Most participants take international flights to Ghana to arrive at Kotoka International Airport in Accra the day before the program begins.
It is recommended to book your accommodation before the program at the Ibis Styles hotel where our partner has an agreement with the hotel for all participants to benefit from a free shuttle transfer from the airport, a breakfast free breakfast and free Wi-Fi, priced at 660 GHS per night (£80 GBP or $110 USD).
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa for your trip. For your program in Ghana, you will need a tourist visa (not a voluntary work, education or business visa). For most nationalities, you have to plan ahead. Please verify that you comply with Ghana immigration requirements. Most tourist visas for Ghana are for 60-90 days, but can be extended in Ghana if you decide to stay longer. Immigration requires that all visa applications be submitted at least 15 days prior to travel to Ghana.
Be sure to check immigration updates regularly to keep up to date with any changes or updates.
On the last Saturday, you must be out of your room at 07:00 and leave the base at 08:00. This allows field staff to clean and prepare rooms before new participants arrive that morning. Many participants choose to depart the evening before, on Friday, and book into the Ibis Styles hotel for the night. This solution is recommended so that you can be close to the airport and enjoy your last hours in Ghana before flying home.
You will have daily internet access on base, but power outages can make contact somewhat uncertain at times. Make sure your friends and family know how often they can expect to hear from you, and that the internet connection can sometimes be faulty. There are many reliable mobile/cellular and data network providers in Ghana. We recommend that you travel with an unlocked mobile phone and purchase an MTN SIM card with 10 GB of data at Smice’s Electronics store, located at the arrival airport. It’s easy to buy additional credit later. While there’s no ‘unlimited’ internet/data option at the moment, data usage is more restricted than you’re used to. You can also buy a simple handset when you arrive in Ghana (around 50 GBP or 70 USD) if you prefer.
You can have your personal clothes hand washed at the base or use the services of a local launderette (2 GBP or 3 USD per load). Our partner will wash your bed linen and provide you with detergents to wash your clothes.
The local currency is the Ghana cedi (GHS). Participants typically spend around 300-800 GHS ($50-$140) per week. These costs are based on your personal needs and include data/phone credit, transportation, snacks and beverages, side trips or excursions. The Ghanaian Cedi cannot be ordered or purchased outside of Ghana, so you can bring funds in GBP, EURO or USD which you can exchange on arrival. We advise you to keep most of your funds on a Visa or MasterCard so that you can withdraw them when you need them. ATMs and exchange offices are available at the airport and at the Ibis Styles hotel upon your arrival.
Please note that our partner cannot provide specific medical advice. Please consult your primary care provider (doctor, GP, etc.) or visit a travel clinic for advice. Please advise of any health concerns before commencing shipment.
Failure to respond can have serious consequences for you, staff and other participants, including the possibility of being removed from the program. It is recommended that you bring a credit card so you can get immediate treatment in case of a medical emergency. If you have adequate insurance coverage, you will be reimbursed by your insurance company. Health and safety briefings are given to all participants upon arrival. The nearest medical facilities are located 1 mile from the base and all personnel are trained in emergency first aid and first aid.