Fostering entrepreneurship among young people in rural areas

Are you interested in entrepreneurship and rural development? This project involves both these areas: It is about promoting and supporting underserved youth in rural areas in the areas of agriculture and small-scale agri-business. Participants should bring along some knowledge of entrepreneurship, business advisory services, mentoring, and organisational management, as well as public relations work, grant writing, fundraising and some computer skills.

Ideally, one of the two participants will have academic background in a business-related subject, while the other is a student or university graduate with experience in project writing.

Founded in 2012, the Gambian chapter of the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN Gambia) is a non-profit organisation with the mission of supporting poor young people from Gambia’s rural areas interested in starting their own businesses. Through promoting young rural people’s engagement in entrepreneurship, the organisation hopes to ultimately reduce rural unemployment and poverty and foster rural development. GYIN Gambia focuses on strengthening engagement in the areas of small-scale agri-businesses, as well as information technology. In order to spread knowledge of business development and strengthen young entrepreneurs’ networks, the organisation conducts workshops, trainings, mentorship programs and summer camps.

The organisation’s office is run by a team of seven employees and one volunteer and based in the Churchill’s Town, a neighbourhood in Serrekunda in West Gambia.

As GLEN participants you would support GYIN Gambia’s team in various activities. Possible tasks include co-facilitation of entrepreneurship trainings, as well as of business management workshops. Together with a second GLEN participant and a local intern, these occasions would give you the chance to share your knowledge of entrepreneurship and to engage in business advisory services. Furthermore, you would be involved in a mentoring programme and in various projects which focus on networking. Another field of activity is the organisation’s public relations work; here, you would contribute to daily communication tasks.

The tasks will be specified after the participants’ selection.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between July and September 2018.

Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN team will be comprised of one Polish participant and one German participant.

Program component: GLEN

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Social Business/ Sustainable Economy; Media and Information; Rural Development; Labour and Economy

Field(s) of study: Economic and Business Sciences; Humanities, Sociology and Social Sciences; Agriculture and Forestry

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Business Administration; Business Studies; Management; Entrepreneurship; Social Entrepreneurship; Development Studies; Agricultural Economics; Agri-Business; Project-Management

Period of the internship: Three months between July and September 2018

Country: Gambia

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia)

Classification of the internship in the development fields: Economy, Labour (1), Rural Development (8), Social Business/ Sustainable Economy and Development (16), Media and Information (13)

Number of the internship: 1109

 

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