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Special Education in Ghana

Praktikum und Volunteering möglich
 
We organize Internships and Volunteering assignments with two schools for differently abled children in Cape Coast: The Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind and the Methodist Special Educational Need School. These inserts are aimed at trainees and volunteers in the areas of special education and volunteers with skills in occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy.
 
 

Project Details

 

Cape Coast School for Deaf and Blind

 
In the municipality of Ametewee in Cape Coast is a state school for children with hearing or visual impairment. These students are taught English, mathematics, science, Fanti, computer, sports, arts, religion and Ghanaian sign language. In addition, the school offers training in carpentry, carpet weaving, cooking, bicycle mechanics, hairdressing, nursing, gardening and painting.
 
Interns and volunteers join the teachers in sign language classes every Thursday. Sign language lessons are essential in order to communicate with the students and take six weeks to complete. While learning, you can assist the teachers and gain first insights. Subsequently, you can take lessons in the presence of a teacher.
 
The school trains the students till the 9th grade (Junior High 3) and then the students can attend regular senior high school or pursue a vocational training offered by the school. The 41 teachers at the school are special education teachers, and in addition to the degree in their teaching subject, are also training specialists. The 443 students are usually at school Monday to Friday from 7.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. The classes are divided according the impairment of the students – either visual or hearing. The class size is 19-24 students.
 
The school board requires long-term interns or volunteers (3-12 months). Holidays are from late June to early September, during Christmas and Easter. During this school-free time you can conduct events and workshops in the school.
 
The school also runs a farm, on which vegetables like maize and cassava are grown, and animals like guinea pig, pigs and rabbits are taken care of. Many of the students take part in the regular dance and drum and trumpet lessons and performances.
 
In addition to the teachers, there are 40 other people working in kitchen, farm, nursing and safety departments at the school. There is also a private nurse and infirmary.
 

Special Educational Need School – Methodist Primary School

 
The Methodist Primary School at Aboom in Cape Coast is a school for children with special needs where children with trisomy 21, autism, ADD, ADHD, cerebral disorders and developmental delays are given special education.
 
As an intern or volunteer, you assist teachers in teaching, in occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or speech therapy. The school staff include five special education teachers and five assistants.
 
There are no specialists for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy at the school; these forms of therapy are carried out by the special education teachers, self taught after many years practicing, but without formal professional training in these fields.
 
The approximately 80 children attend the school Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Students are between 8-27 years old and are divided into three classes. One class is especially dedicated to the language development of children, while a second focuses on students with reading and writing difficulties. Older students usually attend craft class where their motor skills and their intellectual skills are honed through manual activities, such as the making of bags or embroidery. In all classes, English, mathematics, science and sport are taught. Holidays are from late June to early September, during Christmas and Easter.
 
Interns and volunteers are offered lunch at the facility.
 
In Ghana, children with special needs and their families are often stigmatized, thanks to the superstition that they were punished by God or were possessed by the devil. Women who give birth to a child with a disability usually abandon or hide the children. The school staff, therefore, frequent various communities and talk about the medical causes of disabilities, bring children out of isolation and convince the family to let them attend school. Comprehensive and regular information campaigns are only possible when volunteers are present, as otherwise, there is a shortage of time and staff.
 
As Mary Osei, the headmistress, and Anthony Mensah, a teacher, say, the causes for the conditions of the children are diverse. In some cases, the disability could be due to alcoholism, malnutrition or malaria in the mother during pregnancy. In other cases, it could be complications during birth, which is often taken at home without skilled care. Other causes include severe head injuries, accidents, malaria, measles and other diseases during baby or toddler age, chemical poisoning (carbon monoxide, kerosene, etc.), exposure to mining fields, drug abuse, failed abortions and wrongly prescribed medicinal herbs.
 
The diagnosis of the disability and recommended therapy and teaching methods are done via the Ankaful Mental Hospital.
 
At the Methodist Primary School, there are also classes for healthy children. An insert/internship in the regular Primary School can be combined with one in the Special Needs school.
Info Box
General
Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 3 Months (School for Deaf & Blind), 1 Week (Methodist Primary)
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Sign language (School for Deaf & Blind)
Accommodation:
Shared Accommodation, Host Family, Hotel
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Special Education Teachers, Teachers
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: None
Further Contribution To Project: One-time contribution of 200 USD
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Technically appropriate knowledge
Further Contribution To Project: -
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

More Info

 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Cape Coast

 
In Cape Coast, you can choose between accommodation of different standards:
 
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Most popular! - This is the choice of most of our participants. You live in a shared apartment of average standards with other students, or with a host family.

