Women's Economic Empowerment & Vocational Training

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 sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives in Ghana.
Meet participants from across the world, developing your cross cultural skills.
Explore Ghanaian culture and discover West Africa's hidden, historical gems.
Develop your confidence, teamwork, leadership and leadership skills.
Assist Ghanaian women to gain freedom of choice, financial independence, and access employment opportunities through computing, vocational and skills-related training. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Ghana is still largely a patriarchal society, with women often expected to become housewives or mothers from a relatively young age, resulting in a lack of financial independence for those women and a lack of gender consideration or contributions across a broad range of social and professional spectrums in general. Participants will therefore work alongside local GVI partner organisations, including the Parent Teacher Associations of local schools, the Ghanaian Girl Guides Association, and others. On this program, participants will work directly with local women and female students of all ages, via various engaging projects in the traditional fishing communities of Ghana’s Gulf of Guinea coastline. GVI’s projects in Ghana help these women to learn practical vocational skills, such as IT literacy, English language, business management, curriculum vitae writing, financial planning and more. Participants will assist in delivering practical workshops and ensuring that GVI helps deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: UN SDG 1, No Poverty; SDG 5, Gender Equality and SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities. 

Based in the lively and enchanting beach-side village of Kokrobite, your time and efforts will help the women of the community improve their self-determination, increase families’ and communities’ quality of life, and help women to meaningfully contribute towards increasing the general productivity as well as economic and social development of Ghana. 

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

During your stay you will be provided you with cultural, local and health & safety training. In your first week, from Monday or Tuesday we will begin to prepare you for your work on projects. Subject to your specific activities, we may take you through a program training presentation, provide you with further guidance on health, safety and professional approaches to your work, take you on a tour of the partner-sites you will be working at, and develop an itinerary for you so you are clear on your activities over the coming weeks. Once you have begun your work, we will carry out regular reviews with you to check your progress, answer any questions you may have, and ensure you are able to work as effectively as possible.

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
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
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: 
  • 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.


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.

  • Ghana is tropical, hot and humid most of the year, with a wet season lasting between April and September. Please consider this in all your planning and/or contact your GVI Program Expert for further information.
  • Accommodation is in shared, gender-specific, dorms with shared bathroom facilities.
  • GVI will provide bedding and mosquito nets to cover your bed.
  • There is unheated running water available for cooking and showers.
  • Drinking water is provided by GVI.
  • There is no air conditioning but ceiling fans are available.
  • Secure storage lockers are provided in all dorms.
  • You will complete laundry by hand.
  • There are GVI dogs & cats at our Ghana base (please inform your GVI Program Expert of any allergies)

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by GVI but you may wish to buy snacks, soft drinks or treats from the local super market. GVI will prepare most meals - a combination of local and international dishes - but you may be asked to help with cooking and dishwashing if required. For sustainability reasons, most GVI base meals do not contain meat or fish, but do typically include: cereals, bread, rice, stews, vegetables, fruit, salads, and some continental dishes.

Please make your GVI Program Expert aware of any dietary requirements you may have, including food allergies.

There are both local and international restaurants in the local area which you are free to enjoy at your 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
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$896 /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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Women's Economic Empowerment & Vocational Training

Assist Ghanaian women to gain freedom of choice, financial independence, and access employment opportunities through computing, vocational and skills-related training.


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