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  • Orphanage and Youth Development Center

    There are staggering 143 million orphan children worldwide, 34 million in sub-Sahara. Many remain uncounted, living in the streets and sewer systems. They are subjected to human trafficking, prostitution, child labor and worse. Many of these children will die of starvation, malnutrition, preventable illness and acts of violence. Many will spend much of their lives in jail or prison and we are advocating against that.

    As a care volunteer, working with orphans or children in the youth development center, you will help the kids learn life-skills that parents would normally teach them. Volunteers get involved in the day-by-day running of the center. You have to make sure children are fed, washed and dressed. Paying personal attention to them, you will be making a really positive impact on their lives. There is always scope for any talents or interests you may be able to utilize. Art, crafts or music are always popular activities and many placements have outside areas where sports and games can be played. Many volunteers also help educating the children in personal hygiene and social skills.

    The program is designed to address the educational, physical, psychological and social needs of these children. Providing safe and structured environment, where the young people feel free to thrive and realize their fullest potentials. Volunteers are to oversee that children attend school volunteers come up with innovative ideas that will improve self-sufficiency and team work, creating opportunities for community involvement and growth, and providing emotional and psychological support systems.

    Opportunities exist for volunteers to be more involved in teaching. You may spend your afternoon helping the older children with their homework on their return from school, or if you have the corresponding skills, you can administer first aid to any child in need. The work volunteers do can be challenging at times, but the strength and resilience of the children will inspire you to persevere. Your day may start early helping the children out of bed and give them breakfast however, you will probably finish early too or have several hours off at lunchtime, before returning to play with the children in the afternoon.

    Many volunteers like to take them out on a trip from time to time. An afternoon at the beach or walking around the market can be a revelation for some of the children, who rarely get the chance to travel more than a few miles away from their homes.

  • Who can Apply

    Social workers, students, study groups, teachers, Individuals, Faculty led groups.

  • Volunteer Requirements
    • At least age 17 (no maximum age limit)
    • Good English
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
    • Strong support and advocate for disadvantaged children
    • Should be able to work independently as well as in teams when there is the need.
    • Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity.
  • Projects Details

    Arrival and Departure Point:
    (Kotoka International Airport, Accra)

    Working Hours:
    Mondays to Fridays
    25-40 hour per week

    Project duration: 2 weeks minimum
    Dates: Flexible
    Cost of volunteering: Refer to our living conditions & page

  • Improve Education

    According to the Africa Competitiveness Report in 2009 the only thing can that improve the standard of living of Africans is education. However, in sub-Saharan Africa alone 33 million primary school aged children don't go to school. 18 million of these children are girls. There are many factors affecting lack of education. Global Volunteer foundation’s aim is to improve primary education by engaging volunteers in teaching activities, sustainable building infrastructures and coming up with initiatives that will better the educational system.

    You don’t have to be a teacher to volunteer abroad on our teaching projects. There is no need to have a TEFL or TESOL qualification to gain international work experience with us. You don’t even need to speak the local language where you are volunteering. The program is open to all volunteers whether you are on a gap year, at university or wanting a career break or summer breaks. All we require is a good standard of spoken English and communication.

    You will find a warm welcoming awaits from our students. Most often the local teachers are very capable of teaching the structural aspects of the English language - such as the grammar - but do not use the correct intonation or pronunciation, because they lack the confidence of a native speaker. By providing conversational English teaching, you can greatly enhance the learning experience and the future prospects of thousands of children and adults. Volunteer can teach in elementary or high schools. Often you will find that all you have is a blackboard and a piece of chalk in the classroom. Fortunately, the main resource you have is yourself. The students will want to find out about you. They will want to know why you have chosen to come and teach in a school in Ghana or Africa. Lots of the lessons will give you the opportunity to explain about where you live or your interests and hobbies at home. Usually volunteer will teach about 16 hours of lessons per week. You will also need to take time to prepare your lessons and correct your students’ work. Many volunteers choose to help out in other areas as well, helping students with extra-curricular activities like sports, drama or music lessons for example. Before you leave we will send you a comprehensive teaching guide with ideas, teaching games and advice. It includes tried and tested teaching resources and takes you through beginner and intermediate lessons. Before you know it your great lesson plan will be being repeated in classrooms across the city where you are based.

    Volunteers don't only teach in our improve education program, but help in formulation policies to enhance the education system, they also educate parents/guardians on the need for their children to get education, volunteers create educational projects in areas where communities lack infrastructures and we facilitate the designs and construction of schools using sustainable materials which are environmentally friendly.