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Comfort+ - For those who place more emphasis on comfort: accommodation in a hotel or room with high standard with a host family

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Adventurer - For simplest and cheapest deals: Dormitory Accommodation (only for certain projects)

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Shared Accommodation:

You share a house or an apartment with 2-5 other participants. These are homes that are in the good neighborhoods of Cape Coast, from where you can reach your employment place by foot or by public transport. The houses are, for local conditions, of good standard; they have functionally furnished rooms, all with ceiling fans and mosquito nets, functionally equipped kitchens with refrigerators and cooking facilities, bathrooms with western toilets and (mostly cold) showers and usually a communal lounge and garden. The houses are equipped with safety features such as barred windows and high surrounding walls.

Host Family:

The host family housing offer is of similar standard as described for the Shared Accommodation; the only difference is that you live with a local family, who provides 2-3 meals per day. You have a lockable single room (Two people can share the room if possible). The bathroom with shower is shared with the family. The families are carefully chosen. Accommodation is safe, the families are friendly and interested in the culture of the guests. At least one family member speaks fluent English.

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Hotel-Accommodation and Room in Apartment of High Standards:

 
Samrit Hotel
 
The Samrit Hotel is a city hotel of good standards in a central location of Cape Coast. All emergency services are easily accessible by public transport. You get a comfortable room with private bathroom and air conditioning and get breakfast served in your room every morning. The hotel also has a swimming pool, Wifi Internet, a restaurant, a bar and a laundry service.
 
Room in a House of High Standards
 
In a residential area on a hillside overlooking the sea and the beach, we offer a high standard accommodation option. Each room has air conditioning and private bathroom with hot water. Since the house is not well connected to public transport, the connectivity may be low; you can however, use private vehicles.
 

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Dormitory accommodation ( only available for certain projects)

Some institutions offer a simple dormitory accommodation for foreign volunteers and interns. Here, you share the room with 3-6 other participants. It is not usually separated by gender. There are bunk beds and simple sanitary installations. This is the most cost-effective option.
 

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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  up to 31 Days
32-60 Days
61-90 Days
91-120 Days
5 Months or longer
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1 Person
450 EUR 600 EUR 700 EUR 750 EUR 850 EUR
2-4 Persons
(Rate per Person)
400 EUR 500 EUR 600 EUR 650 EUR 700 EUR
 
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Arrangements of the Documents you need for your Visa Application and (if needed) assistance with extension of the visa in Ghana, but not the official government fees for it (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Accra (ACC) on arrival and departure
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Cape Coast
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project
  • Local SIM Card with 10,000 TSH air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Ghana (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
You can choose between the following options:
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Rates in US-Dollar!
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 Short-time stay
(1-31 Days)
Long-time stay
(32-365 Days)
(You pay proportionally per day)
Shared House or Hotel   
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House shared with other participants
1 Person
(Single Room)
60 USD/Week
(min. 2 weeks)
200 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
45 USD/Week
(min. 2 weeks)
150 USD/Month
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Room in House of High Standard
1 Person
(Single Room)
90 USD/Week
(min. 1 week)
300 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
70 USD/Week
(min. 1 week)
250 USD/Month
Optional: Car Rental (not including fuel)   30 USD/Week 30 USD/Week
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Hotel Accommodation on Full Board
1 Person
(Single Room)
30 USD/Day 750 USD/Week
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
15 USD/Day 375 USD/Month
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Dorm Room Bed
(only available for Sankofa & Pathfinder)
per person 6 USD/Day 150 USD/Month
       
Host Family
     
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Host Family of Middle Standard
on Full Board
1 Person
(Single Room)
10 USD/Day 250 USD/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
10 USD/Day 250 USD/Month
 
For incomplete months you will pay the exact amount proportionally per day.
In case of 3-4 person: Same rate as in case of 2 Persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates.
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • If meals are not included: around 80-140 USD/Month for self-catering (eating out at affordable yet good restaurants and/or cooking by yourself; you are much more flexible in this way compared to if we would serve food at your accommodation)
  • Visa typically 100 EUR/110 USD for 30 days, which can be extended locally for around 10 EUR/13 USD per extra month (Visa needs to be applied for prior to your trip)
  • Small local expenses (e.g. Internet, local transport): around 30-50 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month

 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). There are ATMs. 
 

