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Let us help ourselves to make the world a better place. Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI) is a grassroots Ghanaian organization, striving to narrow gender gaps and created opportunity and prosperity for women and children in Ghana for over 10 years.  We believe strongly in sustainable development and strive for our projects to become self-reliant.  AFAWI takes a holistic approach to sustainable development, consulting and collaborating with communities to meet their needs and goals, to ensure projects will bring the most opportunity and success to the community as a whole.  We believe in sharing ideas and collaborating with people in to bring about real positive change.                        
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Empowering people
  • Narrowing gender gaps
  • Food Security

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An Impactful 2-week Opportunity
The livelihood project is a social enterprise which aims to eradicate poverty through sustainable business opportunities. It seeks to help ultra-poor women achieve financial and economic independence, by providing initial capital for startups and expand business. We have removed the need for collateral and offer a much lower or interest free financial support to women.

July 16th -22nd 2017 ( Deadline - 15 June 2017)
Ga East Municipality - Abokobi

October 8th – 21st 2017  ( Deadline - 8 September 2017)
Ga West Municipality - Amanfrom


Day 1: Arrive at Kotoka, Stay the night at the hostel facility in Asofan

Day 2: Orientation at the AFAWI Office
In the morning, you will walk through the community of Asofan to AFAWIs office, meet the local staff and be given an orientation session on Ghana. After lunch, orientation will continue with all the details surrounding the livelihood project.

Day 3: Site visit: local opinion leaders/Chiefs and Queen Mothers
After breakfast, the bus will pick you up from the hostel facility and take you to the rural community in Abokobi. We will visit the municipal assembly and operational communities and after lunch visit the Traditional Authorities and Chiefs, who will welcome us into the community to proceed with our work.

Day 4: Mobilization and client assessment
Today will be an early start, breakfast will be to go and we drive again to the community. Volunteer Interns will visit the local women homes to mobile women through need assessment by types and scale of business, business performance through current market trend and loan repayment competence.

Day 5: Analysis and grade collected data from field
Volunteer interns will be working in the AFAWI main office to analysis and grade perspective clients who qualify to receive loans from the programs and provide needed training areas as provide by the clients during analysis.

Day 6: Preparation of loan application forms and departure for cape coast tour
Volunteer Interns will make their way again to the AFAWI office in the morning, to start paper work for loan disbursement the following week. After lunch Volunteer Interns and AFAWI staff will depart for a visit to Cape Coast in Central Region. This will be a further drive than the rural community, so everyone will stay in a hotel close to the falls.

Day 7: Visit the Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle
On Saturday, everyone will visit Cape Coast and Elmina castle; don’t forget your camera, to take pictures of Ghana’s historic slavery sites.


Day 8: Relax and return to Asofan
The morning volunteers will have time to relax and take in the scenery at Oasis beach. We will leave early afternoon back to Asofan to the hostel facility.

Day 9 - 11: Grouping training selected women
Volunteer interns will visit the community and group women in to social group, semi commercial group and commercial group. Then each group will receive training in terms and conditions and of loans, repayment methods, business planning, book keeping, savings, profit and lost management HIV, Cholera Education and family planning education.

Day 12: Disbursement of loans
Volunteer interns will disburse minimum amount of GHC 500 (Approximately 115 USD) of loans to selected women.

Day 13: Last day in the office & Test your bargaining skills
This morning will be spent finishing up reports, sharing information and pictures. The afternoon, Volunteer Interns will be able to test their bargaining abilities at the Art Centre and then on to a farewell dinner in Accra.


Day 14: Departure

COST:
Registration Fee 50 EUR
Program Cost: 450EUR + 100EUR Donation
Total: 600 EUR


Apply now

Costs and Requirements for Volunteer Interns

Registration Fee

Registration fee for all programs is 50EUR to be paid at the same time an application is submitted.  This registration fee is refunded if the application is not approved.  It can also be refunded up to 60 days before the program starts and 50% up until 30 days before the program begins.

The fees include:

(During orientation a breakdown of cost for your specific program will be provided)

Registration Fee (50EUR):

  • Processing Application
  • Administration cost
  • Program marketing costs
  • Information packs
  • Communication costs with interns

Program fee

The program fee is listed at the end of each Volunteer Intern opportunity.  The program fees vary based on length of program, transportation, and accommodation costs.  The program fee is non-refundable and must be paid 30 days before the program starts.

Program Fee (listed per project)

  • Airport pick up
  • Orientation
  • Program supervision
  • Accommodation and meals (2 square meals) during internship period
  • Transportation to the projects
  • In-country 24/7 volunteer support
  • In-country administration costs

Donation

All programs require a 100EUR donation.  This donation is used to cover the cost of the project and goes directly to those who need it most.

Donation (100EUR)

  • Directly to the implementation of the project
  • These costs will vary per project
  • In orientation, a list will be provided

Costs not covered by fees

There are some costs not covered by the registration or program fees that Volunteer Interns will have to budget for.

