Internship

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Teaching and Education Development Internship in Ghana

Kick-start your teaching career abroad with a transformative three-month internship in Ghana.

Durations: 2 - 12 weeks
Fieldwork hours40 hrs of fieldwork per week
Participant ratio1:6 staff to participant ratio
GVI experiencesIncludes GVI Experiences

Program information

Gain valuable experience by supporting under-resourced schools with lesson planning, classroom management and tutoring during this internship in Ghana. You’ll focus on non-curricular subjects for students aged 4–18, both inside and outside of traditional classroom settings. Activities include addressing mental health, nutrition, sanitation, confidence-building and promoting healthy relationships.

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Overview
Dates & Prices
Itinerary
What's Included
Life On Base
Experiences
New
Free time & cultural immersion
Speak to alumni
MEET THE TEAM
Parent Info
Arrivals &
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Your Impact
Our Ethics
Program ethics
Qualifications & Training Options
Careers
Support & Safety

Program overview

From our community hub in the coastal town of Kokrobite, on this teaching and education development internship, you’ll work with students aged 4–18, leading projects in small groups or one-on-one sessions. While projects typically take place in schools or educational settings, participants won’t be assuming the role of a teacher. Aligned with UN SDGs 4: Quality Education and 10: Reduce Inequality, interns support students, especially those who need extra assistance, by addressing obstacles to learning through tutoring, literacy sessions, creative projects and extracurricular activities. Our goal is to break down barriers that hinder students from receiving a well-rounded education.

Additionally, you’ll support the Ghanaian education sector by creating educational resources and collaborating with local teachers to introduce innovative teaching methods. This may involve providing teacher training or support in classroom management, behaviour and first aid. Our programs are adaptable, catering to community needs, school schedules and external factors like weather or holidays.

As an intern, you’ll cultivate leadership skills, such as setting team goals and fostering supportive environments, all while making a meaningful impact on youth and global education initiatives.

Weekends are yours to explore the tropical surroundings. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach, browsing the local markets or chilling out at our base with other interns and volunteers, there’s plenty to do. Make the most of your time in this amazing coastal town!

Highlights

Contribute to local education
Assist with addressing key challenges like literacy and gender disparities in education, contributing to the empowerment of the next generation.
Soak up the local vibes
Experience the warm and welcoming West African culture of the traditional fishing community of Kokrobite.
Hands-on fieldwork
Engage in hands-on fieldwork to contribute to community efforts, initiate project ideas, and amplify your impact.
Locally-led projects
Play a part in community-driven programs, shaped by partner priorities, and make a positive impact where it’s needed most.
Personal development
Develop personally with mentorship, training and career support, while gaining recognised qualifications and skills.
Use your skills for good
Customise your experience based on interests, apply skills to community projects, and develop additional transferable skills.
Contribute to long-term impact
Participate in impactful projects, engage in hands-on community development, and contribute to local organisations.
Community immersion
Establish genuine connections with communities, immerse yourself in a unique way of life, and practise responsible and ethical travel.

Is this program for me?

This internship is specifically useful for someone who has or is actively studying the below subject areas at school, university or college, or has an interest in these subject areas.

  • Education
  • Liberal arts
  • English
  • History
  • Communication

Activities

Some of the example typical activities you could participate in on this program.

Education training
Learn about education project objectives and procedures, the local culture, and how to plan and evaluate education projects.
Education support
Support Ghanaian students with targeted assistance. Address barriers through tutoring, literacy sessions, creative activities, and more.
Teacher capacity building
Support Ghanaian education by developing resources, aiding teacher training, and implementing innovative methods for effective classroom management.
Leadership training
Learn how to plan and set team goals, create supportive team environments, and reflect on your own leadership style.
Leadership responsibilities
Take on additional responsibilities like conducting community needs analysis, creating pre/post workshop surveys or coordinating workshop sessions.
Personal project
Work on an individual project that aligns with your interests, such as conducting research into local attitudes and approaches to development.
Mentorship
Meet weekly in a small group with other interns and an experienced mentor to receive project guidance and feedback on your leadership style.

Skills

  • Community empowerment
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Social issues
  • Student engagement
  • Teaching workshops to provide educational support
  • Leadership

Partners

Some of the partners we work with on base.

Local schools and academies
The Ghana Girl Guides Association
University of Ghana

Program details

Dates and prices

Select a start date:

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Up to 15% off selected programs.

