Community Development Internship

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Coordinator | Natalie

High­lights

Contribute towards meaningful and sustainable community development initiatives in West Africa.
Earn an ILM Endorsed Leadership Certificate.
Gain hands-on experience in community education, gender studies or international development to boost your resume.
Meet participants from across the world, developing your cross cultural skills.
Explore all that Ghana has to offer, and be immersed in the Ghanaian culture.
Gain invaluable skills related to intercultural competency, advanced communication and leadership, to set you apart and boost your resume and career development. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Projects are varied and will be decided by assessing the needs on the ground at the time. Typical project activities might include designing and delivering arts and crafts sessions with kindergarten and junior school students, coordinating computing skills workshops with women from the local community, and delivering presentations on professional skills, healthcare, gender equality or international development to community members and GVI partners. 

Participants will work alongside local GVI partner organisations, including the Parent Teacher Associations of local schools, the Ghana Education Board, The Ghana Health Service, the Ghanaian Girl Guides Association, and other organisations helping GVI to provide development projects that deliver on the UN SDGs. Interns will be able to participate in standard GVI activities, such as delivering computer literacy classes, English language and literacy workshops, life skills, teaching early years students, and many others.  In addition, interns will also be expected to help GVI achieve broader community goals, including developing development policy, conducting research, establishing partnerships, and assisting with the planning and completion of general GVI development activities. 

As an internship, this program includes the ILM Endorsed Leadership program, designed to develop your leadership skills and put you a step above other candidates, along with EFR First Aid training, designed to provide you with confidence to respond to first aid related emergencies. You will be guided through this training by your assigned mentor on base. At the end of the course, successful candidates will receive a certificate and personal recommendation in both areas. After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations in Ghana, or in other countries around the world where GVI operate. 

Activities will be shaped around individual participant's skills and experience. Participants will be planning, designing, and delivering community activities that may include: 

  • Conducting research in to local attitudes and approaches to development; 
  • Undertaking campaigns or activities to raise funding or awareness for community projects; 
  • Delivering vocational skills workshops in basic computing skills, English language, literacy, business and life skills, and financial planning; Helping to identify potential partners and stakeholders with whom GVI can work to build local capacity;
  • Delivering training and knowledge in global development policy approaches; Teaching and class-room support.

Typical day

A typical day on this internship will include working with local community schools with early years students, supporting in the class room, designing extra-curricular activities, or conducting vocational training workshops covering topics like healthcare, gender equality, or professional skills development. From Monday to Friday you will work on the internship projects and weekends are yours to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at base with your fellow interns.

Free-time activities

Feel free to bring a Ghana tourism or travel book/guide with you, or to seek advice on local travel from the GVI team. On your weekends or while you are off project, the following short trips are popular:

  • Visit historic Cape Coast and discover all the beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings and take a tour of Cape Coast Castle. 
  • Be sure to head to our local food or goods markets for a true African shopping experience and to try some of the local cuisine. 
  • For nature lovers there’s Kakum National Park which is home to an abundance of biodiversity and offers a breathtaking canopy walk. 
  • If you just want to chill why not take a canoe across the estuary and relax at Bojo Beach Resort.
  • For shopping, entertainment and much more you can visit the many attractions, hustle and bustle of the capital; Accra.
  • Or simply take a walk around the village and enjoy coconut-lined golden beaches.
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No specific skills required, all training is provided in field
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Global Vision International (GVI)

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
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
We will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. In most locations, we also set up a Whatsapp group to help with managing airport arrivals. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.

Accommodation
GVI’s base in Ghana is located in the lively town of Kokrobite. The natural beauty of Kokrobite's golden sandy beach makes it a popular destination for any visitor to Ghana. Here participants are able to experience full West African cultural immersion by visiting the rural. suburban areas, and the traditional fishing communities surrounding the capital city of Accra. Known for its coastal landscapes, palm strewn beaches and beautiful rivers, participants will experience breathtaking scenery in an all-encompassing communal environment, sharing a once-in-a-lifetime experience with fellow participants from all over the world, as well as with the decidated GVI team on the ground.

At our Ghana base participants will live in a guest house that was purpose built to accommodate volunteers. It is a two minute walk from the beach, with a garden full of colourful flowers and tropical plants, and sits within an attractive walled compound located in a quiet part of Kokrobite. Here participants will typically live in shared dormitory-style rooms, with en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. There is also a fully functioning kitchen, office and outdoor dining/meeting area.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Food on our Ghanaian base is mostly cooked in a traditional local style by the GVI staff. The guest house provides a set menu for breakfast and dinner that is mostly vegetarian, and which combines local Ghanian dishes with continental dishes. Local food is simple, often spicy and consists mainly of fresh fruit, bread, eggs, and root vegetables or starchy sour-doughs served with rice, stews, or soup. During project days, participants can eat a packed lunch while working at the project site or they can return back to base to prepare thier own lunch.

Typically dinner will be cooked by the GVI staff. They will prepare dinner each day but you are free to buy and prepare your own meals if you prefer. On Sundays volunteers will have the opportunity to take turns to prepare the team dinners. There are also restaurants in the local area, serving a selection of local and internation dishes, which participants are more than welcome to frequent, at their own expense.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

  • 2019
  • 16 Nov 2019
    14 Dec 2019
    • 2020
    • 11 Jan 2020
      08 Feb 2020
      07 Mar 2020
      04 Apr 2020
      02 May 2020
      30 May 2020
      27 Jun 2020
      25 Jul 2020
      22 Aug 2020
      19 Sep 2020
      17 Oct 2020
      14 Nov 2020
      12 Dec 2020
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
6 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
6 weeks (min. stay)
€2,895 ($3,242)
8 weeks
€3,295 ($3,690)
10 weeks
€3,695 ($4,138)
12 weeks (max. stay)
€4,095 ($4,586)
Average fees
€412 ($461) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Vision International (GVI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Vision International (GVI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Community Development Internship

Gain invaluable skills related to intercultural competency, advanced communication and leadership, to set you apart and boost your resume and career development.

$412/week

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