 

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Vaccinations
  • Police Certificate
  • Spending money (volunteers in Ghana generally find US$30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses)

 

Requirements and more information

AFAWI Volunteer Intern programs are centred around our projects, you can expect to write a report at the end of your time with us, though there are many opportunities to have fun and enjoy Ghana, our programs are centred around making positive changes through the work we do.  AFAWI is looking for Volunteer Interns who meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be 18 or over
  2. Criminal Background Check
  3. Proof Medical Insurance
  4. Fluent in English, high level reading and writing in English
  5. Strong commitment to the values and principles of volunteering and sustainable development
  6. Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  7. Ability to adjust to basic living conditions
  8. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  9. Initiative and enthusiasm
  10. Self starter and is able to work independently and in groups
  11. Respectful

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

An Impactful 2-week Opportunity
Connect and collaborate directly with AFAWI staff to work with rural communities to bring health education and health care screening.  This is an opportunity to work directly on a health focused project to bring healthcare and health education directly to a community that needs it most.  This also includes an excursion to the beautiful Boti Falls in Eastern Region of Ghana.

June 11-24 2017 (Deadline - 15th May 2017)
Community: Lower Manya Krobo Municipality

September 17 -30 2017 (Deadline - 16th August 2017)
Community: AKuapem South District-Aburi

November 5 - 18, 2017 (Deadline 5 October, 2017)
Akuapem North Municipality-Akropong

       
Day 1: Arrive at Kotoka, Stay the night at the hostel facility in Asofan
Day 2: Orientation at the AFAWI Office
In the morning, you will walk through the community of Asofan to AFAWIs office, meet the local staff and be given an orientation session on Ghana. After lunch, orientation will continue with all the details surrounding the health care screening project.

Day 3: Site visit: Health Authorities and Chief visit

After breakfast, the bus will pick you up from the hostel facility and take you to the rural community in Eastern Region.  We will visit the governing health offices in the community and after lunch visit the Traditional Authorities and Chiefs, who will welcome us into the community to proceed with Health Screening project.

Day 4: Live on the Radio

Today will be an early start, breakfast will be to go and we drive again to the community.  Volunteer Interns will visit the radio stations and other media outlets to promote and inform the community of the health screening details and answer questions live on the radio.
Day 5: Access to Health Facilities

Volunteer interns will be given a tour of the main hospital that services the community, visiting some patients along the way.  Then to the CHPS compounds to meet the community based nurses and see where they work.

Day 6: Preparation for screening and departure for Beautiful Boti Falls

Volunteer Interns will make their way again to the AFAWI office in the morning, to start paper work for the health screening the following week.  After lunch Volunteer Interns and AFAWI staff will depart for a visit to the breath taking Boti Falls in Eastern Region.  This will be a further drive than the rural community, so everyone will stay in a hotel close to the falls.

Day 7: Visit the Waterfalls

On Saturday, everyone will visit Boti Falls, don’t forget your bathing suit, the water is very refreshing. There is also hiking available and other various activities.
Day 8: Relax and return to Asofan
The morning volunteers will have time to relax and take in the scenery.  We will leave early afternoon back to Asofan to the hostel facility.
Day 9:  Office day
This day will be spent at the AFAWI office preparing documents and reports for the Health Screening. Please don’t forget your laptop, it’s essential to have digital copies of all the documents produced for this project.
Day 10: Health Screening Day!
All your hard work will be worth it to see health care being brought to community members that otherwise could not afford to go to the hospital.  Volunteer Interns will work with doctors and nurses to ensure the health screening process goes smoothly, they will be asked to help counsel clients, perform surveys and inform clients of their access to community based nurses.
Day 11: Analysis data collected and Prepare for the registration of Health Care Insurance Plan
Back to the AFAWI Office, volunteer interns will work together to prepare reports analysing the data collected.   Preparation will be done to have all clients who have tested positive to return tomorrow to be registered for the National Health Insurance Card at the hospital.
Day 12: Registration for National Health Insurance Cards
To the community hospital in the morning, to begin the registration of National Health Insurance Cards for all community members who tested positive during the screening.  Volunteer Interns will work side by side with nurses to register community members, help administering the cards and participate in counselling clients and educate about their aliment.
Day 13: Last day in the office & Test your bargaining skills
This morning will be spent finishing up reports, sharing information and pictures.  The afternoon, Volunteer Interns will be able to test their bargaining abilities at the Art Centre and then on to a farewell dinner in Accra.
Day 14:  Departure
 
COST:
Registration Fee 50 EUR
Program Cost: 450EUR + 100EUR Donation
Total: 600 EUR


Apply now

Can anyone volunteer?

Yes, anyone is welcomed to apply to Volunteer Intern.  We are looking for passionate individuals that are willing to learn and collaborate on projects that help communities in Ghana.  It is a well structured program where Volunteer Interns will be required to write a report by the end of the program.

Will I work with other volunteers?

Yes, all of our programs have 10-15 volunteers at one time.  Volunteer Interns will be placed into groups to do different tasks or work in different communities but will all stay in the same hostel facility.

Where will I be living?

All our volunteer interns are hosted in AFAWI hostel facility, which is located at Asofan with standard facilities to make your stay comfortable. It is about 10 minute walk from the office along a main road with small shops and restaurants.
AFAWI has welcomed volunteer interns from around the world for over seven years.

Contact

+233 243 871 816

+233 303 965 195

AS-7 Asofan, Ofankor North, Accra, Ghana

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