Microfinance for Economic Empowerment

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gegründet 2004
Frank
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Koordinator | Frank

High­lights

Participate in a micro-finance volunteering or internship opportunity in Ghana.
Receive hands-on experience.
Work with local institutions, as well as the government and non-government organizations.
Spend several months to a couple of years living and volunteering in Ghana.
Go on weekend excursions or join social events together with other OGVO volunteers and interns.
These initiatives are geared towards reducing urban and rural poverty and are typically put forth by the government and other institutions. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+
Alleinreisend
Pärchen
Familien
Gruppen

About the Program

Bring your accounting or economics skills and join this project for Microfinance for Economic Empowerment in Ghana. The local team has already supported over 200 Ghanaian women improve their lives. Providing disadvantaged communities a means of gaining financial independence and stability, this project works mainly with groups of women. With small businesses focused on a range of activities from food selling to sewing the project is helping to offer the women security for their futures.

The micro-finance initiative offers two approaches to lending; micro-finance cash loans and micro leasing, where a rental fee is paid for an item such as a sewing machine. Loans are rarely given to the poorer people in society as they have no collateral meaning that they struggle to find ways to escape the poverty trap. Micro-finance is a proven way of not creating millionaires, but increasing the standard of living for those who need the most help. Join this micro-finance project to see how it works in the real world.  Learn about the challenges facing the borrowers and micro-finance institutions that are making this a viable lending option for many.

Why choose this project?

You will want to join this Microfinance for Economic Empowerment project as an accounting, economics or international development student to gain a much better understanding of how micro- finance actually works.  The team needs you to help with the book keeping and accounting aspects of the role, which are ever increasing as the project grows in size.  Come and support the local team with these essential activities.

Role of the volunteer

The role of volunteers is discussed with you each Monday morning when a team meeting is held to review the needs of the project for the coming week. Much of the work will require computer time, spent mainly on spreadsheets, so a good grasp of Excel will be useful. With the team, you will review the many applications received from potential beneficiaries to identify who meets the eligibility criteria. You may find this challenging when there seem to be so many good reasons to lend to everyone.

You may be asked to write proposals for extra funding for the project so that more funds can be secured, enabling the project to reach out to more members of the community. This project will certainly enable you to help with the day-to-day tasks and improve your understanding of this global initiative to increase lending access to the more disadvantaged members of society.

Skills Required

If you have a passion for finance, banking or lending you should apply for this Microfinance for Economic Empowerment project. Volunteers should have good Excel skills, as this is a key tool used on this project.  Soft skills you should have include flexibility, openness and a willingness to work with others, as these are important attributes for this project. Volunteers are expected to come with ideas and be willing to share those with the project team in a constructive manner.

Location
Ghana is a peaceful and welcoming country; Ghana satisfies one's appetite for both modern and traditional life. Its wide valleys, low-lying coastal plains, and thick rainforests resound with the beat of traditional rituals, while her cities glow and vibrate with all the bustle of the modern world. The Ghanaians are the friendliest people in West Africa: warm, proud yet humble with a contagious and calming sense of funniness.

Ghana is hot. It is always hot. What’s more, it's always humid. Humidity usually lingers between 95 and 100 percent. The rainy season lasts from mid-June to mid-November - sometimes. The rain provides a little respite from the intense heat, but temperatures will still be in the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The south of the country experiences the heaviest rainfall during September.

Tagesablauf

A usual working day will be from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Volunteers and interns will participate by looking over loan application forms, filling out and balancing the daily ledger, leading exit interviews for individuals who are doing repaying, keeping track of beneficiary profiles and standing, as well as paying visits to beneficiaries in order to look over their progress and collect payments.

For longer-term volunteers, you will be able to analyze reports in a more in-depth manner as you project long-term financial growth, review microfinance loan policy and procedure and, finally, help to create new microfinance initiatives.

Freizeitaktivitäten

During weekends Volunteers/Interns have the opportunity to visit all that Ghana has to offer. Weekend trips available include visits to Mole National Park in the Northern Region of Ghana. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest Elephant Sanctuaries in Africa with the chance to spot Lions, Leopards & Antelopes in their natural habitat.
Volunteers can also take a trip to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana to relax in the beautiful beaches and see the famous Cape Coast castle, the Kakum Canopy walkway and Elmina castle, where slave trade begun.

NOTE: We do provide tours, therefore you can add a tour before or after your volunteer program for an additional cost. We can perform quality tours and can offer discounts to volunteers.

Swimming
Konzerte/
Musik
Sightseeing
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Oper
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Voraus­setzungen

Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Sprachkenntnisse
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fließend)
Ausbildung
auf High School Niveau
Benötigte Unterlagen
No
Staatszugehörigkeit
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
No previous experience is required.
Arbeitszeiten
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag von 08:00 - 17:30

Leist­ungen

Dienstleistungen von Our Generation Voluntary Organization

Airport pick-up and transportation from Accra to your project sites - Three times daily local dishes - Introduction to host family and program - Accommodation - Placement and supervision in program - Medical Assistance - 24/7 Hotline for support - Recommendation Letter / Certificate - In country introduction/orientation - Regular Culture/Recreational Activities (Personal spending not included)

Abholung vom Flughafen Kotoka International Airport

You will be met upon arrival and you will be transfer to your project site, it's about 4 -5 hours drive from the airport, Accra.

Unterkunft

All accommodation with a Ghana home-stay family is included. Rooms are private (you can share with other volunteers but the price will remain the same) and have all the basic furnishings you could expect, including running water, electricity & clean bathrooms. The home-stay families have been specially chosen by OGVO and have hosted many volunteers over the course of several years. Our home-stay families form some of the most memorable parts of Volunteer Programs and provide amazing insight…..

Gastfamilie Einzelzimmer Doppelzimmer Jugendherberge
Verpflegung

Three meals a day are provided by the home-stay families and consist mainly of traditional Ghanaian meals with some flexibility for home comforts when available. If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.

Internetzugriff
Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Flugtickets
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Ghana zu finden.
Reiseversicherung
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Ghana bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Impfungen
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Ghana antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Ghana überprüfen.

Termine & Preise

KEINE KREDITKARTENGEBÜHREN

Informationen zur Anreise

This program is available all year round, so volunteers or interns can arrive any day of the week or any month of the year with advance notice!

Verfügbarkeit
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
Dauer
2 - 24 Wochen

Programmgebühren

Kosten: Preise in USD
2 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
$ 600
3 Wochen
$ 651
4 Wochen
$ 732
5 Wochen
$ 813
7 Wochen
$ 975
9 Wochen
$ 1.136
24 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$ 2.350
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$ 199 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben aufgeführten Programmgebühren aktuellen Wechselkursschwankungen unterliegen können. Our Generation Voluntary Organization wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Die Zahlungen werden von PayPal, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter, abgewickelt. Wenn du kein PayPal-Konto hast, kannst du auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit Our Generation Voluntary Organization während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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Support & Mediation
Wir unterstützen dich in jeder Situation
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Microfinance for Economic Empowerment

These initiatives are geared towards reducing urban and rural poverty and are typically put forth by the government and other institutions.

$199/week

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