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Register: Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme

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Volunteer As
A Teacher And Mentor

Overview

This volunteerism programme is not like your average teaching volunteerism programme. Rather, it combines education and mentorship to make impact in the beneficiary communities. Hence, we call it the Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme.

Per the one of the primary objectives of our Volunteer In Africa Programmemobilizing volunteers from different parts of the world, to come and support our Community Transformation Programme –  this Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme has been designed to tackle the educational challenges of the target community that will be chosen.

It is a great programme that offers volunteers the opportunity to teach and assist teachers in the classroom, as well as help them in their administrative work.

Teaching: The underprivileged basic schools are usually underfunded and understaffed. Hence, your help will be greatly appreciated and you are only going to be given subjects that you are familiar with, to teach. Furthermore, before you even go to the community, you will be given some orientation and guidance for you to know how to prepare to be able to teach well. Therefore, it is not going be difficult for you to contribute your quota.

Mentorship: In addition to the teaching, volunteers also serve as mentors or role models to the children – that is the Mentorship aspect of the Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme. Through that, you will become a big brother/sister that a child can look up to.

Two (2) Tours: We make all our programmes fun. So as part of the programme package, you will be entitled to two tours around your host country, local food cooking lessons, local dance lessons and aerobics, as well as socialization and networking with other university students and professionals. How cool is that?

You are going to gain a lot and make a lot of impact. However, you should not just volunteer to enhance your CV or resume. Volunteering should always be done for the right reasons; that is, a genuine desire to help people and improve communities.

So those are the kind of people we are looking for to be part of our volunteerism programmes.

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Programme Highlights

  • Edu-Mentor basically means Education and Mentorship combined. So fundamentally, it is an education and a mentorship programme, where we focus on helping children in the deprived basic schools.
  • Essentially, you will teach, assist the teachers when necessary, and also serve as a mentor or role model to some of the children.
  • Each volunteer gets to serve as a role model for the children under his/her care. That is the Mentorship aspect of the Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme.
  • Girl Child Empowerment (SDG 5) : Particular attention is paid to girls in the schools.
  • You shall receive an International Volunteerism Certificate upon successfully completing your 30-day volunteerism exercise.
  • You will be entitled to two tours around Ghana.
  • Weekends are free for volunteers and you can take more weekend trips if you like. You will have free times during the weekdays as well.

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Programme Description

Unlike other teaching volunteerism programmes, our Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme has been uniquely designed for it to achieve multiple objectives and make great impact simultaneously in different areas.

Edu-Mentor basically means Education and Mentorship combined.

So fundamentally, it is an education and a mentorship programme, where we focus on helping the deprived basic schools. We work with the Ghana government through the Ministry of Education on this project.

As has already been said, it is an education and a mentorship programme, so in addition to the teaching and support services, volunteers mentor the children for the period of the volunteerism placement. By thus, each volunteer gets to serve as a role model for the children. That is the Mentorship aspect of the Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme.

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In short, the Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme is about:

  • Teaching Assistance & Support (SDG 4): We Teach And Assist Teachers In Deprived basic schools.
  • Mentoring & Role Modelling: We serve as mentors and role models to children.
  • Girl Child Empowerment (SDG 5): Particular attention is paid to girls in the schools.
  • Community Engagement: We collaborate with the government & community.

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Placement Location

The Volunteer In Africa Programme is going to take place in Ghana. Specifically, in communities around Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

We periodically review our programmes, hence it is likely that new locations will be added in the course of time. If there are any changes in the placement location, volunteers shall be informed accordingly.

Ghana is a magical country. The people are friendly, energetic and welcoming. The country is culturally rich, full of diverse wildlife, amazing beaches, gorgeous hinterland and not forgetting, the affable locals. It is renowned for the friendliness and warmth of its people. It’s no wonder Ghana is known as the “Gateway to Africa”.

