Volunteer English Language Teacher Program

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Volunteer teaches English in an African village school. VIGS Ghana VolunteeringThe program
This program is designed for volunteers to teach English as a second language to Ghanaian school children in Primary (Elementary) as well as Junior High schools.

You can choose to teach the language to any one (or more) of eight different classes (or ages). The broad aim of the syllabus is to help the pupil develop the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.     Back to top



PRIMARY 1 ENGLISH – Curriculum excerpts

Listening, Reciting and Singing, Story-telling, Conversation, Drama, Nouns, Verbs, Command / Request sentences, Simple Prepositions (in, on, under, behind), Questions and Responses (what, where, who), Personal Pronouns (I, you, he, she, we, they), Demonstratives (this, that, these, those)… (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program)  Top



PRIMARY 2 ENGLISH 
– Curriculum excerpts
Singing songs, Reciting rhymes and poems, Listening, Conversation, Nouns, Verbs, Questions and responses (do, be, have), Present Continuous, Simple Past, More Prepositions (up, down, into, in, in front of), Recognition of words, Phonic work, Recognition of sounds in known words  vowels, Sound discrimination, Supplying missing letters and words… (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program)   Top



PRIMARY 3 ENGLISH – Curriculum excerpts

Story-telling, Conversation, Drama, Subject-Verb agreement, Simple Past, Past Continuous, Prepositions (below, above, in front of, behind, near), Expressing the future, Reading aloud, Reading games, Silent reading, Phonic work, Penmanship and copy work, Purposeful copying of sentences, Punctuation (full stop and comma)… (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program)   Top



PRIMARY 4 ENGLISH – Curriculum excerpts

Listening to instructions / directions and carrying them out, Listening to songs, poems and rhymes, Story-telling. Conversation, Drama, Polite request, Proper and common nouns, Comparison of adjectives, Verb tense forms: Simple past, Present perfect, Adverbs, Reading aloud, Silent reading… (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program)   Top



PRIMARY 5 ENGLISH – Curriculum excerpts

Listening to songs, poems and rhymes, Listening to instructions / directions and carrying them out, Story-telling. Conversation, Drama, Count nouns and Non-count nouns, Comparison of adjectives (Irregular), Simple Determiners (a, an, the, each, both, all) Quantifiers: (many, more, much), Penmanship: joint script, Summary writing… (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program)   Top



PRIMARY 6 ENGLISH – Curriculum excerpts

Listening to poems / rhymes, Listening to instructions / directions, Story-telling, Conversation, Drama, Anomalous finites (Modals: must, have to, should, ought to need to), Adverbs of more than one word, Prepositions, Adjectives, Direct and reported speech, More about quantifiers (some, any, few, a few, little, a little, many, much, both, all, a majority, the majority), Idioms and idiomatic expressions… (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program)  Top



JUNIOR HIGH 1 ENGLISH – Curriculum excerpts

Pure Vowel sounds, Consonants, Diphthongs, Conversation, Proper nouns, Common nouns, Irregular nouns, Pronouns and their types, The simple sentence: subject, predicate, Subject-Verb agreement, Transitive and intransitive verbs, Active and passive sentences, Adverbs, Reading comprehension… (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program)  Top



JUNIOR HIGH 2 ENGLISH – Curriculum excerpts

Vowels and consonants, Intonation, The syllable and word stress, Conversation, Auxiliary verbs, Modals, Phrases, Clauses, Verb tense forms, Compound sentences, Conditional sentences, Complex sentences, Complex prepositions, Possessive and reflexive pronouns, Comprehension, Summary writing, Punctuation marks, Writing dialogues, Filling in forms… (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program)  Top



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).
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African school girls playing games during their lunch break


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

Volunteers bedroom in an African school placement: VIGS Ghana
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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


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 public.    Back to top

Volunteers being entertained near Big Millys beach, Kokrobite, Ghana AFRICA. VIGS


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 have at least completed high school.
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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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