Come and join us and work with a project whose mission it is to provide access to books and to increase the reading skills of children and adults through mobile literacy development in Ghana. Books are not easy to find and are often beyond the financial means of many in the poorer communities. The goal of the mobile literacy unit is to increase accessibility to books for those who otherwise would have few opportunities to read something different or to practice their reading skills once they are away from school.
Maintaining support for this project is key in order to continue to increase literacy levels, so fundraising and grant writing is needed by the project. Information regarding literacy levels, is an important aspect of this and the project undertakes reviews throughout the year to assess the progress of particular children and, to ascertain the progress that is being made more broadly. Contribute to the steps that are being taken to promote reading in Ghana and encourage learning by joining our mobile literacy development project.
Why choose this project?
Volunteers are needed to help the local project staff to raise funds to take forward this project and expand it to other areas. Researching grants and fundraising opportunities is very time-consuming and help is always needed by projects with these activities. Working on the mobile literacy unit will help to provide a fresh perspective and an additional resource to help eager readers, who need a little attention or support while developing their literacy skills.
Role of the volunteer
The role of the mobile literacy development volunteer is divided into two distinct areas, and the working day is structured to reflect this.
In the mornings volunteers will spend time in the project office, helping with research on grant proposals and grant writing to help raise essential funds for the sustainability and development of the project. You will work alongside project staff, who will help you to get started!
In the afternoons, when school is finished, volunteers will join the local team and head out into the community. It is here that you will spend time either helping students with their book choices, practicing reading or running literacy assessments if needed.
Young and old, the Ghanaian people are very friendly and they will be keen to talk to you and practice their English. Take the opportunity to get to know members of the community and help them with their goal of improving their reading skills.
Volunteers with a passion for reading and a love of books and learning should apply for this project. Those with good writing skills will also be welcomed, as grant writing is an important aspect of this role. Any volunteers who have experience with grant writing or fundraising will be more than welcome as will teachers and librarians!
You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project and covering motivation letter along with their application.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To use your existing skills to asist with local efforts to improve literacy
To gain an insight into the daily lives of people in Accra
To explore the country and enjoy it’s landscape
About the Location
Accra can be described as an exhilarating city with its leafy suburbia, bars and gourmet restaurants, as well as the local hip and highlife music and trends. This city does not fail to impress and surprise its visitors. Accra is the capital city of Ghana and is now one of the fastest growing African cities in terms of both its economy and also its population. Some 2.6 million people inhabit the city centre and Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).
Large elegant 19th century buildings, reminiscent of the colonial era, clash with the new urban landscape of modern apartment blocks, hotels and business offices which were erected from the 1970s onwards. Although there are paved high streets like any other city, poverty is still a reality for many local people in Accra. Indeed, the city is home to some 25 townships and slums creating a sprawling urban environment which is continuously being expanded by in-migration from the surrounding rural areas.
The project is based to the west of Accra city in Pokuase, which is located in the Ashanti and Volta Region of Ghana. During your time on your project, you will be staying in a shared volunteer house for the projects.
There are shared bathrooms and there is also a common room with a table where volunteers can prepare their project work or catch up with each other. Alternatively, why not sit on the balcony and relax. Note that the house is equipped with running cold water, which is a common find in Ghana.
What to do in your spare time
There’s an abundance of things to do in Accra. On weekends why not spend some time visiting the National Museum; the National Theatre; the Centre for National Cultural Centre; Independence Square; the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum; the fishing port at James Town and Makola Market. Alternatively, you could head into the city and explore the numerous restaurants and bars with your fellow volunteers.
During the weekend there are several great beaches you can visit. We suggest you head down to the beachfront set on the Gulf of Guinea. Otherwise, head towards La Pleasure and Kokrobite which are 25km west of Accra and make a great day trip. If you want something different then we advise you pay a visit west to Kumasi and explore the huge market that sells everything from spices to jewellery and more. Alternatively, head north to the Volta Region and take in the small towns along Lake Volta, or even head up to the beautiful Wli Falls, on the border with Togo.
If you want to go even further afield, then you could look into doing a safari in one of the 16 National parks, which have lots of wildlife to see including the big mammals.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
- Cost: £997 / $1745 for 2 weeks
£130 / $228 per extra week.
Please note that a deposit of £280 / $490 is required for this project
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Accra, Ghana
- Project activities: grant writing, research, reading with children, literary assessments
- Working hours: mornings in the office, 3 – 6 pm in the field, Monday to Friday
- Project availability All year round, except 15th December – 5th January
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Dorm room for 2 – 4 people in a volunteer house, kitchen & communal areas including a veranda
- Food: Communal evening dinner during weekdays
- Airport pick up from Kotoko International Airport, Accra
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Fundraising Guide
What is not included
- Airport drop off
- Transport to and from projects
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Breakfast and lunches during the workweek, and all meals on weekends.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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