Traveling to Ghana

Let's get down to business, you're coming to Ghana, or at least seriously thinking about it at this point. There are lots of things you need to know and do:

Acquire your traveling documents

Do you have a US Passport? If not, read below. (skip this section)

Don't fret, getting a passport is easy. Fill out form DS-11 here. Once you've done that, gather all the documents you'll need - see the list here, and head to the nearest passport agency or acceptace center:

You may make an appointment to be seen at a Passport Agency only if:

If you are in need of a U.S. passport outside of these time frames, you may:

  • Submit your application in person at a local Passport Application Acceptance Facility
  • Find an Acceptance Facility near you: http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/

NOTE: Once you have received your passport it must be signed. Open to the page with your photo and you will find a place for your signature.

NOTE: Make a photocopy of your passport and take it with you on your trip. Keep it in a place separate from your passport, but keep it safe. It will be quite helpful if your passport is lost or stolen. You will be able to take it to an American Embassy or Consulate so you can get your passport replaced.



Getting a visa for international travel

A visa is issued by the country you will be traveling to. It will be stamped in your passport. The visa application for Ghana can be downloaded here, but it will also be included in the Travel Packet you will receive from us via email once you've Registered. We obtain visas for all our volunteers so that we make sure you get it without hassle and on time for departure.



Get an updated International Certificate of Vaccination ('Yellow Card')

To obtain a visa to travel to Ghana you will need to have proof of Yellow Fever vaccination, something American colonialists dealt with but not us modern Americans. Other than that, we won't go so far as recommending what you need but can tell what we have gotten before coming out:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid (oral vaccine)
  • Polio
  • DTAP - Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough)

None of these are required, but we figured since we are talking about the yellow card, we should mention them. Here is how you get some yellow for your passport:

  • Go to your doctor! He or she may not be able to give you the vaccines you need, but should be able to point you in the right direction. We can't vouch for your doctor though...
  • Find a travel clinic near you. We have had great experiences with travel clinics. The CDC can help you find one.

Malaria

Getting malaria is very preventable. Here is what you should bring to do so:

  • Prophylaxis: There is no vaccine. The prophylaxis is an oral preventitive that you take daily or weekly depending on what you decide is best for you.  The CDC provides detailed information on the malaria situation in Ghana here.
  • Mosquito net. Available at camping stores. A hooped net is your best bet.
  • Repellent. Lotions and sprays made for camping should work. Lavender oil and vanilla extract is a less smelly and inexpensive alternative.

If you do get malaria, don't worry. We have personal experience dealing with it and if caught quickly can be dealt with in a matter of days. We have malaria treatment on hand at Teach on the Beach, so no need to worry about preparing for this worst case scenario.

 

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/travel-clinics.aspx

Travel Policies

  • Refund Policy. Given the needs of our organization - the needs of the children - we cannot offer refunds on any transaction. Deposits, housing, meal, transportation, excursion, and program fees collected are final and non-refundable.

  • Volunteer Conduct. If a guest or volunteer blatantly violates the code of conduct (all guests are required to read and sign), they will be expelled from the house at their expense.

  • Travel Insurance. All guests and volunteers are required to purchase travel insurance.

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