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  • What is Teach on the Beach?
    Teach on the Beach is a sustainable social enterpriseofembedded adventurous volunteersfrom the United States in theGhana education system throughpartnerships with government schools and our owninnovative after school programs.
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • The Founders
    Aaron Adler
    • Started work in Ghana in 2003 with Ali
    • Created NewsHour in 2007
    • Based in Toledo, OH
    Alison Van Essendelft
    - Got Aaron off campus and teaching
    - Currently teaching in the Bronx
    - Foundation for our teaching efforts
    - Based in New York, NY
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • The Team
    Aankit Patel
    • 4 years in online marketing
    • Taught for 6 months in Ghana (‘09-’10)
    • Got a question? Call me.
    Noah Hebert
    - 6 years in online brand management
    - Currently at LSU Flores School of Business
    - Hasn’t been to Ghana yet
    - Our objective eye and ‘translator’
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • The Team (cont’d)
    Sarah Riczo
    • Joined team in Ghana in 2010
    • Focused on volunteer programs
    • Masters in Non-profit management
    Jacob Janin
    - Volunteer Intern Staffer
    - 2011 Summer Session Director
    - Plans to run Teach on the Beach Ghana
    soon so we can expand
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Vision
    www.teachonthebeach.org
    We believe education is the key to alleviating the poverty and corruption that often plagues the developing world.
    We envision children of developing countries empowered with creativity, compassion, and courage solving the biggest problems facing their communities and creating a peaceful and prosperous future.
  • Our Approach
    Everything is a learning experience
    Children need new people, places and things to better comprehend their world
    They are responsible for their country and their people
    “We are one”
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Who We Teach
    Ages 6-18, 50/50 Boys and Girls
    Students from across Ghana
    Provide room & board for highly motivated, impoverished youth
    Local Students who demonstrate a passion for learning
    Our Busua Beach community
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • …On the Beach
    Busua Beach, Ghana
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Sustained by Volunteers
    We call it…edu-tourism.
    We offer low cost, flexible volunteer packages with a microcosm experience:
    Teach in our partner schools
    Mentor sponsored students
    Build community relationships
    Document and share experiences
    Pass the torch to the next volunteer
    Go to:
    http://teachonthebeach.org/travel
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Volunteers Wanted
    Success of Teach on the Beach = Volunteer Mentors
    Weekly Volunteer duties include:
    7am – 9pm every weekday
    12 hours in the classroom
    15 hours after school mentoring
    Saturday enrichment programs
    team sports, computer classes, reading club, etc.
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Intern with us and…
    Experience Ghana. Organize and lead an educational excursion to a historical or ecological site with sponsored students.
    Meet Global Citizens. King of the Western Region of Ghana , members of parliament such as the former Defense Minister, UN election observers, UNDP staffers on the ground, Peace Corps country directors, and more.
    Develop Programs and relationships so that the next intern can continue your work for the next and the next.
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Our Programs
    Busua Primary School
    Teaching is in short supply, we try to fulfill the demand
    Befriend, help and encourage teachers
    Lead students from school to after school programs
    After School
    We have story books, textbooks, computers, art supplies
    Volunteers teach our students to teach other students
    NewsHour
    We’re gonna need a bigger slide
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • NewsHour Past
    Started in 2007 when Aaron Adler was working in an orphanage in the forest region of Ghana
    Aaron invited the older children in the orphanage to watch the news with him and other volunteers, and then asked them to talk about it
    To ensure participation, he had to create a safe, accepting, and casual environment
    i.e. Adults help steer the conversation, but don’t interject their opinions!
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • NewsHour Present
    The safe environment helped the program grow and grab the interest of the children
    Today, many of the same students are still doing NewsHour daily, improving listening, note-taking, speaking and writing abilities
    NewsHour is now a weekly program at:
    Bishop Luers High School in Ft Wayne, IN
    Seaholm High School in Birmingham, MI
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • NewsHour Future
    NewsHour Worldwide!
    Young people talking to each other across the globe
    Sharing opinions on international news
    Informing each other about important local news
    Go to: http://teachonthebeach.org/newshour
    Facebook Group
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Let’s Start NewsHour!
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Benefits for Interns
    Acquire and improve important skills:
    Verbal communication & empathy
    Learn how to teach and manage change
    Understanding and adapting to a new culture
    Gain experience in international development
    Ground up approach
    Meaning/purpose of development
    How can it be done successfully
    What part does education play
    Build a cultural connection through cooperative learning, volunteers and students learn together
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Sponsored Students
    Striving for personal goals
    Academic Achievement
    Supporting the Program
    Serving the Community
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Internships Available
    Qualified undergrads and graduates will participate, lead and assess teaching programs and get first hand experience growing a grassroots organization in a developing country
    • Teaching in our specialized after school programs,
    • Mentoring our sponsored students
    • Collaborating with staff to assess our impact
    • Exploring ways to increase the penetration and reach of our programs
    • Piloting your own development initiative with our team of sponsored students
    • Collaborating with expats, Peace Corps volunteers, and other NGOs to help increase our impact.
