Volunteer - Teaching and Supporting Children with Learning Disabilities in Ghana



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    ** We currently have vacancies for volunteers for the September 2015 to July 2016 academic year. Volunteers are welcome to book a place in advance as we have limited spaces for each term. Our term dates are as follows - First Term 18th September 2015 - 18th December 2015, Second Term 11th January 2016 - 11th April 2016 and Third Term 2nd May 2016 - 29th July 2016 ** We welcome volunteers with long term commitments (a full term 3 months). However, we are flexible and would consider people who due to their personal circumstances cannot commit to a full term.

    We operate a day center for young people (ages 5-18) with learning difficulties. We are very excited about our project as we offer educational and recreational opportunities to young adults who have been denied access to mainstream schools because of their learning difficulties. We are currently one of the few institutions in the city of Accra Ghana that provide residential care, rehabilitation and special needs education for this client group.

    * Volunteers will be supporting local staff in teaching basic skills to our students. This will include academics (literacy and numeracy), life skills, and leisure activities. Volunteers will be expected to engage with children in the classroom and support them in recreational activities, often accompanying students and staff on outings. We are also anxious for our volunteers to teach new skills to our students; can you help them practice yoga or teach them to play a musical instrument?

    Volunteers will be asked to work approximately 30 hours a week: 10am-4pm Monday-Friday with weekends free. We are very flexible with this, as we want you to have plenty of time to enjoy the country. You will have a room either here at the centre or in a private house nearby, depending on the number of volunteers we have during your stay.

    Our project aims to enhance the quality of lives of children and young people through a structured intervention and advocacy programme that offers opportunity for development. Working closely in line with National, Governmental and International Organisations, NGO's and Volunteers, the programme aims to empower children and young people achieve their potential in life. For more information please see our website: and complete an application

    Volunteers don't necessarily need experience in working with children with learning difficulties. In spite we welcome volunteers with experience in working with children disabilities, such trainee speech therapist, psychology students and learning disability students, we are looking for people who are passionate about children, patient, and willing to learn new skills and explore. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our team!

    *We require a minimum 6 weeks commitment. Priority will be given to volunteers who are able to stay for the entire 3 month term**

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Volunteers will be supporting local staff in teaching basic skills to our students, who all have learning disabilities. This will include very basic academics (literacy and numeracy), life skills, and leisure activities. We are also anxious for our volunteers to teach new skills to our students.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will stay at the Centre, usually in a seperate 2 bedroom flat. Please be aware that most of our students board with us in the main house, so there will always be young people around.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We welcome all volunteers to the Land of Sunshine, a nation with the reputation as the friendliest in Africa. Described as a heaven that combines the charms of tropical beach idyll with a fascinating historical heritage, rich in cultural variety and some interesting wildlife in the national parks.

    A unique experience for volunteers to feel the taste of life in tropical Africa - Ghana, a former British Colony known as the 'Gold Coast'. Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet their peers, learn about the Ghanaian Culture and discover it's blend of African traditions and British influence. We have up to date literature on how to travel around the city of Accra and places to visit (tourist attractions) in Ghana. An English speaking country, Ghana is politically safe and stable, hence it offers a rewarding introduction to Africa.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Monday-Friday 10am-4pm

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    This host charges a fee

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    about 100 Dollar per week, couples 150 Dollar

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