What is the Literacy Development in Ghana project all about?
Come and join us on this Literacy Development in Ghana project whose mission is to provide access to books and increase the reading skills of children and adults through literacy outreach all over Ghana. Books are not easy to find and are often outdated by the time they reach the rural communities. Sometimes, they are also beyond the financial means of many in the poorer communities. The goal of the literacy project 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. The projects undertake reviews throughout the year to assess the progress of different children, regions and schools and 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 Literacy Development in Ghana project working directly with the Ministry of Education in-country.
Why choose this Literacy Development project?
- Help to raise funds to take forward literacy development all over Ghana.
- Help researching grants and fundraising opportunities to continue the funding of this project.
- 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 Teaching Volunteer
The role of the Literacy Development volunteer is to work independently on projects within the Public Administration of Ghana and support the literacy development efforts already undertaken. You may be asked to join the children’s library and assist the children who comes through their schools. You may also be asked to do some research and surveying for the administration to gather data on their project. Other things you can be involved in are funding research and grant writing. The local team will work with you depending on your interests and the needs of the project at the time of your placement. You may also be involved on some mobile literacy projects assuming the trucks are running during your placement.
What skills do I need to be a Teaching Volunteer in Ghana?
Volunteers with a passion for reading, 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! Being able to work independently is a must of this project.
You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project and covering motivation letter along with their application.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR 2023
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
Where will I work in Ghana?
About the Location
Your project is based in the centre of Accra while your accommodation will be located in Pokoasi in Greater Accra. It will require you to take public transport and experience the true Ghanaian lifestyle as Pokoasi is a peri-urban environment.
The accommodation is basic but comfortable with western facilities, although showers are what is called “bucket showers”. There are shared bedrooms 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. And is quite a nice thing to have given the heat you will be experiencing.
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: £1124 / $1755 for 2 weeks
£144 / $224 per extra week.
Please note that an extra 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.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates 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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