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Want to volunteer but don't have all the time in the world? If you've got plans set for next year, but still want the opportunity to do good, The Ghana Action Project might be right for you. 6 weeks overseas in beautiful Ghana!

project background?

There remains a wide gap between urban and rural school children in Ghana in terms of their communication skills and their ability through the English language to speak, listen and understand what is being shared, whether with peers or in the classroom. A number of rural Ghanaian children cannot:

  • Construct a grammatically correct simple sentence
  • Spell words that they can use verbally
  • Understand text that they have to read in their school textbooks

Being able to speak and communicate in English in Ghana is essential if young person is to progress in any chosen career, job or profession. Gaining language proficiency starts from the basics that young children pick up at school.

What is the Ghana Action Project?

  • An exciting group-based volunteer project
  • No specific skills or qualifications needed, just the motivation to make a difference
  • Assisting on a project in an undeveloped community
  • Contributing to positive change by helping local people to overcome challenges
  • Learn about different aspects of community development
  • Experience living and working in a new community and culture

The village of Abrobiano, in the Central Region of Ghana, is where the Project will take place and has a population of about 3,000 with farming and fishing as the main source of livelihood.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MINIMUM AGE : 18

DEPARTS : JAN

DURATION : 6 WEEKS

ROLES AVAILABLE : TEAM PROJECT

Placement INfo:

The project aims to promote basic communication and English language understanding by pupils in school around the area by focusing heavily on:

  • Competence to use key words
  • Confidence to spell correctly
  • Grammatically correct sentence formation
  • Promoting interest in reading and comprehension
  • Opportunity to practice English language skills management. 

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

Resource Development – Develop fun and informative approaches to deliver lessons (e.g. games, quizzes, competitions and poster displays.)

Timetabled language practice sessions  - Work with the schools and community to plan a timetable of practice sessions based around target

Assessment Sessions – Run a series of sessions with target students using a pre-designed assessment ‘test’ to understand level and competence

Weekly Language Competition - Deliver a fun and interactive weekly language competition to demonstrate progress

Costs

Lattitude fees (exact costs)
Lattitude Application Fee $150
Lattitude Placement Fee $2900
Lattitude Orientation Fee TBD
Additional Travel Costs (estimate)
Travel Insurance (6 weeks)* $369
Return Airfare (ex Melbourne/Sydney) $2300
Visa $200
Police Check $42
Your Total Cost (approximate) $5961

*Travel insurance is quoted on an Allianz Standard Package with $250 excess

Other costs associated with your time away may include obtaining a passport, arranging travel vaccinations, purchasing any additional clothing and travel within the country.

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QUICK FACTS

Language : Asante TwiAkuapem TwiBonoDagaareDagbaniDangmeEweGaGonjaKasemFanteNzemaWasaTalensiFrafraHausa

Population : 26.21 million

Timezone : AEST +10 Hours

Climate : Tropical - Wet & Dry Seasons

Currency : Ghana Cedi

The most satisfying thing about my placement was getting to know the children at my school and engaging with everyone involved. The children are so passionate about their studies and try their hardest on a daily basis. At first the teaching was difficult but after a week or two you become used to the way children in Ghana learn and understand concepts.
— Jake Arthur, Lattitude Teacher
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Accommodation & Food

Volunteers will have a unique opportunity to be immersed in the local community and live with a host family. Ghanaian society is far more traditional than western society and your hosts will expect you to live as a family member and spend time with them, whilst welcoming you with open arms. Your host family will provide you with food.

Travel & Free Time

As one of the region’s more prosperous countries and with over 50 ethnic groups, Ghana offers visitors a diverse and welcoming introduction to the African continent. Lattitude encourages volunteers to travel and explore Ghana during weekends to make the most of this amazing country! Witness a range of sights, from beautiful beaches and stunning national parks to lively cities.

Ghana is situated just a few degrees above the Equator, so in the past volunteers have chosen to spend some time cooling off on one of the country’s many beaches. There are also many historical sites such as the country’s ruined European forts, for example Cape Coast Castle. If you have a spare weekend but do not want to travel far, you can also explore the local culture and traditions. Music and dance are highly diverse in Ghana, and each ethnic group and occasion has its own individual dance. Also, you cannot travel to Ghana without noticing the importance of textiles to its culture. Locals buy their preferred cloth first then ask a tailor to make them into clothes. Past volunteers have also taken advantage of this and enjoyed getting some one-off garments made up for them at very reasonable prices. With so much to do, Ghana is the perfect place for an inspiring, memorable volunteering placement.

Support Provided

Before you go:

  • We find out more about each volunteer through an interview which helps us select the right people and after a second interview, we match them to a placement that’s right for them.
  • Once selected, each volunteer is allocated a Coordinator in the Melbourne office who assists them with all preparations. They provide briefing materials, support with logistics such as flights and visas and are there to answer any questions.
  • Volunteer are briefed in person or in an online session to prepare them for their placement ahead.
  • Volunteers complete their own Learning and Development Plan which helps to identify goals and personal skills they would like to develop, and these areas of development are followed up throughout their time away.
  • All volunteers sign our Code of Conduct to ensure that our expectations of each volunteer are agreed and clear from the outset.

When you're overseas:

  • Our Country Managers in Ghana will oversee the program and you will be supported by a Project Leader for the duration of the project. As this is a team program, the aim is that there will be a lot of peer support, so that volunteers will work together, travel together and support each other throughout
  • We work with Embassies and High Commissions to ensure we can respond to any situation and provide 24/7 emergency support from Melbourne.
  • You will attend an orientation when you first arrive in Ghana, attend a mid-project review and also a debrief at the end.

When you're back:

  • We recognise that coming home can be difficult and provide one-to-one support, with onward referrals for further professional support if needed. Volunteers are invited to debriefing events and become part of our network of alumni.
  • We undertake reviews against the learning needs identified before going overseas which may form part of a reference provided at the end. A letter can also be provided to use towards an application for Youth Allowance.