Book and pay by 31 July to claim offer.
Payment plans. Flexible payment plans allow you to pay in instalments.

What happens next?

Once you apply, a personal Enrollment Manager will be assigned to walk you through the rest of the process.

Itinerary

The following itinerary is an example of the activities and project work that participants might get involved in on this program. More specific details of the program are finalised several months before each start date.

08:00

Enjoy breakfast with the team and prepare your project work for the day.

09:00

Participate in daily activities to improve education and well-being of girls and young women through lessons and discussions.

12:00

Lunch is enjoyed as a group, with meals prepared by GVI staff that include a combination of both Ghanaian and western-style foods.

13:30

Deliver activities or events focused on gender equality, education, recycling, vocational skills, sports and fitness in the community.

15:30

Gather as a team to reflect on the day’s work, and discuss any important successes and lessons learned.

16:00

Relaxation time. You can unwind by calling family and friends or venture out to enjoy the beach, go surfing, and do some shopping.

19:00

Dinner and reflection time with the team. Enjoy good food and good company! After dinner, the evening is yours to socialise as you wish.

What’s included?

What's included
General
Food
Safe and basic accommodation (usually shared)
Airport pick up (unless stated)
All project equipment
24-hour in-country support from local staff
24-hour emergency desk
GVI Experiences
Activities
Sustainable project work
Data collection and research
Leadership responsibilities
Personal project
Mentorship
Weekly group sessions
Internship supervisor guidance
Pre-program training
Pre-departure webinar
Pre-departure training (online)
University of Richmond endorsed specialisation course
University of Richmond endorsed leadership course
Welcome training
GVI welcome presentation
Health & safety
Local culture & environment
UN SDGs
Impact & ethics
Child protection
Advanced leadership training
Personal development record
Project planning and management
Career services
University of Richmond careers course
Career coaching sessions (x2)
Career guarantee
LinkedIn reference – upon request
Job portal
Certificates
Program certificate
University certificate – specialisation (University of Richmond)
University certificate – leadership (University of Richmond)
University certificate – careers (University of Richmond)
What's excluded
Not included
Flights
International and domestic airport taxes
Medical and travel insurance
Visa costs
Police or background check
Personal items and toiletries
Additional drinks and gratuities

Life On Base

Our community hub in Ghana is in the lively town of Kokrobite on the Atlantic coast. It’s a large house with a big communal kitchen and living space where you’ll spend a lot of time when you’re hanging out at base. There’s a comfy outdoor seating area to relax in throughout our walled tropical garden, where participants wind down in the evenings. You can also read, plan lessons or have breakfast out there. There are also gym facilities and lots of space to work or relax. Most GVI staff live on base and it is family friendly.

The natural beauty of Kokrobite’s golden beach makes it a popular destination for visitors to Ghana. Experience West African culture by visiting the rural suburban areas and traditional fishing communities surrounding the capital city of Accra. Known for its coastal landscapes, palm-strewn beaches, and beautiful rivers, you’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery in a communal environment – sharing a once-in-a-lifetime experience with fellow participants from all over the world, as well as the dedicated GVI team on the ground.

Our community hub is walking distance from the schools GVI is partnered with. It’s easy to be independent in your working day, and you’ll get to know Kokrobite very quickly. Within walking distance of the base you can find local street food. Many team members visit here and buy food in their free time.

Accommodation

You’ll live in a guest house that was built to accommodate our participants. With a garden full of colourful flowers and tropical plants, the house is a two-minute walk from the be...

Transportation

Participants in our Ghana program arrive late on Friday, and stay overnight at a partnered airport hotel. We provide Saturday morning collection from the airport. It’s import...

Communication

While in Ghana, you may find yourself fully engrossed in the program, with little time for long-distance communications with friends and family. Communication can be a little inter...

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by GVI at the hub. Meals are a combination of traditional local and international dishes, utilising locally available ingredients that vary...

Climate

Ghana enjoys a year-round tropical climate and most of the time it’s hot and humid. During the so-called “rainy season”, which is from April to November, it can rain heavily once o...

Medical facilities

Our GVI staff are first-aid trained, and always on hand to assist with any medical concerns. There are community health clinics in Kokrobite, and the nearest emergency medical faci...

GVI experiences included in your program, at no extra cost.

Offered once a month, expand your adventure with GVI Experiences. These are just some of the activities offered on your program!

