Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Madamfo Pa School - Accra, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-165 Location: Accra, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Madamfo Pa School's objective is to ensure that every child living in the Madina community has the opportunity to receive a basic education. Presently their are approximately thirty-five orphaned children who are provided with shelter, food and an basic education. Approximately 15 of these children attend the school.

The school teaches grade one to junior high school. They don't have qualified teachers but there are four students from the university of Ghana who volunteer to teach the pupils at the school.

Volunteer teaching assistants are needed because there are not enough funds available to hire the amount of support workers needed to run their programs effectively. Volunteers would be very hands on and assist with the daily operation of the school, as well as the shelter.

Volunteers would be asked: to assist in preparing lesson plans for students, teach the children English, mathematics, science and help in conducting extra-curricular activities for the children such as music, art and crafts and sports if/or when possible.

The headmistress has a fashion shop where students can learn to sew and volunteers may be asked to assist there if they have the required skills.

The educational background of a volunteer teaching assistant 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 degree they may be able to contribute.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Storytelling Time

Volunteer teaching assistants may be asked to conduct storytelling time with the children. Children love stories of all kinds be it fairy tales, stories of children in other lands, sports in other lands such as ice skating and skiing etc. So if you know any good classic fairy tales or are good at making up funny stories the children will be all ears and will giggle along! Volunteers should come prepared, so do your homework prior to your placement time and collect pictures and storybooks to stimulate their young minds. The goal is to have the children learn as much as possible in an enjoyable manner. Time required for this may only be possible at the shelter.

Teach Classes

Teaching is the basic reason for your volunteer placement at this site. Therefore a volunteer teaching assistant may be asked to teach both at the school and at the shelter. The required subjects for the students that volunteers would be asked to teach would be mathematics, science and the English language.

Lesson Preparation

A volunteer teaching assistant would be expected to prepare his/her lessons ahead of time, keeping in mind that the classes should be geared to the age and grade level taught and should contain enjoyable approaches to learning.

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.

Host Organization Details

Madamfo Pa School

The Madamfo Pa School was established in the Madina community of Ghana. Many of the residents of this community live in poverty without access to even the most basic necessities in life, like clean drinking water.

Children who are denied the opportunity to get an education are at a significant disadvantage. According to UNICEF only 65% of the adult population in Ghana is literate. It is essential that young Ghanaian's are brought into the education system early so they can experience the joys of learning and the opportunities that are developed from that.

The OBJECTIVE of the school is to ensure that every child living in the Madina community has the opportunity to receive a basic education.

The Madamfo Pa School believes that in order for a community to develop means to prosper and grow they must first educate their children academically with at least a basic education, then if possible, further academic studies and/or receive training in skill-oriented programs. Thus providing the fundamental foundation necessary to achieve advancement. Madamfo Pa School is presently helping approximately thirty-five orphans in the Madiana community. The school provides them with shelter, food and an basic education. Approximately 15 of these children attend the school. The school teaches grade one to junior high school. They don't have qualified teachers but there are four students from the university of Ghana who volunteer to teach the pupils at the school. Volunteers are asked to assist at the school and at the shelter.

The headmistress has a fashion shop where students can learn to sew and volunteers may be asked to assist there if they have the required skills.

When They Were Founded

Madamfo Pa School was established in 2000 by Kwame Dzikpor to help the children in the Madiana community who's parents could not afford school fees, as well as, the children who were orphans.

Bettina Landgrafe, co-founder of the association, visited Ghana for the first time in 2001. A registered nurse, she tried to help relieve the misery around her, at that time, by actively working in a small bush hospital.

Who They Work With

Madamfo Pa School helps thirty-five orphanes in the Madiana community. The school provide them with shelter, food and an education.

How Are They Funded

The school is currently funded by the revenue that is generated from hand-made blankets. The teachers, founders and local community members make blankets out of different types of Ghanaian fabrics and sell them throughout Ghana to ensure they have enough funds to operate.

Donation Requests

Pencils, colored pencils, erasers, pens, colored markers, books, workbooks, chalk, educational games and any other type of learning supplies.

Placement Location Information

Accra, Ghana

Madamfo Pa School in the Ghanaian language of Twi can be translated to "my good friend". The school is located in the densely populated town of Madina, in the Greater Accra Region of Southeastern Ghana. It is a small, two-level building that is located in a enclosed compound, in a landfill community.

The school feeds, shelters and teaches orphan children from grades one to junior high school, in an attempt to provide them with a basic education. Volunteers are always needed at this placement as the school has no fully qualified teachers and is poorly funded and short staffed with very little resources.

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 take a tro tro (public transportation)to Adenta. Depending on traffic, driving to the destination could take between twenty to thirty minutes. From there walk for about 2 kilometres straight to the Madamfo Pa School.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 20 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:45

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September to March and temperatures generally range from 25-40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season begins in April and lasts until August and the temperature is a bit cooler at 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.

Often the weather can change throughout the day. At one moment it is very hot and the next moment it is pouring rain. Volunteers are advised to bring a good waterproof jacket while in this area.

City/Village Description

Accra is a vibrant city that is steeped in history. There is a historical lighthouse in the district of Jamestown; built in 1871, by the British. Climb to the top and enjoy the fantastic view of the Gold Coast. Note the traditional fishing boats and Fort Ussher. Observe the hustle and bustle of Jamestown.

Accra is home to the National Arts Market which provides an opportunity for volunteers to practice their bartering skills for paintings, carvings, bead work, fabric, and many other unique West African Arts.

There are many places to see in Accra. Why not visit one of the many museums? Accra also has an eclectic music scene, with a good beat to be found on almost every corner.

Activities in and around Accra include biking, swimming, catching a soccer game, drumming, dancing lessons, art lessons, and much more.

Nearest Medical Clinic

37 Military Hospital
Liberation Road
TEL 1: 030 2777595
TEL 2: 030 2767691

Placement Address

Madamfo Pa School
Madina Street

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
  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.

  • 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.

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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