Training and professional mentoring for our teachers in Ghana is a key focus for us, and we'd love to hear from education specialists who might want to help develop pedagogy and classroom practice.
If you're not a teacher, we can help you put together an impact plan for your time in Ghana which would draw on your own skills and interests, as well as our current needs. These sort of projects often take the form of summer workshops - do get in touch for more details.
The Saltpond experience
The coastal town of Saltpond is situated roughly 120km West of Accra, the country's capital, and 30km East of Cape Coast, an important historical centre and increasingly vibrant tourist destination.
Our modest but comfortable volunteer house is situated within a stone's-throw of the SEP Happy School, surrounded by palm trees and only a very short walk from the beach where most of our students live. It sleeps up to eight people comfortably, and is equipped with electricity, fans, running water (a great shower, which is vital!) and a working kitchen and fridge. The house is in a traditional courtyard arrangement and we share the central outdoor living space with local families, which presents another opportunity to integrate with the (lovely) community.
It is fundamental to the success of the project that we actively engage with the local community - visiting the children on the beach, speaking to their families, and getting to know local people of all ages and backgrounds. Fantse, the local Akan language, is rather different to English but it can be fun and hugely rewarding to learn a few conversational phrases.
The larger towns of Mankessim and Cape Coast are only a short taxi ride away and you will be able to buy most things that you could need from the shops and stalls in Saltpond.
School runs from 8.30 - 2.30 and there are lots of local beach resorts that make rather a nice setting for lesson planning in the afternoon! If you have time for a longer stay, we'd recommend putting aside a week or two in the middle of your trip to travel around Ghana - an increasingly popular but relatively untouched tourist destination.