Equality. Empowerment. Empathy.

Women’s Empowerment in Ghana

Work with Ghanaian women and girls to provide skills-related training, promote gendered approaches to health and well-being and improve computer literacy and English language skills.

Durations: 2 - 12 weeks
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Positive
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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

Like in many countries with a history of gender inequality, women in Ghana have a lower average annual income than men, are less likely to own land or property, are often forced to abandon their education due to pregnancy or poverty, and are more likely to work in jobs requiring manual labour. Through combined efforts with local community groups, you’ll work with local women and girls to provide social care and support, foster confidence and promote agency, improve female health and wellness, and empower young women to challenge traditional gender disparities.

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Program overview

As a participant in this program, you’ll work directly with women and girls from communities along the Gulf of Guinea coastline. GVI’s projects in Ghana focus on combining social and educational support to school girls, with more specialised support in healthcare, confidence-building and gender equality theory.

You’ll assist in delivering practical workshops, classroom talks and events on topics such as menstrual health, mental health and building healthy relationships, as well as discussing women’s rights, and mentoring students on a one-on-one basis. This will empower them to make self-determined choices, improve the quality of their health, and increase their contribution to the social development of Ghana. All of these activities will help GVI to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) including Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 5: Gender Equality and Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities.

In your free time, why not visit Kokrobite beach which is considered to be one of the best beaches in the region. Many find the pace of life here relaxingly slow, and the shady palm trees along the shoreline mean it’s a calm beach to visit at any time of the day.

When you’re ready to do your souvenir shopping, visit the local markets where you’ll find all forms of Ghanaian handicrafts from woven baskets to clay pots and handmade jewellery. This is also the best place to shop for locally dyed and woven textiles. Local tailors can transform boldly-coloured fabrics into custom made clothing for you, so you can take a little piece of Ghanaian colour home with you.

Highlights

  • Contribute towards sustainable women’s and girl’s empowerment initiatives in Ghana.
  • Help young women to safely navigate complex and important gender issues.
  • Meet participants from across the world and develop your cross-cultural skills.
  • Learn about Ghanaian culture and visit historically significant sites.
  • Earn a professional reference from your program manager (if you successfully complete this program).
  • Gain access to our online community development course, and have the option of earning a certificate endorsed by the University of Richmond.

Program details

Program type
Volunteering
Group
program
Location
GVI Africa, Ghana, Accra
Focus
Women’s Empowerment
Teaching

Dates and prices

Select a start date:

Exclusive offer. Book before the end of the month and receive up to 0 off this program.
COVID-19 flexibility. If COVID-19 prevents you from travelling, change your location and dates free of charge.
Payment plans. Flexible payment plans allow you to pay in instalments.

What happens next?

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

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...

COVID-19 Safety

Enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures in place.

Learn more

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Covid-19 Response

Health and Hygiene

For over 20 years, GVI has prioritised the health and safety of our staff, participants, partners and local community members. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, GVI has created the GVI health and hygiene team to put in place new standards of cleanliness, norms and behaviours that meet or exceed international recommendations to ensure the ongoing safety of GVI’s participants, staff and communities around the world. Internationally recommended practices, such as advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the governments Australia, UK and US, continue to be monitored and the standards are likely to change if and when international advice changes.

The work GVI is contributing to across the globe remains important and the following measures allow our participants to continue to join GVI’s programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. The following changes to our existing protocols have been made by the GVI 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.

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Read up on our COVID-19 protocols

Publications

The best decisions in international development and conservation cannot be made without accurate and up-to-date data or informed research.

Our many field teams around the world collaborate with local and international partners to analyse data and draw conclusions. In addition, many of our participants have used research they have collected on their various GVI projects to complete their Masters, Doctorate, or postdoctoral studies.

We also run a fellowship program which connects postdoctoral researchers at globally-respected universities with our many sustainable development programs around the world to support their research and ensure continuous improvement of our best practices on base.

