Volunteer as Pre-Kindergarten (Nursery) Teacher in Africa, Ghana

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The program
By the end of the unit the children should be able to: Listen to and differentiate between sounds in the environment; Make sounds using bottles, coins, bells, drums, shakers and other objects. Help children identify the objects and the sounds that the objects make. Children make sounds from objects around them e.g. beating the top of their tables, pulling or pushing chairs, tables, imitating animal sounds bells etc. Sounds Games e.g. whispering Chain Sound Game. Class faces the other direction whilst a child is called to make sound from two of the objects. Children should be able to identify the different sounds.  Guide children to clap slowly and the softly/loudly and then faster. Children sing slowly and then sing fast. Clapping/stumping/beating according to rhythm. In groups/pairs/individually, let children carry out simple instructions and commands e.g. stand up. Go to the door, close the door. Action Picture Card games: The child picks an Action Card that bears simple instruction e.g. stand up. Teacher then reads instruction for the child to carry out… (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program).  Back to top

A pre-kindergarten school (preschool) in Accra, Ghana Africa


The schools
VIGS GHANA partner schools are located in many villages, towns and cities in the coastal belt. From Sega in the east through Prampram, Aburi, Tema, Bawjiasi, Accra and all the way to Twifu-Mampong and Takoradi in the west. We also have partner schools in the middle parts of Ghana (Kumasi).  Back to top


The accommodations
Most of the accommodation is with carefully-selected host-families, with a couple of dedicated volunteers’ apartments. You would be placed in the same home with another volunteer — except you specifically state that you prefer to be placed alone. Volunteers coming as a pair or couple will not be placed with other volunteers in the same bedroom. Volunteer(s) have their separate room – with a lock and key. There are two beds in the volunteers’ room; each with a mattress and in most cases a table and chair. It is advisable to bring along a mosquito net and a spare bed sheet. Many homes have a shower and flush toilet. In others you would have to manage with a bucket of water and a pit toilet – more likely in smaller towns and villages. Laundry is usually done with a couple of buckets.  Back to top


The feeding
You will be served three meals daily. Breakfast is usually tea/ coffee/ oats or corn porridge and bread with jam/ butter/ egg omelet. Lunch could be plantain or rice or yam with vegetable stew or similar. Dinner could be rice, yam, pasta or plantain with vegetable sauce or stew or soup. For dessert you’d be served an orange or pineapple.  Back to top

The dining area in one of our volunteer host-family homes. African volunteering. VIGS Ghana


Entertainment and sight-seeing
Weekends are free days. You may choose to travel out of town to see the many interesting sights and sounds in other parts of Ghana or hang out with your fellow volunteer(s) and/or locals in the neighbourhood. VIGS GHANA frequently puts together sight-seeing trips: as a volunteer on one of our programs, you’ll first be given the option to sign-on to our tours. The remaining slots will be offered to the general 
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A volunteer explores an African fishing village at her leisure. VIGS Ghana


Volunteers’ safety
Your safety is of paramount importance to VIGS GHANA. As such we give you all the relevant safety tips, plus we place you only in places where good medical services are within easy reach. In addition, we’ll give you a smart phone – so you can call or text or email or Whatsapp the in-country supervisors whenever the need arises. Our in-country support staff are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Back to top


Minimum qualification required of volunteers for the program

Applicants for this program must be able to communicate in simple English since English is the language of instruction.  Back to top


Rough estimate of total cost involved

  • Flight to and from Ghana: US$600-1250 (Round-trip)
  • Ghana visa: US$80-170
  • Vaccinations: US$150-250
  • Travel Insurance: US$70-320
  • Miscellaneous personal items: US$300-900
  • Personal Spending money whilst in Ghana: US$200 upwards
  • VIGS GHANA Program fee: starts from US$450

So, a rough estimate of the total cost for a two-week program duration would be about US$1,870 – 3,560. Check the equivalent in your currency.    Back to top


Next steps — after you have been accepted and given your Placement information

After you have been admitted to participate in the program, you would now have to execute the following:


Other relevant facts about the program

  • Minimum volunteering/internship duration: 1 week.
  • Maximum duration: 6 months.
  • Age range accepted: 18 – 75 years.
  • We will send you a document on how to fund-raise for your trip – after you’ve confirmed your participation.
  • We will meet you at the Airport in Accra (ACC) on your arrival day.
  • We will give you a smart phone with internet and IDD (International Direct Dialing) capability on your arrival day.
  • The average work day is 3-8 hours for this program.
  • Saturdays and Sundays are free days.
  • You can contact VIGS GHANA local staff on cell phones all the time — 24 hours a day — seven days a week.
  • We can give you a Testimonial on successful completion of your volunteer or internship work.
  • You can pay the program fee through any of the following methods:
  1. By Wire Transfer through your bank.
  2. Through WorldRemit Money Transfer – using your debit or credit card securely online.
  3. Through Western Union Money Transfer – using your debit or credit card securely online.
  4. Cash installments (or full payment) upon arrival into Ghana.

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