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Programme Requirements

Programme Eligibility Requirements

To partake in any of our volunteerism programmes, you need to meet the requirements below:

  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old.
    • In order to join any of our volunteerism programmes, you need to be at least 18 years old on the starting date of the volunteerism programme you are interested in.
    • As volunteers will be working with young children (especially, the education-related ones), and will have an important impact on their education and lives, the minimum age is a way to secure the emotional maturity and sense of duty that is necessary to fulfil the tasks properly.
  • Language Skills: 
    You need to speak English (intermediate level).
  • Police Reports:
    • Criminal Background Check.
    • Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Required Documents:
    • Resume/CV with relevant certifications.
    • A copy of your passport.
  • Time Commitment: 
    Your helping hand will be required five (5) days in a week (Monday to Friday). 

    • Saturday is for social activities, networking and volunteerism trainings at our Volunteers House.
    • Sundays are your free days.You can choose to travel the country during the weekends or even explore nearby attractions during the weekdays; exploring the rich history and culture of the country as well as the small rural towns and villages.
  • Nationality Restrictions: 
    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
  • Travel Insurance:
    Not compulsory, but recommended.

NB: All documents and reports are supposed to be presented to your Country Co-Ordinator before departure. When you register after the virtual Workshop Presentation, we will contact you and tell you when to submit them.

 

Physical, Medical And Mental Fitness

You should also be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online registration.

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Who Qualifies

This programme is for all those who want to support child development programmes for the needy and underprivileged communities.

  • You also need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment, and you should have a passion for working with children.
  • Above all, you should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
  • Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report as well as a Vulnerability Sector Check report.

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How you will be making impact

What Will You Be Doing?

Your Duties And Responsibities

As a volunteer for our Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme, you will be helping to provide lessons to children in one of our partner underprivileged basic schools. Some of these schools are in deprived communities and they are underfunded and understaffed. Hence, their pupils don’t usually perform well in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) which is supposed to move them to the secondary level.  

Your help will reduce the workload and pressure on the teachers and also help the pupils in their lessons. Basically, you will teach, assist the teachers when necessary, and also serve as a mentor or role model to some of the children. Your tasks may include but not limited to:

  • Teaching subjects according to your preference and teaching skills.
  • Adopting a fun and playful method to teach.
  • Supporting the teachers in conducting classes or marking exercises.
  • Providing assistance in school administrative works.

It is hoped that, the different academic backgrounds, accents and nationalities of the volunteers, will enhance the pupils’ vocabulary and also expose them to other teaching methodologies.

Additionally, by serving as mentors, big brothers and big sisters, the volunteers can become role models that the pupils can look up to, and bond with. Because, some of the children come from homes where they don’t have any real role models to look up to.

 

Choice Of Subjects And Classes

When registering online, indicate the class or level that you will be most comfortable with as well as the subjects that are your strong areas or the ones that you are most comfortable with (English, maths, science, creative arts etc). We will use that info to plan your suitable subjects and appropriate class(es).

 

Aspire To Leave A Legacy

Work done in the deprived basic schools is truly phenomenal and some previous volunteers have left behind an inspiring legacy; you should also aspire to do same. These include but not limited to, donating to fund activities at the school, food/clothing/stationery donation for the children, as well as running online campaigns for the same purposes.

Exciting Learning Techniques And Methods

Textbooks and lesson plans are usually in short supply in the deprived basic schools. However, when you arrive, the school may give you some copies. If you don’t get any, then you may have to get creative.

You can go online and watch some videos on YouTube or other learning sites to pick up some new techniques, teaching methods and formulas. Additionally, you can pick up some strategies, to make your lessons and interactions with the children more fun and exciting. You can even combine your lessons with some creative arts and some posters. Wall displays for the classroom will also be loved by the children.

We will advise you to make use of your free evenings and weekend times to plan your lessons for the following week.

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Teach Music & Arts

Teach Music, Dance, Crafts And Sports

Aside the classroom activities, if you have any other skill or talent that you can teach the children, that will be great. Not every child responds well to the regular systematic scholastic training. Some are more receptive to the arts rather. So if you know any of the following arts, then it will be of great help if you can teach it to the children. Arts like:

Music, Dance, Crafts and Sports.

