Learn more about our trip!
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE TRIP?
It will depend on a few factors, mainly how many people will be going and when we book our flight (the most expensive part, click here for what the 2017 flight looked like). Plan on a cost of $2,500 that includes flight, accommodations, food and transportation for the 8 day trip. This cost also factors what vaccinations, visa and a passport would cost.
WILL THERE BE ANY FUNDRAISING FOR THE TRIP?
We have a sponsorship program for businesses and students are required to pick a project to peer to peer fundraise for to help us prepare for the upcoming trip. All of the money that is generated in these efforts are for our supplies to put towards the support we give the communities of Ghana.
CAN I GO AT A DIFFERENT TIME THAN OCTOBER?
WHAT IS THE GENERAL ITINERARY OF THE TRIP?
- Day 1: Depart for Ghana via Denver Airport.
- Day 2: Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Get bus (via CH) to the city of Winneba and get situated at Manuel's Hostel. Briefing of the week with members of Challenging Heights and ISHEW.
- Day 3-5: Work with Challenging Heights (project to be figured out within our group before departure).
- Day 5-7: Work with ISHEW (project to be figured out within our group before departure). Head to cultural center in Accra for souvenirs and stay the night at local hotel.
- Day 8: Depart Accra airport for home.
HOW SAFE IS THIS TRIP?
There has been 3 successful trips that have taken 40 total students, 8 adults/parents and 10 teachers. There has been zero issues regarding safety of any child or adult while on the trip. This is also a Douglas County School District approved trip. Click here for one of the documents to show this. Also, here is a document that shows the insurance coverage all participants will get.
OTHER THAN WORKING AT CHALLENGING HEIGHTS AND ISHEW, WILL THE STUDENTS BE GOING ANYWHERE ELSE?
We will have down time for students to check out the beach, go into town to see the Winneba market as well as the Accra cultural center on our last day. We will also be seeing Dr. Amoussou's nonprofit hospital (and dropping off supplies for him). We will take time to head to a slave castle in Cape Coast.
WHAT WILL THE SUPERVISION OF THE STUDENTS LOOK LIKE?
The ratio will be close to 1 adult to 3 students with the teachers and adults that are going. Actual numbers will be given as soon as we finalize who is actually going on the trip. Keep in mind this does not include the full time employees at Challenging Heights or ISHEW.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP?
This is not a tourist trip! Students will be working working with Challenging Heights and ISHEW with the most pressing needs. This includes fundraising for laptops to take with us for each organization, digging drinking wells, tutoring students, building shelves or carts and painting different parts of the buildings. The student group that goes will be able to decide what projects they specifically want to work on. If there is an interest to help improve an issue in Ghana, there will be an opportunity to work on it!
HOW DOES TRANSPORTATION WORK?
We will be getting a charter bus via Challenging Heights for our trip from and to the Accra Airport. For shorter rides we will have planned busing to get students from the hostel to Challenging Heights (15 minute drive) or to ISHEW (30 minute drive).
WILL I BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH MY CHILD IN GHANA?
We want to immerse ourselves with the trip but also give parents a daily "check-in" for how they are doing. This is why we will be posting on our Facebook page regarding how things are going and converse through emails if needed.