Volunteer to Teach English in Ghana
At Westminster Comprehensive School
We are seeking volunteers to teach English at Westminster Comprehensive School, a private Ghanaian school that has a population of 460 students with over forty teaching and non-teaching support staff.
The basic aim of the school is to provide quality and affordable education to its pupils and students. The school is located at Fumesua, a town near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, accessed along the Accra-Kumasi highway and about 15km from Kumasi.
The main purpose of this volunteer project is for the children to hear English spoken by a native English speaker and to improve their understanding of English, you will find them eager and grateful for your contribution. The minimum stay required at the school is one month.
There are fifty two major languages and hundreds of dialects spoken in Ghana with English, the official language of Ghana, spoken by many. Since September 2002, the government policy is for English to be used from the start of primary education, with a Ghanaian language studied as a compulsory subject up to senior secondary school level.
If you would like to apply to volunteer to teach English or French at Westminster Comprehensive School in Ghana, please use our Application Form.
About This Volunteer Teaching Project
A volunteer teaching project is the ideal opportunity to experience teaching without committing to a long term position.
There are no fees to pay to participate in this volunteer teaching project and consequently volunteers do not receive in-country assistance, support or any 24-hour emergency contacts. It is expected that all volunteers should be independent and strongly motivated to make their stay in Ghana a success.
This is a volunteer teaching project dedicated just to Westminster Comprehensive School. Please see the terms and conditions of this project for more information about what is expected of you, what you are responsible for and what is provided to you during your stay at the school.
Your Accommodation and Food
There is no charge for accommodation or food provided by the school. Accommodation would be provided for all prospective teaching volunteers as well as provision of local dishes (the local food is stew based, rice and curry, yams and beef, potatoes and chicken and some English dishes).
In their stay in Ghana volunteers teach a lot of subjects including, English, Maths, and Science. The pictures here show the volunteers teaching different subjects at different times and classrooms.
Volunteering to teach English at Westminster Comprehensive School is a unique opportunity to become part of the community in Fumesua and discover a world unknown to the package tourist. Take the time to get to know the country, to work with the community and to live with the people.
Ghana is an English speaking country that gives volunteers a wonderful introduction to Africa. The country is politically stable, safe, affordable and characterised by its warm friendly people. It's an experience you'll cherish and remember for the rest of your life.
How to apply to become a Volunteer English Teacher, what are you expected to do and do you need to have a teaching background.
FAQ on preparing to stay in Ghana - It answers all your questions on important criteria such as visas, passports, vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis and travel and health insurance.
Notes from Ashanti town...
For the next three months I'll be working at a school in Fumesua in the Ashanti region of Ghana. As would be the case, Fumesua is just about the only part of Ghana that Google Earth has decided isn't really worth the effort....
Are you a retired teacher looking to keep your hand in?
If you have enjoyed a long career as a teacher and are now retired, but would like to be still rewarded with great job satisfaction, then consider working as an English teaching volunteer in Kumasi, Ghana.
Fundamental to a good education is a good teacher, but in many developing countries the teaching workforce is often demoralised and fractured. An experienced volunteer teacher can make a huge difference.