Community Development Internship

founded in 1998
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Coordinator | Shannon
Coordinator | Shannon
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.


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+
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. 

Activities will be shaped around individual participant's skills and experience. Participants may 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.

Increasing Employability: Pre Departure Program Training:

Our programs are not only life-changing experiences but are also designed to help participants increase their employability. We have developed a curriculum to be completed prior to arrival in the country in order to ensure that more time is dedicated to program work once you commence your volunteer program. 

Eight weeks prior to your start date, you will complete the following online courses in preparation for your in-country program:




LEADERSHIP COURSE (10 - 15 hours)

CAREERS COURSE (10 - 15 hours)

In order to obtain a certificate for the Community Development, Leadership and Careers courses which are endorsed by the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, you will need to complete quizzes & assignments and will be given 4 weeks post program to submit your work. 

If you are looking to travel in less than 8 weeks from now, you will still complete the course however this will be done in country and all content will need to be downloaded before arrival. 

Health & Hygiene:

The work we contribute to across the globe remains important and new measures allow our participants to continue to join our programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. Changes to our existing protocols have been made by our health and hygiene team to strengthen our health and hygiene protocols and ensure that international standard safeguards are in place to protect our participants, staff and host communities. Please inquire for more information on the protocols. 

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.


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
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 GVI


  • 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 provided online 8 weeks prior to arrival in country:

    • LEADERSHIP COURSE (10 - 15 hours)
    • CAREERS COURSE (10 - 15 hours)
  • 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


  • 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.

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.
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


Details on arrival

Due to the current situation you have the flexibility of changing the destination and start dates for this program at no extra cost. 

  • 09 Jan 2021
  • 23 Jan 2021
  • 06 Feb 2021
  • 20 Feb 2021
  • 06 Mar 2021
  • 20 Mar 2021
  • 03 Apr 2021
  • 17 Apr 2021
  • 01 May 2021
  • 15 May 2021
  • 29 May 2021
  • 12 Jun 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 10 Jul 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 07 Aug 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 04 Sep 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 02 Oct 2021
  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 30 Oct 2021
  • 13 Nov 2021
  • 27 Nov 2021
  • 11 Dec 2021
  • 25 Dec 2021
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$666 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. 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 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

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