Make a difference in Ghana
Bring your energy, enthusisasm and musical talent to Agape's music programme in Ghana
Music volunteers must be competent at their instrument and confident about making music. You'll also need a good understanding of musical theory, which will be essential for teaching, and some score knowledge would also be very useful. As with all our teaching programmes, no teaching experience is necessary (though it will be valued highly!) - as long as you are enthusiastic and willing to learn as well as teach, you'll be absolutely fine.
Your students will be of all abilities but extremely enthusiastic to learn.
Lessons will vary between one to one tuition and more general classes. For some newer students this may be their first formal introduction to playing an instrument, although all will have had a try beforehand.
Most volunteers will stay at the JayNii Foundation with our volunteer coordinator and his family. Life at the Foundation with lots of kids can be quite intense, but also very rewarding! You may also be accommodated with other volunteer groups at nearby homestays. Your host family will provide bunk beds, a mattress, pillows and usually a mosquito net. Electricity is available but power-cuts can be frequent, and you will have access to showers and Western-style toilets. All our hosts have other commitments and their own values, so there may be some house rules that you will be given when you arrive.
Within a day of arriving in your home-stay you will recieve the Agape Volunteers orientation. This is explained in much more detail in the information pack, but the general idea of this is to make sure that you are as prepared as is possible for your stay in Africa. It explains things like culture, customs, language and how to stay safe on a day to day basis. This also gives you a chance to meet other volunteers who you might not be staying with.
The climate is warm and muggy, with a rainy season from April to July and a shorter one later in the year. Street food is plentiful, tasty and very cheap, and is perfectly safe to eat as long as it is freshly cooked in front of you. You'll be based right on the beach in Jamestown, a deprived but lively and historical part of the capital, Accra. It's an easy journey into the city centre, where you'll find all the facilities you may require.
Most children will be in 'conventional' school druing the mornings, so you may be asked to help out with other lessons, plan your music classes, or take this time to relax and explore with other volunteers. At lunch-time you will be shown to a local food vendor.
After lunch you'll be teaching music to some of the younger children, so you may find that small groups are easier. You'll have plenty of opportunity to try out your own ideas and really get involved. In the later part of the afternoon you'll be teaching some of the older children who have been out at school during the day. Their musical experience may be greater, but formal training is often lacking.
Dinner is usually at about 6pm, before games with the children and other volunteers and then bed around 10pm.
There are plenty of optional extras you can choose to include in your trip. At the weekends, you can get involved with lots of activities taking place in the area. Teaching on Saturdays is optional for volunteers, and usually involves more games than serious lessons. You can spend the weekends working with the children at the local orphanage, if you would like. Your host family will also have good recommendations for places you can visit.
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