This 10-day volunteer program combines the essential tourism highlights of southern Ghana with impactful and meaningful volunteer work at Chances Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) located at HASU in the Adaklu district of the Volta Region, Ghana. Starting and ending in Accra, this trip makes a stop in Cape Coast before you settle in for your project work in the Volta Region, Ghana’s easternmost region.
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Ghana Medical Mission Trip 2019
$1649 per person includes:
- Comfortable accommodation for the entire trip
- All costs associated with your community service experience
- Minibus, driver, and fuel for the entirety of the trip
- All activities mentioned in this itinerary
- All meals
- Unlimited purified water
The main goal of this first medical mission trip is to listen to and learn from health officials, representatives of local nonprofit organizations, women associations, and the people of Adaklu in the Volta Region about the challenges they are facing in the areas of public health and social issues. This
community-based participatory research will enable volunteers and the people of Adaklu to assess the strengths and concerns of their community and communicate their perspectives to local officials. Volunteers and the community members of Adaklu will use photovoice, a participatory research method that has community participants use photography to identify and represent issues of importance to them. Volunteers will be trained on how to use photovoice during pre-departure and arrival
As you exit Kotoka International Airport this morning, you will be greeted with a smile by members of the Uprise staff. You will be quickly whisked away to your hotel, where you will be provided with a snack before heading to bed for a much-needed night’s rest. Your Ghana journey begins in the morning!
Over breakfast this morning your Uprise guides will provide you with a brief cultural orientation to prepare you for your journey. This will include a range of information from geography and languages to local customs and cuisine. When you finish breakfast you will depart for Cape Coast, the former capital city of Ghana known for its windy streets, colonial architecture, and its UNESCO World Heritage slave castle. On the way, you will take a quick stop in Anumabu to stand among colorful fishing boats as you watch the local fisherman at work drying and preserving their fish. After lunch in Cape Coast, you will enter Cape Coast Castle, built by the Swedes in 1653. This castle stands as a monument to the thousands of captive slaves that passed through its doors over the course of the history of the transatlantic slave trade. Your castle guide will take you on a moving journey through the rooms formerly occupied by slaves bound for the New World. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum. Later this evening we will hike to the Fort Williams lighthouse to watch the sunset over Cape Coast.
This morning you will have the opportunity to relax on a quiet, palm-lined beach to the west of Elmina. After spending the morning soaking up the sun and splashing in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, you will eat lunch and depart for the Volta Region. Volta is the lush, hilly region that sits along Ghana’s eastern border with Togo. After five-hour journey, you will settle into your accommodation in Ho, the capital of the Volta Region. This evening you will have a chance to meet with staff members from the Chances Foundation, who will talk about the history of the foundation and your volunteer project.
Today is your first full day of service! Over the course of the day, you will meet with community leaders, public health officials, and other stakeholders in the community surrounding the Chances Foundation’s health center. Today you will put your training to the test as you begin to assess the needs of the community in order to lay the groundwork for future medical mission trips.
Today is your day to explore the sites of the Volta Region! This morning you will drive north to explore Amedzofe, the highest settlement in Ghana. There you will have the opportunity to take a small hike and visit a local vocational school. You will then drive down the mountain to the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, a community-run tourism initiative. The two-hour stroll through the sanctuary will give you the chance to interact with mona monkeys, which are believed to be sacred by the local community. If you are lucky, you will be able to feed the monkeys and take up-close photographs. After departing the sanctuary, you will drive one hour north to Wli, the home of the tallest waterfall in West Africa. The lower fall is a short walk inside the reserve, but the upper fall requires a 90-minute hike up a steep trail. If you are strong enough to make the trek, the fall provides a perfect opportunity for swimming and taking photographs beneath the cascade. After exiting the reserve, you will board the van for your two-hour drive back to Ho.
Today is your last day in Ghana! This morning you will board the van and wave goodbye to your new friends from the Chances Foundation. After having lunch in Accra, you will have the chance to explore the Accra Art Market, for a final opportunity to purchase art and other souvenirs to bring home. Time-permitting, you will have a chance to see other sites in the capital before having a quick dinner and making your way to the airport for your journey home.
The Uprise team is happy to assist you with your luggage, but feel free to pack light and keep it simple!
- We highly recommend that you speak with your doctor about about antimalarial medications or any vaccinations that he or she may suggest.
- If your trip includes a safari, please include darker, more neutral-colored clothing in order to avoid scaring off the animals.
- Also, please consider culturally appropriate dress. While many cities and beaches in West Africa are more liberal with their dress codes, many people will be offended if you show too much skin. In some communities women should cover their shoulders and knees. Consider packing capri pants, loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts, or scarves to cover your shoulders.
In your hand-luggage:
- Photocopy of your passport
- Visa for Ghana/Togo/Benin (if applicable)
- Yellow fever vaccination card
- Wallet and money
In your checked luggage:
- Tee shirts
- Bathing suits
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Sneakers/hiking shoes
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Shaving cream
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SCHEDULE CHANGES
Uprise Travel reserves the right to change this itinerary at any time. We might make changes for a variety of reasons, including local holidays, road or bridge closures, flight delays or cancellations, weather or natural disasters, issues with subcontractors or external vendors, the substitution of a new activity, or any unforeseen circumstances. The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. In the event that we need to alter this schedule, we will make every effort to inform you of changes as soon as they occur.
All activities listed in this itinerary are included in the cost of the trip, unless otherwise indicated. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.