Global Volunteer Foundation

social entrepreneurship

innovative business

Social Entrepreneurs drive social transformation and innovative business models that blend traditional capitalism with solutions that address the long-term needs of our planet.

They are tackle chronic social problems ranging from healthcare, agricultural transformation, education and environment and enterprise development. Social entrepreneurs work in collaboration with local communities, incubating groundbreaking innovations, building synergistic partnerships with governments, companies, traditional charities and evolving business models that deploy technology and enable networking to create wins for investors and clients alike. Social entrepreneurs find innovative ways to improve people's lives builds strong and sustainable organizations which are either set up as not-for-profits or for profit companies.

A social entrepreneur is a leader or pragmatic visionary who

  • Achieves large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or trategies, or a combination of these.
  • Focuses first and foremost on the social and/or ecological value creation and tries to optimize the financial value creation.
  • Innovates by finding a new product, a new service, or a new approach to a social problem.
  • Continuously refines and adapts approach in response to feedback.
  • Combines the characteristics represented by Richard Branson and Mother Teresa.

Global volunteer foundation's social entrepreneurship is an innovative program for individuals (social entrepreneurs) throughout sub-Saharan Africa with social business idea to develop their ideas start their social business in order to defeat extreme poverty, making meaningful impact in society.

Global volunteer foundation organize workshop for these social entrepreneurs, help them draw their business plans and a start-up funding. The organization also have platform for people who are passionate about a particular innovation to get involve through impact investing and crowdfunding. The organization involves International Business students from Europe, America and Australia in the developing of business plans with social entrepreneurs and implementation of project. There is cross-cultural idea sharing and communication. Also access to international market.

We believed that through social entrepreneurship unemployment will be reduced, gender inequality will be challenged, communities will be transformed and thrive. The standard of living of people will improve and poverty will be alleviated. Global volunteer foundation support ethical social business only.

Global volunteer Foundation employs the following criteria when looking for leading social entrepreneurs: Innovation, Sustainability, reach and social impact.And achieve its mission through partnership, volunteerism and participatory.

Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. In 2010, 414 million people were living in extreme poverty across sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Bank, those living on $1.25-a-day accounted for 48.5 percent of the population in that region in 2010. The Factors that causes extreme poverty ranges from lack of enterprise development, health to education, water and sanitation, hunger, power crisis and human right abuse. Author P.J. O'Rourke noted on his trip to Tanzania for his book Eat the Rich that gravel was produced with manual labor (by pounding rocks with tools), where in almost everywhere else in the world machines did the same work far more cheaply and efficiently. He used Tanzania as an example of a nation with superb natural resources that nevertheless was among the poorest nations in the world. We are seeing the emergence of a robust private sector led by young local entrepreneurs, whose rapid adoption of emerging technologies continues to boost the continent’s growth potential. Advances in information and communication technologies offer new business opportunities for young Africans. From the backyards of Nairobi, Kampala to Accra, youth-led initiatives are bringing the latest technology to fields as diverse as education, agriculture, power-energy (electricity) and health. However, for a continent with so much potential, Africa risks missing out on growth opportunities if there is no framework and funding grassroots innovation.

Global volunteer foundation's 12 weeks Institute for Social Innovation is a full immersion program in social innovation and social entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan, targeted toward entrepreneur and students who value collaborative, sustainable approaches to community development. Students will be placed in rural communities in Ghana, where they will work side-by-side with local communities to identify and co-create products and services that provide innovative solutions to social challenges.

Global volunteer foundation facilitates community immersion and long-term local partnerships that advance sustainability and meaningful impact. Global volunteer foundation uses an asset-based approach which means it does not focus on what the community needs or lacks but rather emphasizes what resources the community already have, and how it can best leverage those assets. Program participants called scholars, embark on a journey to put into practice leadership skills, intercultural communication and creative problem solving. Student teams research, develop business ideas and come up with business prototype together with local entrepreneurs. They are then given start-up funds to start the business jointly with local entrepreneurs, creating opportunities for communities to grow and thrive. The ultimate goal of the program is to learn through collaboration and start innovative social business to tackle social issues and attract impact investors to invest in social businesses. Global volunteer foundation is working to defeat extreme poverty and social problems through social entrepreneurship. We team up passionate young people from around the world with budding Ghanaian entrepreneurs to work together for 12 weeks, launching sustainable new businesses that tackle local problems and change lives. We are building a team of exceptional young innovators to eradicate extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa through social entrepreneurship.

This is a remarkable opportunity for anyone wanting to develop outstanding entrepreneurial skills, get a hand on experience on start-up and consultancy experience. Manage an international development project and above all embark on a life changing journey.


Social Entrepreneurship application:

Please attach a Word document no longer than 3 pages that address the following topics:
  1. Why do you think social entrepreneurship can end extreme poverty?
  2. How would you fill your days if you had no internet for 4 weeks?
  3. How do you usually respond to being in situation outside your comfort zones?
  4. What skills and experience do you think you have that would contribute to development of social entrepreneurship?

Once we receive your application, we will contact you within one to two business days with further application process.

  • Application Requirements & Procedures
    • The GPA requirement for this program is a 2.5 and above.
    • All Business students (majors and minors) are eligible to apply
    • Degrees related to International Development
    • Seniors who are graduating in May 2016 are eligible to apply as long as their jobs start after September 2016.
    • 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  working conditions outside your comfort zone
  • Application Deadline

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2016 5pm PST

  • Selection Process
    • Selected students will be invited to interview between January 25– February 25th (this interview will be conducted online via skype)
    • After each round of selection students will have 2-weeks to confirm their participation in the program
    • The 10 students who are selected to participate will all receive Partial scholarship
  • Program Fee: $4,995

    Scholarship of $ 1000 is awarded to first 10 applicants

  • What program fee covers?
    • orientation
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Transportation from Accra to project community

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  • What program fee doesn't cover?
    • flight
    • Visa Fees
    • Vaccinations and immunizations
    • Personal insurance
    • Personal spending
    • In-country travel