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Art teacher with her student in Ghana
Art teacher with her student in Ghana

Art & Design in Ghana

Why not have your art and teach it too?
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    Overview

    What a way to spend your time! If your passion for Art and Design is through the roof and you desire to share your unique gifts with the world, then this program is tailor-made for you. During your program you will get to help run Art Clubs in local schools, using any number of different mediums. Your efforts will be helping local children use their own creative abilities to express themselves and produce their own works of art that they can be proud of.

    Most times you can choose the age group you’d prefer to work with. You can develop a syllabus for your class and determine what the goal will be for your time together and then guide them through the steps to getting those targeted outcomes met. With some encouragement and direction from you, they may even be able to have an exhibition to showcase their work. Overall, this enriching experience can help them to build their own level of confidence in their skills and ability and even give them the nudge needed to pursue their artistic dreams. You will be helping to nurture that spark! The bonus is, that as they are learning from you, you will learn from them too. Through this program, which is a one-of-a-kind cultural exchange, all involved will be able to develop a unique bond.

    The other great part of this program, is that you will also get to see local art and learn from the local artisans who are creating a vast array of art and design pieces. Just about anything you can imagine from batik on clothing and scarves, jewelry design, painting, photography, screen printing, sculpture to wood carving. The best part is that you will get the opportunity to get some hands-on, experiential learning. Discussions about the creative process will also yield a greater insight and likely a greater appreciation for the unique and stylistic qualities of African art. That additional knowledge may allow for comparing and contrasting with some of the Western style art you may already be familiar with.

    It is important to note that time with local artists is subject to their availability. Keep in mind that there may be some additional costs involved for any additional materials (brushes, canvas, paint, etc.) that may be required for your participation.

    Please be advised that the daily transportation costs to and from your program are not included and must therefore be paid by yourself throughout the course of your stay. Those costs may range from 2 - 5 Euros per day.

    Objectives

    • Deepen the artistic and creative expression of local children and yourself
    • Broaden cultural interactions through learning and idea exchange
    • Gain invaluable and practical experience in teaching
    • Expand your knowledge of local customs, history, art and culture

    Impact

    Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.

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    Location

    Accra, Ghana
    Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, with a population of over two million. Accra stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north. Our accommodation is located in Teshie, a coastal suburban town on the east side of Accra. It is a quickly growing suburb that’s getting bigger and bigger every day. Teshie is rich in its diversity and has its own train station for easy transport.
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    Itinerary

    Your actual schedule may vary based upon availability of local artisans and the specific art club you will be working with.
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      Saturday/Sunday - Arrival
      You will be met upon landing on Saturday or Sunday between 06:00 - 24:00. Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.
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      Monday - Friday
      • Breakfast at your accommodation. Depending upon your schedule, Lunch will be at your accommodation or you may be able to take a bag lunch with you. - Dinner will be served at your accommodation each night.
      • Using the syllabus you have created to integrate elements of art into the lives of young people whose exposure to art may be limited because of resource constraints and school curriculums that have few related options.
      • Acting as teacher and mentor to keep the young artists’ projects on track.
      • Using your skill and expertise to provide direction and encouragement, as they prepare their work for exhibition.
      • Engaging with local artisans to learn about specific aspects of their crafts, as well as the history and culture of African art
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      Saturday - Departure
      Leave the accommodation Saturday morning. Take a taxi to the airport (30 mins) for earliest flights Saturday afternoon.
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    Inclusions

    • Shared Accomodation
    • All meals included
    • Free beverages
    • Arrival Transfer
    • Wifi in public areas
    • Departure Transfer
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    Options

    • Extra night accomodation (before experience)$60
    • Extra night accomodation (after experience)$60
    • Pick-ups outside of the regular pickup window$60
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    More Information

    Requirements

    • minimum age18
    • minimum english levelBasic
    • CRB RequiredOn signup
    • passport copy requiredNo
    • resume copy requiredNo
    Other Requirements
    • It is a requirement that you MUST have a yellow fever vaccination and must obtain a certificate as proof. You may be asked to produce this certificate at the point of entry into Ghana and can be refused entry if you don’t have one. There may be other vaccine recommendations listed that you may want/need to get before starting.
    • Modest clothing (covering the knees and shoulders) is required while on school grounds.

    Food

    Typical Ghanaian dishes mixed with western food will be served at the accommodation. Typical ghanaian food includes rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish.

    Accommodation

    During your stay here in Ghana you will be accommodated at our center here in Accra. The accommodation is located within a gated community. Rooms are generally dorm style and are separated between male and female. Programs are located about 20 - 40 minutes away from the house and participants are responsible for their own transportation costs to and fro. Staff remains on site 7 days a week to assist participants.

    Cancellation Policy

    Bookings can be amended and cancelled 30 days before the program start date without any costs. Bookings that are cancelled less than 30 days before the program start date will be charged the first week of the booking.

Art & Design Experience

CategoryTeaching
Stylebackpacker
AvailabilityOpen
Price per person$350/week
Minimum Duration1 week

Contact us for availability and further information.

$undefined/week