Care for Orphans & Pre-School Children in Ghana

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Country: Ghana,
Type: Teaching & Education, Working with children,

Work in a pre-school in the Kwabenya region of Accra with orphaned and underprivileged children. You'll be involved in a variety of activities, such as playtime, feeding, basic teaching. You'll help the children to learn basic numerical and English skills, drawing, painting, music and also facilitating games. This is where you'll help to develop their audio-visual skills from a young age. The children are from a mixture of social backgrounds, aged between 1 to 5 years. You'll assist with day-to-day care, teaching and social interaction as well as providing a safe environment for the children to be in.

The pre-school provides programmes for children to give them the chance they need to make a life for themselves away from the street life in Accra. Professional staff, mentors and volunteers give them support they need to build a future for themselves.

You can get involved in a variety of activities, such as playtime with the children, feeding and nap times.  This includes basics, such as changing nappies, dressing them, tying shoelaces, singing a nursery rhyme, laughing and cuddling the children, wiping the chalk from their faces, helping them write the alphabet or their numbers.

There will also be basic teaching involved including basic numerical & English skills, drawing and organizing and facilitating games.  This is where you will help to develop audio-visual skills from a young age.

Volunteering on this project not only provides much needed help to the staff of the school, but it helps the children in leaps and bounds by teaching them conversational English and allowing them to socialise with people from all over the world. This works wonders for their confidence and this can be seen as they progress in the school with more and more supportive contact.

You'll be overwhelmed by the smiles and energy that these children show for visitors and each other – you won’t be able to resist them!

The school officially finishes at 14.00 but the parents come to collect their children anytime between 15.30 and 18.30. 

Your accommodation will vary, depending on your work location. You will either be staying in a family run hostel or with a host family.

The hostel is a comfortable guest house accommodation, with 11 rooms, the owners are very friendly and they are Ghanian so you can still experience the culture.

Alternatively you may be staying with a host family. This means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally live like a Ghanaian. Local family stays enable you to fully experience the local culture from the inside.

Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long after they leave Ghana and in some cases they return to the country later especially to visit their family. Sometimes members of their Ghanaian family have even gone to visit them in their home country.

"My family - Lizzie and Prince are lovely. The children are very sweet, and I feel extremely lucky to have been placed with them. The house is of a Western standard in most ways, and Lizzie's cooking is excellent. I feel a part of their family already."

Food is included in your placement and will be local cuisine - again this is to enable you to fully experience living as local Ghanaians do.

2 Weeks £595
3 Weeks £695
4 Weeks £795
6 Weeks £995
8 Weeks £1,195
10 Weeks £1,395
12 Weeks £1,595
Extra Weeks £100

Start Dates
All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!Duration2 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements

Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm).

What's included
►Meeting you at Accra Airport 
►Transfer to your accommodation 
►Transport to and from your project 
►Full pre-departure support 
►Local in-country team support and backup 
►24-hr emergency support.

What's not included

Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this Project?
All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.


Contact Details



Caravelle House, Goring Road,


BN12 5HY

Telephone 1: 0207 193 6835 (From within the UK) or +44 (0) 207 193 6835 (From outside of the UK)


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