Volunteer Class Teacher Program (Africa)

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The program
This program is especially suitable for professional teachers and teacher-trainees. As a volunteer class teacher for one of the lower primary classes, you would be in full charge of your class. You’ll be teaching all the subjects: English Language, Math, Natural Science, Physical Education and Elementary ICT. If you would like to experience how it is to be a full-time teacher in an African country, this program is what you need.    Back to top


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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).    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

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’ 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.    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:

  • Book a flight. See our flight information page. The earlier you book and confirm your flight, the better.
  • Go through the suggested checklist of things to do and bring and start getting (or packing) them
  • Send us your flight itinerary
  • 60-30 days before your departure date, you must start processing for your Ghanaian visa. VIGS GHANA will provide you with the needed references in Ghana — which are needed to obtain a Ghanaian visa.    Back to top

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. via PayPal or credit card.
  2. Cash installments (or full payment) upon arrival into Ghana.

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