Volunteering Teaching English and Other Subjects in Ghana
Although English is Ghana’s national language, there are dozens of other regional dialects spoken across the country. In rural, under-resourced areas like Koforidua, where broken or ‘pidgin’ English is spoken along with various tribal languages, volunteers work with children at local schools and orphanages to improve students’ English abilities.
Planning and delivering lessons under the supervision of a qualified teacher, you will help children learn English in a fun, engaging way and may also teach other subjects including math, science and geography.
Volunteers are not required to have any particular qualifications – as long as you have a high school education and a desire to work with children, you’re welcome to join the project. Find out more about teaching English in Ghana by downloading the program brochure.
- Program: Volunteer Ghana
- Location: Koforidua
- Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
- Language Requirement: Int. English
- Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
- Travel Insurance: Not included
- Suitable for Groups: No
- Region: Eastern Region
- Project Site: Schools & Orphanages
- Minimum Age: 18
- Accommodation: Volunteer House
- Meals: 2 Meals Daily
- Start Dates: Every Other Friday
- Suitable for Families: No
Your role as a volunteer
Working with a qualified teacher, teaching English volunteers in Ghana plan and deliver lessons in schools and orphanages with the goal of improving children’s conversational English skills. In addition to teaching English and encouraging interaction and language practice, volunteers also teach other subjects, including math, science and geography.
Tasks may include:
- Practicing conversational English with students
- Assisting students with English pronunciation
- Helping out with other subject lessons
- Working with small groups of students to provide individual attention
Teaching English volunteers in Ghana work four days per week, Monday to Thursday, from 8 am until 2 pm.
Volunteers may work across different schools and education centers depending on the length of the placement.
Journey to work
You will be working at schools that are either a 30-minute bus ride or a short walk from the volunteer dormitory. The project location varies depending on the time of year and which schools are most in need of volunteer support.
The teaching English project is closed from the second week of December for three weeks and for three weeks at Easter. The project is also closed during July and August for summer, reopening in the second week of September.