Community Schools Teaching Project (Internships/ Volunteering)

INTRODUCTION
It is our experience that all volunteers and interns will have the chance to teach in some capacity during their trip to Ghana. Whether your placement is teaching or not you may find the following information helpful.   We provide opportunities for both people with a teaching background and those that do not have a teaching background.
There are exciting opportunities in the rural government schools in Ghana to assist as a volunteer or longer term intern working with Schools such as Pre-schools, Primary Schools, and Junior Secondary Schools.
 
WORK ACTIVITIES
Volunteer duties generally fall under the following;

  • Assist in teaching in various fields of study such as  basic Math, English, Science and Health.
  • Assist in administrative work at the school.
  • Assist in Creative art activities A for teachers
  • Assist in teaching Information Communication Technology (ICT).
  • Participate in trainees various practical work.
  • Assist in fundraising activities and any other opportunities.

Volunteers, who have interests in working with children, can teach at the Pre-School, Primary, Junior level and senior level.  Volunteers are attached an experienced local teacher so they can assist then with the teaching.
Volunteers who wish to work in the higher primaries are equally given the opportunity to select subjects they are comfortable with and teach the students just like at the Junior High level.
Teaching in areas of Sports and Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the schools is highly needed.
Availability:Availability                    :   May-July, Sep-Dec,  Jan-Apr
 
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR AND WHAT TO EXPECT:
Teaching opportunities do not require you to have any specific formal teacher training. Participants educated to a Bachelors degree level will be suitably qualified to undertake the basic assistant teacher roles that exist.  For those that would like to be more involved in teaching either as part of the project or as an  internship or extracurricular element, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) type qualification will give you the additional tools that you need to prepare comprehensive lesson plans and present confidently in front of a class.
If it is possible try to bring some simple resources with you, for example a basic grammar book or dictionary. Try and do as much research as possible about teaching abroad before you leave.
Teaching challengesin Ghana:

  • Large class sizes (35-50 in the city, up to 80 in the villages) with varying abilities
  • Limited resources – books, materials
  • A reliance on traditional teaching (memorization and repletion)
  • Poorly motivated teachers – the teachers themselves may have a bad attendance record or be unprofessional in class
  • Conflicting responsibilities between school and home life. Limited educational tradition in the home, lack of parental contact; overcrowding at home and lack of space for home-study, poor health and poor diet.
  • Corporal punishment – culturally accepted way of maintaining discipline in Ghana. You may notice this in either a family or a school environment. These methods may clash with your values and you may feel that Western methods are more effective. You may find it upsetting and have trouble adjusting to this aspect of the role.

 
A DAYS ACTIVITY AT A SCHOOL
Pre- School
Nursery and Kindergarten
This group has children from 2 - 4 years of age in Nursery and in the Kindergarten children are between 4 and 6 years old.  Learning incorporates both the Local language and English language, and indoor and outdoor stimulus so that they are able to identify well with their environment.
Morning 9am to 11pm

  • Daily care of the children in the classroom
  • Assist the teachers with basic teaching such as basic Alphabet and Numbers as well as pictures of items and places they are supposed to know at their tender age.
  • Helping the children especially the weaker ones with their work

 
Afternoon 12:30 to 2 pm

  •  Play time and other creative activities
  • Marking of Exercises
  • Other extracurricular activities

 
Primary
The age group for this level is children between 6 to 12 years, Classrooms number from primary one to six. Primary one to three is lower primary while from primary four to six is the upper primary school. After a one week orientation and observation; volunteers or the interns are given the opportunity to select a class of interest to assist in teaching all subjects Including Mathematics, English language and Integrated Scienceblended with IT, Environmental and Physical Exercise classes.   Participants are advised to study and use curriculum from the Ghana Education Service and other Teaching and Learning materials and methods that would be useful to the children for better understanding.
Morning Session 9-11pm
Assist in teaching using the curriculum and time tables provided.
 
Afternoon Session 12:30 to 3:00pm
Assist in teaching the class
Assist in grading homework and exams
Any other curricular activities to engage the children Such as sporting activities in the school
 
Junior high school
Volunteers or Interns who would like to teach at this level will be given a specialized subject he or she teaches. They are allowed to teach any subject of their choice (given that they have the experience to do so) and also participate fully in any extracurricular activity in the school.
 
Morning: 8:30am to 11:30pm

  • Volunteers/Interns assist in teaching subjects in a class after a meeting with subject teacher
  • Volunteers/ Interns assist in giving exercises to the pupils during classes

 
Afternoon 12:30 to 3:00pm

  • Teaching
  •  Engage in other curricula activities

 
PROJECT INFORMATION
JUASO  D/A PRIMARY SCHOOL
ABOUT JUASO
The Eastern region is bordered on the north by the Ashanti regionand the Brong Ahafo region, on the east by the Volta River, on the south by the Central regionand the Greater Accra region, and on the west by the Ashanti region and the Central region. It is the sixth largest region.
Akim Juaso is farming community in Akim Abuakwa stool land with population of more than 700 inhabitants.
 It is approximately 10km from Osino along the Accra – Kumasi high way. Cocoa farming has been the occupation of the community since time immemorial. There is on D.A school serving the community through Juaso is an Akim community most inhabitants are Akwapims.
 
About the school
The primary school was established in 1962 with sic classrooms tow kindergarten. The Junior secondary school was established in 1988. It is a three unit classroom block with an office
There are 137 and 46 students in the primary and JHS respectfully. The main activity in the school is teaching and learning but  they also engage in sporting and quiz. Most of the students are Christians
 
The main goal of the school is to:

  • Develop   the pupil with skills, concept and attitudes which will enable them to cope confidently in the society.
  • To develop in pupils a variety of problem solving strategies in handling situation and also develop the  ability to think and reason logically.
  • To provide foundation to pupils to enable them further their studies to a higher level.

 
General needs of the school

  •  Place of convenience
  • Source of good drinking water
  • Library

 
ACTIVITIES OF THE VOLUNTEERS /INTERNS

  • Volunteers  we need now should be able to support us with the speaking and writing good
  • English Language,  ICT skills and Physical education
  • Contributing to the successful implementation of the  curriculum by assisting to teach  in ICT skills, physical education, support in art work  and project support
  • Raise funds to support their needs

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