In this project, students and teachers participate in an exchange that can often lead to valuable dialogs about different cultures and teaching methods. Also, by working with local teachers, you are providing new and innovative ways to teach the English language (learned in your home country) that may use to better-educate future students, thereby making a long-lasting impact benefiting the entire community.
Ghana has 3 academic semesters a year: January-March, May-July and September-December. During the school holidays, IFRE helps to offer holiday classes for the school children in addition to organizing site-seeing trips for interns.
- First Session:
* Start Date: 10th January to 12th April
* School Holiday: 13th April to 1st May.
- Second Session:
* Start Date: 2nd May to 4th August
* School Holiday: 5th August to 12th September.
- Third Session:
* Start Date: 13th September to 15th December
* School Holiday: 16th December 2006 to January.
Interns not only have the opportunity to teach English, but may also help in teaching Mathematics, various science and sports/physical education. While no teaching experience or skills are required, interns interested in this particular project should have a mastery/high-level fluency of the English language. Interns are expected to be flexible, patient and have a passion for teaching and a love for children.
- Intern's Responsibilities:
Interns mainly work as an English teacher. You will provide theoretical and practical assistance to Primary and Secondary School Math, English, and Science teachers in Ghana. Interns may be leading a class or acting as a teacher's aide, reading literature and teaching math - most importantly improving low comprehension levels and poor pronunciation. This is a full-time project where interns will be teaching children between 5-10 years of age (in primary schools) and children 11-16 years of age (in secondary schools). The schools' headmasters provide necessary teaching resources/materials. Interns are encouraged to bring authentic learning materials (such as story books, magazines).
One of the most distinguished features of IFRE's internships in Ghana is the guidance of supervisors. Whichever projects you choose, IFRE will assign a qualified supervisor to provide assistance for all interns throughout the duration of their chosen internship. Individuals filling the role of supervisor are usually either the director or chosen staff member of the project which interns choose. During your time as an international intern, you will be assigned a number of duties which Interns also perform (in this sense, there are very few differences between IFRE's Interns and interns).
Wherein exists the differences between interning and Interning is that the internship allows individuals to become more deeply involved in their chosen project. In the internship, you will select a particular area of your interest related to teaching English and explore the issue further with help of supervisor. Please note: the project supervisor does not develop internships as this is up to the intern to get as much or as little out of their projects. All participants should be proactive to ensure the ultimate success of their internships. Supervisors will provide at least five (5) hours each week to make certain that interns are adequately guided. However, interns may contact their supervisor at any time if requiring assistance.
IFRE arranges living accommodations, meals, and supervision for interns from the start to the end of their internships. During the first week of the language and culture program, interns stay in either a hostel or with a pre-approved host family in Accra where they will not only have easy access the heart of the city, but will also receive clean, simple and modest living accommodations as well as three (3) meals a day consisting of food native to the Ghanaian diet. Local fare usually consist of "fufu," "banku," and "yams." Furthermore, as part of the week-long culture and language program, interns will also receive Ghanaian cooking lessons.
Interns program starts on the following (first and third Monday of each month). IFRE is proud to offer all of the services that our competitors offer at a very special economical price (nearly 50-175% less). We here at IFRE do not make 6-figured salaries; and we work very hard and smart to keep costs down especially for you the intern where it counts the most. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all interns involved.
Here is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE offers:
- IFRE is a 501 (C) 3 organization so your program fee will be tax deductible as provided by law.
- IFRE application fee: US $349. The application fee covers advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries).
- What's Included in Program Fee:
* 4 days: US$380
* 1 week: US$562
* 2 weeks: US$682
* 3 weeks: US$810
* 4 weeks: US$938
* 5 weeks: US$1066
* 6 weeks: US$1194
* 7 weeks: US$1322
* 8 weeks: US$1450
* 9 weeks: US$1578
* 10 weeks: US$1706
* 11 weeks: US$1834
* 12 weeks: US$1960
*Ghana language program fee: US$ 250 for one week.
Language fee covers Language and cultural training, food and accommodations for 7 days, training materials (books, papers), cost of local sight seeing/tourist sites, cost of recreational activities, Insurance.
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