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Community Development Internship in Ghana

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

Durations: 2 - 12 weeks
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Build a better world by contributing to vital, locally-led project work that strives for a more just and equitable future.
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Ethical
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In line with the UN’s SDGs, we are committed to ethical and sustainable engagement with our local partners and communities.
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Beautiful
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Learn from the world’s most unique and significant cultures, in breathtaking remote locations.

Program information

GVI’s community development internships are perfect for gender studies majors, budding lawyers, social workers, psychologists, educators, career breakers or anyone wanting to make a sustainable difference abroad. Expect to be pushed outside your comfort zones, to learn new skills, and make use of your theoretical, classroom based training in a new way.

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Speak to alumni
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Careers
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Program overview

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.

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. All GVI internships are geared at developing your leadership skills and allowing you to develop a variety of key soft and hard skills that will put you a step ahead of the pack.

Highlights

  • Contribute towards meaningful and sustainable community development initiatives in West Africa.
  • 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.

Is this program for me?

This internship is specifically useful for someone who has or is actively studying the below subject areas at school, university or college, or has an interest in these subject areas.

  • Education
  • Liberal arts
  • English
  • History
  • Communication
  • Development studies
  • Gender studies
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Law
  • Political science
  • Public health
  • Nursing
  • Social work
  • Psychology

Skills

  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Resiliency
  • Time management

Program details

Dates and prices

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What happens next?

Once you apply, a personal Enrollment Manager will be assigned to walk you through the rest of the process.

Itinerary

The following itinerary is an example of the activities and project work that participants might get involved in on this program. More specific details of the program are finalised several months before each start date.

07:30

Enjoy breakfast with the team and prepare your project work for the day.

08:30

Deliver lessons or workshops on education, economic empowerment, and health and wellbeing.

13:00

Lunch is enjoyed as a group. Meals are prepared by GVI staff and include both Ghanaian and western style foods.

13:30

Deliver practical activities or events entered around recycling, vocational skills or sports and fitness.

16:00

Gather as a team to reflect on the day’s work, and discuss any important successes and lessons learned.

16:30

Prepare lesson and workshop plans for the next day’s project work.

17:00

Relaxation time. Call family and friends, or enjoy the beach, surfing and some shopping.

19:00

Dinner with the team. Enjoy good food and good company!

What’s included?

What's Included
General
Volunteer
Intern
Food
Safe and basic accommodation (usually shared)
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
All project equipment
24-hour in-country support from local staff
24-hour emergency desks
GVI Experiences
Pre-program training
Volunteer
Intern
Group introductory call
Welcome presentation
Endorsed GVI Specialisation Course
Endorsed Leadership Course
Project work
Volunteer
Intern
Sustainable project work
Leadership responsibilities
Data collection and research
Real projects with partners
Remote support
Volunteer
Intern
Program training
Weekly group check ins
Remote Academic Internship Supervisor
Remote Career Internship Supervisor
Post-program
Volunteer
Intern
Preferential recruitment on GVI positions
Job portal access
Endorsed Careers Course
Career coaching sessions
Certificates and achievements
Volunteer
Intern
PDF reference - upon request
Linkedin reference and skills endorsement
What's Excluded
General
Volunteer
Intern
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

Life On Base

Our base in Ghana is in the lively town of Kokrobite on the Atlantic coast. It’s a large house with a big communal kitchen and living space where you’ll spend a lot of time when you’re hanging out at base. There’s a patio area and a walled garden, where participants wind down in the evenings. You can also read, plan lessons, or have breakfast out there. There are also gym facilities, table tennis, and lots of space to work or relax. Most GVI staff live on base and it is family friendly.

The natural beauty of Kokrobite’s golden beach makes it a popular destination for visitors to Ghana. Experience West African culture by visiting the rural suburban areas and traditional fishing communities surrounding the capital city of Accra. Known for its coastal landscapes, palm-strewn beaches, and beautiful rivers, you’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery in a communal environment – sharing a once-in-a-lifetime experience with fellow participants from all over the world, as well as the dedicated GVI team on the ground.

The base is walking distance from the schools GVI is partnered with. It’s easy to be independent in your working day, and you’ll get to know Kokrobite very quickly. Within walking distance of the base you can find local street food. Many team members visit here and buy food in their free time.

Accommodation

You’ll live in a guest house that was built to accommodate our participants. With a garden full of colourful flowers and tropical plants, the house is a two-minute walk from the...

Transportation

The GVI team provides transfers from Kotoka International airport in Accra to the base. Participants are able to walk the short distance between the base and the project and par...

Communication

While in Ghana, you may find yourself fully engrossed in the program, with little time for long-distance communications with friends and family. Communication can be a little in...

