VOLUTEER IN GHANA
You can use websites like lonely planet and The Travel Guide Ghana for general country information.
For the Ghana Village School project:
Accommodation will be provided by the host school free of charge to volunteers. However, volunteers will have to budget for their meals and other expenses. Volunteers will live with a host family, attend a local school and become involved in community activities. Volunteers completely immeres themselves in another culture by nurturing good relationship with the local commmunity, speaking their language and taking part in their daily routine.
Ghana is a safe and peaceful country to live,work and travel in the west afriacan sub-region.However , volunteers are adviced to be careful when travelling especially in bigger cities-pick pockets and mobile phone snatchers could be of worry.
Please check your goverment website for update on Ghana.
The working style in Ghana is very different to that in the west.it has a more relaxed approch to working hours and productivity.In Ghana ,GMT means" Ghana mans time" .an appointment for say 6pm would mean 7-8 pm.
Fares for "tro-tro" (mini and medium -sized buses which do intra-city trips)are fixed, depending on where you are going. You will tell the drivers mate where you are going and he will tell you how much the fare is, period-no bargaining. However, when it comes to taxis, you can bargain (if you are hiring the taxi to drop you off at a specific place or hiring it by hour.
It is important to note that your "tro-tro" does not take off until it is full, this may delay you for a few minutes or an hour.
Temperatures are reasonably consistent throughout the year. The average temperature is 28-30. Accra for instance, experiences its hottest temperature from November-January. The main seasonal factors to be aware of is the rain, which falls during the month of April-September, peaking in May-June.
A note worthy phenomena is the Harmattan winds blowing from the North-East bringing so much dust from the sahara desert. This phenomenona comes in late November and continues until some time in March.
Volunteers are required to acquire a visa to enter Ghana. It takes up to three days to issue at any Ghanaian embassy or commission.
You will be given a visa valid fort 60 days depending on the country, please check this from the Ghanain embassy.
You will have to apply for a visa extension onces you are in Ghana and to pay 10 U.S dollars for every extra 30 days.
The Ghana Village School Project will help you with an invitation letter which will enable you acquire a Ghanaian visa. You will also need two referees in Ghana, they will provide that as well.
There are three ways of carrying money: hard currency cash, travellers cheques or credit cards. Volunteers are adviced to bring as much as you will need in cash or travellers cheques. Credit cards commomly used here are Visa Electron and Mastercards.
You cannot cash travellers cheques or any other cheques for U.S dollar in any Ghanaian bank. You get only the cedi equivalent,which is much lower than the open market rate.