Aside the ones stated above, if you have any other arts skills and knowledge, you can notify us during your online registration so that arrangements can be made for you to teach it to the children when you finally arrive at your assigned school.

 

Fun Fridays

Fridays are usually for games in most of the schools. Hence, for the Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme, we have Fun Friday sessions. On those days, volunteers and co-ordinators come together to organise social activities, plan games and perhaps even organise an afternoon trip outside of the school, for the children.

Volunteers usually contribute a small expense to facilitate this, but contributing and participating in Fun Fridays are by no means compulsory. However, it is a fun experience that increases the bonding and mentoring.

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Who You Will Be Working With

When you arrive, you will be paired up with a teacher whom you will work closely with, and report to the Headteacher (should you have any issues). Furthermore, should you need any guidance or assistance from the Volunteers House, our local team would be a phone call away.

But interestingly enough, most volunteers strike up a strong bond with the teachers and end up getting treated as actual members of staff as if they have always been a part of the school. It is not uncommon to be invited by your fellow teachers to come to their homes for dinner as a way of saying thank you.

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What Should You Bring Along?

Anything that you believe can help the children feel loved as well as any material that can aid them in their education. Eg. educational toys, books, classroom materials etc. You can also bring along plenty school materials, arts & crafts items and some ideas from teaching resource websites and YouTube.

You can go online and watch some videos on YouTube or other learning sites to pick up some new techniques, teaching methods and formulas. Additionally, from the YouTube videos, you can pick up some strategies to make your lessons and interactions with the children more fun and exciting. These will prove invaluable throughout your placement period.

Locally, pens, pencils and cheap paper are available for purchasing.  Moderately priced photocopying is also available, should you wish to bring activity sheets.

If you have a laptop computer too, you can bring it along to work with, and to also use it for demonstration and presentation purposes for the children.

Your Regular Daily Schedule

How Much Time Will Be Spent?

You will be expected to work at your placement five days a week (Monday – Friday). Each day, you will generally finish your placement work at about 3 pm. But the children are lively and they are more likely to ask you to stay around and play.

Upon getting home, you’ll get a chance to unwind with other volunteers and the local team at the Volunteers House. On some days, we organise games and activities in the evenings.

A Typical Day

06:30 amBreakfast is ready.
07:00 am             Volunteers leave the Volunteer House to programme placements.

(Time depends on the distance to the placement and the traffic conditions on the way).

08:00 amSchool Starts.

(Teaching and other school activities begin).

10:30 am – 11: 00 amMorning Break.
12:30 pm – 01:00 pmLunch Break.

(The schools usually have two breaks – a long break and a short break. You can use the break period to get something to eat. Or if you have a packaged lunch, then you can take some time off and eat).

03:00 pmSchool Closes.
03:30 pm onwardsFree Time / Optional After School Tutoring Sessions. Or Return To The Volunteer House.

**Please note that, this is an example of a schedule. Time schedules may vary in different schools and timetables.

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How To Utilize Your Free Times

Weekday Free Time Activities (Mon – Fri)

After school, volunteers are free to utilize the rest of their day as they wish. You can easily head off into the town to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with friends before heading home. The ease of taxis and other means of transportation, offer a really flexible experience for volunteers. You may also choose to go shopping in the local markets to prepare your dinner, or you can go to a restaurant to eat out or visit the local swimming pools.

Some of the activities and pastimes you can enjoy during weekdays include:

Swimming, sightseeing (waterfalls and breath taking scenery), after school & homework clubs, sports facilities, live music, plenty of nightlife, restaurants & hotels providing western cuisine.

 

Weekend Free Time Activities (Sat – Sun)

Saturdays  are for social activities, networking and volunteerism trainings at our Volunteers House. Activities like aerobics, team building games, end of week project meetings, volunteerism training, local language lessons, traditional dance lessons, traditional food lessons etc., will take place. There will be other pastime activities like a Movie & Pop corn night. So there will be a lot to do on Saturdays in the house.

