Educational program participation Regular Primary school visits: 2/3 times Regular attendance to assigned after school tutoring group News hour participation or primary children night reading/game time Data and Assessment collection Completion of provided reflection journal after each educational program participation Monitoring programs: what works, what doesn’t, what the kids really enjoy, ways to improve Administer provided assessments Assist in data collection & organization Exit interview An informal interview with a board member about your experience and our program
If problems arise with our students (ie they are not acting in accordance with the code of conduct, are being disrespectful, etc) please report it to your trip leader
Sample-TOTB Volunteer Training
Welcome toTeach on the Beach Volunteer Training
Intro to TOTBMission• Our mission is to prepare the youth of developing nations to be active and responsible leaders for change.• Exposing students to a variety of experiences both in and out of the classroom builds a broader social and cultural understanding. The confidence students gain from this understanding enables them to critically and creatively examine solutions to long-standing problems.
Our Programs• NewsHour – Provides students the opportunity to learn about the world in an environment of discussion and free thinking – Students share their thoughts with others around the world – Open discussion and debate on issues provides to opportunity for creative solution• Primary and junior high tutoring – Individualized help from volunteers helps students excel in their studies• Computer Classes – We provide computers, software, internet and guided exploration• Sports & Games – Team building, self confidence, problem solving skills – Cultural expansion, connection to our visitors
The Students• Primary ( Ages 6-11) – Educational Game – After school tutoring• JSS (Ages 12-16) – Newshour – Homework help – Test prep• In Between JSS and SS (Ages 16-18) – NewsHour – Research projects• SS (Ages 18-20) – NewsHour – Homework Help
Goals of Programs• After School Programs: Educational and social development support. – Elementary focus: Developing reading comprehension and basic math skills – JSS & SS focus: Computer skills, reading comprehension, reflective writing and higher order mathematical thinking• NewsHour Program: Developing global perspective, analyzing events, understanding why, discussing thoughts & feelings, potential solutions or future developments
Volunteers• General Volunteer activities – Educational • School visits • After-school tutoring • NewsHour or reading/game time – Data and Assessment collection • Journal • Monitoring programs – Exit interview• Code of Conduct for Volunteers
Expectation of Our Students• Code of Conduct – Expect students to have active participation & regular attendance – Report any issues to trip leader• Rubric
Your Role• To act as an advisor to the students• Mentor & role model your actions are being observed by those children. Act accordingly• Facilitator of learning by being inquisitive• Let students make discoveries on their own, your role is to guide and make sure they are looking for answers- ask Why?
Ghana: Things to know• Gifts: It is rude not to accept a gift someone tries to give you. That being said, sometimes there is a fine line between a gift and someone trying to sell you something.• Right Hand: Eat, greet, and do everything else with your right hand. It is very disrespectful to eat, exchange money, wave, or accept something with your left hand, so keep this in mind!• Thumbs up: The thumbs up sign is not exactly “cool” in Ghana where the gesture is similar to giving the middle finger.• Respectful words: As a sign of respect, certain prefixes like “Mama”, “Nana”, or “Auntie” are used when speaking to older peopel or authority figures.• Petty crimes like pickpocketing are minor problems. Do not walk around at night, try to stay in groups. Girls should try not to wear purses that can easily be snatched.
Preparing• What to bring• Supplies to bring for TOTB• Supplies for Projects
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Our Pledge to Service Our volunteers are an integral part of thesuccess of Teach on the Beach. Theirknowledge and hard work is the catalyst behindthe success of our educational programs.Through day-to-day life on the beautiful coast ofGhana, volunteers will gain uniqueunderstanding of the countrys culture, ourexcursions around the country will provide alesson in history, and their work as member ofthe Teach on the Beach team will provide themthe opportunity to change a childs life.