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.
|Permaculture, Organic farming|
|From USD 1,500|
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.
TASKS & REQUIREMENTS
What you’ll do
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.
- 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
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
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.
DATES & RATES
Start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.
What you’ll pay (2022 rates)
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 you are paying for:
- All meals
- Transport from Kumasi
- Placement fees
- Supervision during your internship
- Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
- Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
- Troubleshooting if needed
- A reference letter at the end of your internship
- Necessary equipment
- Flight to Ghana
- Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
- Costs for additional excursions or activities
- Depending on your arrival time in Accra you might need to spend an extra night there before taking a flight to Komasi
Personal Development Sessions
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
|Permaculture, Organic Farming|
|From USD 1,500|
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
”The people are very warm and welcoming and I feel very supported at the office and where I am living. If something is wrong I have 'plenty of mamas' asking me if I'm okay, I got djembé lessons from one of the local workers, they taught me how to prepare some local dishes and they really try to include me in all kinds of things. For example someone's wife is graduating and they invited me to join the ceremony. And birthdays are not super important in Ghana but lots of staff members have their birthday in May/June (and so do I) so on Father's day it's not going to be a working day but we will celebrate all birthdays (including mine) as well as Father's day.Malinka, The NetherlandsPermaculture Internship, Ghana
- Develop your skills in permaculture, organic farming, NGO and program management
- Contribute to an organization on a mission to train local farmers, encourages income generation for them, and works to prevent deforestation in the area
- Gain insight in the daily operations of running a nonprofit training institute
- Plenty of opportunity to get hands-on involved in permaculture projects
- Live and work in a beautiful and colourful country where people will make you feel welcome
- Discover the wealth of stunning places in Ghana during your time off
How to apply?
If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:
- Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
- If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
- 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 fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!