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Volunteer Kindergarten (Reception) Teacher Program
(Africa - Ghana)


The program
You will be helping the pupils to: Develop their listening skills, Expand their verbal communication skills, Develop reading skills and Acquire reading skills. Some of the activities you would engage the children in are:

  • Guide children to beat time audibly to rhythm during singing and recitation. e.g. clapping, beating on the drum, tapping the feet
  • Children imitate actions and sound in selected songs, rhymes and poems
  • Guide children to talk about songs, rhymes/poems suing questions such as “do you like the songs or poems?”
  • Guide children to act or dramatize whole /part of songs, rhymes/poems to show understanding and appreciation. Note: songs /Poems/Rhymes should include those on HIV/AIDS, Gender issues and drug related activities
  • Guide children to retell stories in sequence.
  • Encourage children to make and tell their own stories...

(A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) 
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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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Kindergarten kids in one of our volunteering placement-schools, VIGS Ghana, Africa

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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Africa, sample volunteer's bedroom. 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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Dining area in a typical volunteer's host-family home in Africa, 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 public
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VIGS Ghana volunteers play African drums at typical volunteers' weekend meet-up.

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.
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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$465

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, PayPal.
    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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