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
Registration Fee 50 EUR
Program Cost: 450EUR + 100EUR Donation
Total: 600 EUR
Costs and Requirements for Volunteer Interns
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
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
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- 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:
- You must be 18 or over
- Criminal Background Check
- Proof Medical Insurance
- Fluent in English, high level reading and writing in English
- Strong commitment to the values and principles of volunteering and sustainable development
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Ability to adjust to basic living conditions
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Initiative and enthusiasm
- Self starter and is able to work independently and in groups
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
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