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As a participant on 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 practical vocational skills, such as IT literacy, English language, or commercial catering, with more specialised support in healthcare, confidence-building and gender equality theory.

You’ll assist in delivering practical workshops, talks and events on topics such as menstrual health, mental health and fitness, as well as discussing women’s rights, teaching English and basic computing. This will empower them to make self-determined choices, improve the quality of life of their family and community, and increase their contribution to the economic and 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 near the city. 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.

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Day 1 - (Saturday)

Meet the local team in the foyer of the Ibis Styles Hotel, next to Kotoka International Airport in Accra, at 09:00.  Head to the program base where you will receive a tour of the accommodations and the local area. 

Day 2

Receive orientation and training on the program and our local partners  as well as health & safety training. With the beach being a short walk away from your accommodation, you may be given some downtime to explore and enjoy the immediate surroundings.

Days 3 - 7

Most of your time will be spent on project work which will involve planning, designing, and delivering women's economic empowerment activities.

These may include: 

  • Conducting research in to local attitudes and approaches to women's economic empowerment challenges & opportunities to help guide and improve projects and current academic understandings;
  • Undertaking campaigns or activities to raise funding or awareness regarding women's economic rights and gender equality;
  • Delivering vocational skills workshops in basic computing skills, English language, literacy, business and life skills, and financial planning, to help local women achieve economic independence

Day 8 - Day 9 (usually Saturday and Sunday) 

Weekends will be free for you to explore the local culture and sites along with your fellow volunteers. 

Day 10-14 (Monday to Friday) 

Project work will commence and you will pick up on the activities you started in your first week.

Your last day

Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends.  The local project coordinator will drop you back off at the airport in time for your departure flight.

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start date

Saturday's

minimum age

you gotta be 18 to do this program

Highlights

  • Contribute towards sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives in Ghana.
  • Meet participants from across the world and develop your cross-cultural skills.
  • Learn about Ghanaian culture and visit historically significant sites.
  • Develop your confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.
  • 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.

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