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Mission
    Teach on the Beach serves to encourage learning and create a brighter future for the children of Ghana, their country and the World by:
    1. Sponsoring a select group of disadvantaged students to become agents of change.
    2. Bringing volunteers from diverse backgrounds to advise, mentor, and aide in providing a broad education.
    We work closely with local communities and schools to enhance the effectiveness of our sponsorship program, but ultimately our goal is for our students and volunteers to teach, mentor, and challenge their compatriots..
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • We are an educational support center providing local students with:
    International volunteer mentors
    Education sponsorships
    English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Computer enrichment programs
    Tutoring for youngest children in native tongue
    Community support by promoting educational goals with local, district and regional government
    Encourage in-class learning opportunities by placing volunteer teachers and providing supplies
    Who We Are
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Challenges We Face
    Local Schools
    Unorganized, overcrowded & poorly run
    Absent or rotating teachers
    Rote/mechanical learning in classroom
    Outdated or lack of materials
    Rigid standardized testing primary through senior secondary
    Cultural Issues
    Village life leads to Tunnel Vision
    Limited educational expectations
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Guiding Principles
    Understanding the dynamic relationship of people in interaction with their environments serves as the centerpiece of the curriculum.
    We strive to foster children's development in the broadest sense by providing diverse opportunities for physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Our Approach
    Everything is a learning experience
    Diverse experiences => Objective view on the world
    Support local schools with volunteers and supplies
    Sponsor students who excel in our after school programs
    High standards of performance
    Encourage them to be agents of change
    Keep kids learning until dinner time with interactive after school programs led by sponsored students and volunteers
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Our Curriculum
    Hybrid standards
    Ghana Education Service (GES) standards
    Teach on the Beach Standards
    Rigorous curriculum through real life application
    Non-traditional
    Driven by the children’s interests and abilities
    Absorb, manipulate, and apply learning
    NewsHour (video)
    Math approach
    Imported knowledge
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Our Programs
    NewsHour
    Summary with individual reaction, opinion, and reflection
    Connection with students around the world (Facebook group)
    Open discussion and debate on issues => open thought and discussion of each others ideas
    Primary and JSS After school
    Peer tutoring
    Volunteers teaching using our approach
    Provide learning materials to create new experiences
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Our Programs (cont’d)
    Weekend Computer Classes – provide computers, software, internet and guided exploration
    Current computer classes taught on chalkboard
    Sports & Games – American Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Board Games, Card Games etc.
    Team building, self confidence, problem solving skills
    Cultural expansion, connection to our visitors
  • What We Need
    Funding for Sponsorship Program
    Volunteers
    Community development
    Teachers
    Mentors (Big Brother/Sister)
    Computers & Satellite Internet
    Primary and Young Adult Books (English)
    Media (Software, Movies, Music)
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Volunteers Wanted
    Success of Teach on the Beach = Volunteer Mentors
    Volunteer duties include:
    Discipline & Determination: 7am – 9pm every weekday
    Teach 35 hours Monday to Friday
    50/50 classroom aide and extra curricular programs
    Participate in Saturday enrichment programs
    team sports, computer classes, reading club, etc.
    Organize and lead an educational excursion to a historical or ecological site with Teach on the Beach sponsored students
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Benefits for Volunteer
    Acquire and improve important skills:
    Verbal communication & empathy
    Learn how to teach and manage change
    Understanding and adapting to a new culture
    Gain experience in international development
    Ground up approach
    Meaning/purpose of development
    How can it be done successfully
    What part does education play
    Build a cultural connection through cooperative learning, volunteers and students learn together
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Sarah Riczo
    440.610.0141
    sarah@teachonthebeach.org
    Contact:
    Aankit Patel:
    917.834.1225
    aankit@teachonthebeach.org
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Appendix 1:Weekday Schedule
    www.teachonthebeach.org
  • Appendix 2: Guiding Theories
    John Dewey, Educational Experience
    Bank Street
    Howard Gardner, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
    ‘Why are the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria’
    Utilize, manipulate, relay information or method
    Expectations are set by the children and then carried out by the children
    ‘The having of wonderful ideas’ – Eleanor Duckworth
    www.teachonthebeach.org