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Volunteer Math teacher Program (Africa - Ghana)

 



Volunteer teaches elementary math in an African village school. VIGS Ghana

The program
This program is designed for volunteers to teach Math to Ghanaian school children in Primary (Elementary) and Junior High schools based on the Ghana basic education curriculum. This curriculum is designed to help the pupil:

  1. Develop basic ideas of quantity and space
  2. Use basic mathematics and necessary strategies for solving problems encountered in daily life by recognizing relationships between numbers
  3. Reason logically by selecting and applying criteria for classification and generalization
  4. Communicate effectively using mathematical terms and symbols
  5. Use appropriate instruments for various systems of measurement
  6. Carry out investigations using various mathematical ideas and operations
  7. Develop the habits of diligence, perseverance, confidence and precision as a result of their mathematical training

You can teach the subject to any one (or more) of eight different classes (or ages).



PRIMARY 1 MATH - Curriculum excerpts

Pre-Number Work, Groups of objects, Counting objects, Addition (up to 9), Solid shapes, Subtraction (0-9), Tens and Ones, Measurement of length, capacity and mass, Measurement of time and money, Collecting and handling data... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 2 MATH
- Curriculum excerpts
Numbers and numerals (0-100), Addition (0-18) Subtraction (0-18), Numbers and numerals (0-1,000), Measurement of length, capacity and weight, Addition (0-999), Subtraction with numbers less than 100, Measurement of time and money, Multiplication, Division... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 3 MATH - Curriculum excerpts

Numbers and numerals (0-10,000), Addition and subtraction (sum up to 9,999), Length and area, Fractions I, Collecting and representing data as a graph, Estimating and measuring capacity and mass, Multiplication of numbers, Shape and space, Division, Plane shapes, Measurement of time and money, Fractions II... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 4 MATH - Curriculum excerpts

Shape and space, Numbers and numerals (0-1,000,000), Addition and subtraction (Sum up to 100,000), Measurement of weight/mass and time, Fractions I, Multiplication, Division, Fractions II, Measurement of Length and area, Shape and space II, Collecting and handling data... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 5 MATH - Curriculum excerpts

Numbers and numerals (0-1,000,000), Sets of numbers I, Shape and space I, Addition and subtraction (Sum up to 1,000,000), Measurement of weight/mass and time, Multiplication, Division, Area and volume, Shape and space II, Operations on fractions, Decimal fractions and percentages, Collecting and handling data, Number plane, Ratio, Measurement of time... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



PRIMARY 6 MATH - Curriculum excerpts

Sets of numbers, Operations on fractions, Addition and subtraction (Sum 0-10,000,000), Decimal fraction and percentage, Measurement of length, capacity and mass, Ratio and proportion, Shape and space, Multiplication and division, Measurement of area and volume, Money, Chance, Number plane... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



JUNIOR HIGH 1 MATH - Curriculum excerpts

Sets, Fractions, Shape and space, Length and area, Powers of natural numbers, Introduction to the use of calculators, Relations, Algebraic expressions, Capacity, mass, time and money, Integers, Geometric constructions. Decimal fractions, Percentages... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



JUNIOR HIGH 2 MATH - Curriculum excerpts

Numeration systems, Linear equations and inequalities, Angles, Collecting and handling data, Rational numbers, Shape and space, Geometric constructions, Algebraic expressions, Number plane, Properties of quadrilaterals, ratio and proportion... (A more detailed curriculum will be provided to you — after you have applied and confirmed your participation in the program) Top



The schools
VIGS-GHANA partner schools are located in many villages, towns and cities in the coastal belt. From Agbozume in the east through Prampram, Tema, Accra and all the way to Twifu-Mampong in the west. We also have partner school in the middle parts of Ghana (Kumasi)
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The accommodations
Most of the accommodation is with host-families. The host family is usually the school owner. There are always other people in the house as well; and they would be willing to provide you some assistance. You would be placed in the same location with another volunteer - except you specifically state that you prefer to be placed alone. Volunteers coming as a pair or couple will not be placed with other volunteers in the same bedroom. The volunteer(s) have their separate room - with a lock and key. There are two beds in the volunteers' room; each with a mattress and in most cases a table and chair. It is advisable to bring along a mosquito net and a spare bed sheet. Many homes have a shower and flush toilet. In others you would have to manage with a bucket of water and a pit toilet - more likely in smaller towns and villages. Laundry is usually done with a couple of buckets.
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Volunteers' host-family home in an African village. VIGS Ghana Volunteering


The feeding
You will be served three meals daily. Breakfast is usually tea/ coffee/ oats or corn porridge and bread with jam/ butter/ egg omelet. Lunch could be plantain or rice or yam with vegetable stew or similar. Dinner could be rice, yam, pasta or plantain with vegetable sauce or stew or soup. For dessert you'd be served an orange or pineapple.
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Entertainment and sight-seeing

Weekends are free days. You may choose to travel out of town to see the many interesting sights and sounds in other parts of Ghana or hang out with your fellow volunteer(s) and/or locals in the neighbourhood. VIGS-GHANA frequently puts together sight-seeing trips: as a volunteer on one of our programs, you'll first be given the option to sign-on to our tours. The remaining slots will be offered to the general public
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International volunteers learn a dance movement of the African Ga tribe, Ghana


Minimum qualification required of volunteers for the program
Applicants for this program must have at least completed high school.
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Rough estimate of total cost involved

  • Flight to and from Ghana: US$800-1250 (Round-trip)
  • Ghana visa: US$50-150
  • Vaccinations: US$100-250
  • Miscellaneous personal items: US$300-900
  • Personal Spending money whilst in Ghana: US$200 upwards
  • VIGS-GHANA Program fee: starts from US$150

So, a rough estimate of the total cost for a two-week program duration would be about US$1,650 - 3,050. Check the equivalent in your currency.
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Next steps — after you have been accepted and given your Placement information

After you have been admitted to participate in the program, you would now have to execute the following:



Other relevant facts on the program

  • We will send you a document on how to fund-raise for your trip - after you confirm your intended participation.
  • We will meet and greet you at the Airport in Accra (ACC) on your arrival day
  • We can loan you a local mobile phone with IDD on your arrival into Ghana
  • The average work day is 3-8 hours for this program
  • Saturdays and Sundays are leisure days
  • We will give you a Certificate of Participation on successful completion of your volunteer work
  • You can contact VIGS-GHANA local staff on cell phones all the time — 24 hours a day — seven days a week
  • You can pay the program fee through any one of the following means:
    1. By Wire Transfer through your bankers.
    2. You can also pay it securely online through our highly-reputed payment processor using any of the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Switch, Solo, PayPal, US Check, Credit Card by Phone or fax with 16 toll-free international numbers.
    3. Through Western Union Money Transfer - using your debit or credit card securely online or by phone.
    4. Cash installments (or full payment) upon arrival into Ghana

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Apply for volunteer Math teacher position

Reserve a place on this program now (valid for one year)

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