Volunteer IT Projects in Ghana
- Placement locations: Akuapem Hills and Cape Coast
- Role: To help teach very basic computer programmes like Word and Excel
- Type of Placements: Primary schools
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
On Africa's West Coast, Ghana is a country rich in natural resources. Since the rapid increase in tourism, the tourist market in Ghana has expanded and so has the number of jobs. It is, therefore, a huge advantage for Ghanaians to be computer literate. The IT project gives volunteers the opportunity to increase the future prospects of the locals by sharing their knowledge of IT with students and teachers alike.
Just like children throughout the world, Ghanaian children are fascinated by computers and eager to learn how to use them. Teaching such a useful skill is invaluable, both to individuals and the communities they live in. From developing a better understanding of computers, job opportunities which would not previously have been available, present themselves. With IT skills, children also find themselves in a position where they can benefit from all that the worldwide web has to offer.
Volunteers are needed to help teach very basic computer programmes like Word and Excel although - if you are also able to develop databases and assist with any maintenance work - this is always appreciated.
Voluntary Work in Schools Teaching Computer Skills with Projects Abroad
Our IT projects are based in the Akuapem Hills and Cape Coast. In the Akuapem Hills volunteers work in a primary school either assisting the local IT teacher, or leading the lessons themselves. The school has three computers, which are shared by the children who take turns to practise and learn computer skills. The IT teacher teaches all different levels so volunteers can work with all ages and the younger classes get the opportunity to learn basic computer skills too.
Due to power cuts in the area, volunteers and teachers will think of fun and different ways of teaching IT without the use of a computer. The children are so happy to be given the opportunity to learn computer skills and for them to actually get to practise and use one is really a great experience for both students and volunteers.
Another IT project is located in Cape Coast where you can work in a primary school that has its own IT room where classes are run every day. There are two local IT teachers. As a volunteer you can assist the teachers with teaching from the IT syllabus, teach the class yourself or teach extra classes.
Volunteering Abroad on an IT Project in Ghana
Volunteers taking part in our IT project spend some of their time making sure that the local teachers know how to use computers. If not they share their own knowledge with them and in this way the project can sustain itself when there are no volunteers around.
Volunteers teach a variety of practical computer skills ranging from how to turn a computer on and off, to explaining software such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and demonstrating how to use the internet for research and communication. Other practical work includes helping students during activities, as well as creating learning materials, worksheets and a student database system. You are also able to install software or help with the maintenance of computers if you know how.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.