We want you to make the most of the chance to live in – and contribute towards –  the most diverse and unique wildernesses and communities on earth. Introducing GVI Experiences – immersive adventure, cultural and wellness activities exclusive to GVI that have been specially designed in collaboration with our local partners to support and stimulate sustainable economic development.

Enhance your impact. Expand your adventure. Explore your world.

Participate in a cultural food exchange
Stories sustain us
Join an evening of West African dance and drumming
Dance with heart
Learn to make Ghanaian fruit smoothies
The sweeter the fruit
Trek up Kokrobite Mountain
Our purpose is the path
Learn to surf on Kokrobite Beach
On water, to be free
Enjoy a Ghanaian fish BBQ on the beach
Lessons 'round the fire
Experience live music and acrobatics at Big Milly's Backyard
Heartbeat of Kokrobite
Visit Solo Monkey Sanctuary
Sustainable wildlife encounter

Free time & cultural immersion

By joining a GVI program, you not only have the opportunity to work in collaboration with local communities, you also get the chance to explore the surrounding area or venture further to see what else the region has to offer on weekends.

Our field staff are a great source of advice on local travel options. Many participants choose to travel before or after their experience, solidifying friendships made on the program. 

Engaging with a new context teaches global awareness, adaptability and critical thinking – skills highly valued in today’s world. Cultural immersion is encouraged, and there are many activities to enjoy during your free time or before and after your program. Please note, these suggestions aren’t included in the program fee and are at your own expense.

Kokrobite immersion

Situated in the Gulf of Guinea of West Africa, Kokrobite is in the central region of south Ghana. The village has a population of roughly 5,000 people. Sandy beaches and palm trees...

Festivals

Traditionally, Kokrobite is a fishing community. More recently Kokrobite has become a tourist destination, known for its beautiful beaches, live music, celebrations and festivals. ...

Cooking

If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love trying some of the local delicacies, including jollof rice, fante kenkey (boiled maize dough), fufu, cocoyam, or even banku (which is cooke...

Language

Participants are able to fully immerse themselves in Ghanaian culture through learning more about the local languages. More than 50 languages are spoken in the region, but don’t wo...

Weekend trips

Cape Coast Castle

A must-visit when in Ghana, Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site with profound historical significance. Originally built by the Swedes in 1653 and later expanded by th...

The Volta region

Located approximately five hours’ drive from our community hub, the Volta Region is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor activities in Ghana. From swimming in eme...

Adda

In this tranquil village located two hours east of Accra, participants can stay in beach huts which are nestled between a tropical estuary and the Atlantic ocean. Live music, resta...

Bojo beach

Alternatively, for a relaxing day out, be sure to visit Bojo Beach – located a short 5-minute drive from our base.

National Museum and Centre for Cultural Research

Take a trip to the National Museum for insight into the local culture, or head to the ANO Centre for Cultural Research, where you can check out Ghanaian art.

Makola Market

Head over to Makola Market for a true African market experience. Be sure to try out some of the local cuisine that is sold by the local vendors.

Further travels

Fort Santo Antonio

A guided tour of this historical monument could make your experience go from good to great. Experience the amazing views of the coastline from the top of the fort.

Mole National Park

For the nature lovers, there’s Mole National Park, home to about 90 species of mammals, including beautiful African elephants.

Whitewashed castle

Take a tour of Cape Coast’s whitewashed castle. A former slave-holding site, the castle is rich in history and deeply rooted in the national identity of Ghana.

Speak to alumni

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Get a first-hand perspective

Meet us

Meet the team

Get acquainted with the GVI Africa, Ghana, Accra family

Matt Craig

Country Director

This is Matt, the Country Director for GVI’s community hub

Libby

Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Libby, the Volunteer Coordinator at GVI Ghana. She has an undergraduate degree in music technology from the University of West London. She originally joined GVI in Ghana to ...

Esther

Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Esther, the Volunteer Coordinator at GVI Ghana. She has a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. She now assists participants with the d ...

Aimee

Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Aimee, the Volunteer Coordinator at GVI Ghana. Her journey to becoming a staff member began when she first joined GVI as a volunteer. She now works to support participants ...

Leonie

Project Coordinator

Meet Leonie, the Project Coordinator at GVI Ghana. She fell in love with the country when she visited it for the first time. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications ...