Cap Ternay Newsletter, Last Quarter 2019

Newsletter

2019

Reef Conservation UK 13th Annual Meeting, Zoological Society of London

Author(s)

Patsy Theresine1, Christophe Mason-Parker2, April Burt3, Pierre-Andre Adam4, Anna Koester2, Jennifer Appoo5, Nicholas Graham6, Shaun Wilson7, Rodney Quatre1, Isabelle Ravinia1, Dainise Quatre1, Mariliana Leotta2, Joanna Blumel4, Elke Talma8, Arjan de Groene5, Aurelie Duhec4, Richard Jeanne4, Jan Robinson9, Phillip Haupt3, Savi Leblond10, Josep Nogues11, Ariadna Fernandez11, Christopher Narty11, Jude Bijoux12

‘The Current Status of Coral Reefs along the North West Coast of Mahe, Seychelles Following the 1998 Mass Bleaching Event’

Newsletter

2019

Reef Conservation UK 13th Annual Meeting, Zoological Society of London

Author(s)

Patsy Theresine1

What's It like?

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.

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GVI experiences

Make the most of your chance to live in – and contribute towards – diverse, unique wildernesses and communities. Introducing GVI Experiences – immersive adventure, cultural and wellness activities exclusive to GVI and specially designed in collaboration with our local partners to support and stimulate sustainable economic development. Enhance your impact. Expand your adventure. Explore your world.
Exclusive local GVI experiences
Participate in a cultural food exchange
Participate in a cultural food exchange
Stories sustain us...
Join an evening of West African dance and drumming
Join an evening of West African dance and drumming
Dance with heart...
Learn to make Ghanaian fruit smoothies
Learn to make Ghanaian fruit smoothies
The sweeter the fruit...
Trek up Kokrobite Mountain
Trek up Kokrobite Mountain
Our purpose is the path...
Learn to surf on Kokrobite Beach
Learn to surf on Kokrobite Beach
On water, to be free...
Enjoy a Ghanaian fish BBQ on the beach
Enjoy a Ghanaian fish BBQ on the beach
Lessons 'round the fire...
Learn the history of the transatlantic slave trade
Learn the history of the transatlantic slave trade
We recall to never repeat...
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cape Coast
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cape Coast
The heart of the coast...

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.

COVID-19 safety

Enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures in place.

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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.

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.

Flights

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Meet the team

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...

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 ...

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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Qualifications

GVI Online Community Development course (optional)

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.

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: Your Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Learn about COVID-19 pre-departure guidelines, base expectations, personal and area hygiene practices and what we are doing to keep you safe.

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.

Free time

Joining a GVI program not only allows you to collaborate with communities or work toward preserving unique ecosystems – but it also offers plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding area or travel further to see what other parts of the region have to offer over weekends.

Field staff are a great source of advice and have helped us put together the following information on local travel options. You can choose to travel before or after your experience with GVI (subject to immigration restrictions), solidifying the lifetime friendships you’ve established on the program. Please note that the below options are not included in the program fee, and would be up to you to arrange 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.

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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...

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.

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.

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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.

COVID-19 safety

Enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures in place.

Learn more

Safety

Upon arrival at the airport, participants will be greeted by a GVI staff member. All GVI staff are our own and all our programs around the world are run by our staff. All GVI field staff are background checked, Emergency First Response and safety trained. The minimum staff to participant ratio on GVI’s programs is one to six, although on several bases we have a ratio of one to three. When finishing the experience, participants will provide feedback on all aspects of their program.

Support

Once a participant books, they will be assigned a personal support coordinator who will oversee their pre-departure journey. The support coordinator helps to bridge the gap between program enrolment and arrival at one of our field bases. Your personal support coordinator will ensure that you are provided with all the necessary information required to apply for visas, background checks, and any other documentation.

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Essential information you need to travel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic - including destination ratings, flight bookings and tests.

Health and safety case studies

How GVI upholds health and safety

It takes courage to book a GVI program, get on a flight, and head off to somewhere new. Volunteering offers a level of cultural immersion that typical backpacking or holidays ju...

GVI's commitment to safety and security

As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the heal...

How GVI remains prepared for natural disasters

The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes ...

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...

What’s included?

What's Included
General
Volunteer
Intern
24-hour emergency desk
24-hour in-country support
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
All project equipment
Food (except on long-term internship placements
Safe and basic accommodation (usually shared)
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
Remote Internship Supervisor
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

Live Updates

Join the GVI Ghana non-profit team to volunteer in child welfare, education, gender equality & healthcare in the coastal village of Kokrobite, Ghana. It is our mission to build a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
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Included in your program

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

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