April 9 - 21, 2021 - Past Expedition

Expeditions - Humanitourism

Combine the best of both tourism and humanitarian work.  Join the Expedition for the African trip of a lifetime.

cost$750.00 + air travel
team leadsChris Sullivan
description

Mittlieder gardening training

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ghana does not have a safari option. However, once a year there is a combined Ghana/Kenya trip.  This combined expedition with Kenya does have a safari option.  However, it is more expensive because of the extra flight, hotel, and safari costs.

Yes.  Ghana and Kenya are peaceful countries.  You will see more police than you are used to in the USA, but a strong visible police presence is how it is done there.  You will be staying in locations that are safe with good security measures.  We ensure that the group stays together with our team leads and our local guides.

Be flexible.  Or prepare yourself to be flexible.  Be prepared to let go of your preconceived ideas of how things should be.  Africa has its own rhythm and time frame.  Listen and let go.  That's probably not the answer you were expecting to this question.  But we want to be clear that this experience is unlike anything you will ever have. This is not an American tourism experience of Africa, this is a truly authentic African experience.

What you were probably expecting as an answer to this question is:

Application, $300 non-refundable deposit, payment of expedition fee to FMF, all other pre-travel checklists given to you by our Expedition Director, and attending an online LifeStory Transformation workshop.

No, but all fees must be paid 2 weeks prior to departure so we can prepare for your arrival. You may arrange for monthly payments instead of paying a lump sum fee.

Families have come with children as young as 6 years old.  Any children (17 or under) must be accompanied by a parent.  We have had adults up to 70 come on an expedition.  Though the car travel combined with the poor road conditions can be difficult for aging more experienced bodies.

Each expedition is tailor-fit for your team's unique talents and abilities.  Our Expedition Director matches your gifts with the needs of the locations where we serve.  This can include:

  • Reading and playing educational games at 1-2 of our Literacy Centers
  • Doing a small project at the Family Restoration Center
  • Teaching about basic first aid, hygiene, water, menstrual health, goal setting, music, art, basic finances/budgeting,
  • Visiting a local clinic/hospital or school
  • Gardening
  • Visit a nearby sanctuary or forest

Team members will have the opportunity to eat two traditional Ghana meals on our visit to Asaam and Boabeng-Fiema.  If you are unable to eat Ghanaian food (or have concerns), please bring your own freeze-dried meals for those 2 days.  The other days while in Ghana you will be eating American-type foods you are used to:

Breakfast:  cornflakes, eggs, toast, fresh fruit, hash browns

Lunch:  sandwiches, fresh fruit

Dinner:  rice, veggies, spaghetti, pizza, casseroles, chicken

Filtered water will be provided for drinking, and brushing your teeth.  Do NOT drink the tap water.  The locals can drink it, but American digestive tracts cannot handle it.

There are many shots suggested by the CDC.  To enter the country the ONLY required shot is Yellow Fever.  The best place to get the Yellow Fever shot is at your local health department ($150-200).  The shot must be taken 6 weeks before your arrival.  Plan accordingly!  The good news is that once you have the yellow fever shot you will not need to get it again.

Mosquitoes also carry malaria.  They are more prevalent in the rainy season (April-November).  You can bring malaria medicine, and citronella essential oils.  Some members of our teams have not done well with the malaria medicine and have opted for alternative treatments.  Fans at night, diffusers with citronella oil, and mosquito nets are what we also use.  You can also use DEET (3 oz bottles or less).

What about COVID immunization?  Currently, Ghana does not accept your immunization as proof you are covid-free.  See more detailed info on COVID.

This changes frequently. As of March 2021 these are Ghana’s COVID travel requirements:

  • If you are immunized against COVID, you will still need to take the following PCR tests:
  • You must have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to your USA departure to show the airlines.
  • You must pre-pay for a Ghana PCR test ($150) in the Accra Int’l airport.
  • 72 hours prior to your Ghana departure, take another PCR test ($150) to show the airline you are negative. Carry this with you until you land in the USA.
  • While in the country and traveling in a car, there are police stops to check if you are wearing masks.

All the links and payments for these will be made available to you when you join an expedition and track your to-do list in your account on this website.

Food, on-ground transportation, project costs, expedition team leaders, entrance fees. The expedition fee depends on the trip you decide to take. Click on each expedition to see the cost. There are other costs that are listed under "What other expenses are not included in my expedition fee?"

