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Volunteer English language teacher Program (Africa - Ghana)


Volunteer teaches English in an African village school. VIGS Ghana Volunteering

The 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



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 Agbozume in the east through Prampram, Tema, Accra and all the way to Twifu-Mampong in the west. We also have partner school 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 host-families. The host family is usually the school owner. There are always other people in the house as well; and they would be willing to provide you some assistance. You would be placed in the same location 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. The 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.
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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.
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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.
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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$800-1250 (Round-trip)
  • Ghana visa: US$50-150
  • Vaccinations: US$100-250
  • Miscellaneous personal items: US$300-900
  • Personal Spending money whilst in Ghana: US$200 upwards
  • VIGS-GHANA Program fee: starts from US$400

So, a rough estimate of the total cost for a two-week program duration would be about US$1,650 - 3,050. Check the equivalent in your currency.
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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 on the program

  • We will send you a document on how to fund-raise for your trip - after you confirm your intended participation.
  • We will meet and greet you at the Airport in Accra (ACC) on your arrival day
  • We can loan you a local mobile phone with IDD on your arrival into Ghana
  • The average work day is 3-8 hours for this program
  • Saturdays and Sundays are leisure days
  • We will give you a Certificate of Participation on successful completion of your volunteer work
  • You can contact VIGS-GHANA local staff on cell phones all the time — 24 hours a day — seven days a week
  • You can pay the program fee through any one of the following means:
    1. By Wire Transfer through your bankers.
    2. You can also pay it securely online through our highly-reputed payment processor using any of the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Switch, Solo, PayPal, US Check, Credit Card by Phone or fax with 16 toll-free international numbers.
    3. Through Western Union Money Transfer - using your debit or credit card securely online or by phone.
    4. Cash installments (or full payment) upon arrival into Ghana

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Apply for Volunteer English language teacher position

Reserve a place on this program now (valid for one year)

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