TRAVEL TO HO
It takes a lot of planning and preparation to travel to a new destination, and we’re here to help you every step of the way! Whether you’re purchasing your plane ticket, applying for a visa, or getting ready to pack, this guide (along with your expert Program Specialist) is your ultimate resource for a successful experience. So read on to learn more. And remember that we’re always available to answer any questions that you may have, and to share our personal expertise.
Your fellow volunteers will be from all over the world, and some of you may even end up on the same flight. Regardless of the flight that you choose, your arrival airport for Ghana is the Kotoka International Airport (ACC).
Flight to Ghana: Arrive at ACC between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm on your program start date
Departure Flight: Depart ACC between 10:00 am and midnight on your program end date
Of course, many volunteers choose to arrive early, or stay a bit longer in order to experience all that Ghana has to offer! If you’ll already be in Ghana or have any questions about scheduling your flight just let us know.
There are many online resources available to purchase your flight, but here are a few recommended by our team of volunteer travel experts:
Call Key Travel
Call STA Travel
Once you arrive at the airport, you’ll be greeted by a friendly CCS driver or staff member, like Francis. Please note that you may need to wait for up to 4 hours in the airport for pick-up so be sure to bring a good book!
We’ll be waiting for you right outside of the arrival gate, so keep an eye out for a smiling face with a “Cross-Cultural Solutions” sign! It’s a 4-hour drive from the airport to our Home-Base, so you’ll have plenty of time to take in some of the sights of Ghana as you relax after your journey.
We want to make sure you're healthy during your CCS experience, so take a moment to review the recommended vaccinations for your destination at the Centers for Disease Control, or by visiting a travel doctor.
All travelers to Ghana are required to have a valid Certificate of Yellow Fever, proving that you have been vaccinated, for entry to Ghana (this is not required as part of the visa application).
If you're traveling to Ghana with a U.S., Canadian, Australian, or British passport, you'll need to get a visa to enter the country. Please start your application 90 days before you arrive in Ghana. The recommended visa type for your travel is a TOURIST VISA (or “Temporary Tourist Visitor”).
For U.S. passport holders: Visit the Ghana Embassy in New York
(Visa fee: $60-$100 non-expedited)
For UK passport holders: Visit the Ghana High Commission
For Canadian passport holders: Visit the Ghana High Commission in Canada
For Australian passport holders: Visit the Ghanaian Consulate
Learn more about Ghana visa application guidelines.
If you are traveling with a US or Canadian passport, you will be asked to submit a Letter of Invitation from Cross-Cultural Solutions. Please type your full name, as it appears on your passport, into your Letter of Invitation (if you’re Canadian, use this one; if you’re from the U.S., use this one), ensure that the font is normalized (matches the rest of the font), and press print! We’ve also included a copy of your Ghanaian host’s ID card, as you are sometimes required to submit this.
Is your passport issued from a country other than those listed above? Find out if a visa is required for your travel!
As a CCS volunteer, you’ll automatically be covered by our comprehensive Travel Medical & Emergency Evacuation Insurance while you’re participating in our program. If you’re traveling before or after your program, you may choose to extend your insurance so that you’re covered every step of the way.
Need to upgrade your insurance? There are alternate plans available to you, which can increase your medical expense limits to $500,000 and your trip cancellation insurance up to $5,000. Just log on to the Core Travel website to print your card, extend your insurance, or upgrade!
What to Pack
Ho’s weather in one word is steamy. The humidity is typically around 80%, and temperatures are in the 80s and 90s (°F). If you’re traveling between April and June, expect some seasonal rains. Whenever you’re traveling to Ghana, though, plan for lightweight, breathable clothing.
Ghana’s currency is the cedi – you can exchange your currency into cedis when you arrive at the Accra airport, or withdraw cedis at one of two ATMs in town (one accepts ATM cards with a visa logo; the other requires a MasterCard logo). If you don’t already have a 4-digit pin code, make sure you obtain one – this is required for Ghanaian ATMs. Remember to contact your bank and credit card companies before travel to let them know that you’ll be out of the country!
While everyone’s spending habits are different, Ghana is relatively inexpensive, so you might want to budget for around $50 USD per week for keepsakes and free time activities. The cost of weekend trips, should you choose to travel around the country, is also pretty reasonable, with the exception of transportation (especially if you're going on your own). For travel with a group, plan on anywhere between $150 and $400 USD for your weekend trips.
Emergency Contact Information
It’s helpful to inform family and friends of your travel plans so they know how to reach you. Just input your flight information and you have a handy Travel Contact Sheet to email or print for your family and friends.
Remind friends and family that if they’d like to make an international call to reach you at the CCS Home-Base, US and Canadian residents should dial “011” before the number, and UK residents or residents of other countries should dial “00” before the number.
Citizen Services Abroad
Your safety is our top priority, and to make sure you comprehensive support, we request that all volunteers register with their government for access to emergency support and safety information. Please select the appropriate link below to follow some simple steps (it only takes a minute) to register your travel information:
US Citizens: Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the State Department
UK Citizens: Foreign Commonwealth (FCO)
Canadian Citizens: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)
Australian Citizens: Smart Traveler Program through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
CCS partners with and verifies information for your safety in-country with several resources, including OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council), the UK High Commission, the US State Department, and iJet. You can learn more about services available to you through the US State Department (for US volunteers) at http://www.state.gov/travel/.