Ghana Experience
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From $1,326 (was $1,559), 3 weeks, Ghana Trip code: GHXP

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Get to know one of Africa’s friendliest countries
  • Learn to drum and dance the Ghanaian way!
  • Give something back and help out on some fantastic community projects
  • Test your nerves on a canopy walk in the jungle
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim at Wli waterfalls
  • Safari in Mole National Park
  • Visit Africa’s oldest slave forts and learn about Ghana’s tragic past
  • Learn local crafts and make your own souvenirs to take home

Trip Summary

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Spend three fun filled weeks in one of Africa’s friendliest countries whilst experiencing its rich and diverse culture and unique landscapes from lush jungles, long sandy beaches and refreshing waterfalls, to historic forts, bustling markets and natural savannah for safari.

 

The Ghana Experience is the perfect trip for those wanting to experience a very different and undiscovered side of Africa, Ghana has something for everyone and is just waiting to be explored!


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What will I be doing?

  • Akwaaba! (Days 1 - 3)

  • Volunteer, drum, dance & carve (Days 4 - 8)

  • Nature & history (Days 9 - 11)

  • Mountains, Monkeys & Markets (Days 12 - 15)

  • Safari & beach time (Days 16 - 20)

Akwaaba!: Days 1 - 3

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Destination info

Ghana is in West Africa and renowned for having the warmest, friendliest people. It borders the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and the Atlantic Ocean. Ghana is considered one of the safest places in Africa, with some of the friendliest people on the continent.


Ghanaians are traditionally very welcoming people and they pride themselves on the peaceful state, with very low crime rate.


Accra is Ghana’s capital city and estimated to have a population of around two million. Accra is a large, sprawling city that is developing very fast. It is situated on the coast, with a port and several beach hotels where tourists may stay. Like any African Capital it is large, dusty, energetic, dirty, busy, and yet charming and unique!

  • Location: Accra

Day 1 – Akwaaba! (Welcome!)
On arrival at Accra International Airport, our friendly local team will be waiting for you, ready to take you to your accommodation in Teshie on the outskirts of the city to settle in. You’ll have some free time to relax, later on once everyone has arrived, the local team will give you your orientation briefing and tell you all about the exciting trip that lies ahead.

Dinner included.

 

Day 2 –
On your first full day in Ghana our local team will help you settle in and get familiar with your new surroundings. You’ll be taken on a tour of Accra including a visit to the Kwame Nkruma Museum (Ghana’s first president); along with a couple of the busy local markets, Ghana Craft Market and the Makola Market, where you can try out some of your bartering skills with the lively locals for the odd bargain or two. In the evening it’ll be time to hit the town and experience some of the local nightlife in Accra, from traditional African Bars to nightclubs, there is something for everyone!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 3 –
Today you’ll be hitting the beach for a bit of relaxation, spend the day on the beach or by the pool before spending the rest of the afternoon getting to know some of the locals at a nearby sports bar over a few beers and games of pool. In the evening you’ll have a traditional Ghanaian welcome meal in Osu with the group before heading back home to the volunteer house in Teshie.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Volunteer, drum, dance & carve: Days 4 - 8

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Destination info

Ghana is in West Africa and renowned for having the warmest, friendliest people. It borders the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and the Atlantic Ocean. Ghana is considered one of the safest places in Africa, with some of the friendliest people on the continent.


Ghanaians are traditionally very welcoming people and they pride themselves on the peaceful state, with very low crime rate.


Accra is Ghana’s capital city and estimated to have a population of around two million. Accra is a large, sprawling city that is developing very fast. It is situated on the coast, with a port and several beach hotels where tourists may stay. Like any African Capital it is large, dusty, energetic, dirty, busy, and yet charming and unique!

  • Location: Accra

Days 4-8-
Over the next 5 days you will be spending your mornings volunteering at one of a number of community projects in Accra. You’ll either be helping out in one of the local schools, working with the children that need a bit of extra help with their school work or helping out with some sports coaching with the local children. This is a great opportunity to give something back and do your bit to help some of the local children.

 

After each busy morning of volunteering you will be heading back to the volunteer house for some fantastic activities.

 

On day 4 you and your fellow travellers can pick up some Ghanaian rhythm as you join in with a lively African drumming and dance lesson! There will be plenty of opportunities to practice these new found skills later in your trip!

 

The following day you’ll have the chance to learn from a talented local craftsman how to carve a traditional African Elephant (or other animal of your choice!) out of wood. This is great fun for e veryone and you’ll have a unique souvenir of your time in Ghana to take home with you.

