Why Volunteer Intern with AFAWI?
AFAWI is a grassroots NGO who owns and implements all of its projects. All of our projects are to better individual and communities lives through eye level sustainable development. We are not a volunteer placement agency, making us very unique in comparison to most opportunities in Ghana. You will have the opportunity to work with AFAWI staff to implement a project and see how NGOs function in Ghana.
Why pay fees to Volunteer Intern?
Our Volunteer Intern program is a well structured program to ensure Volunteer Interns are able to do as much to help the community for their short time in Ghana.
The fees cover the following:
Registration Fee (50EU):
- Processing Application
- Administration cost
- Program marketing costs
- Information packs
- Communication costs with interns
Program Fee (listed per project)
- Airport pick up
- Program supervision
- Accommodation and meals during internship period
- Transportation to the projects
- In-country 24/7 volunteer support
- In-country administration costs
- Directly to the implementation of the project
- These costs will vary per project
- In orientation, a list will be provided
Does AFAWI accept groups?
Yes, please contact us directly to ensure there is room in the current project to accommodate your group. We can also work together to customize a program for your group depending on your time and budget.
Do I need special skills or qualifications to volunteer?
No, you do not need special skills or qualifications to Volunteer Intern, only a passion for helping people and an inquiring mind to learn about sustainable development.
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.
How do I obtain a criminal background check?
AFAWI works closely with vulnerable communities. It is important our volunteers have criminal background checks done, prior to arriving in Ghana. A basic volunteer criminal background check can be obtained by visiting your local police department. Please allow sufficient time before you depart for processing times. The background check must be issued within 12 months of your start date and it’s required to be presented in English. If the background check cannot be issued in English then a translated and verified copy will be accepted if presented along with the original. Please contact us if you need further details about the background check. Anyone with a criminal record or caution for other offenses should also contact us before proceeding further. This is very important because we work with vulnerable communities whose safety needs to be taken seriously.
Is travel insurance included in the program fee?
No, it is mandatory for Volunteer Interns to purchase themselves travel insurance, especially medical insurance, prior to arriving in Ghana.
How far in advance should I apply and register?
The sooner you apply and pay the registration fee, your spot will be guaranteed in the program. Our programs only have positions for 10-15 participants at a time.
Will AFAWI provide a reference for me when I finish?
Yes, AFAWI would be happy to provide a reference for you upon completion of the program.
What vaccines do I require?
Yes, it is always recommended to see a travel doctor for medical advice but legally everyone entering Ghana is required to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card (you will be asked to present it at the airport before customs) and the following vaccination are highly recommended:
- Yellow Fever (Legally Required)
- Hepatitis A & B
- Tuberculosis (when epidemic)
- Malaria - Tablets
- Dukoral or other medicine that protects against travellers' diarrhea caused by bacteria called E. coli. (ETEC) and Cholera caused by Vibrio cholerae bacteria found in unclean water. (This is because tap water is not recommended for drinking, even with diligent awareness of this, some restaurants may use the water to cook with, if it is not boiled for long enough, the water may cause these symptoms)
Do I need to be able to speak the local language?
It is required to be fluent in English on our projects. Ghana has eight official languages. The most widely spoken language is Twi, but some of the communities we work with speak other languages. So it is only required to speak English and when necessary there will be translators available.
Can I do traveling and sightseeing on free weekends?
Yes, some of our programs have free weekends, Volunteer Interns are welcome to travel and see what Ghana has to offer. AFAWI staff would happy to make suggestions or help you set up mini trips. All of our programs include at least one excursion, which is listed in the program schedule.