Program Details

Volunteers and interns interested in fair trade business, urban employment, architecture and the environment are needed to work on a variety of projects including fair trade certification, launching of a youth job training initiative, environmental educat
Location:
Accra, Ghana
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Arts, Economic Development, Environment, Social Services
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
The nonprofit creative recycling organization Trashy Bags was founded in 2007 in response to Accra’s problem of plastic water and ice cream sachets (in Ghana, they drink water out of bags) littering the streets. Since then, it has picked up 20 million sachets and sewn them into attractive bags and gifts for sale locally and export abroad. Trashy Bags creates a very visual statement about recycling, all while employing over 60 tailors and seamstresses, and works on various other projects to support the company and provide, among other goals, low-cost housing, environmental education, and youth job training.

Volunteers and interns interested in fair trade business, urban employment, architecture and the environment are needed to work on a variety of projects including fair trade certification, launching of a youth job training initiative, environmental education, and low-income housing project.

Trashy Bags' program fee includes lodging in the Trashy Bags' center (complete with air-conditioning, running water, and electricity), pre-departure support, orientation packet and in-country volunteer support. Application are accepted on rolling monthly basis for a length of two weeks to four months. See website for details.
Setting Description:
Volunteers are housed on the premises of Trashy Bags, where they become part of the “Trashy Family,” often enjoying a home-cooked meal together. Fore those looking to gain international work experience and make a difference in a vibrant organization, we welcome you. Internships and volunteer positions are customized to your specific interests. Working with Trashy Bags is fantastic way to gain international and non-profit experience while learning about the beautiful culture of Ghana.

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