What is the Volunteer at a School for Deaf and Blind Children project all about?
Join this volunteering project at a school for deaf and blind children, and help create a positive and safe learning environment for disabled children in Cape Coast, Ghana. The school is government funded and provides a sanctuary for students who would otherwise be deprived of the support and quality education they deserve. The school fosters an inclusive atmosphere where all students can harness their abilities, develop and prepare for future success.
However, more work needs to be done in order to ensure that after these students graduate from the school, they can navigate and thrive in Ghanaian society.
Why choose the Volunteer at a School for Deaf and Blind Children in Ghana project?
- This project gives you the opportunity to help enhance the students’ educational experience and improve their career prospects.
- You will serve as a vital resource for teachers, who need support to help deliver lessons that are catered to all students.
- You will gain real-life experience working with disabled children in a challenging work environment, where resources and learning tools are limited. Let your resourcefulness and creativity shine through by creating exciting and engaging learning experiences for the students.
Role of the School Volunteer
As a volunteer at the school for deaf and blind children you will support teachers as they design, adapt and deliver high quality lessons. You will help develop individualized education programs (IEPs), planning activities that are specific to each student’s abilities. Outside of the curriculum, you will also teach the students about their human rights, the importance of active citizenship and empower them to set academic and career goals.
What skills do I need to be a School Volunteer in Ghana?
A positive and dynamic attitude is required for this project. Also, patience, flexibility and empathy are essential when working with children with disabilities. Although no specific skills are required, this project would suit someone pursuing a career or with experience working in SEN education or childhood development. You will be assigned a teacher to support, and we will try to place you in class that aligns with your skills and interests.
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!
While the COVID pandemic is still affecting travel, for this location, you are required to come vaccinated, and you will spend the first three nights in a hotel booked by our on-site team before joining your homestay.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Support local teachers to provide high quality learning experiences
Gain experience working with special needs children
Discover a new culture and explore a new country
Where will I work in Ghana?
About the Location
The volunteer project is based at a specialist school, located along the Accra-Cape Coast highway. It is situated near other high schools, meaning that the students are not isolated from their peers. Cape Coast is arguably the most welcoming city in Ghana, with many tourist attractions and a friendly local community.
During your volunteer project in Ghana, you will be staying with a homestay family. Here you will learn about the culture, traditions and way of life in Ghana. You will also be treated to delicious, home cooked Ghanaian food!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £1560/$2435 for 2 weeks, additional weekly pricing in drop-down menu
- Requirements: Age 18+ and COVID-19 Vaccine
- Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
- Working hours: Monday-Friday: 5-6 hours a day
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Hotel stay for the first 3-nights + Homestay
- Food: Two meals Mondays through Fridays (Breakfast and Dinner typically)
- Airport: Pick up and drop off from Kotoko International Airport, Accra
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including:
- Pre-departure information pack for Ghana
- Fundraising Guide
- How to Manage your Money Abroad Guide
- Learning Reflection Guide
- On the ground training:
- Cultural and safety orientation
- Project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers
- Excursion Planning assistance from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
- Supervision from qualified professional
What is not included
- Food: lunch during the workweek, and all meals on weekends.
- Routine vaccinations
- Daily transfers to and from the project
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies). All other nationalities must provide local police check.
- 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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