Travel and be inspired, take the chance to discover this wonderful country. Enjoy a journey filled with flavor, moments and get in touch with the amazing hospitality. Ghana will challenge all your senses. Discover the culture of Ghana while supporting children with education and love. This fantastic project runs by Emelie Kanter who worked as a volunteer in Ghana in 2008.
Great Andoh International School
Your role as a volunteer
As a Volunteer at Great Andoh your main tasks is to support the children during education, encourage and give them attention. You will stimulate the children through various physical actives and be there for them.
Some of the work tasks at the Great Andoh could be
- To assist teacher in teaching English, France, IT, art, sexual education, health.
- Encourage children’s creativity throughout pedagogical games, playing, singing, dancing, volleyball etc
- Help children with their homework
- Be able to give a helping hand in the kitchen
- If you have an education in Healthcare you would be a big help. For example could you help with documenting the children’s health status and teach some basic knowledge.
The projects mission
Many orphanages and schools in Ghana runs by fantastic enthusiasts, who wants to do something for all the children who have no one that cares for them. From a deserted lot, to a home and a school for 75 children were created, the school will now be able to receive a total of 300 children and provide them with education. This commitment exists but often not economic or other resources. As a volunteer, you are an extraordinary resource, you have time to get to know the children, play with them, and help them speak English. Your imagination is the limit!
In 2008 Emelie Kanter traveled to Ghana to work as a volunteer. She worked at an orphanage were they mistreated the children and she felt terrible about it. In the autumn 2008 Emelie met Jacques, a Ghanaian man who was living with his children at a deserted lot, without access to clean water, food or healthcare. But Jacques had a smile, devotion and love for the children. And together Emelie and Jacques decided to create Great Andoh to give a place where children will feel safe and loved, get an education and be able to change their future.
Today Great Andoh International School is home for 75 children between 2-18 years old. The school was completed in 2013 and now is around 300 children given the possibility to education. This dream became reality thanks to many people’s engagement and contribution.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected]. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday life
You will be picked up at the airport in Accra. And then you will have about one hour drive to Budumbrua, your home village in Ghana. You will get some time to make yourself at home. After your settled at your new home, you will get an introduction about the culture in Ghana, manners and customs, visa, health and how your following week will look like.
Accommodation and Food
You will be staying in a house for volunteers; the house has two bedrooms, kitchen, refrigerator, shower, toilet and a small porch. The house is located just a few minutes of walk from the school. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are including every day and you will eat it together with the children and teachers at school. The project is unfortunately not able to take regard to allergies or other dietary desires. If you want, you can cook your own food at your house.
Work and Leisure
You will work for 5 days a week, which days you will be working on depends on what kind of knowledge and experience you have and your schedule will be set up when you arrive to Great Andoh. You will have Sundays off and one extra day as well every week. You can visit the beach on your days off, it is located about 40 minutes’ drive from Great Andoh. There are a lot of nice beaches to spend a day or two at, most of the beaches are free to visit but you can also pay a fee to visit the beach of a hotel or restaurant. At your leisure, you can look around where you live, make trips or just taking it easy
About the Country
Ghana can be described with many positive. It is a beautiful and welcoming country, offering a perfect mixture between modern and traditional life styles. Its nature shifts from deep valleys and dense rain forests to low coastal plains. Your Ghanaian encounter will however also depend on your own effort; the more you open yourself the closer you will get to the Ghanaian people.
English is the official language but the majority speaks one of the Gur- and Kwa- languages. At the introduction you will have a chance to learn a few phrases in Twi, one of the Kwa- languages that is spoken by the most in Accra
You should book your plane ticket so that you arrive at Accra the day before the project starts, that is on Sunday. Your last work day will be Friday after the amount of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer. If you are going home right after the end of the project you should book your return ticket on the following day that is on Saturday or alternatively Sunday. Make sure to check that the arrival and departure dates are correct.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is one of the prerequisites to enter the country and you will be asked to provide it upon your arrival. You should also contact your nearest vaccination center for any questions regarding vaccinations. They will advise you what other vaccinations are recommended when travelling to Ghana, Furthermore it is recommended to take malaria prophylaxis when traveling to Ghana. Circumstances can change quickly, but it is always you, who makes the final decision about which vaccinations to get. Vaccinating against Hepatitis A and B is recommended always when travelling abroad.