Volunteer FAQs

Teach on the Beach programming is uniquely designed to utilize the strengths of volunteers from diverse backgrounds to make a lifelong impact in the lives of our students. Staff are always on the ground teaching and volunteers help us create smaller learning groups and to reach more students. Ready to join us? Register Now

Do I need to be a teacher to volunteer?
What are the volunteer programs?
What do volunteers teach?
Who do volunteers teach?
When can I travel to volunteer?
How long can I stay?
How much does it cost?
Where do volunteers stay?
What do volunteers eat?
Where is Teach on the Beach located in Ghana?


Do I need to be a teacher to volunteer?

No! Teach on the Beach's teaching philosophy is all about inclusion, diversity and embracing everyday learning experiences. Everyone is invited to be a part of this.

To make it easy we have created five different volunteer programs to fit the needs of our students and you, the newest potential member of our family!

Volunteers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and all over Europe have joined us and loved their experience. Register Now


What are the volunteer programs?

Volunteer programs are designed paths to integrating you into our programming. Sometimes volunteers will do a special project, but 99.9% of the time, we simple get you involved in our day-to-day work on the ground.

  1. Service Learning for college and high school students
  2. Alternative Spring Break, an intensive 10 day deep dive in our programming and Ghana, open to all
  3. Teaching Fellowships for undergraduates and graduates with backgrounds in education/working with children
  4. Summer Teachers Session for certified teachers
  5. Voluntourism for families, professionals, and retirees


What do volunteers teach?

With primary students volunteer teach basic English and Math. With junior secondary students we again work on the fundamentals but try to add in concepts like fractions, ratios, algebra, geometry, creative writing, poetry, literature, debate, etc.

Depending the program you chose, you may spend time in the schools, but all volunteers teach after school and participate in NewsHour.


Who do volunteers teach?

Volunteers participating in all five different programs stay in the Teach on the Beach House with our Scholars. Scholars are both guides to Ghana as well as students, living in the same house (differnet rooms, of course) makes for a really unique teaching and learning experience for everyone.

During After School, however, we invite students from the community into our house. They are typically very poor and have only a basic grasp of English, but nevertheless go crazy for foreigners and love to learn. Often under a walking pile of ecstatic Ghanaian students will be one of our volunteers with a smile on her face.

For NewsHour our Scholars invite their own mentees to the house to participate in the discussion. We screen all students and enforce strict rules against begging and stealing. Offenders are given a chance to come clean, if they don't they are immediately removed from the house to protect the safe environment we try to create for volunteers and students.


When can volunteers travel to Teach on the Beach?

Anytime! There is always an American staffer on the ground teaching and working in the community.


How long do volunteers stay?

As long as they like! Our service learning and teaching fellowship programs have minimum stay requirements but for all other program types, visits of 1 week, 2 weeks, or 10 weeks are welcome.


How much does it cost?

Each program has slightly different pricing, check out the program details for pricing.

  1. Service Learning for college and high school students
  2. Alternative Spring Break, an intensive 10 day deep dive in our programming and Ghana, open to all
  3. Teaching Fellowships for undergraduates and graduates with backgrounds in education/working with children
  4. Summer Teachers Session for certified teachers
  5. Voluntourism for families, professionals, and retirees


Where do volunteers stay?

All volunteers stay in the TOB House unless they indicate they'd like to say in Resort Accommodations.

The TOB House is hostel style with male and female volunteer rooms with private bathrooms and beach balconies. Volunteers have 24/7 access to our extensive library of books, art supplies, educational materials, satellite TV, and the beach via our front porch!


What do volunteers eat?

Volunteers get three square meals a day at the TOB House. Meals consist of rice or yams with tomato, okra, or taro stew or starchy balls of corn or rice dough with fish/chicken broth, peanut soup, or palm nut soup. Everything is made fresh and while its a bit repititive, eating it regularly has definitely helped volunteers lose weight and feel great :)


Where is Teach on the Beach located in Ghana?

We are located 45 minutes west of Takoradi in the village of Busua. On Google Maps we are just south of the village of Agona. Busua is a filling village located in one of the most beautiful coves in the world. Check out pictures.

Travel Policies

  • Refund Policy. Given the needs of our organization - the needs of the children - we cannot offer refunds on any transaction. Deposits, housing, meal, transportation, excursion, and program fees collected are final and non-refundable.

  • Volunteer Conduct. If a guest or volunteer blatantly violates the code of conduct (all guests are required to read and sign), they will be expelled from the house at their expense.

  • Travel Insurance. All guests and volunteers are required to purchase travel insurance.