Other costs: 

What Amount Details Pro-tip
Airline ticket $1500 In the past, this has been the average ticket price. Sometimes you can find a cheap $900 flight, but those are often canceled and will cause you heartburn. Note: We do not book your ticket for you because people prefer to use certain airlines or use points, etc.  The sweet spot of best pricing are flights purchased around 64 days in advance. This changes depending on the season. Read more here for details. Plane tickets are higher May-August & December.  
Travel insurance $350 optional. Depends on your threshold for uncertainty.  
passport & visa photos $5-20   Costco will give you 4 photos for $5. 2 photos are needed for the visa application 
Passport $150 If you do not already have one, it takes 14 weeks standard processing time Ensure your passport does not expire within 6 months of your travel to Ghana or your Visa application will be denied. (Spoken from experience.)
Visa (required) $60 Single Entry is only available for 1st timers. 10-15 business days for standard processing. More for expedited processing.  
FedEx shipping to/from Consulate for Visa $40 3-day shipping The Consulate ONLY allows UPS into their building for pickup/drop-offs. NOT USPS or FedEx. USE ONLY UPS.
Yellow Fever shot $155 Required. Get at your County Health Dept. Needs to be at least 10 days prior to departure. Vaccines given prior to Yellow Fever vaccine may result in a 30 day wait before Yellow Fever vaccine can be given. 
Covid testing in USA prior to departure $150 MUST be a PCR test.   Some insurance will pay for your PCR test, others will not if it is for travel. Must call your insurance to find out. If it is any other test besides PCR you will not be allowed to fly. (Spoken from experience.)
Covid testing at Ghana airport upon arrival $150 Yes, you have to pay for their test. Pre-pay before you leave the USA. https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana
Meals at airports $50 Meals at airports  
Covid testing prior to USA return $150 MUST be a PCR test.   Your expedition leader will take you to an approved location to get the test 48 hours prior to your departure.
subtotal $2760    

 

Previous volunteers have raised funds through yard sales, dinner fundraisers, bake sales, online classified ads of cleaning out stuff from their house, kids day camp, service auction, local business donations.  We can provide a sponsorship letter that you can give to local business clubs and service clubs that can help sponsor your trip.  We are 501(c)3 non profit Utah corporation so all donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.  Keep in mind that all Expedition fees are due 2 weeks prior to your arrival in Ghana.

Some companies offer matching donations.  We are registered with Benevity.com.  Ask if your company is registered with Benevity for corporate matching.

Short answer:  Consult your tax advisor.

Long answer:  The fee paid to go on an Expedition is deductible as a charitable contribution following this IRS guidance:

Travel.  Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel.  This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly.  You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses.

The deduction for travel expenses won't be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization.  Even if you enjoy the trip, you can take a charitable contribution deduction for your travel expenses if you are on duty in a genuine and substantial sense throughout the trip.  However, if you have only nominal duties, or if for significant parts of the trip you dont have any duties, you can't deduct your travel expenses.

(2020 Publication 526 page 6)

We try to keep you involved in the charitable work nearly every day, so the trip can be deductible, but again, consult your tax advisor for specific questions and situations.


Upcoming Expeditions

April 9 - 21, 2021 - Past Expedition

Chris Sullivan
Mittlieder gardening training

July 4 - 14, 2021 - Past Expedition

Jerilyn Brown


July 15 - 25, 2021 - Past Expedition

Jerilyn Brown


November 13 - 24, 2021 - Ghana

Becky & Tom Rogers
The Roger family will take you to serve in the 3 Literacy Centers in Kumasi Ghana. Connect with and mentor the students.

January 2 - 14, 2022 - Ghana


February 15 - 24, 2022 - Ghana

Construction Crew - Raise funds to purchase materials in-country, then come to mentor AND be mentored while building at the FRC.

March 5 - 12, 2022 - Ghana

UT college students Spring Break Service trip!

June 9 - 23, 2022 - Ghana

Jerilyn Brown & _____
Teaching at Literacy Centers and mentoring disabled persons

June 24 - July 7, 2022 - Kenya

Jerilyn Brown & Becky Rogers
Visiting Literacy Centers, mentoring disabled persons, and a safari

October 6 - 16, 2022 - Ghana

Construction Crew - Raise funds, come to mentor and build at the FRC



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