Meals

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided by GVI at the base. Food on our Ghanaian base is a combination of traditional local and international dishes, utilising locally availab...

Climate

Ghana enjoys a year-round tropical climate and most of the time it’s hot and humid. During the so-called “rainy season”, which is from April to November, it can rain heavily onc...

Medical facilities

Our GVI staff are first-aid trained, and always on hand to assist with any medical concerns. There are community health clinics in Kokrobite, and the nearest emergency medical f...

GVI experiences included in your program, at no extra cost.

Offered once a month, expand your adventure with GVI Experiences. These are just some of the activities offered on your program!

We want you to make the most of the chance to live in – and contribute towards –  the most diverse and unique wildernesses and communities on earth. Introducing GVI Experiences – immersive adventure, cultural and wellness activities exclusive to GVI that have been specially designed in collaboration with our local partners to support and stimulate sustainable economic development.

Enhance your impact. Expand your adventure. Explore your world.

Participate in a cultural food exchange
Stories sustain us
Join an evening of West African dance and drumming
Dance with heart
Learn to make Ghanaian fruit smoothies
The sweeter the fruit
Trek up Kokrobite Mountain
Our purpose is the path
Learn to surf on Kokrobite Beach
On water, to be free
Enjoy a Ghanaian fish BBQ on the beach
Lessons 'round the fire
Learn the history of the transatlantic slave trade
We recall to never repeat
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cape Coast
The heart of the coast

Free time

Joining a program not only allows you to collaborate with local communities, but also offers plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding areas or travel further afield over weekends to see what other parts of the region have to offer.

Field staff are a great source of advice, and have helped us put together the following information on local travel options. Many decide to travel before or after their experience (subject to immigration restrictions), solidifying the lifetime friendships established on the program. Please note that the below suggestions are not included in the program fee, and are for you to organise at your own expense.

Weekend Trips

The Volta region

Located approximately five hours’ drive from GVI base, the Volta Region is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor activities in G...

Adda

In this tranquil village located two hours east of Accra, participants can stay in beach huts which are nestled between a tropical estuary and th...

Elmina

On weekends off, participants can visit historic Elmina and explore the beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings, clapboard houses, and corruga...

Bojo beach

Alternatively, for a relaxing day out, be sure to visit Bojo Beach – located west of the city of Accra.

...

National Museum and Centre for Cultural Research

Take a trip to the National Museum for insight into the local culture, or head to the ANO Centre for Cultural Research, where you can check out t...

Makola market

Head over to the Makola market for a true African market experience. Be sure to try out some of the local cuisine that is sold by the local vendo...

Further Travels

Fort san Antonio

A guided tour of this historical monument could make your experience go from good to great. Experience the amazing views of the coastline from th...

Mole National Park

For the nature lovers, there’s Mole National Park, home to about 90 species of mammals, including beautiful African elephants.

...

Whitewashed Castle

Take a tour of Cape Coast’s whitewashed castle. A former slave-holding site the castle is rich in history and deeply rooted in the national ident...

Cultural Immersion

Engaging intimately with a new context teaches global awareness, adaptability and critical thinking – skills highly valued in the modern marketplace. Local and cultural immersion is encouraged on all our programs around the world, and will also be one of the most enjoyable aspects of your experience. Luckily, there are many different activities that you can get involved in during your free time, or before and after your program.

On our community programs, the focus is on cultural topics, while on marine or wildlife programs the emphasis is more on the environmental element. Use your evenings and weekends to explore topics like local cuisine and religion, or how sustainable development challenges are affecting local contexts.

Kokrobite immersion

Situated in the Gulf of Guinea of West Africa, Kokrobite is in the central region of south Ghana. The village has a population of roughly 5,000 p...

Festivals

Traditionally, Kokrobite is a fishing community. More recently Kokrobite has become a tourist destination, known for its beautiful beaches, live ...

Cooking

If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love trying some of the local delicacies, including Jollof rice, Fante Kenkey (boiled maize dough), Fufu, Coc...

Language

Participants are able to fully immerse themselves in Ghanaian culture through learning more about the local languages. More than 50 languages are...

Speak to alumni

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Get a first-hand perspective

Meet us

Meet the team

Get acquainted with the GVI Africa, Ghana, Accra family

Matt Craig

Program Manager

This is Matt, the Program Manager for GVI’s base in Accra, Ghana. He has lived in Ghana for over 11 years and loves its music and dance, which is why he considers ...

Libby

Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Libby, the Volunteer Coordinator at GVI Ghana. She has an undergraduate degree in music technology from the University of West London. She originally joined GVI in Ghana to ...

Esther

Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Esther, the Volunteer Coordinator at GVI Ghana. She has a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. She now assists participants with the d ...

