Support the Livelihood of Women

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founded in 2006
AFAWI
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Coordinator | Marlene
Coordinator | Marlene
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High­lights

Support vulnerable women and children in Ghana
Support a local Ghanaian grassroots organization
Get an overall insight into the work of an NGO
Work alongside experienced staff
Discover the beautiful country and culture of Ghana
We are looking for volunteers to help in our LivelihoodProject, which focuses on empowering women in Ghana through provision of loans, saving accounts, business training. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI) constantly ​welcomes volunteers from all over the world, to help our team with the planning, implementation and coordination of our projects. As a grassroots organization we strongly believe in the combination of intercultural exchange and regional social engagement of local employees, bearing in mind the important requirement of cultural and social understanding, when it comes to a sensitive work that is actually affecting other peoples life.

Volunteering with AFAWI will therefore give you a unique chance to learn and experience grassroots development work in a local Ghanaian NGO. You will be working in rural communities alongside our experienced staff and thus ensure equality and dignity for women and children in Ghana and help building the country from the bottom.  


Together we can bring out real positive change! 
 

The Livelihood Project focuses on empowering women in need in Ghana, with the overall aim of making them financially independent and giving them and their family the chance to rise above the poverty line. As women play an important role in the economical sector, but often are dependent on the income of their husbands or other family members, our project supports their creation of a new business or their expansion of an existing one (e.g. selling of water, fruits).  The project is thereby scheduled in three phases:

  1.  All women are required to take trainings and workshops.​ The workshops will go through basic business skills, finance, management and health care (incl. family planing). The health aspect is very important bearing in mind the crucial role of a women in the well being of the whole family, which therefore is directly linked to her work ability. During the sessions, the women will further have the chance to connect with others and share their ideas.
  2. In a second step, women are then provided capital in the form of small loans with very low interest rates, for investing it in a new business or expand an existing one.  
  3. Thirdly daily savings accounts are made available (locally known as “susu”) to encourage further saving for the future. Many women do not have access to bank accounts because of the accompanying costs and the long distance to bank offices. AFAWI therefore provides a chance to create a saving account through a personal collection of the saved money by our staff at the womens home or workplace. 

Typical day

A working day (Mo-Thu) typically starts for our volunteers at 9:00 am at the office. 

As the accommodation for our volunteers is located in the same building as our office space, the way to the work is often very short. 
Depending on the daily task, the volunteers will either work in the office on planning the next project phase, or help in the preparation and conducting of the workshops (phase 1 of the project). 
On other days, the volunteers will go out in the rural areas for the field work, accompanied by our staff. In this project this means helping with the recollection of the provided loans or further savings (Phase 2 and 3 of the project).
The daily working routine is thereby very diverse as we are always trying to give our volunteers an overall insight into the work of a NGO. 

We normally have a lunch break together on working days if possible and the day officially ends for our volunteers at 4pm. After that, the volunteers have time to explore the city on their own or take part in our activities  (such as language and cooking classes, games night etc.). 

Free-time activities

During your stay with AFAWI you will have the possibility to explore all parts of Accra and the rest of the beautiful country of Ghana. The city thereby has a lot to offer when it comes to cultural activities and also it is located directly at the beach, which gives you the possibility of swimming, surfing etc. in your free time.

Our team will assist you with the planning of your weekend travel options and accompany you if you are interested in. From waterfalls over hiking in the mountains,  beautiful lakes, long coastline and national parks of Ghana - there is a lot to see.

Furthermore we offer other free time activities in our house, including local language and cooking classes, games and karaoke nights. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We are constantly looking for volunteers to help our experienced staff with the planning, implementation and coordination of our projects. We are therefore looking for individuals having an active interest in gender equality and grassroots sustainable development work, and share our mission and vision.

AFAWI welcomes everybody who seeks to make a real difference in this world and we will adjust the work of each person on their existing qualifications.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

What's Included

Services by AFAWI
AFAWI is not charging for the volunteer program itself. However, if you chose to stay in our accommodation facilities (which is recommended but not mandatory), the fees are 10,00 EUR per day / 70,00 EUR per week, including: 


  • air port pick up and drop off
  • accommodation 
  • electricity and running water
  • WIFI during working hours

 


Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
One of our staff members is picking you up with the car at the airport in Accra when you arrive and will also drop you off on your departure day .You will recognize us on the airport with our T-shirt with an AFAWI Logo as well as a sign with your name.  The drive to our house is around 40 minutes. 
Accommodation
Normally the volunteers stay in our accommodation facility in a shared room with one other person. However the amount of people in one room might be more (or less), depending on the season of the year and the number of volunteers we are receiving. 
The bathroom and kitchen is shared. Cooking equipment is provided in the kitchen area. 
There is an outside and inside eating area. 
The accommodation is mainly self organized by our volunteers, but our staff provides assistance with the general cleaning, as well as the cooking of lunch during working days in the office. 
Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
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

There is no specific start date for our volunteers, but we encourage you to start at the beginning of a month! 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$169
3 weeks
$208
4 weeks
$278
5 weeks
$347
9 weeks
$626
17 weeks
$1,181
50 weeks (max. stay)
$4,235
Average fees
$85 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. AFAWI 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 AFAWI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Support the Livelihood of Women

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