Youth Outreach Volunteer

The League of Young Female Leaders - Tamale, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-891 Location: Tamale, Ghana Sector: Social Services Category: Child and Youth Work Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The League of Young Female Leaders is made up of young female graduates, leaders and young women in higher educational institutions who are passionate about their commitment to support and guide young women in Ghana by establishing a mentor relationship with girls in high schools in Ghana.

The members of the organization serve as mentors and become part of the social network of young women and community members who care about the advancement and empowerment of women in Ghana. They strive to help girls to develop and reach positive goals in their academic education and careers.

The organization is in need of volunteers to assist in mentor and leadership programs and to provide guidance and support to the young girls in these programs based on the developmental needs outlined by the League Fellows organization. The volunteers will serve as international mentors to the youth.

The youth outreach volunteers would be expected to take the lead in supporting girls through an ongoing relationship. Therefore, the volunteers would be expected to build the relationships by planning and participating in activities with the young girls. The volunteers would serve as mentors, participate in the community outreach programs and help in any fundraising activities that help to support the organisation.

Youth outreach volunteers do not require any specialized academic education at this placement but must have researched all aspects of leadership roles so they can successfully contribute informative data at presentations and project sites. The volunteers for this placement must be mature individuals who have a sincere desire to assist young girls and be willing to put in the time and effort that is required to accomplish positive results.

Volunteer Tasks Required

League Mentor

A youth outreach volunteer would be expected to serve as a mentor; hence would provide guidance and support to their mentees, that is the League Fellows based on their unique developmental needs. The volunteer would serve as a teacher, leader, friend, role model, adviser and colleague to the mentee.

Fundraising

As a youth outreach volunteer, you would be expected to 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 organization.

Participate in Mentor Programs

As a youth outreach volunteer, you would be expected to participate in Mentor Programs which are designed to empower girls and young women to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their full potential.

Community Outreach

A youth outreach volunteer may be asked to participate in outreach programs in schools especially in secondary schools in Ghana. The outreach programs are focused at schools in the northern part of Ghana.

Host Organization Details

The League of Young Female Leaders

The League of Young Female Leaders is a Non-Governmental Organization aimed at advancing the status of girls and women through their mentor and advocacy programs in the field of education, leadership and entrepreneurship. The Organization's mission is to organize programs to empower girls and young women to make positive life choices that enables them to maximize their full potentials.

The organization is made up of young female graduates, leaders and young women in higher educational institutions who are passionate about their commitment to support and guide by establishing a mentor relationship with young girls in high schools in Ghana. The members of the organization serve as mentors and become part of the social network of young women and community members who care about girls’ advancement and empowerment hence helping girls to develop and reach positive academic educations, careers and personal goals.

The League of Young Female Leaders conduct outreach programs, (mostly in high schools), to provide support and guidance to female students based on their unique developmental needs. The organization operates in the northern part of Ghana; in areas such as Bolgatanga, Tamale and Wa, among others. The organization is currently expanding its scope to the southern part of Ghana as well.

The organization has been very successful in its outreach programs and has created great impact in the lives of young females, women and communities in the northern part of Ghana. Through their mentor programs, many young females have identified their potentials and thus through educational development of these potentials have improved their standard of living.

When They Were Founded

The League of Young Female Leaders formally The League of Ladies-Ghana started in 2012 as an advocacy movement led by its founder to encourage more girls and women to take up decision making roles in their schools and communities. It offers free consultancy to young women who want to pursue leadership in diverse ways. While embarking on this advocacy journey, the need to raise a generation of women leaders with varied professional backgrounds and the need to explore various development sectors like entrepreneurship and education became the centre of discussion among interested parties.

On December 24, 2013, the organization became incorporated under the Companies Act 1963 (Act 179) and it’s therefore a registered organization in Ghana. The organization consists of a Board of Directors, Mentors, Fellows and Volunteers.

How Are They Funded

The League is currently internally funded, especially by the members of the Board of Directors. The mentors also pay a commitment fee to facilitate some of their activities. “The League Charities” is in partnership with the “Business Resource Initiative-UK” which supports their charity module financially to give back to the needy in their society.

Donation Requests

The organization needs projectors, computers and other learning materials for their high school, as well as numerous other donations.

Placement Location Information

Tamale, Ghana

The League of Young Female Leaders is located in a densely populated area in the Northern Region. The organization is located at an area which has an higher degree of access to restaurants, banks, internet cafes, shops, markets and other tourist attractions than most places.

The organisation has an inadequate amount of educational materials or logistics to carry out many outreach programs. There is also an inadequate number of staff to carry out the daily operations of the organization.

The organization works with the staff at local schools in Tamale. Most of the schools that the organization works with have limited teaching supplies and are poorly structured buildings.

The schools are located in both urban and rural communities in the Northern region of Ghana so outreach programs take place mostly in the northern region and sometimes extends to schools in the Upper East and Upper West Region of Ghana.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center by taxi or tro tro (public transportation) to the VIP Bus Terminal which, depending on traffic, will take between eight to ten minutes. From there volunteers will take a bus to the city of Tamale, usually taking approximately twelve hours. The project coordinator will be there to meet you at the station. The coordinator will take you to your accommodation residence which is a few minutes from the station.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 616 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 12:0

Weather in the Area

The metropole experiences one rainy season from April to September or October with a peak in July and August. The mean annual rainfall is 1100 mm within 95 days of rainfall in the form of tropical showers. Consequently, staple crop farming is highly restricted by the short rainy season.The dry season is usually from November to early April.

The dry season is influenced by the dry North-Easterly Harmattan winds while the rainy season is influenced by the moist South Westerly winds. The mean day temperatures range from 28 (December and mid-April) to 43 (March, early April) degrees Celsius while mean night temperatures range from 18 (December) to 25 (February, March) degrees Celsius. The mean annual day sunshine is approximately 7.5 hours.

City/Village Description

Tamale is the capital town of the Northern Region of Ghana which is the third largest settlement in Ghana, as well as the fastest growing city in West Africa. The town is located 600 kilometres (370 mi) north of Accra. Most residents in Tamale are Muslims.

There is a significant growth of new hotels and guest houses in Tamale to provide hospitality for local and foreign people. Tamale grew from a conglomeration of towns and one can find an architectural blend of traditional mud houses and more modern buildings.

Tamale has new and modern facilities such as the newly constructed Tamale Stadium, replacing the former principal football pitch, as well as Kaladan Park, with its world-class venue. Indeed, there were many infrastructural improvements in Tamale leading up to the 2008 African Cup of Nations tournament.

Tamale has an airport which is approximately 7 miles (11 km) from down town. The airport is mainly used by commercial airlines such as Citylink, Starbow Airlines and Antrak Air, which run regular flights between Tamale and Accra’s Kotoka International Airport along with other regional capitals.

Tamale has higher access to internet cafes, shops, markets, schools, call centres among others as compared to other cities in the region.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Tamale Teaching Hospital
Salaga
Tamale
TEL 1: 03720 -22454
TEL 2: 03720 -22458

Placement Address

The League of Young Female Leaders
Tamale
Tamale
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.

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 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 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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