 

In the afternoon of day 6, you'll have a lesson in two of the most widely spoken local languages, Ga and Twi. A local teacher will come to the volunteer house to teach you some of the basic words and phrases, this is great fun as everyone can have a go and your new skills will no doubt come in handy whilst bartering in the local markets. The locals love it when you have a go at the local language, so don’t be shy, give it a go!

 

On day 7 you can try your hand at some traditional Ghanaian cooking. The friendly local cook will teach you some local dishes which you and the rest of the group can sit down and enjoy together later on.

 

After saying goodbye to the local children at your volunteer project in the morning of day 8; you'll be spending the afternoon creating your own traditional African painting, under the guidance of a local painter. If you’re not naturally artistic, do not worry, the local painter is extremely patient and will help even complete beginners create their very own masterpiece!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Nature & history: Days 9 - 11

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Destination info

Ghana is in West Africa and renowned for having the warmest, friendliest people. It borders the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and the Atlantic Ocean. Ghana is considered one of the safest places in Africa, with some of the friendliest people on the continent.


Ghanaians are traditionally very welcoming people and they pride themselves on the peaceful state, with very low crime rate.


Accra is Ghana’s capital city and estimated to have a population of around two million. Accra is a large, sprawling city that is developing very fast. It is situated on the coast, with a port and several beach hotels where tourists may stay. Like any African Capital it is large, dusty, energetic, dirty, busy, and yet charming and unique!
 

  • Location: Cape Coast, Kakum National Park

Day 9 – 11 -
Now the adventure really begins as you head to Cape Coast, the first capital of the British colony, home to some lovely beaches and former slave forts as well as Kakum National park and its exhilarating canopy walk in the tree tops.

 

On day 9 you will be travelling from the volunteer accommodation in Teshie to Cape Coast, the journey takes several hours but there is plenty to see along the way as you watch local Ghanaian life whizz by. On arrival at Cape Coast you can relax at the hotel pool or maybe take a walk to the lake top restaurant; you’ll need to get plenty of rest today as tomorrow you’ll be trekking out in the national park.

 

Day 10 will see you trekking the footpaths in the rainforest whilst learning about the importance of medicinal trees and plants, which are of great importance in African Culture. To top off the day it’ll be time to challenge your yourself on an exhilarating 40 metre high canopy walk through the treetops of the forest!

 

After a tiring day in the forest, on day 11 you’ll learn all about Ghana’s turbulent past during the slave trade, with moving historical accounts of some of the country’s darkest days, you’ll also be visiting the oldest slave castle in Africa along with others in the area. You’ll be right on the coast today so you’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic views of the ocean whilst having time to reflect on all the things you will have learnt about Ghana’s history.

Breakfast included.

Mountains, Monkeys & Markets: Days 12 - 15

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Destination info

Ghana is in West Africa and renowned for having the warmest, friendliest people. It borders the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and the Atlantic Ocean. Ghana is considered one of the safest places in Africa, with some of the friendliest people on the continent.


Ghanaians are traditionally very welcoming people and they pride themselves on the peaceful state, with very low crime rate.


Accra is Ghana’s capital city and estimated to have a population of around two million. Accra is a large, sprawling city that is developing very fast. It is situated on the coast, with a port and several beach hotels where tourists may stay. Like any African Capital it is large, dusty, energetic, dirty, busy, and yet charming and unique!
 

  • Location: Volta Region, Kumasi

Day 12-13 -
On day 12 you will be heading inland towards Ghana’s famous Volta Region. Your home for the next two days will be the lovely town Wli Agorviefe, home to the upper and lower Wli waterfalls. You’ll be trekking to the upper falls first of all where you’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic scenery and views along the way and then you’ll need your swimming gear as you brace yourself for perhaps the most refreshing swim you will ever have!

 

Whilst in the Volta region you’ll be taken up Ghana’s highest mountain, Mount Afadjato, measuring 885m. It takes roughly 2 hours for the ascent and descent and the route offers some magnificent views of Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world and the surrounding areas. On the way you might be lucky enough to spot some beautiful butterflies and birds as well as the occasional antelope and monkey! You’ll be walking at a pace suitable for all the group so no one will be left behind!

Breakfast included.

