Programme: Short Term Community Development Internship Ghana Short term community development internships are perfect for gender studies majors, budding lawyers, social workers, psychologists, educators, career breakers or anyone wanting to make a sustainable difference abroad. Expect to be pushed outside your comfort zones, to learn new skills, and make use of your theoretical, classroom based training in a new way.
Interns working on our community development programs in Ghana will partner with local partner organisations in the area. The particular issues they will be tackling will be decided by these local organisations but interns can expect to get involved in projects addressing issues related to education, healthcare, gender equality or construction projects. Our community development internships aim to contribute to a selection of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal #4 - Quality Education, #5 -Gender Equality and #10 – Reduced Inequalities.
Programme: Volunteer Teaching Ghana Travel to the coast of Africa’s Gold Coast, to help young students increase their confidence in working with numbers, words and computers. In your free time explore the cosmopolitan city of Accra, shop for local handicrafts at one of the many markets and experience the uniquely Ghanaian flavours of fufu and peanut soup.
On average the standard of education in Ghana is fairly low and schools are often underresourced and overcrowded. Volunteers will contribute towards developing these schools in a sustainable way by assisting in improving the standard of numeracy and literacy. All participants will receive the necessary training, including lesson planning and relevant teaching methods to conduct a lesson. This ensures that participants are fully eqquiped when they step into the classroom to teach a lesson.
Programme: Girls' & Women’s Empowerment Ghana Across Ghana, women still own less land than men and have a lower annual income. Through combined efforts with local partners, we will be working together to increase females’ access to education, while improving their employment opportunities and quality of life. Joining this program as a volunteer will allow us will increase local capacity, and will allow GVI’s partner organisations greater focus on the sustainable development of women’s rights in Ghana to bridge the gap between men and women.
Through various initiatives in Ghana, we aim to assist in gender equality through various educational, healthcare or income initiatives. We aim to empower local women through various educational activities, and build their capacity to support themselves and their families further.
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). Accommodation is basic but comfortable, centrally located with electricity and shared rooms and bathrooms. You will enjoy daily communal meals with the other participants.
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. On average the standard of education in Ghana is fairly low and schools are often underresourced and overcrowded. GVI volunteers will contribute towards developing these schools in a sustainable way by assisting in improving the standard of numeracy and literacy. All participants will receive the necessary training, including lesson planning and relevant teaching methods to conduct a lesson. This ensures that participants are fully eqquiped when they step into the classroom to teach a lesson.
Apart from focusing on subjects like English, Mathematics and Computer Literacy GVI volunteers will also get involved with public health volunteering.
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). On your weekends or while off project, the following short trips are popular and should definitely be checked out!
Visit historic Jamestown and discover all the beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings, clapboard houses and corrugated iron shacks.
Head over to the Makola market for a true African market experience. Be sure to try out some of the local cuisine that is sold here by the local vendors.
Take a trip to the National Museum for insight into the local cultural or head to the ANO Centre for Cultural Research and check out the Ghanian art!
Alternatively, for a relaxing day out, be sure to check out Bojo Beach just west of the city of Accra.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate). What's Included:
24-hour emergency phone
24-hour in-country support
Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
All necessary project equipment and materials
All necessary project training by experienced staff
Long term experienced staff
Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
What's NOT Included:
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Medical and travel insurance
Police or background check (where necessary)
Logistics. If you have the time and budget, there are a number of opportunities for exploring more of Ghana. These could include taking a tour of Cape Coast’s historic whitewashed castle, a former slave-holding site. For the nature lovers there’s Mole National Park, home to about 90 species of mammals, including African elephants. After going on safari you might want to head to Fort San Antonio for a guided tour of this historical monument and experience the amazing views of the coastline from the top of the fort. The travel opportunities in Ghana are endless!