Secondary School Teaching Volunteer

Young at Heart Ghana - Koforidua, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-874 Location: Koforidua, Ghana Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Young At Heart Organisation provides solutions to the needs of children in rural and deprived areas in Ghana with regards to their education in computer skills.

The organisation is operated solely by local volunteers but there is an inadequate number to carry out their computer educational programs to all areas in need. Therefore, the organisation needs international volunteers to teach students in one community to another, the computer practicals.

They are seeking volunteers who have basic knowledge of computers which would include the sending and receiving of emails, using the internet, word processing software, spread sheet software and the social media.

A volunteer computer teacher would be expected to accept the responsibilities of any teacher such as: creating lesson plans; evaluating student performances and the giving out of projects and assignments. They also may be asked to take part in developing computer curriculum's at the schools.

The international volunteers need to have their own computers to teach from and a few more computers for the students to learn on, if possible, as the schools in the areas they would be asked to teach in do not have computers.

Computer teachers must be mature individuals who possess basic computer knowledge and be willing to work in the organizations outreach programs at the various schools.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Outreach Programs

A volunteer computer teacher for this organization would be expected to visit village schools with the organisation's team member to explain the importance of ICT to the students, as well as educate teachers on the importance of an ICT education in the present world. Lessons will be carried out in village schools.

Teach Lessons

A volunteer computer teacher would move from one school to another to teach computer lessons in classrooms in village schools. The volunteer would be given a manual to follow to teach in the classroom. This would involve practical and theory lessons.

Computer Practicals

A volunteer computer teacher would be expected to guide school children to discover the advantage of solving mathematical problems with computers. Children are guided through typing, communicative and artistic functions, using computers. The computer practical teaching is normally done at the centre where students come for lessons.

Fundraising

As a volunteer computer teacher you would develop and coordinate web-based fundraising and also be knowledgeable of various social media sites to demonstrate to potential fund providers the needs of the organisation.

Host Organization Details

Young at Heart Ghana

Young at Heart is a Non-Governmental Organization which consists of a team of passionate young individuals who travel to rural communities in Ghana to ensure effective and efficient ICT education of children in Ghana.

The mission of the organization is to provide solutions to the needs of children in Ghana with regards to their education in Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T).

The organization has done intensive research and has realized that the general population of the world is becoming more knowledgeable through computer technology. Therefore, there is the need to protect Ghana's future through the education of their children with better technology approaches.

Children in most villages in Ghana are taught ICT lessons in class but have no exposure to computers. The typical trend is that the theory is taught and the practical aspect is left to chance. The Young at Heart Organization therefore, developed and implemented the, "Project Discover I.C.T".

The first phase of the project gives children in deprived areas in Ghana the opportunity to acquire practical computer skills. This innovation by the organization gives children in rural areas a good platform and an equal opportunity to compete with their co-equals who may be lucky enough to have found themselves in a more privileged location in Ghana. The team has embarked on youth outreach to rural communities in Eastern and Ashanti Regions and they are having a great impact on the lives of students in villages in these areas.

Currently the organization comprises of students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Kumasi Polytechnic.

When They Were Founded

The organization was founded on the 15th August,2013 by Josephine Marie Godwyll and four pioneers who came together to support the vision.They are Stella Chelsea Ampofo, Isaac Newton Owiredu, Jones Abgenya and Benjamin Okyere. The founders of this organization were all students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The organization's student volunteer base started in KNUST, and at that time, all the pioneers were students.

How Are They Funded

The organization runs most of it's activities through contribution made by the team members. There are other partners who support the organization in terms of accommodations, computer centres, and also food during project implementations. The organization is operated solely by local volunteers.

Donation Requests

It would be appreciated if volunteers could donate used Laptops, desktops and any other computer accessories.

Placement Location Information

Koforidua, Ghana

Young at Heart Ghana is located at Okorase in Koforidua in the Eastern region. The centre is located in a densely populated area in Koforidua. The centre is owned by a partner organisation know as Matthew 20 in Koforidua.

There are currently only 6 computers available at the centre which are used for computer practicals. Students from various schools move to the centre for practical lessons. The computer centre is painted an orange and white colour. The centre has furniture but it is not enough for the number of people who attend.

Young at Heart Ghana is also operating in Kumasi but they do not have any computer centre yet in Kumasi. The organisation needs more computers to operate effectively and local volunteers use their personal computers for the outreach programs.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center by taxi or trotro (public transportation) to the Neoplan Station in Accra(Circle). From there volunteers will take a mini bus to the city of Koforiduah. Volunteers will take another trotro to Okorase and the project coordinator will meet you and take you to your accommodation residence.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 72 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:30

Weather in the Area

The region lies within the wet semi-equatorial zone which is characterized by double maxima rainfall in June and October. The first rainy season is from May to June, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in June while the second season is from September to October, with little variations between. Temperatures in the region are high and range between 26C in August and 30C in March. The relative humidity which is high throughout the year varies between 70 to 80 per cent.

City/Village Description

Koforidua, also popularly known as K-dua, is a city and capital of the Eastern Region in south Ghana. The region played a significant role in the history of Ghana. It is approximately 85 km. from Accra.

Koforidua serves as a commercial center for the Eastern region and New-Juaben Municipal District. Koforidua is regarded as one of the calmest and coolest cities in the country. The city is home to many businesses with the exception of heavy duty industries; with the recent construction of the two-going-two-coming highway road linking Adeiso, Koforidua, to Oyoko brings much attention to the city. That highway road serves as a valid alternative route to reach Kumasi.

Koforidua has many social amenities such as; a police station, internet cafes, community centres, a sport stadium, a commercial bank and other financial institutions, a government hospital, a polyclinic, basic schools, second cycle schools, a private university and a polytechnic.

The biggest supermarket in Koforidua is called Melcom. The well-known computer shop in Koforidua is called I.C.L. (Ike Computer Limited) and the biggest phone shop is Ultimate Phones, near the Post Office.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua
Okorase
Koforidua
TEL 1: +233 304 2023021
TEL 2: +233 304 2023031

Placement Address

Young at Heart Ghana
Okorase
Koforidua
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


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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