Ghana - Adaklu Helekpe

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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.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  None, but openness and desire to learning some of the local dialect, Ewe, is important. 
  • Gender Requirement:  None but there is a preference for both one male and one female placed at this site.
  • 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 because students could be teaching classes.  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/Working with Children Workshop (if teaching children)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Training (if teaching children)
  • 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 and assists them by transforming informal activities into formal community-based organizations.  This is achieved by strengthening their capacities to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate projects.

The focus of this site is working with community-based committees focused on youth education and community development and helping to build village leadership capacity.  A.Y.E.C. was founded by the Peace Corps 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. 

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

Students work within the school systems as a teacher five days a week for a couple of hours each day.  In the Teaching Volunteer Program (TV), each student will be placed in one or more of the local schools and given responsibilities for teaching agreed upon subjects in line with the West African Secondary 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 teaching senior students English or Science, or working on basic phonics and language skills with primary students. Working with Ministry of Education, ISSLP 2015 worked towards getting the school federally recognized by the Ghanaian government which would significantly lower school fees. It is recommended that future ISSLP students take on this initiative and assist the school to achieve accreditation helping to address the challenges of inadequate teacher pay and student attrition. 

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 find and provide small seed grants 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 many educational objectives of AYEC.  AYEC is in need of funding for the Scholarship Fund for senior students and the Orphan Uniform Fund which provides uniforms to primary and junior secondary school orphans.  For example, in 2011 AYEC started a plantain farm with the intent to be a source of sustainable income in the future.  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:

Matthew Williams’18 (ISSLP 2016)
Emily Clements'18 (ISSLP 2017)

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.