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Volunteer Science teacher Program (Africa - Ghana)

 


A volunteer teaching Science in a small town school in Africa, Ghana. VIGS

The program
This program is designed for volunteers to teach Science to Ghanaian school children in Primary (Elementary) and Junior High schools based on the Ghana basic education curriculum. The Science curriculum is designed to help the pupil to:

  • Develop the spirit of curiosity, creativity and critical thinking
  • Develop skills, habits of mind and attitudes necessary for scientific inquiry
  • Develop the spirit of curiosity for investigating and understanding their environment
  • Communicate scientific ideas effectively
  • Use scientific concepts for explaining their own lives and the world around them
  • Live a healthy quality life
  • Treat all resources of the world with humane and responsible attitude
  • Show concern and understanding of the interdependence of all living things and the Earth on which they live
  • Design activities for exploring and applying scientific ideas and concepts


You can teach the subject to any one (or more) of eight different classes (or ages).  



PRIMARY 1 SCIENCE - Curriculum excerpts

Living and non-living things, Measurement (length, mass, volume and time), Sun and Earth, Day and night, Simple electronic components, Sunlight, Food, Personal hygiene, Simple machines... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 2 SCIENCE
- Curriculum excerpts
Living things (Plants and animals), Water, Air, Rocks, Measurement, Weather conditions, The human body, Parts of a plant, Hot and cold, Sound, Personal hygiene, Simple machines... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 3 SCIENCE - Curriculum excerpts

Soil, Feeding in plants, Feeding in animals, States of matter, Measurement of time, Seasons, Sense organs, Waves, Building simple electronic circuits, Personal hygiene, Water pollution, Water purification... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 4 SCIENCE - Curriculum excerpts

Diversity of matter: Groups of plants, Groups of animals, Metals and non-metals, Rusting, Measurement of temperature. Cycles: Ventilation, Systems: The solar system, Energy: Sources of energy, Interactions: Forces, Inductors and capacitors in an electronic circuit, Care of the skin... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 5 SCIENCE - Curriculum excerpts

Diversity of matter: Parts of flowers and their functions, Measurement. Cycles: Water cycle. Systems: The human body systems. Energy: Forms of energy, Conversion of energy, Change of state of matter, Basic electronics. Interactions of Matter: Magnetism, Mixtures, Water-related diseases, HIV/AIDS... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 6 SCIENCE - Curriculum excerpts

Diversity of matter: Fruits and seeds, Air, States of matter, Measurement of time. Cycles: Life cycles of Okra and Maize plant, Life cycle of the mosquito Systems: The digestive system of humans, Simple electrical circuit Energy: Respiration, Heat, Electrical circuit, Basic electronic circuit. Interactions of Matter: Food processing and preservation, Food poisoning, Natural disaster - flooding... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



JUNIOR HIGH 1 SCIENCE - Curriculum excerpts

Matter, Measurement, Nature of soil, Hazards, Life cycle of flowering plants, Vegetable crop production, Fish culture, Respiratory system of humans, Farming systems, Sources and forms of energy, Conservation of energy, Ecosystems... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



JUNIOR HIGH 2 SCIENCE - Curriculum excerpts

Elements, compounds and mixtures, Metals and non-metals, Chemical compounds, Water, Carbon cycle, Climate, Reproduction and growth in humans, Heredity, Diffusion and osmosis, Food and nutrition, Electrical energy, Machines... (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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Volunteer Sean with his class pupils in Africa. VIGS Ghana


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


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$150

So, a rough estimate of the total cost for a one-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 Science teacher position

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

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