  • Who can Apply

    students, study groups, student organizations, educationalist, architects, individuals and faculty led groups. Teaching supplies you can bring: Picture books, instruments, art, music, or other teaching materials related to your subject, Pens, pencils, note makers, color pens, novels, games, stickers, crayons, exercise books, story books, chalk, white board markers, erasers, sharpeners,

  • Volunteer Requirements
    • At least age 17 (no maximum age limit)
    • Good English
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
    • Strong support and advocate for Education
    • Should be able to work independently as well as in teams when there is the need.
    • Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity.
  • Projects Details

    Arrival and Departure Point:
    (Kotoka International Airport, Accra)

    Working Hours:
    Mondays to Fridays
    25-40 hour per week
    Project duration: 2 weeks minimum
    Dates: Flexible
    Cost of volunteering: Refer to our living conditions & fees

  • Human Right Advocacy

    International law & human rights volunteering with global volunteer foundation will give you the opportunity to work on legislation and make a difference in people's lives. You will become part of a vital resource fighting injustice and promoting human rights within local communities.

    The mission of the Global volunteer foundation is to raise awareness about human rights, monitor vulnerable areas, and resolve human rights abuse. The work is diverse and encompasses a wide range of social issues. Volunteers work in social justice, community outreach, legal and social education, poverty and government accountability. Campaigns are used to educate and monitor both communities and individuals identified as vulnerable or in need of assistance. Additionally, volunteers resolve complaints and the specific issues victims have. This work often involves reference to international legal standards, various Ghanaian acts of Parliament and the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

    You can expect to work in both urban and rural locations. Occasionally, during weekends you meet people at all levels of society to demonstrate cultural understanding while being wary of imposing a foreign ideal upon Ghanaian society. Cases are brought to our attention through our open door policy, consultation with visitors, monitoring awareness/education projects and referrals from associate organizations and individuals. Depending on the case involved, the socio-political climate of Ghana, resource considerations and likelihood of satisfaction, we seek to ensure the development of human rights and assist the complainant. If litigation is considered the best option we arrange pro-bono representation through our associations.

    However, the lack of accessibility to Ghanaian courts often means we explore alternative methods of resolution. These include utilizing village chiefs and elders, publicity lobbying campaigns, conventional media, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, or use of the family structures and/or religious institutions. Cases for resolution can cover a wide range of topics such as family, environment, property, health insurance, business practices, and criminality.

    The duties include but not limited to the following, Assist attorneys in and out of court, assist attorney staff collecting, reviewing and assembling data for presentation to support cases, receipt of complaints bordering on human rights, monitoring and raising issues of human rights in the news media, support people to claim their rights through education and training, research on issues of human rights and rule of law. Etc

  • Who can Apply

    Law students, study groups, student organizations, human right advocates, individuals and faculty led groups.

  • Volunteer Requirements
    • At least age 17 (no maximum age limit)
    • Good English
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
    • Strong support and advocate for human right
    • Should be able to work independently as well as in teams when there is the need.
    • Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity.
  • Projects Details

    Arrival and Departure Point:
    (Kotoka International Airport, Accra)

    Working Hours:
    Mondays to Fridays
    25-40 hour per week

    Project duration: 4 weeks minimum
    Dates: Flexible
    Cost of Volunteering: Refer to our living conditions & fees

  • Sports for Social Change

    Sports is a universal language that binds people together irrespective of their difference and cultural background, it’s a very powerful tool for social and economic development. Public as well as young people are increasingly interested in the potential of sports as a tool to reach personal, community, national and international development objectives. They are also interested in how sports can be used as a tool for addressing some of the challenges that arise from humanitarian crises and in conflict and post-conflict settings.

    GVF- Initiated BBSI ( Books and Boats Sport initiative) a pioneering program that uses the convening power of education and sports as a vehicle to minimize the effect of poverty on marginalized children and youth in Ghana and across Africa. Through sports, we are able to bring individuals from all backgrounds and social statuses together in a relaxed and natural environment that is ideal for exploring serious and sensitive issues. The positive benefits of sport extend to health, academic performance, positive life outcomes, equality and human rights. When a child does not have the opportunity to participate in sport there are numerous negative social and economic outcomes that emerge. We believe that sports instill the critical “can do” outlook that is vital to a child’s successful educational development. And we believe in the power of sport to create lasting individual and social change.

