Invest in YOUR career working with children and gain valuable experience on the ground
Founded by the dedicated team of teacher, Seth Aseidu and his wife Vivian, Becky’s foundation in Senya-Beraku, a very historic coastal town in Ghana was primarily established to provide love and kindness to abandoned children and orphans in Senya-Beraku. With tremendous support from family, friends, organisations and most notably international volunteers, a facility has been built to provide a comfortable home for 50 disadvantaged children and to take care of their everyday needs.
In addition to the orphanage, Becky’s foundation also operates its own school (Becky’s Preparatory School) and Becky’s Soccer Academy. Becky’s foundation volunteering and internship operations in the local communities also help to support credible grassroots projects in healthcare, education, special needs, and community development. These are aimed at enhancing the sharing of experiences, resources, information, skills, as well as deepening inter-cultural relations/understanding and mutual respect.
Although Ghana is an English-speaking country, many school children cannot communicate effectively in the English language. This is common in both rural and urban areas of Ghana and there is a real need for volunteers to assist in communities with a shortage of teaching staff. The Teaching project in Ghana seeks to stimulate the interest of school children in studying and speaking English, while simultaneously offering international volunteers the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Ghanaian culture and education system. Volunteers are placed in both rural and urban communities in Accra, where they teach solo or assist one of the few local teachers. Volunteers on this project follow the syllabus of the Ghana Education Service, which is made available to volunteers during their orientation. Music, Math and Arts are also incorporated into the syllabus and volunteers are encouraged to bring resources that can assist with their teaching. The school year has three terms and there are holiday breaks of 4 weeks, which fall between each term. Volunteers who apply for the Teaching project during these holiday breaks will switch to another project or work with school directors and placement staff in creating school holiday workshops for the children, and volunteers will then run these workshops unassisted. As volunteers work with the support of the local team and placement staff, they do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training. You can learn how to gain internationally-recognised TEFL certification online.
Volunteers with a love of sport and real enthusiasm for working with children are well suited to our Sports Teaching project in Ghana. Volunteers on this project work with young children and older Ghanaians to help develop their interest in a range of sports and increase their skill base. In addition to the physical benefits of sports education, this project helps in developing the mental discipline of the children, as well as heightening their alertness and coordination. The Sports Teaching project will generally involve physical training, teaching the children how to work as a team, bringing the best out in the players, and encouraging children to have more self-confidence. Football/soccer is a popular sport in Ghana, however volunteers are also encouraged to introduce new sports to the children. To teach these sports, volunteers may need to bring equipment from home, as there is a chance it may not be available for purchase in Ghana. Volunteers do not need any previous teaching experience to participate on the Sports Education project, however it is important to note that volunteers may be required to teach other classes during their project, such as Math, English, Science or Social Studies (Geography and History) as sports is usually taught in the afternoon and early evening. During the school holidays, volunteer will work on school holiday workshops that will be created by the school directors, placement staff and volunteers.
Through providing education, love, care and attention to less fortunate children in Ghana, the Childcare project aims to address the problems that these children face. Volunteers on this project are placed in both rural and urban communities, where they teach and provide care and affection to children. Volunteers are responsible for designing and implementing effective teaching programs, activities and events to inspire and develop the talent and abilities of the children. Volunteers are welcome to bring along books, pencils, basic first aid supplies and musical instruments to help entertain the children and assist with activities. These supplies can generally be purchased in country, if packing space is limited we encourages the purchase of supplies in Ghana to support the Ghanaian economy, rather than buying the goods pre-departure
The Medical project in Ghana works within rural Ghanaian communities. This project aims to help smaller Ghanaian communities which are deprived of access to basic healthcare and medicine. In the major cities of Ghana, such as Accra, medical care is fairly good and accessible relative to other African nations. However, once you leave the major cities, the standard drops considerably and there is a real shortage of trained medical professionals to work in these communities and provide basic healthcare services. Volunteers on the Medical Project in Ghana are placed in small rural clinics where they work closely with the local staff. Some Medical volunteers also have the opportunity to be placed within our Childcare project, where they visit the various children’s homes we work with, providing medical care and guidance to those in need. It is important to note that the facilities and resources on this project are extremely limited and provide a much different working environment to what most Medical volunteers have experienced before. Volunteers on the Medical Project in Ghana must be qualified medical professionals or have completed at least two years of medical training and provide a copy of their medical qualifications, or a letter and transcript from their school to be provided to staff in Ghana on arrival. Midwives are also able to work within one of our rural clinics on this project.
CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION
Based in rural Ghana, the Construction and Renovation project offers volunteers the special opportunity to work alongside local people to help improve the infrastructure in small, rural communities. This project focuses on the construction and renovation of children’s homes, clinics, community centers, toilet facilities and schools. Volunteers also have the opportunity to meet chiefs and community elders, and learn about the various cultures of the different communities through music and dance. Volunteers work closely with the local people and Ghana staff on tasks which include painting, brick laying, plastering, digging, block shaping, carpentry, steel bending, mortar mixing, etc. If you’re a keen outdoors person with a good level of fitness, this will be a perfect project for you. Please note, projects and volunteer roles will vary from community to community. Volunteers should bring gloves, flash light, light weight scarf for sun protection or hat, insect repellent, working boots and water bottle.
The Agriculture Project in Ghana is designed for those volunteers who enjoy the more physical aspect of volunteering and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. The focus of this project is to address the difficulties facing Childcare placements in terms of providing a sustainable food source for the children. Volunteer work on the Agriculture Project involves both crop farming (corn, eggplants, capsicums, palms etc.) and animal farming (rabbits, goats, chickens etc.). The work available is dependent on the season and where volunteers are placed. Volunteers will be involved in clearing land for growing crops, assisting with fertilizing the land, developing land for cropping, planting crops, nurturing crops, teaching farming techniques to local staff, assisting with purchasing stock, caring for stock, and fencing and moving stock. To support the Childcare placements where our volunteers work, the produce grown through the Agriculture project is donated to the various homes to supplement the children’s food intake. Work on the Agriculture project usually stops during the hottest period of the day and during this time volunteers will assist with teaching in local schools to ensure they have sufficient volunteer work. While previous agricultural experience is not a prerequisite for this project, more experienced volunteers will be able to assist in developing the project and teaching techniques to the staff and older children at the homes, helping them to farm their crops and animals more effectively. Please note, resources and machinery are extremely limited on this project and most work is very labour intensive. Volunteers should bring gloves, flash light, light weight scarf for sun protection or hat, insect repellent, working boots, water bottle (all can be purchased in Accra)
Christan Atsu is the Ghana ambassador. Watch his visit in the summer of 2016.
What can YOU expect from the tailor made Volunteer Investment Programme
You will be based in Senya-Beraku, Ghana for 3 weeks and will contribute to an investment programme fee that covers all in-country associated costs and supports the work and mission directly.
80% of the fee goes directly to the Ghana project to cover the cost of caring for the children, their running costs and your VIP experience.
This is a fund raising initiative for the charity on a not-for-profit basis. We offer fund raising support and encourage you to explore fun ways to take the leap from home to abroad.
Ghana Investment Programme:
***£260 per week***
Transportation: Pick-up and drop off from Accra (Kotoka International Airport), transport to the project area, Senya-Beraku
Authentic local meals x3 daily
Purified drinking water
Comprehensive pre-departure and in-country support
Clean accommodation with utilities included
Some contribution into the project
Certificate upon completion of programme
Reference letter upon request