Clodagh

Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Clodagh, the Volunteer Coordinator at GVI Ghana. She originally volunteered in Ghana on a 2-week program and her journey has progressed from there into her becoming a staff ...

Naa

Base Manager

Introducing Naa, the base manager of our GVI Ghana base. Naa was born and raised in Accra and ensures that things are running smoothly on base.

Zen

Project Manager

Introducing Zen, who is the Projects Manager for our GVI Ghana base. Zen is passionate about education, women’s empowerment and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Political ...

Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Heritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

GVI is a proud member of the Gap Year Association.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and high participant ratios.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

Arrivals

We meet you at the airport.

When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.

As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. In most locations, we also set up a Whatsapp group to help with managing airport arrivals.

We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile.

This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.

Flights

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We are also not responsible for any loss, damage (including loss of profits or consequential damages), injury, illness, harm or death in relation to your flight and travel arrangements.

Your Impact

All of our programs have short-, mid- and long-term objectives that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). 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 visualise their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Prior to your arrival on base, you will be educated about the UN SDGs. Then once you arrive on base, you’ll learn about the specific goals we have in this particular location, our various objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to be an active global citizen after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

GVI’s community hub in Ghana was set up as a result of an invitation to support education, gender equality and community development programs in the region. Over the last 20 years, Kokrobite’s economy and diversification has changed rapidly as the community transitions from the traditional way of life to a modern economy. GVI Ghana aims to assist in easing this transition. We assist schools in providing a higher level of education to students who will soon face fierce job competition amongst their contemporaries. We aim to assist with quality education through improved teaching methods and personalised student support. Our focus extends to holistic well-being, gender equality, economic empowerment via STEM training, and promoting environmental awareness for sustainable community management.

GVI Ghana works with the most vulnerable members of the community – providing knowledge, skills, expertise, and resources that allow people to gain greater control over their livelihoods and well-being.

You’ll assist our local partners by teaching English to primary and secondary school children, or working with equality organisations that promote young women’s and girls’ social and economic advancement through educational workshops. Public health also plays a huge role in educating the local community about how simple lifestyle changes can benefit their well-being in the long run.

Early years education

We aim to support traditional fishing communities in their efforts to improve the quality of basic education offered at schools. We do this by combining teaching, classroom assistance and one-to-one mentoring with students aged 2 to 16 years. Our work involves planning and delivering curriculum-based lessons, creative or sports activities, and one-off workshops focused on topics like oral health, hand washing and teacher training sessions.

Gender equality for girls

We’re committed to fighting gender disparities by empowering girls and young women through education. We believe education is a strong tool against cultural barriers that limit girls’ potential. Our programs revolve around the belief that educated, informed and confident girls have the power to transform not only their lives but also their communities and, on a larger scale, the entire nation.

Public health

This work focuses on women and children from vulnerable socio-economic backgrounds. We assist with building up access to, and understanding of healthcare issues. This includes planning and delivering workshops on current health concerns (for example, COVID-19), organising registration days where community members can sign into healthcare insurance schemes, organising talks on malaria prevention and treatment, and organising workshops and activities on reproductive health and family planning. We aim to help the community improve its understanding of – and access to – good health and well-being.

Project objectives

 

GVI Ghana’s long-term objectives:

1. Improve access to quality education for the local community.  

2. Support teacher training through workshops in educational approaches, skills and techniques.

3. Improve the opportunities, aspirations, health, welfare and autonomy of young women and girls and raise awareness on the importance of gender equality.  

4. Improve the awareness and knowledge of important environmental issues and increase community participation in conservation.

5. Strengthen bonds with our current partners and develop new partnerships with local organisations to broaden our areas of work. 

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.

 

We want to constantly develop our own understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, we aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Our Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better. Find out more, click on the Badge below.

Our 10 ethical commitments

01

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.

02

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.

03

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.

04

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.

05

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.

06

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that every participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.

07

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.

08

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conducted, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.

09

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.

10

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.

Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics. GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.

However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.

Program ethics

No entertainment-based activities

We don’t support the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes. This includes riding animals, having them perform tricks, feeding or bathing them or getting close to them to take photos

No orphaned animal sanctuaries

We don’t encourage, support or allow the rearing of “orphaned” wild baby animals kept at a “sanctuary”. The conservation value of these types of programs is negligent and would only ethically be used in extremely rare cases

Guidelines for touching or movement restriction

When wild animals are restricted for conservation purposes we follow the guidelines of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Animal welfare guidelines

We ensure that the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare are followed. These include the freedom to express normal behaviour and freedom from distress, discomfort, hunger, thirst, fear, pain, injury or disease.

