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Hailed as West Africa's golden child, Ghana deserves its place in the sun
Ghana is a warm, friendly country in West Africa, neighbouring Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo. It is not the most popular area with tourists but as its reputation is growing, so too is the tourism industry. Known as the land of gold due to it having large gold deposits, Ghana has a turbulent history. The slave trade was especially harsh to the people of Ghana and at different times in its history it was colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British. It gained independence in 1957.
The remnants of its history can be seen by visitors to the numerous old forts and slave buildings. While it may not be an easy aspect of the country to experience, the beauty of the monuments shines through and it is an interesting look into the past.
Ghana is an unconventionally beautiful country with an abundance of natural beauty. You can sip cocktails on the beach, watching the local fishermen as they work, or you can visit the Kakum National Park – a rainforest with a long canopy walk. You can visit Nzulezo, a village on stilts, or you can go on a walking or driving safari in Mole National Park; no trip to Ghana would be complete without an encounter with elephants, baboons, warthog or antelope.
The people of Ghana and their culture is highly mixed down to the fact that the country is made up of several tribes that uphold their different cultural quirks and orientations as well as a varied lifestyle. Even though there are a multitude of different groups in the the country the culture in an overall sense is unified and for the most part, Ghana enjoys political stability even after the post-Colonial era.
Football is a national obsession and the national sport in Ghana, and has recently built a large stadium in the capital of Accra. As in many West African countries, football in Ghana attracts a fanatical following and from Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana has one of the best World Cup records. For example, Ghana put in the best performance of any African team in the history of the competition when it qualified for the Quarter Finals of the 2010 World Cup. Unfortunately, the Ghanian team was beaten by Uruguay, that scored an equalizer by handball. Like many African countries, the best players in the country often leave Ghana to pursue careers in European leagues. Many Ghanaian players are dotted with the best leagues in the world. Iconic players such as Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan.
Ghana is a linguistically diverse area where more than 40 distinct languages are spoken. English is the official language and though it is not spoken fluently by everyone, it is used as a lingua franca to communicate between the different communities.
As is the case with many African countries, there are numerous volunteer positions and organisations that bring in volunteers to teach English, among other things. In terms of paid positions, it’s possible to find positions at international schools, most of which are in the nation’s capital, Accra. Employers usually provide accommodation, though this may be in a shared house or with a host family. There are also a few language schools providing English lessons for adult learners. The salaries for teachers are not very high so you won’t be able to save very much, but you will be able to live comfortably and enjoy what Ghana has to offer.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|BA/BS required||9– 12 months||January, May||Work visa||Students, adults||GHS 950 – GHS 1 675 (£170 – £300)||GHS 1 800 – GHS 2 000 (£260 – £289)|