    BBSI uses the transformative power to play especially football to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effect of poverty, conflict, child trafficking, teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and help them develop their skills in order to become professional athletes. We work with underprivileged children who do not have the opportunity to ‘play’. We implement weekly sports and physical education programs and monthly/bimonthly regional sporting tournaments in communities where these types of activities are absent.

    The sports program is for volunteers who are interested in physical activity.Share your passion for football or any other sport with Ghanaian children from deprived backgrounds. Working in communities, you will help them develop their sporting skills. Indeed, sporting activities such as soccer/football and basketball are generally understood by most people in the country. You will have the opportunity to help harness energy and develop that talent. BBSI combines education and sports in your spare hours each day you will also have the fantastic opportunity to teach in local schools. In the schools varied facilities are available, but they generally only consist of a few classrooms with wooden desks and a blackboard, so there are loads of opportunities for you to be creative in your role and make the lessons memorable for the children!

  • Who can Apply

    Coaches, professional athletics, students and people passionate about sports.

  • The Volunteers' Role
    • assist coaches in football classes through skill development, coordination skills, game preparation and training exercises;
    • help in the organization of training sessions and competitions;
    • referee short games for children at the project location and in the local community;
    • give advice and lessons on football/Basketball tactics;
    • give advice on health issues and requirements;
    • Take part in football/Basketball camps and local tournaments.
    • Management of the organization ( BBSI)
    • Grants and proposal to clubs and foundations in Europe
    • Organize international tournaments

    Sports projects we undertake includes:

    • Tennis
    • Basketball
    • Football (Soccer)
    • Athletics
    • Netball
    • Volleyball
  • Volunteer Requirements
    • At least age 17 (no maximum age limit)
    • Good English
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
    • Strong support and advocate for sports initiatives.
    • Should be able to work independently as well as in teams when there is the need.
    • Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity.
  • Projects Details

    Arrival and Departure Point:
    (Kotoka International Airport, Accra)

    Working Hours:
    Mondays to Fridays
    25-40 hour per week

    Project duration: 2 weeks minimum
    Dates: Flexible

    Cost of Volunteering: Refer to our living conditions & fees

  • Community Development

    Volunteer on one of our community volunteering projects and get the chance to fully immerse yourself in a new culture within communities that need your help. Through our community volunteer work projects we help to facilitate sustainable development for disadvantaged, marginalized, and poorly educated members of society by utilizing local resources and by providing them with the education and skills they need to empower themselves to be self- sufficient.

    Communities across Ghana face a wide array of problems; little or no available education, no access to skill development, inadequate housing, poor sanitation, unobtainable medical help; the list goes on. Get involved and lend a hand to help poverty stricken communities throughout Ghana.

    Whether you choose to work on improving education, support a local community center in a rural village, or get involved in creating social business and employing community members. Perhaps you want to focus on increasing awareness on environmental issues, systematizing environmental education in communities and schools, promoting effective environmental management and care systems and advocating the mainstreaming of environmental concerns in development policies, programmes and projects. We have a community based project that will allow you to make a unique connection to the community and leave you feeling like one of the locals. Becoming a community volunteer helps you contribute in preserving some unique and special ways of life and helping people achieve a common goal. Global volunteer foundation's work with communities in need and projects that are making a meaningful impact in communities in Ghana and sub-Saharan.

  • Who can Apply

    Environmentalist, study groups, student organizations, students, volunteers passionate about international development and Faculty led groups.

  • Volunteer Requirements
    • At least age 17 (no maximum age limit)
    • Good English
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
    • Strong support and advocate for International development
    • Should be able to work independently as well as in teams when there is the need.
    • Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity.
  • Projects Details

    Arrival and Departure Point:
    (Kotoka International Airport, Accra)

    Working Hours:
    Mondays to Fridays
    25-40 hour per week

    Project duration: 8 weeks minimum
    Dates: Placements Flexible
    Cost of Volunteering: Refer to our living conditions & fees

  • Sustainable farming

    Severe hunger and poverty affect nearly 1 billion individuals worldwide. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 239 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry/undernourished in 2010. Poverty has a firm grip on rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa and millions lack access to sufficient high quality food. Even where natural resources are ample, people suffer from chronic malnourishment because they lack access to agricultural financing, quality seed and fertilizer, competitive crop distribution channels, agricultural education and training and insurance against natural disasters. Global volunteer foundation strives to address this issue by developing projects that ensure sustainable agricultural environments.