Local community empowerment

We ensure that conservation efforts are also always locally led, that community needs are front-and centre of any conservation effort and that our participants, projects and partners work to increase local community engagement in local conservation efforts.

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No veterinary programs

We don’t offer any veterinary programs or animal rescue and rehabilitation programs. We don’t allow participants to do any work they would not be able to do in their home country.

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No orphanage programs

We don’t support or allow participants to work in institutional residential care facilities, also known as orphanages. We partner with ReThink Orphanages and Freedom United.

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Child and vulnerable adult protection policy

Our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy requires all our staff and participants to complete a criminal background check and to learn why you shouldn’t reveal a child’s identifying factors in photographs. We support the ChildSafe Movement.

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No medical volunteering

We don’t offer any programs where our participants engage in medical treatment. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country. Our participants only assist with public health programs.

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No disability support programs

We don’t offer any programs where our participants work directly with people with disabilities. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country.

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Training

A GVI program is an investment in your career. No matter which you choose, you will be working toward improving your employability by mastering new social skills, gaining further technical expertise and earning qualifications in many cases. Most of our staff are, in fact, GVI Alumni, and we have helped many of our Alumni discover, move toward, and earn their own personal dream jobs. Each program includes introductory workshops, ongoing presentations, as well as on-the-ground professional support provided by our very own trained staff members. In addition, our training programs are critical for helping us to ensure the long-term impact of our sustainable development projects around the world.

For all GVI participants

Orientation: Travelling Responsibly and Ethically

Learn about the importance of child and vulnerable adult protection best practices and how to apply them while on project.

Orientation: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction to the history and evolution of sustainable development, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and how these related to your project work.

Orientation: Further Opportunities for Impact

Learn about our country locations and further opportunities available to you during or after your program.

For all participants at Accra

Community: Gender Equality

Learn about gender equality, skills development and examples of income-generating activities.

Community: Human Empowerment

Learn about our empowerment principles.

Certificates & qualifications

University of Richmond Careers in Sustainability certificate

Career paths in social and environmental impact are not as well-established as in other fields. That’s why we’ll provide our interns who have successfully completed their program with our Careers in Sustainable Development course. In this course, you’ll learn about current and emerging opportunities in a range of sectors, allowing you to make the best decision about your future.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all internships. Full course details can be found here.

University of Richmond Leading Teams for Impact certificate

Leadership is a critical skill set for anyone looking to make an impact or drive sustainable development. Develop your own leadership style and learn how to set achievable objectives, give effective feedback and manage conflict successfully. After successfully completing the course, which you have the option of doing prior to your in-country program, you’ll receive a certificate from the University of Richmond.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all volunteering programs. Full course details can be found here.

University of Richmond Community Development certificate

In this course, you’ll explore the most common pitfalls of community development initiatives so that you can avoid them. You’ll also learn how to carry out community development work effectively and ethically and how local context impacts program development. After successfully completing the course, which you have the option of doing prior to your in-country program, you’ll receive a certificate from the University of Richmond.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all volunteering programs. Full course details can be found here.

Careers

One of the major advantages of joining this program with GVI, is that it’ll give you that competitive edge you need to boost your social impact career! Not only will you get real on-the-ground community experience, you’ll also have access to tailor-made support, as well as excellent training and career-building opportunities to land your dream job.

Benefits

Career mentorship

Receive continuous support through mentoring sessions with a qualified supervisor to help you achieve your professional goals.

GVI career course

Complete an online course in sustainable development careers and obtain a certificate accredited by the University of Richmond.

Career coaching sessions

Take the next step in your career with two one-on-one career coaching sessions from a remote mentor to guide and advise your professional development.

Job portal access

Gain exclusive access to our carefully curated job portal that advertises vacancies in the conservation and development sectors.

LinkedIn reference

Get a professional endorsement from GVI on the world’s largest careers platform to make you stand out.

The GVI Online Careers Course is in partnership with the University of Richmond

Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.

Safety

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Support

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As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the health ...

How GVI remains prepared for natural disasters

The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes a n...

How GVI manages participants expectations

Once GVI has matched a participant to a program that suits their passions and goals, our team aims to set the right expectations for them. In the event that false expectations arou...