Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I just received my passport back from the Ghanaian embassy with my Visa, so the only thing I have left is pay Projects Abroad and go shopping for the last remaining items! It's getting VERY CLOSE...50 more days!!!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Mole National Park is the largest and most frequently visited national park in Ghana. It is reasonably well set up to cater for tourists and although it is more expensive than many other parts of Ghana it is well worth a visit.
Mole has the widest range of wildlife in Ghana. You'll see elephants, antelope, bushbucks, monkeys, warthogs, baboons and other smaller wildlife.
It is rumored that lions exist in the park but even the wardens haven't seen any traces for a few years. The last lion sighting in August 2004 was immediately followed by serious poaching incident resulting in the capture and killing of a male lion the following day.
Wli Waterfalls cascades from a height of 60-80 meters, and is the highest falls in West Africa. The hills mark the border between Ghana and neighboring Togo. A walk through the forest of the Agumatsa wildlife sanctuary offers a chance to see a large colony of fruit bats, butterflies, birds, monkeys and baboons. To get there one has to walk through the Rain Forest on a small footpath crossing 9 smaller streams in the process.
25km west of Accra, Kokrobite is also home to the Academy of African Music and Arts.
One great little hostle is called Big Milly's Backyard. A small hotel for rucksack travellers. Simple. Cosy. A garden surrounded with walls with small houses, rooms, cold beer and a snack three times a day. Wendy is Big Milly. A somewhat elder English woman who found her spot in Ghana. Very nice setting and well worth the short drive out of Accra. Definitely worth the short drive out of Accra
- Visa Application (4 copies)
- 4 passport photos
- 4 letters of support from Projects Abroad
- Pre-paid, self-addressed, traceable envelope
- $50 money order, cashiers check, or bank certified check (I got a money order from my bank).
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I booked my ticket on StudentUniverse.com and they had a lot more options and the prices were also a lot cheaper. I decided that I would pay a little bit more for an earlier flight and for a flight that only made one stop. So I paid $1,562.00 for my ticket and yes it is expensive, but so worth it!
It's OFFICIAL, I'M OFF TO AFRICA :)
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Accras the capital and most populous city of Ghana, a nation on the coast of the western region of Africa. The city also doubles as the capital of the Great Accra Region, and of the Accra Metropolis District. Among the attractions of Accra are the National Museum, with a display of exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana from prehistoric times to modern times, the National Theatre with its distinct modern architecture, the National Arts Center with local arts and crafts to suit all tastes,Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the Accra International Conference Centre, the Anglican Holy Trinity Cathedral, the fishing port at Jamestown and Makola Market.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
- Study Abroad Fee: $100.00
- Program Fee: $4,415.00
- Accommodations: included
- Meals: included
- On-Site Transportation: $450.00
- Airfare: est. $2,500.00
- Passport and passport photos: $110.00
- Visas: $90.00 (I need to renew my Visa while out in Ghana)
- Immunizations: $1,194.10
- Health Insurance: included
- Personal Spending Money: $2,520.00 ($210 a week, $30 a day)
- Other: $621.43
While out in Ghana it will cost me about $10 to renew my visa including 2 more passport photos. My immunizations included the shots I talked about earlier and the malaria pill, Malarone, which cost $642.95 (for 100 pills), plus some prescriptions I had to get.
The website Lonelyplanet.com was a really helpful website about Ghana (you can choose whatever country you want) and it gave me the costs of transportation. I also decided to talk to other people that had been to Ghana and that was the most helpful part. Also my contact person from Projects Abroad in Ghana is incredibly helpful, so it is important to choose a program to go with that are good with communication.