While the Ghana Education Service offers a government-mandated curriculum for early childhood and primary school education, schools lack the resources and teachers for proper implementation. Students, particularly those with mild disabilities, do not receive individual assessments or one-on-one attention that is necessary to maximize their educational outcomes. CCS volunteers work closely with schools to implement curricula, provide individual attention, English training, and to provide experiential learning techniques to students who are typically taught solely through rote memorization. A number of schools have requested a variety of infrastructure projects suitable for groups of volunteers, such as libraries, educational murals and computer labs.
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In a place where modern medical facilities meet traditional healing rituals, Ghana’s healthcare system is both diverse and complex. Rural communities, like Ho, are frequently without access to the healthcare causing negative health outcomes in children that could be prevented. To address these challenges, volunteers work in a health clinic to support mothers and children through well-child checkups, home visits, and educational workshops to stem the spread of malaria and malnutrition. To maximize our impact, volunteers are encouraged to form groups of 4 or more, to carry out a variety of health campaigns in public schools. The largest needs have been identified as building hand washing stations, conducting vision screenings, and supporting dental clinics for the school children.
Down a dusty road in the Volta Region of Ghana, the Royal Praise School supports children in kindergarten through junior high school, including low-income and orphaned students. The school faces many challenges, including a very small teaching staff, overcrowded classrooms, and inadequate facilities for learning. With the majority of the students living below the poverty line, families often face the difficult decision of continuing education or dropping out of school to earn an income. Girls are particularly impacted, with female students leaving school an average of 2 years earlier than their male counterparts. Through our global education and health programs CCS volunteers are making a direct impact at Royal Praise School on the quality of academic programming, activities, and sanitation facilities, that leads to increased attention and advancement to secondary school.
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You'll find a unique richness everywhere you look on your Gap Year Ghana volunteer program, from the country's cultural history to its varied expanses of wilderness and coastline. Known for its exceptionally warm national character, Ghana, meaning "Warrior King," is a place where visitors are welcomed as friends. In the Volta Region, home to the Ewe people, you will become family. On your Gap Year Ghana volunteer program, experience firsthand the culture and tradition of a place that you've only ever dreamed of.
Programs are available for 1-12 weeks with program fees starting at $2490.