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Business Development Project

VPWA’s Africa Business Development (ABD) project provides volunteering opportunities for professionals who would like to contribute their skills and experience to indigenous African companies. Students can also apply for internship opportunities in a wide range of business areas.

Through this project volunteers can share practices and help companies improve their overall performance, as well as corporate social responsibilities. We believe volunteers will be able to understand the business environment in Ghana and be interested in seeing how some entrepreneurs are helping to combat poverty and create opportunities through their businesses.

Helen and Margaret were volunteers in the Africa Business Development Project during September-December 20012

Helen and I came to Ghana with few expectations about living and working. We worked in a small business, a travel and tour company. We came to the office unsure if we would have much freedom to share our ideas or to learn. Immediately our boss, Sam, asked us for all the advice and plans we could come up with! Jacob and I were able to create long-term planning tools for the company and more rigid guidelines for expanding. We also quickly learnt a few major differences in doing business in Ghana, compared to other Western nations. It was an invaluable learning experience for both parties. We gave Sam ideas for the business and the future, and Helen and I gained familiarity with Ghanaian business practices and work experience.

Volunteer Positions Available:

  • Marketing Consultants
  • Finance Officers
  • Public Relations Officers

Volunteer Requirements for Africa Business Development

  • At least 18 years or older
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong commitment to values and principles of volunteerism
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
  • Strong support and advocate for NGOs
  • Should be able to work independently and in teams
  • Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity

Further Details

Project Duration

No duration limit


Placements available year round

Cost of Living

Refer to Living Conditions and Cost section Visit for the current exchange rate in your local currency


Registration Fee of of 200 Dollars required to secure placement Total Payment required 90 days before arrival


Greater Accra and Eastern Region of Ghana

Nearest Airport

Accra Airport (ACC) – (also known as Kotoka International Airport)

What’s Included in the Project Fees

Registration Fee (Non Refundable if you choose not to go)

  • Application Review and processing
  • Administration costs
  • Visa Support letter
  • 24/7 emergency support from CVN
  • Program marketing costs
  • Pre-departure information
  • Travel costs to VPWA programs
  • CVN  Education & Health Fund and communication costs with volunteers

Program Fee

  • Airport pick up
  • Orientation
  • Supervision
  • Accommodation and evening meals during volunteer placement period
  • In-country 24/7 volunteer support
  • In-country administration costs

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare to Ghana
  • Visa Fees
  • Vaccinations and immunizations (please speak to your local GP)
  • Personal insurance (required)
  • Personal spending
  • In-country travel


Volunteers working on CVN projects live in  Volta Region. Please confirm your project location with our coordinator. Volunteers live in shared rooms with bunk beds. Couples are advised to inform us if they wish to share a room in advance. The rooms have comfortable beds with pillows and covers, so there is no need to bring sleeping bags. The volunteer apartment has a kitchen with fridge, as well as toilet and shower facilities.

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