Extras

 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
 
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

Cape Coast

 

Cape Coast

 
 
Cape Coast is a city of about 170,000 inhabitants, on the coast south of Ghana. It is relatively easy to find your way through the city and public transport is cheap and good; this makes the city an attractive location for volunteering and internships. There are tropical beaches and locations for excursions, such as Kakum National Park. Cape Coast has a humid-tropical climate with nearly identical temperatures all year around, of about 30 degrees. May and June see the rainy season.
 

Our coordinators in Cape Coast

 
Our coordinators in Cape Coast are Sampson and Paschal, who collaborate with other team employees.
 

Getting There

 

Getting To Ghana

 
Ghana
 
You book your flight to Accra (Kokota International Airport Accra, ACC) and share with us your flight details. At the airport, we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation in Cape Coast, Accra or Kakum.
 
The drive to Cape Coast takes about 2 hours and to Kakum, about 2.5 hours.
 

FAQs

 

Häufig gestellte Fragen (FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from the Accra airport at any time. In some projects, it is better to start at a specific time (e.g. beginning of the academic year in schools). This will be mentioned along with the project details.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course, you can do this - most of our participants do so. However, when the travel destination is too far away (especially the norther region), it may not be possible over a weekend; these, we would recommend you keep for before the projects begins or after the completion, or during holidays.
Is it safe to travel in Ghana alone as a single female traveller?
Ghana is one of the safest countries in the African continent and women here enjoy great respect and are free to move anywhere. As long as you keep in mind certain safety rules that are applicable to almost any location, it is absolutely safe to travel around in Ghana as a single female traveller.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Ghana?
Ghana is a popular country for volunteering and internships. In Cape Coast and other places, there are other foreign volunteers and interns, with whom you can easily get in touch.
 
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants at the location, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
It is your choice, whether you want simple dormitory living or an apartment with other participants, with a host family or in a hotel room (only for certain projects). There are various categories like Adventurer, Most popular! and Comfort+ available.
 
The houses and apartments are located in safe and relatively upscale neighbourhoods, and are either fenced or guarded by a security guard. You can either share a room with other participants or stay alone. The host families are carefully selected and most have years of experience with hosting Western participants. They integrate you into the family and look forward to introducing you to the Ghanaian cuisine and language; but you can also have your space.
 
We can alternatively, offer you a room in a centrally located hotel in Cape Coast, for which we have negotiated a good price.
How free or bound am I in my accommodation with the host family?
Ghanaian families are very caring and interested in you and treat you like family. They will integrate you into their family and usually invite you to parties, excursions and church programs and ensure that you are always safe. However, it is perfectly fine if you choose to have your privacy. The families, in most cases, have a lot of experience with interns/volunteers and know that you will need privacy. However, it is expected that you give them prior notice, if you choose to travel and you seek their consent when you invite guests into the house. Due to the religiosity of Ghanaians, it is a taboo to bring home casual acquaintances overnight.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
Landline internet connections are common in Ghana. If you have a smartphone, you can buy prepaid credit and convert this into an internet data package. Alternatively, there are USB modem sticks for laptops on which to charge credit. The speed is satisfactory.
How can I do my laundry?
In Ghana, there are very few laundromats. In Cape Coast, you can, for example, bring your laundry to University Hospital, where they are washed in a washing machine, and you can pick them up after 1-3 days. More common, however, is to hire someone to wash your clothes. Everyone knows someone who does this and the women are happy about a little extra income. It is considered stingy when you wash your own laundry by hand and not leave it for someone who needs the money. Normally, you have washerwomen at very affordable prices.
Can I cook in the accommodation ?
In the apartments, housing communities and host families, there are kitchens that you can use. In the host families, meals will usually be cooked for you but, you are allowed to help (especially women, as in Ghana, there are classic gender roles) in the kitchen. In the apartments and shared accommodations, you cook yourself. If you live in a dormitory with other participants (e.g. in an orphanage), there is usually a covered simple outdoor burner that is available to you. In hotel accommodation, there is no possibility of cooking. Details are in the tab "Accommodation".
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes, this is possible. The Ghanaian cuisine is very diverse, and even more vegan than vegetarian, because dairy products are among luxury goods and it is very difficult to find milk, cream or cheese. While in Ghana, a lot of fish and meat is eaten, you can order at most restaurants and stalls, vegetarian/vegan diet dishes.
What language skills do I need?
The official language of Ghana is English. Most Ghanaians, at least in urban areas, speak very good English. You should be able to communicate in English.
 
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