Maakro Metropolitan Assembly Primary School is located in Maakro, which is a suburb of Kumasi. The area is one of the most popular areas in Kumasi because of the Suame Magazine, which is recognized as the largest artisan engineering clusters in the sub-Sahara Africa/ West Africa. Suame Magazine has a working population of over 200,000 and approximately 12,000 shop-owning proprietors, mainly engaged in vehicle repairs and metal works.

The school has 12 classrooms which are well furnished, as well as an office and a staff room for the teaching staff and a room 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 is located just a five minute walk off the main road, and downtown Kumasi is easily accessible by taxi or tro tro. Anything reachable from Kumasi would be available to volunteers in this location. The school is just about 15 minutes tro tro ride from the main road Maakro.

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.

You will have to walk for about five minutes to the main road of Maakro to take a tro fro (public transit) to the school which is about a 15 minutes drive.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 253 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 5:30

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

Komfo A. Teaching Hospital (KATH)
Komfo Anokye Road
Kumasi
TEL 1: 03220 22301
TEL 2: 03220 22301-3

Placement Address

Maakro Metropolitan Assembly Primary School
Dantoase Link
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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