Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few of the common ones that we get, along with answers to the questions. Contact us by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org if any of your questions are not answered here.
There are two ways to submit your application to volunteer with the NWF.
You can either submit an application form online or you can download the form, fill it out, and mail it to us. We do not charge a fee for processing an application. You are expected to pay a deposit towards your accommodation and food and this has to be reserved early (within 14 days of confirmation of placement).
Once we get your application, we will process it immediately. We will read your application carefully so that we can find the project that matches your experience and best suits you. Our volunteers either stay in home stays or with other volunteers in a volunteer dormitory.
We will send you the details of your placement. The placement details include local contact information which you can use as the contacts for your Visa application. You can also use these to contact us about your placement if you have any questions.
Your preparation for the trip should include reading about Ghana, receiving the necessary immunisations, obtaining your travel visa (entry permit), and arranging your own flights. Our coordinators are on hand 24/7 to assist you with the process.
Once you have purchased your flight tickets, email the flight information to our office. We will then arrange your free airport pick-up.
Health and Safety
Volunteers should be familiar with health and safety advice before travelling to Ghana. Below are some suggested websites:
- WHO website for international travellers
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Health Canada Online
- Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Travel Report
- U.S. State Department & Consular Information Sheets – (202) 647-5225
- Travel Health Online
- Travelers’ Health
Ghana is generally a very safe country but here are some general tips for keeping yourself and your possessions safe.
- Dress conservatively and don’t wear expensive-looking jewellery.
- 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 large 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, NWF will take you through some orientation.
For advice on vaccinations you can refer to the Centre for Disease Control traveller’s health recommendations.
The following vaccines might be recommended for travel to West Africa including Ghana. You should consult a doctor to discuss your travel plans and personal health and to determine which vaccines you will need.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever – a certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into Ghana, or for onward travel or return to your home country.
Currency and Cash
What is the exchange rate?
- The exchange rate will vary.
Can I use debit card to withdraw from ATMs?
- It is safe to use your VISA ATM card at ATMs in Ghana to withdraw local currency. However, you are recommended not to use it for payment in shops. It is best to pay in shops with cash. When visiting an ATM, it is a good idea to bring a friend with you and travel directly from the bank or ATM back to your home to put your cash somewhere safe. You can give money for safekeeping to the Director of NWF. When you are carrying a large amount of cash, divide it up into different amounts and keep it in different pockets so if something happens you will not lose everything.
Can I change traveller’s cheques?
- If you have traveller’s cheques you will be able to exchange them for cash at the local banks. Traveller’s cheques are a safe way to carry money with you but it can sometimes take weeks to get your money from the bank and you need to ensure that you record the cheque numbers and contact information in case you need to cancel any stolen cheques. Different brands of traveller’s cheques work better in different countries. Consult your local financial institution about which company you should buy your cheques from.
Should I bring a credit card?
- Travellers should bring a credit card for large or emergency purchases. If you’ve requested a pin number for your credit card, you can also use it to get cash advances at the ATM.