You will be teaching in a rural village in Ghana's beautiful Volta Region called Tafi Atome.
Most known for its monkey sanctuary, Tafi Atome is the perfect setting for volunteers. The village is rural, about 20 km south of Hohoe near the famous Wli Falls and Mount Afadjato, as well as Abuipe kente weaving village and other beautiful sights.
In Tafi Atome, most people live in mud huts, but electricity and clean water are readily available. Best of all, this mountain hamlet is cool at night during harmattan season!
Tafi Atome is one of the most progressive villages in rural Ghana. Peace Corps and other volunteers helped to create an ecologically-friendly atmosphere, recognizing the opportunity to conserve nature by creating a monkey sanctuary. Today, the village has trash cans, bore holes for clean water and many other amenities not available in other parts of Ghana.
Schools in the village are still lacking, however. Teachers are difficult to recruit, and shortages in the classroom make top-notch education difficult to attain for most students.
In late 2011, we entered into a partnership with the chiefs of Tafi Atome. In exchange for land to build a children's home for released child slaves, we have agreed to provide volunteers for the school and the medical clinic there. Together, we can all win!
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In September of 2011, a new preschool was started by a Tafi Atome woman who understands the need for early childhood education and childcare. Many mothers in the village farm, and until the school began, children would often go to the fields all day, or stay at home with older siblings. In either case, these children were unprepared to begin kindergarten because they had no understanding of letters, numbers or other keys to literacy and educational competency.
Just a few months later, approximately 80 children are enrolled in the school. A food program has not yet been established, but hopefully will be soon. The school is a testament to the determination of people to make a difference in their own community. We enthusiastically support these efforts, because we believe strongly in giving people a hand up, not a hand out.
The primary school in Tafi Atome is a busy place! Class sizes hover around 50 students each, and like many rural areas, there is always a shortage of quality teachers.
Teach an entire classroom, or provide support by tutoring small groups in reading, English, math, or whatever you'd like to teach. Students rarely get individualized attention, so they tend to fall behind urban students in test scores. You can help them to succeed!
Junior High School
The junior high school is also crowded, but classes get smaller as the grades go up. This is because many students drop out of school. They become frustrated if they aren't given the instruction they need to learn. Girls become pregnant and boys find jobs. The cycle of poverty is perpetuated.
You can help by teaching English, reading, math, science, computer technology or any other subject you're comfortable with. What you know can make a difference!
In July of 2012, our student volunteers from the International School of Paris will be building a computer learning center so that students can learn to do word processing, use Excel and learn the basics of computer technology. All of these skills are needed to move on to senior high school, and we are excited the students will have the chance to learn them on real PCs!
Because many of the teachers are not adept at computers, volunteers are needed to share their knowledge with students of all ages. If you know the ins and outs of basic computer knowledge, we need you!