Across Ghana, women still own less land than men and have a lower annual income. Through combined efforts with local partners, we will be working together to increase females’ access to education, while improving their employment opportunities and quality of life. Joining this program as a volunteer will allow us will increase local capacity, and will allow GVI’s partner organisations greater focus on the sustainable development of women’s rights in Ghana to bridge the gap between men and women.
Through various initiatives in Ghana, we aim to assist in gender equality through various educational, healthcare or income initiatives. We aim to empower local women through various educational activities, and build their capacity to support themselves and their families further.
- Contribute towards meaningful and sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives
- Develop your teamwork, leadership and mentoring skills
- Meet participants from across the world, developing your cross cultural skills
- Explore Ghanaian culture and discover Accra’s hidden, historical gems
"Many GVI programs are great working vacations. They will provide you with skills you can use the rest of your life. You will have an amazing experience and meet people you will remember for the rest of your life. You will be working alongside people as young as college ages, to people between jobs and from all walks of life. The settings are often rustic, but turn out more comfortable than you expect."
What's Not Included
Women’s empowerment volunteers will work with a variety of female students teaching both practical and conversational English, health and life skills classes across different ages and levels, depending on the needs of the local community at the time. In addition to contributing to sustainable development efforts, you get a chance to immerse yourself in the Ghanian culture, lifestyle and language.
Participants should be prepared to be flexible and adapt to changes in the field. From providing one-on-one educational lessons or large group classes; to delivering health and life skills workshops. Your time and efforts will help females improve their self-determination, increase families and communities’ quality of life, and help females to meaningfully contribute towards increasing the productivity, economic, and social development of Ghana.
You will work on the project Monday to Friday, planning and delivering educational classroom lessons. Weekends are yours to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at base with your fellow volunteers.
Accommodation is in a centrally located house or apartment with electricity and shared rooms and bathrooms. You will enjoy daily communal meals with your fellow volunteers.
What's Not Included
Projects are varied, and are developed according to the specific needs of the local communuty at the time, as well as our local partner organisations. Typical projects involve workshops on professional development, healthcare or gender equality.
How this program makes a difference:
GVI volunteers looking to work on our women’s empowerment programs in Ghana will be providing the local woman with the training and knowledge they need to develop their professional skills, improve their general health, continuing their education and developing a career plan. In turn, these tools mobilise gender parity to become a reality.
Ghana’s short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs. Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level. Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
What's Not Included
Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to make a sustainable difference globally, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.
We checked in with our long term field staff for advice and travel tips. We have put together the following information on trips and travel options in Ghana!
Optional Side Trips
On your weekends or while off project, the following short trips are popular and should definitely be checked out!
• Visit historic Jamestown and discover all the beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings, clapboard houses and corrugated iron shacks.
• Head over to the Makola market for a true African market experience. Be sure to try out some of the local cuisine that is sold here by the local vendors.
• Take a trip to the National Museum for insight into the local cultural or head to the ANO Centre for Cultural Research and check out the Ghanian art!
• Alternatively, for a relaxing day out, be sure to check out Bojo Beach just west of the city of Accra.
Further Travelling Opportunities
If you have the time and budget, there are a number of opportunities for exploring more of Ghana. These could include taking a tour of Cape Coast’s historic whitewashed castle, a former slave-holding site. For the nature lovers there’s Mole National Park, home to about 90 species of mammals, including African elephants. After going on safari you might want to head to Fort San Antonio for a guided tour of this historical monument and experience the amazing views of the cosatline from the top of the fort. The travel opportunities in Ghana are endless!
Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.
When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!