 

Day 14 –
Today you’ll be hanging out (excuse the pun!) with a bunch of very mischievous monkeys at a sanctuary in Baobeng-Fiena, a few hours drive from the Wli Agorviefe in the central region. This is a great opportunity to interact with the monkeys as well as some fantastic photos opportunities! Whilst at the sanctuary you’ll also enjoy a trek into the surrounding forest to try and spot some of the local wildlife.

Breakfast included.

 

Day 15 -
We head to the market town of Kumasi today, the second largest city in Ghana. Kumasi is most famous for its huge market, one of the oldest in Africa, were you can buy everything from fresh fruit and veg, shoes, furniture and wooden animals! Today is a great opportunity to practice your new found Ga and Twi skills as you barter with the locals for a bargain, this is the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs to take home with you or perhaps try a tasty local snack!

 

After all that shopping you may want to visit some of the local bars and restaurants, there is a great selection of places to choose from and they are much cheaper than those back in Accra.

Breakfast included.

Safari & beach time: Days 16 - 20

Destination info

Ghana is in West Africa and renowned for having the warmest, friendliest people. It borders the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and the Atlantic Ocean. Ghana is considered one of the safest places in Africa, with some of the friendliest people on the continent.


Ghanaians are traditionally very welcoming people and they pride themselves on the peaceful state, with very low crime rate.


Accra is Ghana’s capital city and estimated to have a population of around two million. Accra is a large, sprawling city that is developing very fast. It is situated on the coast, with a port and several beach hotels where tourists may stay. Like any African Capital it is large, dusty, energetic, dirty, busy, and yet charming and unique!
 

  • Location: Mole National Park, Kokrobite, Accra

Day 16 – 19 –
Your base for the next few days will be Larabanga, in Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest National Park; home to a collection of more than 90 different mammals, those most likely to be seen i nclude Elephant, Buffalo, Warthog, Hippo, Baboons, and Bushbuck. Whilst in Mole, you’ll be taken on some game drives to explore the reserve and have some free time to relax. Your time in Mole is bound to be great fun and is one of the highlights of any trip to Ghana.

Breakfast included.

 

Day 20-
Today will be a long travelling day, spending most of the day on the coach, as you take the journey from Larabanga in the north of the country down to the popular beach resort of Kokrobite on the coast. They’ll be some stops along the way to stretch your legs, pick up something to eat and take photos. Although it is a long journey, you’ll be able to enjoy the sheer beauty of Ghana as you travel through the heart of the country passing by traditional rural villages and stunning scenery along the way.

 

The long journey will be well worth it when you arrive in Kokrobite – the final stop on your Ghana Experience. It is the most popular beach resort in Ghana and you will be able to spend the rest of the day relaxing, swimming or exploring the beach. When night falls, you’ll be able to enjoy the traditional entertainment and no doubt your new found African drumming and dancing lessons will come in very useful!

Breakfast included.

 

Day 21-
After a thoroughly enjoyable three week trip, today is the final day of your Ghana Experience. From Kokrobite, you’ll travel back to the volunteer accommodation in Teshie, near Accra where your trip comes to an end. Your return airport transfer is not included but this can be easily arranged locally with the local team. You should arrange for your flights to depart Accra after 7pm.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 

Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change. 

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What's included?

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Accommodation on a shared basis
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Orientation
  • Activities and excursions as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Support of the in-country team throughout

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Return airport transfer
  • Tourist visa
  • Lunches and dinners in weeks 2 and 3
  • Activities over and above planned itinerary

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum 17 years with written parental consent, maximum decided on potential participants’ health.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This trip requires minimum numbers to operate.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation during the Ghana Experience will vary from location to location and will be basic but comfortable. Throughout your programme you will be staying in shared, same sex, rooms with your fellow travellers. During your time in Accra you may be staying with travellers who are not on your trip but are volunteering at the community projects in Accra.

 

During the first week of the Ghana Experience, you will be staying in the volunteer house in Teshie, on the outskirts of Accra. It has dorm style bedrooms, shared bathrooms and a number of communal areas for you to socialise with fellow travellers, along with a number of facilities such as cable TV, Table Tennis and internet access.

 

For the final two weeks of the trip, you will be staying in a combination of local hostels, motels and backpacker hostels.  

 

Meals

During your first week in Ghana you will be provided with 3 meals per day, these will typically consist of traditional Ghanaian dishes and occasionally some western style meals. Breakfast generally includes hot chocolate, bread and occasionally porridge, whilst lunches will normally consist of items such as sandwiches, pasta, wraps, salads and local Ghanaian dishes. Your evening meal may include rice dishes, meat, beans, chicken, beef, fish or Ghanaian dishes.

