Teaching English Project

volunteer in teaching english project in ghana
  • Share your passion in teaching English to disadvantaged children
  • Work with rural schools and help shape the futures of the students
  • Live with a local family and enjoy the laidback day-to-day Ghanaian life
  • Immerse in the rich history, culture and abundant natural beauty of Ghana in your downtime

Would you like to spread the joy of teaching in a developing country? Look no further than in Ghana. English may be the official language of Ghana, but the opportunities for quality English education is not provided to students in rural schools. It is essential for the young children to have a good grasp of the language because a solid ability in English means securing seats in good universities, and later on, good jobs. Rural schools which are attended by poor families are often resource-poor and are unable to afford well-trained and experienced teachers. By teaching English in Ghana, our volunteers will be helping the children improve on their English skills. By encouraging constant speech and dialogue, you’ll be boosting the self-esteem of the children, allowing them to be more confident and believe in themselves.

Ghana has three academic semesters a year:

1st Term:
January 10 to April 12
School Holiday : April 13 to May 1

2nd Term:
May 2 to August 4
School Holiday : August 5 to September 12

3rd Term:
September 13 to December 15
School Holiday : December 16 to January 1

Dates of academic semesters can change and these provided dates are approximate.

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer teaching English in Ecuador, you will be placed at urban and rural locations. Most of the volunteers work as teachers in a private or public school. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching basic English to the students
  • Teaching other subjects such as Math, Science, Physical Education, or other subjects of interest
  • Helping students to improve their Basic English and conversational skills
  • Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
  • Organizing and developing activities that encourage learning
  • Assisting the fulltime local teacher with class duties
  • Working alongside the local teachers on curriculum development
  • Assisting school administrations with daily tasks
  • Tutoring the students and help with their homework
How You Can Make a Difference

As a volunteer teaching English in Ghana, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with the local teachers to provide new and innovative ways to teach the English language. The collaboration and your participation will no doubt be an enriching experience for you. You’ll also play a role in contributing from a “native speaker” perspective. Your innovative and new ideas will be able to vastly improve the teaching methods at the school, creating a long-lasting, positive impact that can eventually benefit the entire community. At the same time, the local Ghanaian children will also greatly benefit from your English teaching, as English fluency is the gateway to having quality jobs in the future. Volunteers will find teaching the Ghana children enjoyable as they are always eager to learn from international volunteers.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join teaching in Ghana project beyond a fluency in English, but your understanding of Ghanaian culture and language can help improve the experience for you and your students. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. No previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and be positive role models for students.

Project Location

The project is based in Accra and Kumasi.

Accra is the capital and the largest city in Ghana. Accra experiences tropical savanna climate with wet and dry seasons. You can find lots of banks, restaurants, and cafes in the city, and during your free time explore National Museum, National Theatre, Independence Square, Jamestown and Makola Market. Kumasi is the traditional home of the Ashanti. The cosmopolitan city is also widely regarded as the cultural hub of Ghana as the vibrancy of Ghana's culture is more apparent here than any part of the country. It is also known as "The Garden City" because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants.

Volunteers will have a colorful assortment of choices on how to spend their free time away from projects. Ghana offers one of four rainforest tree canopy walks in the world, where you can get a literal bird's eye view and observe the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest down below. You can also explore Ghana's beaches. Be it sea turtle sightings, water sports or lounging on the white sands; there is something for everyone. Wildlife is abundant throughout the country and Ghana is home savannah elephants and many other mammals, including seven types of monkeys. The urban experiences deliver cathedrals, museums, theaters, restaurants and more.

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