Volunteers

MEDICAL MISSION TRIP 2024
In collaboration with Friends of Adaklu

December 26, 2024 -January 5, 2025
Participants: 10-15 volunteers
10 days/9 nights

This 10-day volunteer program combines the essential tourism highlights of southern Ghana with impactful and meaningful volunteer work at Mimi Clinics located in the Adaklu District of the Volta Region, Ghana. Starting and ending in Accra, this trip makes a stop in Cape Coast after your volunteer experience in the Volta Region of Ghana.

Highlights

  • Support Mimi clinics through community projects such as finishing a library, teaching ultrasounds techniques to midwives and nurses, and other community engagement activities.
  • Explore Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Interact with “sacred” mona monkeys at the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary.
  • Hike to Wli Falls, the tallest waterfall in Ghana, and splash in the waters below

Price: $1,850 per person includes:

  • Comfortable accommodation for the entire trip.
  • Orientation package.
  • Volunteer coordination.
  • Group transportation by van/minibus for the entire trip.
  • All described activities, including entrance fees, external coordinator fees, vendor tips, etc.
  • All meals.
  • Unlimited purified water.
  • All costs associated with your community service experience.

*** Airfare and visa fee is NOT included in this price (we will help coordinate your flight) ***

Qualifications of Volunteers:

Members of the teams should be health professionals, students, medic professionals, social workers, community leaders, young adults, etc.

Itinerary

As you exit Kotoka International Airport, you will be greeted with a smile by members of the Give Right Foundation and Friends of Adaklu staff. You will be driven to your hotel, where you will be provided with a snack before heading to bed for a much-needed night’s rest.

Over breakfast, your coordinator 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. After breakfast you will depart to the Volta Region. Volta is the lush, hilly region that sits along Ghana’s eastern border with Togo.

After four-hour journey, you will settle into your accommodation in Ho, the capital of the Volta Region. In the evening you will have the opportunity to meet with staff members from Give Right Foundation and Friends of Adaklu who will talk about the history of the organization and your volunteer projects.

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 Mimi Clinics.

Today you will put your training to the test as you begin to assess the needs of the community to lay the groundwork for future medical mission trips.

You will experience Community Engagement where you will use the opportunity to educate the community on the important of Ultrasound Device for quality health care delivery. You will also have the opportunity to teach foundation English in the local school.

You will experience other rich aspect of the community by visiting farm market, learn how to bargain, shop for food ingredients, cooking a local dish with a family among others. You will continue to educate the community on the important of Ultrasound Device and as well have the opportunity to teach foundation English in the local school.

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 interact with community members.  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.

The final day in the community, you will collect feedback on the important of Ultrasound Device. You will also have the opportunity to play soccer on the school field with the students. Closing ceremony by the school and community with rich cultural display accompanying drumming and dancing.

You will have the opportunity to share your experience with the community. There will be a photo time as a way of keeping memories of their work and fun time with you

You will board the van and wave goodbye to your new friends from the Volta Region. On route to Cape Coast, a 6 hours’ journey, you will make a stopover in Accra for lunch. In 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.

In the 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 Greater Accra Region. After five-hour journey, you will settle into your accommodation in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

Today is your last day in Ghana! In the morning you will have the chance to explore the Art Market, for a final opportunity to purchase art and other souvenirs to bring home. You will have a chance to see other sites in the capital Accra before have your last delicious taste of a Ghanaian meal and later in the early evening make your way to the airport for your journey home.

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