VolunteerMatch Ghana

Microfinance & Business Development

Accra, Ghana show on map

As a volunteer or intern with our Microfinance program, you will be placed in a unique position to assist with Microfinance initiatives in Ghana

The project

The innovation of microfinance has allowed low income individuals, usually excluded from the traditional banking system, to obtain micro-loans to develop micro-enterprises and build savings. The aim of VolunteerMatch Ghana’s microfinance project in Accra is to provide local individuals, groups and communities with the proper skills training and micro-loans to grow their businesses, create new jobs and help break the cycle of poverty and hunger.

Volunteer work

As a volunteer/intern on the project, you will work alongside the local VolunteerMatch Ghana staff to develop small business ideas, basic bookkeeping skills and conduct weekly workshops on topics related to micro-credit, computer literacy and vocation skills training.  Volunteers/interns will live at the VolunteerMatch Ghana home-stay in Accra located in a safe residential neighborhood with all amenities at your finger tips.

Volunteers/interns will also help with a wide variety of tasks which could include reading through business plans, developing marketing strategies, small loan management accounts and checking on the eligibility of members seeking micro- loans. Most of the people you will be working with are hard-working but poor families and individuals, especially women, who have already started small businesses but need general business guidance and financial support to grow their business.

VolunteerMatch Ghana staff along with volunteers /interns provide all the beneficiaries with business skill training before they receive their first small loan payment. As you familiarize yourself with the basic needs of the local people you can also help them capitalize on small scale entrepreneurship through basic computer literacy training.

Typical day

As a volunteer/intern, you will spend time in a completely new environment, learning about a different culture and way of life while helping to fight poverty. It will be a rewarding as well as challenging experience. The project runs year round so you can volunteer at any time. While volunteering on the project and working alongside the VolunteerMatch Ghana staff and locals, you will gain fluency in the local Ghanaian language "Twi" that is widely spoken in the communities where you will be working.

Through the microfinance project with support of volunteers and donors, VolunteerMatch Ghana works to empower individuals to start their own businesses, learn savings habits, and improve their farming, which enables them to create better lives for themselves and their families.

Volunteers/interns applying must have interest, experience or education in business administration, management, or marketing, accounting, finance and a strong interest in development work to join this project. Your work schedule is 7 hours a day for 4 days a week.

Details on Arrival

This project is year-round

Free-time activities

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.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding

Program 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)
Required Documents
CV and Photo
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Having obtained training in some areas or has some work experience in the related field is also helpful.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by VolunteerMatch Ghana.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
VolunteerMatch Ghana (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by VolunteerMatch Ghana

Inclusions

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
  • Airport pickup from Kotoka international airport in Accra 
  • Accommodation in VolunteerMatch Ghana volunteer house
  • 2-3 meals a day during volunteering period
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Standby generator during power outages;
  • Orientation
  • Cost of arranging placement

What's NOT Included?

  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees 
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Local transportation to and fro program location
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at additional cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses, TIPS, extra meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned (approximate personal expenses for food and traveling per week would be USD 40 to USD 50 per week)
Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

You will be met by our representative at Kotoka International Airport in Accra from where you are transferred to your project location. Volunteers will stay overnight in Accra at VolunteerMatch Ghana homestay.

Accommodation
VolunteerMatch Ghana strives to provide best of the living and other arrangements to its volunteers. Like we keep saying, just pack your bags and arrive at your placement destination. From your airport pickup, stay, meals, weekend tours and other nitty gritties, VMG manages everything for you.

Volunteers will be staying with VolunteerMatch Ghana home stay. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteers. By staying with VolunteerMatch Ghana homestay you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and traditions.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are provided with 2-3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at VolunteerMatch Ghana homes stay. Ghanaian cuisine consists primarily of starches, soups, beans, meat and fish. The Starches consist mainly of rice and doughy balls made from mashed cassava, plantain or yams.
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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$700.00
8 weeks
$1,400.00
12 weeks
$2,100.00
14 weeks (max. stay)
$2,450.00
Average fees
$175.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 14 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. VolunteerMatch Ghana will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ghana.
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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Western Africa Ghana  Accra, Teshie Rasta Road

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