Aimee

Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Aimee, the Volunteer Coordinator at GVI Ghana. Her journey to becoming a staff member began when she first joined GVI as a volunteer. She now works to support participants ...

Leonie

Project Coordinator

Meet Leonie, the Project Coordinator at GVI Ghana. She fell in love with the country when she visited it for the first time. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications ...

Clodagh

Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Clodagh, the Volunteer Coordinator at GVI Ghana. She originally volunteered in Ghana on a 2-week program and her journey has progressed from there into her becoming a staff ...

Naa

Base Manager

Introducing Naa, the base manager of our GVI Ghana base. Naa was born and raised in Accra and ensures that things are running smoothly on base.

Zen

Project Manager

Introducing Zen, who is the Projects Manager for our GVI Ghana base. Zen is passionate about education, women’s empowerment and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Political ...

Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Heritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

GVI is a proud member of the Gap Year Association.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and high participant ratios.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

Arrivals

When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.

As part of this promise, 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.

 

Your Impact

All of our programs have short-, mid- and long-term objectives that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualise their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Prior to your arrival on base, you will be educated about the UN SDGs. Then once you arrive on base, you’ll learn about the specific goals we have in this particular location, our various objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to be an active global citizen after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

GVI’s base in Ghana was set up as a result of an invitation to support education, gender equality, and community development programs in the region. Over the last 20 years, Kokrobite’s economy and diversification has changed rapidly as the community transitions from the traditional way-of-life to a modern economy. GVI Ghana aims to assist in easing this transition. We assist schools in providing a higher level of education to students who will soon face fierce job competition amongst their contemporaries. We aim to assist with training and empowering women who will soon be forced to leave traditional fishing and housewife positions and join the modern economy. We also assist with improving the health and well-being of community members, providing a safe space for the community to focus on long-term development, rather than immediate health crises.

GVI Ghana works with the most vulnerable members of the community – providing knowledge, skills, expertise, and resources that allow people to gain greater control over their livelihoods and well-being.

You’ll assist our local partners by teaching English to primary and secondary school children, or working with gender equality organisations that promote women’s social and economic advancement through educational workshops. Public health also plays a huge role in educating the local community about how simple lifestyle changes can benefit their well-being in the long run.

Early Years Education

We aim to support traditional fishing communities in their efforts to improve the quality of basic education offered at schools. We do this by combining teaching, classroom assistance, and one-to-one mentoring with students aged 2 to 16 years. Our work involves planning and delivering curriculum-based lessons, creative or sports activities, and one-off workshops focused on topics like oral health, hand washing, and teacher training sessions.

Women’s Empowerment

We work with women in the community to increase their knowledge and build usable skills and expertise. This includes planning and delivering classes in computing, jewellery making, menstrual and reproductive health, nutrition and catering, and leading discussions on women’s rights. We aim to provide women with the support they need to become financially independent and socially empowered.

Public Health

This work focuses on women and children from vulnerable socio-economic backgrounds. We assist with building up access to, and understanding of healthcare issues. This includes planning and delivering workshops on current health concerns (for example, COVID-19), organising registration days where community members can sign into healthcare insurance schemes, organising talks on malaria prevention and treatment, and organising workshops and activities on reproductive health and family planning. We aim to help the community improve its understanding of – and access to – good health and well-being.

Project objectives

 

GVI Accra long-term objectives:

1. Enrich and improve the extracurricular education and learning environment of early-year students at community schools in Ghana.

2. Assist underserved women and girls to achieve economic independence, improved life skills and confidence, and gain an equitable share of social power and position.

3. Empower women and girls from the local community to achieve an improved standard of health and well-being, and to become more confident with issues around gender equality.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.

 

We want to constantly develop our own understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, we aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Our Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better. Find out more, click on the Badge below.

Our 10 ethical commitments

01

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.

02

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.

03

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.

04

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.

05

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.

06

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that every participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.

07

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.

08

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conducted, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.

09

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.

10

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.

Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics. GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.

However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.

Program ethics

No entertainment-based activities

We don’t support the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes. This includes riding animals, having them perform tricks, feeding or bathing them or getting close to them to take photos

No orphaned animal sanctuaries

We don’t encourage, support or allow the rearing of “orphaned” wild baby animals kept at a “sanctuary”. The conservation value of these types of programs is negligent and would only ethically be used in extremely rare cases

Guidelines for touching or movement restriction

When wild animals are restricted for conservation purposes we follow the guidelines of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Animal welfare guidelines

We ensure that the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare are followed. These include the freedom to express normal behaviour and freedom from distress, discomfort, hunger, thirst, fear, pain, injury or disease.

