TEACHING DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN BUDUBURAM, GHANA
In the Buduburam refugee camp, a large percentage of children do not have access to education. Future Stars started as a jerry-rigged classroom, built under a tree. Since then, we have grown into a large non-profit. However, the heart of our organization is still our school. Future Stars currently runs a primary school in Buduburam with classes ranging from preschool through sixth grade. You and your group will work with children that come from a variety of situations including loss of one or both parents, physical and sexual abuse, extreme poverty, and more suffering than many of us can imagine. The school is made up of six classroom buildings and an office. Our classes run from 7:00am to 3:30pm. We have around twenty students in each grade and serve over a hundred and fifty children altogether. Once our children graduate, we do our best to find them financial sponsorship to allow them to continue in their education. Most of the children range between 3-16years old. Many of these children have been denied the chance at an education as well as the basics for survival-food and shelter.
About Future Stars
We aim to improve health and educational opportunities for the less privileged children in the Buduburam community through projects which rely on the support of volunteers from around the world. Our work supports the principles of the UN Global Compact and aims to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our vision is to become the driving force in education, health, and safety for the impoverished in Ghana.
Our volunteer program is based in Buduburam. Buduburam is in the Gomoa-East District, the Central Region of Ghana. Not far from us is the capital of Ghana, Accra, where volunteers can visit during weekends and have a tour in the beautiful city. The historic city, Cape Coast, is also a couple of hours drive away from us which hosts a lot of tourist attractions including, slave trade castles, slave rivers, crocodile ponds, beautiful beaches, and canopy walkway.
What can you expect
Expect to participate in meaningful community service work, learn a foreign language, meet beautiful people and make lifelong friends and discover that one person really can make a difference. Your search for the best volunteer abroad programs ends here – volunteer in Ghana with us and gain an unforgettable experience.
The day starts at 7.30 am with breakfast at the volunteer house. At 8 am you will travel to your work place by car, driven by a Volunteer Vietnam team member. You work from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. You return to the volunteer house for lunch around 11 am. Your lunch time is from 11am to 2 pm. This time is your free time to do whatever you like. At 2 pm you will travel to your work place and finish at 4:30 pm. Dinner is served at the volunteer house at 5 pm. In the evening your time is free. Some options are going out for coffee, going downtown, or getting a massage.
The volunteer's weekly work schedule is approximately 5 hours per day from Monday to Thursday and 3 hours on Friday.
On your volunteer mission, you will tour the awe-inspiring Cape Coast Slave trade castle, Assin Manso Slave River, Elmina Castle to learn more about the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its effects and Kakum National Park. Every Friday you will get the chance to spend the night at a beach club with varieties of Ghanaian cultural dance arts coupled with other performances. This is a beautiful program most volunteers love to experience. We will also visit the local market, The Aburi Botanical Gardens, a monkey sanctuary, and the Boti waterfalls and Aka falls. The umbrella rock is not far away from this place. We will spend some time in Accra Art Center to have a look at some Ghanaian artifacts.
You need to be at least 18 years old for solo application, or if you are accompanied by your parents.
Available for all professions and skills. Some experience in the education sector would be excellent, but not required. Passion in providing educational support to children.
You need to speak English (basic level).
No restrictions. Global citizens from all over the world are welcome.
Work hours will be around 35 per week from Monday to Friday.
Services by the organization
Fees are used to provide food, accommodation, local transportation, volunteer and cultural activities for you, and for the program sustainability, management, and support.
You will live with a local host family and be immersed in our Ghanaian culture. Most of the rooms are shared rooms with a maximum of four volunteers per room with your own bathroom. The accommodation has modern facilities and you will have access to your own shower, flush toilet, fan, and bed. You will also have access to WiFi in the home.
Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. The coordinator will pick you up from the airport with a taxi if you are a solo traveler and a van if you a group traveling to your volunteer accommodation/host family.
Food & Meals
Your Program Fee covers 3 meals per day during the week (from Monday to Friday), and breakfast on Saturday morning, other meals should be covered by you.
We expect all the volunteers to eat at the volunteer houses during the weekdays. Hence, those who stay in hotel rooms will walk to the volunteer houses to eat.
In every volunteer house, we have a cook and a cleaner to serve volunteers. Volunteers will mostly eat the Vietnamese cuisines, but sometimes the cook can serve some western food. The cook can serve all the diets including vegetarian food. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. Remember that you should be open to trying new foods and be flexible with your eating habits and we will do our best to see that you are well taken care of.
2 days per week of sightseeing, cultural activities, and coexistence with nature. Volunteers will have activities during the day, which will last around 10 hours.
Training & Development
You will receive training on arrival (1 day).
Wi-Fi is available for volunteers in the accommodation site, but there is no WI-FI to the locations of volunteering. You can also buy a local SIM card with data for a mobile phone to keep connected.
Digital badges are intelligent certification logos that provide an effective means of communicating and promoting your accreditations via digital and online mediums. Each digital badge contains pre-validated metadata that can be used to verify your certification status.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Book your flight to arrive at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in in the capital city of Accra, Ghana.
Visa requirements can vary from nationality to nationality. You will need a passport issued by your country of citizenship as well as a Volunteer visa* issued by the country to which you will be traveling. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the expected date of return to your home country.
Make sure you are up to date on routine vaccines before every trip. You should ideally arrange an appointment with your travel clinic at least four to six weeks before travel. In case you have pre-existing health problems, an earlier appointment is strongly recommended.