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Application process
Visa
Health & Safety
Vaccination
Money Matter
Field Support and Supervision
Communication
Climate
Materials to Bring
Fundraising for Project

 

Application Process:

Please read Deworm Ghana 2012 Volunteer Travel's 4 steps of application

  • All applications to join Deworm Ghana 2011 program must be done through our online application form. An application Fee of €40 or $50 and deposit of €200 or is required to secure your placement on the program. Deposit is to be received along with application.
  • Once we get your application, we will immediately process it. We go over your application carefully and your confirmation sent to you. Letter for your visa, references in Ghana, Local details will all be dispatch to you. You should not hesitate to contact us anytime during this process.
  • Preparation for trips should include reading about Ghana, immunization, travel Visa (entry permit), and booking airfare. If you face any problems our coordinators are ready to assist you 24/7.
  • Now, once you purchase your ticket, send your flight information to our office by email. A representative of Deworm 2011 program will be at the airport to pick you up from the airport!

Visa :

We very strongly suggest volunteers get a tourist visa in their home country before departing for Ghana. It saves your time and hassles of filling forms, and waiting in long lines in the Accra airport.

Health and safety :

Volunteers should be aware of all health and safety information before traveling to Ghana . We suggest you visit some of the websites listed below.

WHO website for international travellers ( http://www.who.int/csr/ihr/en/ )

General Health Tips for Ghana

• Dress conservatively. Don't wear expensive-looking jewellery. . As much as possible, avoid the appearance of affluence.

• Carry the minimum amount of valuables necessary for your trip and plan a place or places to conceal them. Your passport, cash and credit cards are most secure when locked in your big bags.

• When you leave your home country, you are subject to the laws of the country you are visiting. Therefore, before you go, learn as much as you can about the local laws and customs of the places you plan to visit. On arrival, Deworm Ghana 2012 Coordinators will take you through some orientation. But generally feel comfortable, Ghana is great place with so much freedom.

Vaccination :

You can use Centre for Disease Control traveller’s health recommendations (www.cdc.gov.) Consult a travel doctor about current epidemics and health risks.

Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to West Africa including Ghana. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid

Required Vaccinations

  • Yellow Fever

A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into Ghana . For detailed information, see Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and Prophylaxis, by Country.

Money Matter :

What is the exchange rate? Where should I change my dollars? Can I use debit card or credit card? Should I bring travellers checks?

Exchange Rate varies from time to time. You are encouraged to visit www.xe.com to determine up to date exchange rate of your home currency and that of Ghana.

It is safe to use your VISA ATM card at ATM’s in Ghana. You are however cautioned not to use it for payment in shops. For this reason, visa ATM cards, cash are suggested to settle most accounts. You will have trouble paying with traveller’s checks, but you will be able to exchange them at local banks .Traveller’s checks are safe way to carry money with you but it can take weeks to get your money from the bank sometimes, make sure you write down the check numbers and contact information you need to cancel stolen checks. Different brands of traveller’s checks work better in different countries so consult your local financial institution about which company you should buy your checks from.

Travellers should have a credit card for large and emergency purchases so you won't go broke if something goes wrong. If you've requested a pin number for your credit card, you can use it to get cash advances at the ATM.

You can also carry a debit card that can be used at ATM's to withdraw local currency. When using ATM's, be advised to bring a friend along, travel directly from the bank back to where you are staying and stash your cash. Find a private, well disguised place to hide any cash. When you are carrying cash, break it up into different amounts and keep it in different pockets. You can also give your money for safe keep to the Director of Deworm Ghana 2011 only and no other employee or colleague.

Field Support and supervision:

All volunteers will be trained and supervised to administer deworming treatment. Each group of volunteers will have a team leader who you will report on progress made on treatment. Clear guidelines will be provided at the training program.

Communication :

How do I communicate with my family? Is there internet?

Volunteers are request to bring their mobile phone. Once you arrive in Ghana, you can change SIM card and use a local SIM card that can be purchase at very cheap price. Volunteers can also communicate with their family by using our designated Medical Outreach number (+233 302 937040). This is the perfect way to stay in touch with your family. Internet access is available at where Deworm Ghana 2011 volunteer will stay and can use it for free. There are internet café in the city too. Most places are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday. Prices are very inexpensive. International phone calling is easy in Accra from any SIM card. Deworm Ghana 2011 coordinators will orient you on how to load credit on your phone and use it in calling.

Climate of Ghana:

Yahoo Weather forecast ( http://weather.yahoo.com )

Weather channel ( http://www.weather.com )

Weather Underground ( http://www.wunderground.com )

Ghana has a tropical equatorial climate, which means that it's hot year-round with seasonal rains. In the humid southern coastal region, the rainy seasons are from April to June, and during September and October. Throughout the year, maximum temperatures are around 30`celcius, dropping three or four degrees during the brief respite between rainy seasons. The humidity is constantly high, at about 80%. In the central region, the rains are heavier and last longer. In the hotter and drier north, there is one rainy season, lasting from April to October. Midday temperatures rarely fall below 30`celcius, rising to 35` and higher during December to March when the Harmattan wind blows in from the Sahara. At this time, dust particles hang heavily in the air making it constantly hazy, and temperatures plummet at night.

Source: Lonely Planet West Africa

Materials to Bring

Most of stuffs of daily use are available in Ghana at a cheaper price. However, we suggest volunteers pack the following things.

• Camera
• Mobile phone (you can use mobile phone after changing sim card)
• Mosquito repellents
• Insect repellents
• Sun-block
• Toiletries
• First aid kit
• Flash light
• Electricity adopter/converter
• Sun glasses
• Footwear (for work and travel)
• Towel

Fundraising for Project

It is appreciated if a volunteer is able to fundraise to support the project. Remember, it cost just $0.50 to treat a child of worms for a whole year. Receipt will be issued to volunteers for all donated money to the project. If you want to bring gifts for schools and the children that will be covered by the program, it will be great! You can bring tooth brush, tooth paste, pencils, pens and paper, art supplies like markers and construction paper pads, and games. Remember that every child will need these items so you may wish to bring a bunch of one thing.

 

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