 

For the second and third weeks of your trip, breakfast will be included throughout however you will need to purchase your own lunches and dinners. This is a great opportunity for you to sample some of the local restaurants and eateries; food is relatively cheap in Ghana and a meal will generally cost between US$3 and US$7, of course this does vary depending on the types of restaurants you choose to eat in.

 

Drinks are not included in your programme so will be at your own cost. These can be bought locally from shops and bars though.  

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. DO I NEED TO TAKE A SLEEPING BAG?

No, you won’t need to take a sleeping bag with you, however it might be a good idea to just take a sleeping bag liner or a thin sheet for night as it can be very hot.

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2. DO I NEED TO TAKE A MOSQUITO NET?

All of the house windows and doors are netted and the rooms are frequently sprayed for mosquitoes. Even when you travel around, mosquito nets will always be provided if necessary, so there is no need to bring a mosquito net.

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3. WILL THERE BE A SAFE/SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX AVAILABLE?

There is a locked filing cabinet (in the lockable on site office) where you can keep your valuables, you will also have frequent access to your items when needed.

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This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

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Rebecca Perry - September 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Fantastic experience! will never forget it. Definitely given me the travel bug!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(5/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(8/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I loved the 3 days in Mole (Safari) and the waterfalls.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take plenty of toilet roll! Take some games/things to do on the evenings as they can be quiet. We decided to do the upper waterfalls as well as the lower falls and they were very good. The climb is HARD but it's worth it! .

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have liked an activity to do in Kumasi rather than just using it as a stop over. The in country team changed the order of the itinerary which worked well. We did Kokrobite and Cape Coast first and finished at the waterfalls. I think this was a good idea.

Any other comments?

extra Tip :-) - If You Would Like To Do Longer In Ghana, Definitely Try One Of Their Volunteering Projects Before You Go On Ghana Experience. 3 Weeks Wouldn't Have Been Long Enough For Me Personally So I Am Glad I Did Some Extra Volunteering Before I Went On Ghana Experience.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Laura Culham - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Absolutely amazing, made so many friends for life! And the sites were spectacular!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(5/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephants on safari and cape coast.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Are stuff to go out in, the nights out are great!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

The canoe safari that was an extra should be included, green turtle lodge. Big Millys should be at the weekend not during the week.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Fiona Field - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Made the most amazing friends, best 3 weeks ever!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

A busy itinerary doing lots of different things - swimming under the waterfall was amazing especially when the sun came out and there was a rainbow shining over the water. It was so much fun to get involved in Ghanaian culture from drumming and dancing lessons to reggae beach parties!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Take lots of deet for mosquitos and long trousers/skirts for the evenings to avoid being bitten. 2. I recommend taking a few nice outfits for nights out or going to bars in the evenings as I wish I'd taken more. 3. Take every opportunity you are given when you're out there to make the most out of your trip!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

We took an optional trip to a local village in Mole where we saw how rural family life is run and then went canoeing down the river to spot some crocodiles - it was one of my favourite days and would be great if this was included in the itinerary for future travellers.

Any other comments?

Go With An Open Mind!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Tom Anderson - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
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Fantastic trip, worthwhile for anyone looking for a short stint in Ghana

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(7/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The waterfalls were the best part of the trip. Volunteering at the orphanage and the school of excellence were also highlights

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Charlotte Denny - July 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Amazing

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The Wli Waterfalls and seeing elephants in the wild. Mole national park was amazing and meeting the children at the school & orphanage.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't expect everything to run the same at the itinerary states! Take a sleeping bag liner. I only used my moquito net once and paid £30 for it before hand - they aren't really necessary. Take lots of casual clothes. Prepare to stay in accomodation which isnt the best! Take lots of medication for sickness etc. Take every oppotunity which comes your way. Put yourself out there and enjoy it!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More time within the schools and orphanages. We didnt really get a chance to build any relationships with the children.

Any other comments?

