Permaculture Internship in Ghana
Valuable Experience in Permaculture, Skill Development, and Environmental Programs
Be part of a grass-roots permaculture nonprofit in Ghana during an academic internship! The organisation runs permaculture training programs with local farmers, encourages income generation for farmers, and works to prevent deforestation in the area. As an intern, you’ll be part of a small team working on the ground, and you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in permaculture, skill development, and specific environmental programs such as beekeeping, biogas production, erosion control, and eco-building. It’s a great opportunity for students of Environmental Sciences, Biology, Ecology, International Development, and related fields. Since you’ll be part of a small team, you’ll get a thorough understanding of the way a nonprofit operates in an African context; a valuable experience that will enhance your academic and personal development greatly.
- Destination Ghana
- Type of Organization Environmental nonprofit
- Work Focus Permaculture, organic farming
- Length of Internship 1-12 months
- Accommodation Single room (with shared bathroom)
- Fee As from USD 1,500 (1 month)
Based in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo region, the Ghana Permaculture Institute (GPI) is an institute that promotes permaculture principles in the surrounding areas. The overall aim of the organisation is to stimulate productivity in the local communities, while working to maintain a natural ecosystem. The organisation is based on a 24-acre land, where training is offered to local farmer groups in areas such as moringa production, mushroom cultivation, bamboo building, and honey production. After receiving training, the farmers who attend workshops are assisted in bringing their products to market. They also run a range of ecological programs focused on biogas production, eco-building, solar energy, and food gardens, and land management programs based on erosion control. In addition, the organisation teaches school children about permaculture, earth care, and tree growing. The organization has been running these programs since 2004, and is working on expanding beyond Ghana.
As an intern, you’ll be part of the small team at the training center, and you’ll have an opportunity to get involved in a wide range of programs, which can include:
- Permaculture training programs with both farmers and school children
- Programs that work to prevent savannah encroachment and deforestation
- Specific ecological projects happening at the time, such as beekeeping, solar installations, recycling programs, and biogas production
- Assisting with the overall management and development of the organisation, if your academic focus is on nonprofit management
Your tasks will be tailored to your experience and areas of interest, and you’ll be supervised at all times. There will be regular feedback sessions, and at the end of your internship you will be awards a certificate showcasing your impact.
You will be based at the training institute, which has accommodation available. The rooms are basic, but sufficient. You will have a room to yourself, and you’ll share a bathroom with one other intern or staff member. Three meals a day will be provided. To get there, you will fly into Accra, and then take a short connecting flight to Kumasi, where one of the team members will pick you up.
Weekends are free time, and you’ll be able to explore the area; you could, for instance, visit Lake Volta, Mole National Park, or you can head to the coast. We’ll be able to assist you with any travel arrangements.
- Good English speaking and writing skills
- Background in Environmental Sciences, Biology, Ecology, International Development, and related fields
- Please note that you’ll need to have your own laptop
The Application Process
If you’re keen on this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution to this organization, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:
- Fill in the Application form (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
- If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
- We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
- If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
- Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.
Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just shoot us an email, or fill in the contact form. We’ll be happy to assist!
Dates and Fees
1 month – USD 1,500
2 months – USD 2,200
3 months – USD 2,900
4 months – USD 3,600
5 months – USD 4,300
6 months – USD 5,000
What is included in the fee?
- All meals
- Transport from Kumasi
- Placement fees
- Supervision during your internship
- Necessary equipment