Sunday is free. You can use the whole day to do whatever you want.

Tour Package: As part of the programme package, you will be entitled to two tours in Ghana. However, if you so wish, on weekends, mostly on Sundays, you can travel around Ghana to see how amazing the country is. Some activities you can consider include:

Safari, hiking / trekking, museums, slave castles, canopy walk, waterfalls, malls and cinemas (showing latest films), beautiful beaches, surfing etc.

Our local co-ordinators will always be on hand to offer any advice that you may need. 

 

Weekend Travels

Inasmuch as you are allowed to travel and have fun, we expect volunteers to visit their placements from Monday to Friday. Exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc. But the essence of our volunteerism programme is to make  a lot of impact within your period of stay. Hence, we will advice that, such excuses and exemptions should be kept to a minimum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Change My Placement?

Before you arrive, we will have a lot of interactions and discussions with you, for you to be sure of your placement. Your online registration data will be used to make all the necessary arrangements for you.

So a lot of work gets done even before you arriveID Cards would be made, customized T-Shirts would be made, name tags, and all that. So it will not be a good idea to suddenly change your mind upon arriving at your volunteerism placement.

All arrangements are going to be confirmed with you even before you travel so you are sure to know exactly what you are going to meet.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Be A Qualified Teacher To Partake?

Volunteering as a teacher in Africa will give you a whole new perspective of that incredible continent and its countries. Volunteers working under our Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme, do not need to be qualified teachers.

You should mainly have the desire to help to make a difference in the lives of the less privileged. On the other hand, if you are a teacher or studying to become a teacher, then you will have much to offer in this particular programme.

The greatest traits of a volunteer are enthusiasm, empathy and the ability to adjust to alternative cultures. You will get the most of your trip by opening your mind to new experiences and beliefs, whilst also bringing your own to the table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Help Financially?

Like all institutions in deprived communities, funds are desperately needed to help the institutions progress and reach their full potential. Cash donations are welcome during your placement period, though they are not compulsory.

You can decide to donate something small at the end of your tenure and even plan a fundraising campaign together with our local team. As you have been made aware, we will teach you sixty (60) different fundraising strategies after you register. So you are going to be knowledgeable on how to effectively raise funds.

Some volunteers have even gone on to sponsor children, providing them with funding for education until they finished school. Thus, giving some of the children a fighting chance at their future.

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Children's Safety Comes First

Our Ethics Note

Especially Where Children Are Involved

Children are mostly vulnerable and at risk. Some too deserve special care and attention. Therefore, we run all our Volunteerism Programmes in an ethical and socially conscious environment. Anyone wanting to partake in our programmes, should have the same kind of mindset.

We have a number or safeguarding checks in place and before we accept or place any volunteer in any of our programmes, especially those involving vulnerable and at risk children, we check to make sure that each volunteer meets the required qualifications. Therefore, although we commend good intentions, we will always take safeguarding checks as a priority above all else.

We work with the government of the host country of each of our programmes, through various social protection agencies like the Department of Social Welfare. So we are very much conscious of child rights and child protection policies.

Our programmes are completely in support of locals and foreigners who want to support child development programmes for the needy and underprivileged communities. So we welcome all such people who have such good ambitions. But as has been said, we will always take safeguarding checks as a priority above all else.

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Programme Goals, Outcomes & Impact

Programme Contributes To The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Goals #1, 4, 5, 10: Poverty, Quality Education, Girls & Women And Inequality

Goals, Outcomes & Impact

  • Our long term goal is to be able to help our target deprived schools to improve upon their performances in their terminal examinations and eventually, in their final exams (BECE).
  • Our short term goal is that, for each volunteerism period, each volunteer will be able to help at least two students to improve quite well in one or two subjects by the end of the placement period.

