Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Osu Home School - Accra, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-594 Location: Accra, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Osu Home School provides an education for children ages 6 to 15, in Osu , La South and the 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. The school teaches the Primary and Junior High level of education. Subjects that are taught include: English, mathematics, science, religion and moral, physical education (P.E), technical skills, vocational skills and the local language.

Due to lack of funds the school does not have sufficient teachers to meet all the educational requirements of it's students. Therefore, any volunteer teaching assistant would be most welcome.

Volunteers are needed to do one-to-one teaching, assist teachers in their classroom activities or depending on each volunteer's past experience and maturity he/she may be asked to conduct their own classes.

Volunteers are also often asked to support learning more generally, either by "floating" and acting as additional support during class activities or by working with specific groups of pupils Volunteers may also be asked to help plan and participate in school events such as outings for the children.

Volunteers would be guided by another teacher for the first week during which you would be explained the ways and methods teaching is done in Ghana.

A volunteer teaching assistant at the Osu Home School is certainly needed in numerous teaching endeavours and 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

Lesson Plans

A volunteer teaching assistant would work with the teachers involved to create a well structured lesson plan for the students that the volunteer would strictly adhere to. The volunteer may also discuss with the teachers at this time extra curricular activities that he/she may be interested in participating in with the pupils.

One on One Teaching

It is obvious that not all the children in a class will have equal understanding of whatever is taught 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 slow learning abilities. A volunteer teaching assistant may be asked to do some of this one on one teaching.

Sport Activities

Each class is entitled to two periods of physical education a week. This is when the children get to do some sport activities such as soccer games and other athletic endeavours. A volunteer teaching assistant may be asked to conduct these periods.

Prepare Tests & Exams

A volunteers teaching assistant would prepare tests and/or exams on the subject or subjects they taught or if they were assisting a teacher in a classroom in a particular subject they would assist the teacher to prepare the tests or exams, if appropriate. After the tests or exams the volunteer would be expected to mark them and then follow-up if any lessons were needed to reinforce what was supposed to have been learned.

Host Organization Details

Osu Home School

Osu Home School is a governmental school that provides an education for children ages 6 to 15, in Osu , La South and the 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. Osu Home School, just like any other school in Ghana, 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, mathematics, science, religion and moral, physical education (P.E), technical skills, vocational skills 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 45 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.

When They Were Founded

Osu Home School was founded by the government of Ghana in the year 1975 and lead by Brigadier Akwasi Afrifa. Because there were no schools in the Osu community, the government decided to build this school to provide the people of South La with quality education for their children. Today, the school is one of the leading basic educational schools in the area.

How Are They Funded

Osu Home 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

Donations that the school could use include: story books, note books, exercise books, pens, pencils, crayons, chalk, first aid kits, jerseys, boots and soccer equipment.

Placement Location Information

Accra, Ghana

Osu Home School is located on the border of the Osu and Labadi districts. Osu Home School sits off the main road back into the residential section of Osu, directly across from the Presbyterian Church.

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 administrative office. The Junior High consist of six classrooms and a big assembly hall, as well as an office.

The school shares a wall with a sister school called Kadjaano Primary School.

Each room has a cemented floor with a chalk board blackly painted.

The school also has a big ICT class but unfortunately, there is not enough computers in there for the students to use and this is one big challenge facing the school currently. When a class needs to get into the ICT room for practice, there are about 7-10 students to one computer depending on the number of students in that particular class.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will walk from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) for ten minutes to Kaneshie Station and will then take a tro tro (public transit) heading to Labadi. If one is going to Osu Home School, there is no need going to the Labadi Township. One will get off at the U-turn which is the last stop before Labadi Township. Ask for the Osu Kingdom Books and Stationary Deport. Opposite the deport is the road that leads to Osu Home School. There is a blue sign board on the school. Depending on tro tro availability and traffic, the transport time will be 45 to 90 minutes.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 2.5 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
Accra
TEL 1: 030 2777595
TEL 2: 030 2767691

Placement Address

Osu Home School
Agbawe St.
Second Kaadjano St.
Accra
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
  • 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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