    A significant portion of those suffering from hunger and poverty are smallholder farmers who rely solely on their own personal farms, normally spanning only one or two acres, for both their food and their income. Global volunteer foundation focuses on improving agriculture in Africa because it is home to a quarter of the world’s arable land, yet it generates only 10% of global agricultural output. The fact remains that a typical African smallholder farming household lacks the necessary resources to transform their subsistence farm into a thriving agribusinesses

    Global volunteer foundation recognizes that to achieve food security and spur economic development, women food producers and rural entrepreneurs must be at the center of all efforts to substantially raise the productivity, incomes and sustainability of the millions of smallholder farmers who dominate Africa's rural landscape.

    Addressing the specific interests and issues of women farmers and male producers equally is crucial to the transformation of Africa's agriculture and the well-being of the rural populace within the next decade. GVF will lay out a strategy that reflects these realities. Through its programs supporting robustly designed interventions in plant breeding, market access, soil health, policy and innovative financing, dramatic improvements in productivity, incomes and human well-being.

    GVF will begin to roll out the elements of a gender strategy that includes gender advocacy and awareness efforts, gender knowledge and technical capacity building and stimulating institutional change to address the formidable obstacles women smallholders often encounter across the agriculture value chain.

    Due to the significance of agriculture to the economy, social and ecological living conditions in the communities in Ghana, Global volunteer foundation works with many stakeholders in agriculture like farmers, research organizations, educational institutions, and policymakers etc. to improve sustainable methods of agriculture in local settlements. Efforts GVF undertakes in the field of agriculture include especially public awareness rising campaigns, policy analysis and training on sustainable methods of agriculture for the rural folks.

    Volunteer Responsibilities:
    Includes but not limited to : Providing education and training to farmers in areas of plant breeding and soil health, assist in public awareness campaigns, improve sustainable methods of farming, Assist farmers in gaining finance, implementation of policies to enhance sustainable farming practices and research.

  • How to Apply

    Agriculture students, study groups, agriculture student organizations, agriculture professionals and faculty led groups.

  • Volunteer Requirements
    • At least age 18 (no maximum age limit)
    • Good English
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
    • Strong support and advocate for food security
    • Should be able to work independently as well as in teams when there is the need.
    • Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity.
  • Projects Details

    Arrival and Departure Point:
    (Kotoka International Airport, Accra)

    Working Hours:
    Mondays to Fridays
    25-40 hour per week

    Project duration: 4 weeks minimum
    Dates: Placements Flexible
    Cost of Volunteering: Refer to our living conditions & fees

  • Medicine and Public healthcare

    Global volunteer foundation is dedicated to medical outreach program which is to increase access to medical, allied health and nurse services for people living in maligned communities. HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria are preventable and treatable diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poor. Sub-Saharan Africa is the hardest hit region, accounting for 90% of malaria deaths, more than 70% of all people living with HIV and nearly one-third of all TB cases.

    The human impact of these diseases is undeniable, but their socioeconomic impact is also severe. HIV and TB often affect people in their most productive years. Businesses are losing their workers, governments are losing their civil servants and families are losing not only their loved ones but also their breadwinners. The world has battled malaria and TB for centuries, but the immense human toll of AIDS in the late 1990s injected a new urgency into the race for global prevention and treatment efforts. Though the resources to fight these diseases have increased exponentially throughout most of the 2000s, funding remains insufficient for global disease control.

    GVF initiated the Medical outreach program for undergraduate students and college students who want to gain important practical experience, help supply medical assistance to those living in underprivileged areas and gain an in-depth understanding of how basic public healthcare can be delivered with extremely limited resources in small health clinics, communities and understaffed hospitals in the rural areas. The public health outreach programs take place in orphanages, schools, churches, villages, and community centers. Some days will be spent accompanying the team on outreaches to nearby villages and others will be spent in the public health department at the main hospital. Public health volunteer will be delivering culturally fitting services to reduce health issuesin children and adult in the communities.

    Public health volunteer participate in community outreach activities every day. Volunteer work alongside a local healthcare professional who will train you wherever possible in the various screening and testing procedures.

  • Who can Apply

    Medical students, study groups, public health advocates, student organization, medical professionals and faculty led groups.

  • Volunteer Requirements
    • At least age 18 (no maximum age limit)
    • Good English
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
    • Strong support and advocate public health
    • Should be able to work independently as well as in teams when there is the need.
    • Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity.
  • Projects Details

    Arrival and Departure Point:
    (Kotoka International Airport, Accra)

    Working Hours:
    Mondays to Fridays
    25-40 hour per week
    Project duration: 4 weeks minimum

    Dates: Placements Flexible
    Cost of Volunteering: Refer to our living conditions & fees.