Local community empowerment

We ensure that conservation efforts are also always locally led, that community needs are front-and centre of any conservation effort and that our participants, projects and partners work to increase local community engagement in local conservation efforts.

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No veterinary programs

We don’t offer any veterinary programs or animal rescue and rehabilitation programs. We don’t allow participants to do any work they would not be able to do in their home country.

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No orphanage programs

We don’t support or allow participants to work in institutional residential care facilities, also known as orphanages. We partner with ReThink Orphanages and Freedom United.

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Child and vulnerable adult protection policy

Our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy requires all our staff and participants to complete a criminal background check and to learn why you shouldn’t reveal a child’s identifying factors in photographs. We support the ChildSafe Movement.

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No medical volunteering

We don’t offer any programs where our participants engage in medical treatment. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country. Our participants only assist with public health programs.

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No disability support programs

We don’t offer any programs where our participants work directly with people with disabilities. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country.

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Training

A GVI program is an investment in your career. No matter which you choose, you will be working toward improving your employability by mastering new social skills, gaining further technical expertise and earning qualifications in many cases. Most of our staff are, in fact, GVI Alumni, and we have helped many of our Alumni discover, move toward, and earn their own personal dream jobs. Each program includes introductory workshops, ongoing presentations, as well as on-the-ground professional support provided by our very own trained staff members. In addition, our training programs are critical for helping us to ensure the long-term impact of our sustainable development projects around the world.

For all GVI participants

Orientation: Travelling Responsibly and Ethically

Learn about the importance of child and vulnerable adult protection best practices and how to apply them while on project.

Orientation: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction to the history and evolution of sustainable development, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and how these related to your project work.

Orientation: Further Opportunities for Impact

Learn about our country locations and further opportunities available to you during or after your program.

For all participants at Accra

Community: Women’s Empowerment

Learn about gender equality, skills development and examples of income generating activities.

Community: Human Empowerment

Learn about our empowerment principles.

Certificates & qualifications

University of Richmond Careers in Sustainability certificate

Career paths in social and environmental impact are not as well-established as in other fields. That’s why we’ll provide our interns who have successfully completed their program with our Careers in Sustainable Development course. In this course, you’ll learn about current and emerging opportunities in a range of sectors, allowing you to make the best decision about your future.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all internships. Full course details can be found here.

University of Richmond Leading Teams for Impact certificate

Leadership is a critical skill set for anyone looking to make an impact or drive sustainable development. Develop your own leadership style and learn how to set achievable objectives, give effective feedback and manage conflict successfully. After successfully completing the course, which you have the option of doing prior to your in-country program, you’ll receive a certificate from the University of Richmond.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all volunteering programs. Full course details can be found here.

University of Richmond Community Development certificate

In this course, you’ll explore the most common pitfalls of community development initiatives so that you can avoid them. You’ll also learn how to carry out community development work effectively and ethically and how local context impacts program development. After successfully completing the course, which you have the option of doing prior to your in-country program, you’ll receive a certificate from the University of Richmond.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all volunteering programs. Full course details can be found here.

Careers

One of the major advantages of joining this program with GVI, is that it’ll give you that competitive edge you need to boost your social impact career! Not only will you get real on-the-ground community experience, you’ll also have access to tailor-made support, as well as excellent training and career-building opportunities to land your dream job.

Benefits

Career mentorship

Receive continuous support through mentoring sessions with a qualified supervisor to help you achieve your professional goals.

GVI career course

Complete an online course in sustainable development careers and obtain a certificate accredited by the University of Richmond.

Career coaching sessions

Take the next step in your career with two one-on-one career coaching sessions from a remote mentor to guide and advise your professional development.

Job portal access

Gain exclusive access to our carefully curated job portal that advertises vacancies in the conservation and development sectors.

LinkedIn reference

Get a professional endorsement from GVI on the world’s largest careers platform to make you stand out.

The GVI Online Careers Course is in partnership with the University of Richmond

Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.

Safety

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Health and safety case studies

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GVI's commitment to safety and security

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How GVI remains prepared for natural disasters

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How GVI manages participants expectations

Once GVI has matched a participant to a program that suits their passions and goals, our team aims to set the right expectations for them. In the event that false expectations a...

Included in your program, at no extra cost.

Make the most of our unique programs with these exclusively curated local adventure and wellness experiences.

Offered once a month, expand your adventure with GVI Experiences. These are just some of the activities offered on your program!
Participate in a cultural food exchange
Join an evening of West African dance and drumming
Learn to make Ghanaian fruit smoothies
Trek up Kokrobite Mountain
Learn to surf on Kokrobite Beach
Enjoy a Ghanaian fish BBQ on the beach
Learn the history of the transatlantic slave trade
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cape Coast