What is the Non-profit Development Internship in Ghana project all about?
Gain experience as an international development professional by joining our Non-profit Development Internship in Ghana. Learn about NGO management, community development, social media, event management and donor funding while experiencing local Ghanaian culture. This non- profit organisation is researching and implementing initiatives to support human development through projects such as a Microfinance and leasing, a youth development centre for skills training, agriculture, and education through teaching, and a mobile literacy programme. The non-profit supports it work by gaining funding from diverse donors including European Union, The Global Fund For Children and many others. Its internship programme offers international interns the opportunity for global exchange and practical hands on experience whilst supporting the non-profit extra support with its work.
Why choose this Non-profit Development Internship in Ghana?
Running a non-profit is hard work and fundraising, networking and social media are very time consuming so the support of interns who have a genuine interest in international development, as well as being willing to learn, is a great help. Interns get hands on front line experience which is invaluable for anyone seeking a position within the international development sector. Students and those who have already graduated will benefit from this placement. Monies raised through extra activity on social media and grant writing will ultimately benefit the communities that the project supports, as additional support will go to the literacy, skills, agriculture and livelihoods ventures.
Role of the Non-Profit Development Intern
During your Non-profit Development Internship in Ghana you will use your interests, skills and knowledge while learning how to apply them in a non-profit setting. You will be asked to get involved with, and receive training in a number of areas, depending on the needs of the non-profit at the time of your internship. During the internship you may have the opportunity to learn how to:
- research funding opportunities locally and internationally
- write funding/grant proposals requesting funding using appropriate tone and content
- produce reports to demonstrate use of funding to international donors
- develop materials that are content appropriate for the international development sector
- develop strategies to monitor and evaluate the impact of activities implemented as a result of donor grants or sponsorship
- promote, network and market a non-for profit organisation
- work with the local community to ensure development activities are meeting the needs of local people and are sustainable
Types of activities you may get involved with include:
- Assisting with writing funding proposals and reports to be sent to funders
- Updating of the NGO website and social media to promote activities
- Create on-line funding campaigns for particular activities
- Producing video content for promoting the organisation
- Develop a project framework and standards for the NGO
- Attend or organise community meetings and events to gauge need and promote the work of the organisation
You will be supported throughout the placement by the MD of the non-profit organisation. You will be encouraged to complete a learning diary during your internship and produce a presentation to the MD at the end of your placement summarising your learning.
What skills do I need to be a Non-Profit Development Intern?
By joining this Non-profit Development Internship in Ghana you will have an amazing experience in Ghana. You should bring along an open mind, a good attitude to work, and a willingness to learn as part of a cross cultural team will certainly ensure this. Particular studies or experience for this internship include international development, fundraising, sustainability, graphic design, social media and project management. Good communication skills and a working knowledge of MSOffice are required. Graphic design and video editing skills are valued. Please bring a laptop. All applicants must submit a CV/resume, letter of motivation and attend a telephone intern for consideration for this interesting and varied placement.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain hands on work experience
To improve your CV or resume
To learn about the function of non-profit organisations and how they run
Where will I intern in Ghana?
About the Location
Your project is based in the town of Cape Coast, Ghana. The role the town played in the transatlantic trade of slaves makes it a significant place to visit and explore. The town is much more laid back than Accra and present the serenity of a beach town despite its heavy-hearted historical significance. Its colorful fishing boats and the local fishermen casting their nets by hand will surely fascinate you. The center of town is safe and will surely entertain you as you observe kids playing in the street and the many Ghanaian lifestyles.
Throughout your time on our Kaya project, your accommodation will be at a local homestay. All of our homestays have comfortable Westernize facilities, and you are sure to embrace the real lifestyle and learn more about the local culture.
What to do in your spare time
There are plenty of things to do in your spare time when you are not working on a Kaya project. A visit to Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle is a must! There, you will be able to admire the horizons and go down a fascinating yet heartbreaking part of history. If you are looking for more adrenaline, Kakum National Park and its canopies over the Ghanaian jungle is the place to go!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £2125/ $3317 for 4 weeks
- Requirements: Age 18+ and COVID-19 vaccination
- Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
- Working hours: Monday-Friday: 5 to 6 hours a day
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Hotel stay for the first 3-nights + Homestay
- Food: Two meals Mondays through Fridays (Breakfast and Lunch)
- Airport pick up from Kotoko International Airport, Accra
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation, cultural tour and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Learning Reflection Document
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
- Fundraising Guide
What is not included
- Airport drop off
- Transport to and from projects
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Breakfast and lunches during the workweek, and all meals on weekends.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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