The Street Academy

The Sports and Cultural Academy For Street Children

Experience The Opportunity To Help Ghana With Voluntary Work At The Street Academy! 

        

        Do you want to experience a new country and it culture?

·         Do you want to help street children in Africa?

·         Then this might be the time of your life.

After spending some time, as volunteers, here in the Street Academy, the idea of an own Voluntary Project for other volunteers has been developed. Without going through a long organizational application process, The Street Academy itself offers you, our cherished foreign partners in promoting and implementing universal basic primary education, voluntary work.

The Street Academy runs a non-formal school for street children; there are four classes in all (special class, beginners, intermediate and advanced). Classes are held from Monday to Friday and begin at 8.30a.m. and close at 1.30p.m. After the street children go home in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the local beaches, the University of Ghana, the Parliament House, Arts centre, markets or other interesting tourists site here in Accra. You get the chance to meet native people and see how they live. On the weekends you will be able to experience the local nightlife and go to one of the Reggae Parties on the beaches or bars. The weekend will also be a perfect time to travel throughout Ghana and learn more about the country.

About Africa, Ghana and the Population

Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth’s total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With a billion people (as of 2009) in 61 territories, it accounts for about 14.72% of the World’s human population.

The Republic of Ghana extends inland from the Gulf of Guinea on the western ‘bulge’ of Africa, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the south, Togo to the east, Burkina Faso to the north and La Cote d’Ivoire to the west. With a surface area of 238,837 sq km, it is similar in size to Great Britain or the American state of Oregon. It is bisected by the Greenwich Meridian and lies entirely within the northern tropics between 4.50N and 110. Most of the country is relatively flat and lies below an altitude of 150m but several peaks in the east rise to above 800m. It has a tropical climate, warn to hot all year through, and can be divided into two broad geographic zones: the south and centre are moist and support a cover of a direr savannah environment.

THE PEOPLE:
Ghana’s population is estimated at 20 million, roughly ten percent of whom live in and around the capital city of Accra. Other major urban centers include Kumasi, Tamale, Tema, Takoradi and Cape Coast. More than 70 languages and major dialects are spoken countrywide, classified in four linguistic groups: Akan, Mole-Dagbani, Ewe and Ga. The most widespread Akan language is Twi, which is spoken by roughly half the population, including the Asante (Ashanti) people of Kumasi and the coastal Fante. Two-thirds of Ghanaians are Christian, another 15% are Islamic, and the remainders adhere to traditional animist beliefs.

 

Basic information:

·         At least 18 years of age at the beginning of the journey

·         No previous knowledge needed

·         Basic English skills needed

·         Placement in a carefully picked local host family

·         Application at least 6 weeks before the journey starts

 

Services we perform:

·         Pick-up and drop-off from the Airport in Accra

·         Weekend trips to Northern Ghana, Cape Coast, Kakum National Park and the Twli Waterfalls

·         Introduction into the new culture and a planned city tour with local Street Academy members

·         Hosted in a carefully picked host family

·         Support of an experienced contact person from Street Academy before, during and after your journey

·         Contact information to former volunteers

·         Placement in different activities at our school for street children

·         24-hour emergency number of a local Street Academy member

·         Support of the visa application and if necessary extension

·         Information for travel insurances

·         Contact information to other volunteers of the Street Academy

·         Participation certificate 

 

Contacts:

Ataa Lartey- The Director    +233277856131

Staccra @yahoo.com/streetacademy86@hotmail.com

USA contact:  streetacademy.usa@gmail.com

  

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