SIERRA LEONE: Teaching Volunteer Project

Sierra Leone Teaching Volunteer Project
Sierra Leone Teaching Volunteer Project

Our Sierra Leone Teaching Volunteer Project increases education standards in the school we support and teach life skills that will help and empower children to make sustainable improvements within their local communities. Dedicating your time, energy, and skills as a volunteer teacher in Sierra Leone with Go Volunteer Africa is a great way to spend your vacation in Sierra Leone.

Volunteers do not have to be professional teachers, though these are highly prized; you simply need an open heart and a desire to improve the individual understanding of children and adults of academics and the world in general. The best way to fight poverty and the key to a child’s success is always through education.

We offer children a safe environment, with support, supervision, socialization and education in a range of subjects, including basic math and English.  The local community members have also shown great interest in learning English from our international volunteers, most of whom speak English as a first or second language. So a volunteer can also participate in our weekly evening English classes to teach local women and youth.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Teach English, Math and other subjects, organize games and arts
  • Share your love and care with children
  • Share your culture and empower children
  • Paint educative murals
  • Provide support for extracurricular activities

Volunteers teach English to a wide variety of ages, ability levels, and professional orientations. One of the most unique aspects of this teaching volunteer program in Sierra Leone is the incorporation of a cultural exchange element, which allows locals to learn about the diverse cultural backgrounds and customs of our volunteers while enriching volunteers’ own understanding of the local culture. You will also have a cultural exchange, cross-cultural exposure, cultural immersion, make new friends, learn the local language, cooking the local food, learn about the rich Sierra Leone’s culture and experience her unique hospitality.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Freetown is a port city and the capital of Sierra Leone, in West Africa. It’s known for its beaches and historical role in the transatlantic slave trade. The old town’s centuries-old Cotton Tree is a symbol of emancipation. On the waterfront is the King’s Yard Gate, through which former slaves walked to freedom. The Sierra Leone National Museum includes exhibits relating to the 19th-century military leader Bai Bureh.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Freetown International Airport in Lungi. A member of staff from our local partner organization will meet you on arrival at Airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Sierra Leone has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Sierra Leone you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Through Sierra Leone Teaching Volunteer Project, you can get involved with a complete range of teaching and development activities in Sierra Leone. You can help in taking normal classes, assisting the teaching staff, conducting extracurricular activities like clay modeling, painting, drawing, singing, art & drama, dancing, group work, games or other similar activities.

Your help and assistance will be greatly appreciated in this school and will be a refreshing change to existing curriculum. The school we support in Sierra Leone, were carefully selected by volunteers as they deserve a long term planned development program.

Volunteers can take up projects depending on the needs of the schools. Volunteers can do a combination of both teaching and renovation/building work in Sierra Leone. If you’re a native English speaker or with some teaching experience, you can be a valuable resource in the classrooms.

With your English skills you could teach proper English pronunciation and usage. Even if you’ve never formally taught a classroom subject, you can assist the local teachers in their day to day work at the school. You don’t need to know the local language, or the methods of the local school system. All you need is enthusiasm and a desire to share your knowledge and make a difference.

We currently have volunteer placements at teaching project for children of all ages. You can teach classes from nursery to secondary level. You can teach math, geography, computing, English or your basic of your native language.

A local teacher will guide volunteers during the first week of classes at the school in regard to lesson plans, schedules and teaching curriculum. If the volunteer or volunteer-intern is ready at the beginning of the second week, he or she may begin teaching independently.

Local teachers are often very capable at providing their students with a good structural knowledge of English, including grammar and vocabulary, but having had little conversational English practice themselves, they often lack the confidence to get the children speaking English.

Despite this, the enthusiasm of the children and the appreciation of your colleagues are sure to make volunteer teaching in Sierra Leone a highly rewarding experience! On the weekends you are encouraged to explore the country with friends you make on the program, and our representatives are available to give travel advice and make bookings for you.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Sierra Leone volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Sierra Leone. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves nature, wildlife and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

Visitors to Sierra Leone must obtain a visa from one of the Sierra Leone diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. As of 2020, it is possible to apply for an eVisa online, for stays of 30 days within a 90 day period. Citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa on arrival: All European Union citizens, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

INSURANCE:

You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Sierra Lleone has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability:  Project open all year round
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older
Start Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Duration: Minimum 4 weeks commitment
Arrival: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Airport: Free Town International Airport
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Meals:
Daily Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Location: Sierra Leone
Language: English
Support:  Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

1 Week
$260
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals Daily
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop Off (Can be arranged on reuqest)
Apply Now
2 Weeks
$360
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a day
Airport pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now
Any Extra Week
$100
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us