Are you a high school student with a passion for finance, banking, or lending? Consider applying for the "Microfinance for Economic Empowerment" program in Ghana, offered by Our Generation Voluntary Organization (OGVO). This unique internship opportunity allows you to make a meaningful contribution towards combating urban and rural poverty in Ghana.
About the Program:
The primary goal of this program is to provide affordable baseline loans to Ghanaian citizens who struggle to secure financial assistance from traditional banks. Many of these loans are sought by women entrepreneurs looking to support their small businesses and personal needs. As a volunteer, you'll play a direct role in these microfinance initiatives, assisting in the processing of loan applications and ensuring the smooth operation of microfinance services for deserving Ghanaian citizens.
Why Choose This Program?
This program is a great way for high school students who are interested in microfinance and how money affects communities to spend a portion of their summer in Ghana. In addition to gaining real-world experience, you'll integrate into the community and fully experience the local way of life.
The OGVO microfinance project has already helped over 200 Ghanaian individuals improve their lives, providing disadvantaged communities with the means to achieve financial independence and stability. By offering microfinance cash loans and micro leasing options, this project aims to break the cycle of poverty by supporting those who need it most. Microfinance is a proven method to elevate living standards for the less fortunate. Join this project to witness its real-world impact and learn about the challenges facing borrowers and microfinance institutions.
During your stay, you'll have the opportunity to explore Ghana's rich culture and history. The program includes a visit to the Kakum Rainforest Reserve in Cape Coast, where you can hike through the jungle and experience a thrilling canopy walkway. Additionally, you'll visit Cape Coast's historic slave fort and learn about the region's fascinating history.
Safety & Support:
Our first priorities are your safety and well-being. Our knowledgeable staff is equipped to oversee and assist high school volunteers. We have a comprehensive timetable in place to ensure a structured yet flexible experience. You'll work alongside other volunteers, visit historical sites, and participate in cultural activities during weekends and evenings.
Volunteers are never left alone and are accommodated in host families or dorms managed by our staff. This ensures a safe and supportive environment for all participants. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to explore your independence by joining other programs in the evenings and weekends.
Don't miss this engaging and impactful opportunity to make a difference while receiving the support and guidance you need. Apply for the "Microfinance for Economic Empowerment" program in Ghana today!
High School Specials volunteer work and travel Visit historic Cape Coast Castle, Kumasi – Ashanti Kingdom Work with local institutions as well as the government and NGOs Receive hands-on experience Shop at an African Market Make friends from diverse countries Live with a Ghanaian Host Family Experience a degree of freedom and independence as you broaden your horizons
This program is ideal for
Volunteers who have a passion for business development and are interested in subjects like economics and finance. You should have sympathy and understanding for underprivileged citizens and your priority should be to use your skills and knowledge for the benefit of those deserving of loans and microfinance aid. As your tasks will vary based on various factors, you should be open to helping out in any kind of activity that is prioritised while you’re there.
Role and responsibility
On a daily basis your main role is to work on new and existing loans which include helping with a wide variety of tasks, such as:
- Worked alongside the field workers in completing their everyday tasks efficiently
- Lead presentations on their product offerings to potential customers several times a week
- Discussing and evaluating business plans
- Conducting weekly workshops
Through this project, you will be directly involved with the process of developing small businesses in a developing country and how micro-credit can help people with limited resources and opportunities become self-supporting and independent. You will spend time in a completely new environment, learning about a different culture and way of life while helping to fight poverty. It will be a rewarding as well as challenging experience.
Can I use this program as part of a college or university placement?
It is certainly possible to use one of OGVO’s programs as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. OGVO regularly receives medical, biomedical sciences, psychology, midwifery, dentistry, veterinary and nursing placement students at our projects across Ghana.
Volunteering work per day
Dates: 1st and 3rd Monday of every Month
Arrive at: Kotoka International Airport (ACC)
Program Location: Kumasi – Ashanti Region (the second largest city in Ghana), also available in other regions across Ghana
Working Days: Monday – Friday (5 days a week)
Working hours: 7 – 9 hours in a day (35 – 45 hours in a week)
Accommodation Type: Host family, single or shared rooms (see details below)
Travel and Tourism Tours: Travel/Sightseeing on weekends included in Cost
Age – You must be in high school to participate in the program.
Criminal background check
Criminal background check details
This document may be required depending on the placement site.
Yes, volunteers are required to have educational qualifications
Educational qualifications details
Education – Must have a High School/University/College etc. level qualification.
Documents – A Curriculum Vitae/ Résumé must be attached to your application form.
Other Skills – No particular qualification is required.
You need to speak English (basic level).
|2 weeks||$570||Equivalent to $41/day|
|3 weeks||$673||Equivalent to $32/day|
|4 weeks||$775||Equivalent to $28/day|
|5 weeks||$878||Equivalent to $25/day|
|6 weeks||$983||Equivalent to $23/day|
|7 weeks||$1088||Equivalent to $22/day|
|8 weeks||$1193||Equivalent to $21/day|
|9 weeks||$1280||Equivalent to $20/day|
|10 weeks||$1385||Equivalent to $20/day|
|11 weeks||$1490||Equivalent to $19/day|
|12 weeks||$1594||Equivalent to $19/day|
24/7 in-country support
Certificate of International Volunteer Service
In-country program orientation
Important things to note
We pride ourselves on our flexibility. Volunteers or interns can arrive any day of the year with advanced notice. You can volunteer or intern for periods of 1 week to 6 months. The extension can be arranged with advanced notice as well.
Please note that the above-shown program fees are only estimated. Our Generation Voluntary Organization will let you know about the final price during your application process.
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed upon with OGVO during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Important Things to Note
- Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day, and for returning to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Ghana generally find US$50 - US$100 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.
- A 5% international banking fee is added at the point of payment.
No refund upon no-show or early departure from the program.
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