Honestly One Of The Best Experiences I've Had. Will Definitely Be Looking Into Doing Another One Of The Experiences Through Real Gap.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Hannah Pittarides - July 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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Best 3 weeks ever. Only wish it could have lasted longer.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(8/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Going to the Wli Waterfalls and the view at the top of the mountain was unforgettable.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Bring all sorts of medication and painkillers. Everyone seems to feel ill at some point during your stay so be prepared! 2) Don't expect things to run the way it states on the itinerary. Ghanaian's do things very differently to the way we do. 3) Take every opportunity that comes your way. Every opportunity is once in a life time so don't let it pass!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have liked to have had a lot more time volunteering. Unfortunately we were only in the school or orphanage for a couple of days.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Kathryn Evans - June 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
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Threw me out of my comfort zone; 100% loved it!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(6/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(5/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(3/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(7/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Visiting the Volta region Seeing elephants in Mole National Park Amazing local food and drink

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Don't expect things to be as per the itinerary - the in-country team have their own plans! Just go with the flow, it'll still be awesome. 2) Don't bother bringing a mozzie net unless it's a freestanding one - there's rarely anywhere to hang it and in the highest-risk areas they provide their own. 3) Unfortunately you will probably need anti-diarhhea tablets and dioralyte (the latter particularly is a lifesaver) so don't forget them! 4) (sorry, thought of another one!) Keep valuables to a minimum and be very, very vigilant. They will get nicked. Nothing of mine got stolen though 'cos I was careful (and had a bumbag!).

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Wanted to stay longer in Kumasi than just night stops Actually done the painting and language lessons we were told to expect

Any other comments?

I Think RealGap Could Do With Liaising More With The In-country Team As There Were Some Quite Big Discrepancies Between Their Itnerary And What We Actually Did. Also Similar Discrepancies Between What RealGap Suggests You Take And What You Actually Need (e.g. I Didn't Use My Mozzie Net / Chlorine Tablets).

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Felicity Hansen - October 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Beautiful places, warm people, unforgettable moments

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(6/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights of the trip for me included the Volta Region, which was so beautiful, especially the Wli Waterfalls which literally felt like being in paradise! Also seeing an elephant in the wild was a magical moment and volunteering at the underprivileged School was an incredible and humbling experience. I have gone home feeling so privileged and was blown away by how generous the Ghanian people are, even those who have very little were eager to share what they had with you. The team at the house are absolutely lovely and really make you feel looked after, when I felt unwell they could not have done more to make me feel better. Thank you for helping me to have

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. You need to be flexible with timings and order of itinerary, although this can take a while to get used to it is a much more relaxed way of life. 2. Bring anti-bac and baby wipes! 3. Bring a sleeping bag liner, as there are not always sheets provided and bring something warm with you as it does get chilly in the evenings.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have loved an extra day in the Volta region.

Any other comments?

The Team At The House Are Absolutely Lovely And Really Make You Feel Looked After, Thank You To Them For Helping Me To Have A Wonderful Experience.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Emily Roberts - September 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

The best experience of my life, so many new friends.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole trip was just incredible but the highlights had to be the Wli waterfalls, they were the most beautiful things I had ever seen. After the hike up Ghana's highest mountain that day, the waterfalls definitely made all of the hard work worth it! Another highlight was the monkey sanctuary. The monkeys were super friendly and it was amazing to have them all jumping on you and eating bananas from your hand; great photo opportunities! Yet another highlight was the canope walk in the trees. So many people had to face their fears but everyone succeeded and it was amazing to see. I have about 6 more things to type about this but i'll move on to one more, the slave trade museum was so brilliantly moving. It really made me think about the past events that had happened there, it was so very interesting.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Take some sort of sheet or a sleeping bag liner for sleeping under, non of the accommodation had anything to cover you up at night apart from the sheet on top of the mattress, although I got quite used to sleeping under my mosquito net! - Make sure you can be flexible with timings, Ghana time can be extremely testing for your patience, but I got used to it as did the rest of the group. - Go into this opportunity with an open mind, you meet the most wonderful people and mix with so many different personalities.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have liked to have done volunteering for longer, I think that maybe the trip should be 4 weeks long so we should have had 2 weeks volunteering as well as 2 weeks traveling, this for me would have made the volunteering more worthwhile and we could have made more of a difference.

Any other comments?

Please Do This Trip! Its Just Incredible And I Would Recommend It To Anyone Of Any Age And Any Type Of Person! It Changed Me As A Person, You See The Most Wonderful Sites, And Some Of The Most Upsetting Poverty But The People Are All So Happy. They Are All So Happy With What They Have, And Even If It Isn't Alot, Its Everything To Them. THE BEST 3 WEEKS OF MY LIFE. I Will Hopefully Doing The Thailand Experience And The India Experience At Some Point In The Future! Thank You Real Gap!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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