Ghana - Adaklu Helekpe

Population facets: 

Partner Organization:  Adaklu Youth Education Committee (AYEC)

Location:  Adaklu–Helekpe, Adaklu Mountain, Volta Region, Ghana

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Site determines dates with some flexibility.

In person opportunities summer 2021: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2021: No

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  None, but openness and desire to learning some of the local dialect, Ewe, is important. 
  • Gender Requirement:  None 
  • Required Experience:  None
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  18 but recommended for upperclassmen between soph-junior or junior-senior years
  • Special Requirements:  Some background with facilitating community groups and teaching/education with youth is also helpful due to the teaching component.  This site requires students who can take initiative, are highly motivated, adaptable and flexible.
  • Other:  It is strongly recommended that participants have already taken or plan to take an African related course prior to summer.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  (The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Training 
  • Classroom Management
  • Self Defense Session

Site Description:  

A.Y.E.C. (Adaklu Youth Education Committee) seeks to improve the lives and opportunity of the young people by working to extend access to education and vocational training.  A.Y.E.C. taps existing local energy by working on projects that the community identifies as important. This is achieved by strengthening their capacities to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate projects.

The focus of this site is working with a community-based committee focused on youth education and community development and helping to build village leadership capacity.  A.Y.E.C. was founded by a Peace Corps volunteer in 2000.  As a community-based committee, A.Y.E.C. seeks funding from external donors while seeking to enhance the skills of the community members to take on development initiatives in their community.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival/engagement. 

This site will be in person for summer 2021.

Students split their time working in community development and volunteer teaching programs.

Students work within the school systems as a teacher five days a week for a couple of hours each day.  Students will be placed in one of the local senior high schools or local primary schools and given responsibilities for teaching agreed upon subjects in line with the West African School curriculum.  With the school and community leadership, students will be able to discuss the exact nature of their work objectives, taking into consideration relevant experience, qualifications and interests, and as well as the priorities of the schools.  The school placements may involve assisting in teaching senior high school students English or Science, or working on basic phonics and language skills with primary students.

Previous scope of work for ISSLP students has included for example supporting AYEC as they engaged with the Ministry of Education towards getting one of the local high school federally recognized by the Ghanaian government which would significantly lower school fees.

In the community development program (CD), students will need to take the initiative to work two or three days a week with village leaders to help get their initiatives off the ground.  The ultimate goal is to help the community create a self-sustaining project that will provide continuous funding for the educational objectives of AYEC.  AYEC is in need of funding for the Scholarship Fund for senior students. It is expected that students will work with prior ISSLP Adaklu-Helekpe students during the spring semester to brainstorm and investigate fundraising possibilities and to begin work on potential fundraising projects prior to arrival in Ghana. Students will have ample time and are sought out by the village children for play in the evenings and on the weekends. Students will have a unique opportunity to learn about mountain village life through deep cultural immersion.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students live in a rural farming village of Adaklu-Helekpe at the foot of Adaklu Mountain in the Volta Region.  Participants share a room in housing dedicated to volunteers.  A “caretaker” is assigned to the volunteers to assist with cooking meals. Plumbing and running water are not available though there is a manual flushing toilet.  Water is collected and/or pumped.  Electricity is available but very limited.  Internet cafes and banking are available in the city of Ho approximately 25 minutes via car.

For More Information: 

Former ISSLP Participants:

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.
upd 08.24.20
View All Events

Upcoming Events

April 2021

Application Deadline | McNeill Leadership Fellows Program
Friday, April 30, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm

May 2021

CST Research Seminar
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 9:45am
Labor Café | The Paid Leave Priority
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

June 2021

July 2021

Just Wage Forum 2021 | Series Conclusion (Virtual)
Friday, July 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

September 2021