How You Will Contribute To The Sustainable Impact Of This Programme

Per our goals as stated above, our objective is to create a sustainable support system for the chosen deprived schools and their communities. Hence, this education and mentorship programme, has a long-term objective and sustainable impact.

Your contribution in the form of volunteerism, though for a short duration, will add up to the contributions of previous volunteers and future volunteers. Even after you are done with your volunteerism work and you go back to your home country, you shall be constantly informed of the progress of the programme and the results that are being achieved.

In the end, you can be proud of the outcomes that will be realized as a result of your effort and the efforts of other volunteers who came to continue from where you left off.

 

Commitment And Dedication Are What Will Give Results

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What Do We Expect Of Volunteers?

We expect volunteers to visit their placements from Monday to Friday. Exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc. But the essence of this Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme is to make  a lot of impact within your period of stay. Hence, we will advice that, such excuses and exemptions should be kept to a minimum.

Successes Chalked: Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme

We started our Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme during the 2016/2017 academic year, with authorization from the Ghana Education Service and we successfully executed the programme and made significant impact in the following schools:

  1. Greater Accra Region: Abokobi Presby “1” Basic School – Abokobi, Accra. (Article | Photos )
  2. Central Region: Imam Khomeini Islamic Basic School – Cape Coast. (Article Photos)
  3. Upper West Region: Danko Islamic Primary School – Wa. (Article | Photos)
  4. Upper West Region: Kparisaga MA Primary School – Wa. (Article | Photos)
  5. Upper West Region: Piisi RC Primary School – Wa. (Article Photos)
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At the end of the academic year, we delivered over 150 hours of tuition and impacted the lives of 1169 pupils out of a total student population of 1524 (76.71%) in all the five schools that we undertook the project in.

We helped reduce the burden on the staff and we did not only establish a formal relationship with the pupils, but they also saw us as big brothers/big sisters and role models. Above all, the main factor or reasons of portraying patriotism and helping the less privileged in our society, were achieved.

The beneficiary schools were so impressed with our work that some of them decided to honour us with testimonials of appreciation.

Transportation Cost: Budget An Additional 10 – 40 Ghana Cedis Per Day

You will mainly be going to your assigned placement location either in an Uber, a taxi or minibus. You can choose to go to the local taxi rank and pick a shared taxi or minibus (they are very reasonably priced).

Alternatively, you can order an Uber with your mobile phone. If Uber is not operational in your placement location, then you will have to go by a taxi or minibus. 

You are likely to spend between GHC 5 and GHC 40 a day as transport fares. The average is about GHC 10.

Our team will be able to assist volunteers group together for transport and where to find taxis etc. As has been said, after school, volunteers are free to utilize the rest of their day as they wish. You can easily head off into the town to shop for food supplies, grab a cold drink or meet up with friends before heading home, and the ease of taxis offer a really flexible experience for the volunteers.

What Happens During School Holidays?

Ghanaian schools go on break three times in a year. That is:

  • A few weeks around Easter.
  • A few weeks in August.and
  • A few weeks in December.

We will always ensure that your placement is scheduled during school days. However, since volunteers may prefer different months, if it so happens that the volunteerism placement period falls within the vacation period of the schools, then we shall organize a holiday school for those who will opt for the Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme. Even with that, you will realize that, the children are more than willing to join in.

 

 

How Much You Have Pay To Partake

Programme Fee

Programme Fee Explanation

The money you will be paying as a Programme Fee is not meant for your volunteering activities. Rather, it is to take care of your accommodation, feeding, airport pickup, other operations & services etc.

Our volunteerism programme fees are periodically updated. So for the current rate for this particular programme, please check the figures here.

If you are already aware of the programme fee, then click on the button below to register.

Other Information
Check the detailed page of our Volunteer In Africa Programme for other information on:

  • What You Are Paying For.
  • What Is Not Included In Your Payment.
  • Meals.
  • Accommodation.
  • Orientations.
  • Tours/Activities.
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