Could you teach Ghanian entrepreneurs how to build Meteor apps? I recently moved to Accra to do just that. The school is looking already looking for the next wave of Tech Fellows to take over the following academic year.

The students’ mission: launch a software startup in 2 years

MEST is a startup school in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training) cover 3 topics: business, communication and tech. For the first year, most of their time is taken up by lectures and self-study, punctuated with assignments. The second year is time to get serious and they split off into groups to work on their company.

The two years climaxes in a pitch to Jorn and others. When successful, a team is invited into into MINC, the incubator. They receive seed funding as well as dedicated advisors to help them grow their company.

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MEST‘s mission is to train the next generation of software entrepreneurs. The students who make it into the school have already achieved something. The application process is extremely competitive and I’ve already heard quite a few interview horror stories – and that was from the successful candidates!

The reason it’s so competitive is obvious; it’s an incredible opportunity.

Your job: teach them to code

The majority of students have no experience coding (or running their own business, for that matter). There is a limited time to cover a large number of topics which currently includes HTML, Bootstrap, Javascript, Rails, Android and Angular.

You’ll help the students learn the fundamentals of programming and build up to their very first MVP. This is proving to be an extremely rewarding experience.

I’m learning as much as I’m teaching.

Teach Meteor to newbie developers

When I heard about the opportunity, I was at the height of my Meteor honeymoon. In my interview, I went “all in” and said that if I came, it would be specifically to teach Meteor. Luckily, the rest of the tech faculty agreed that it would a good addition to the syllabus.

Meteor is a great framework for beginners. It’s very easy to get started and you achieve a lot when you learn a little. It’s also an excellent choice for startups.

I made such a big deal over Meteor that I don’t want to see it phased out of the curriculum when I leave. I want to find at least one Meteor developer in the community to take over for the next academic year.

A brilliantly ambitious class

The most powerful aspect of working at MEST is the atmosphere created by the students. Each one has worked so hard to be there and is determined to succeed as an entrepreneur. I could not have felt more welcomed in my short time here.

Your life in Ghana

The school understand that moving to Ghana is a big deal and tries to make your life as comfortable as possible. You are formally employed by MEST, a non-profit company and receive:

$1000 a month

Which is way more than you need especially when…

Accommodation is provided

You live in a big house with people from all over the world. The ‘Yellow House’ is set aside for up to 12 teaching fellows who currently are from:

  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • USA
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Zimbabwe
  • India
  • UK

People who are prepared to throw away jobs and come live in Ghana are generally interesting people.

Welcome party with faculty

Welcome party with faculty

Three meals a day (during the week)

The staff and students are provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner during weekdays.

2x return flights

You will be flown from your nearest airport to Accra. Those who teach for a year also get to fly home for the Christmas break.

Gym, Health insurance, Visa, Vaccination etc.

Our lives are pretty comfortable here and there’s little to complain about. There’s quite a lot that the school offers to reimburse you for. There’s also an administrative team to help with any problems that might occur.

These guys were a perk I hadn't counted on

These guys were a perk I hadn’t counted on

First World Problems

Ghana is a third-world country and living here presents a set of unique challenges. On my first day I was told “Nothing works in Ghana”. This was an exaggeration, but you should prepare yourself for brief interruptions to power and water. Life is generally comfortable and easy, but

Introduce yourself

Could you imagine yourself teaching Meteor in Ghana? If you have any questions, please ask in the comments, tweet me or send an email to ben[at]meltwater.org.

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