Costs and Logistics

Cost overview:

The cost of volunteering is significant both in time and money and we want your service to be successful for those you want to help and for you.

The best time to volunteer is the month of August to participate in our summer camp, but we may accept volunteers at other times of year as well, depending on our project calendar.

Fees paid directly to Pagus include:

  • Program Fee $275* 
  • Accommodations $60/week, payable 6 weeks prior to your trip.

Other costs to expect:

  • Airfare
  • All food and in-country transport
  • Transport to/from airport @ $100 each way if by private car (recommended)
  • Visa $100 for multi-entry from USA
  • Travel Insurance
  • Yellow Fever shot
  • Sightseeing

*The Program Fee covers administrative costs relating to your visit, as well as miscellaneous direct costs. This is not refundable, and is due upon acceptance.We provide pre-trip planning and support (orientation, handbook, etc.), assistance with visa process, arrangements for transport, letters of reference, etc.

Required Documentation:

  • Passport valid for at least six months
  • Visa Carefully follow guidelines from the Ghana Embassy website. We will furnish a letter of invitation for you to include with your application
  • Yellow Card (you will get this from the travel medicine clinic once you are immunized)
  • Emergency Medical Insurance (click here to purchase)

Required Medical preparation:

Visit the CDC Website for up to date travel health information. It is best to be informed before you visit a travel medicine clinic to get any required inoculations and medicines.

Please be sure to advise us of any medical conditions you may have.

Health Insurance: We require that you have good travel health insurance coverage including emergency evacuation. We recommend you use to search and purchase your plan since they will automatically send us all your information for our files (please use the link from our website).

Before Leaving

  • Register your trip with the US Embassy: The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.
  • Check the packing list and make sure you are packing appropriately. Be sure to ask questions if you have any.
  • Give Pagus a copy of your ticket and check that we have your travel insurance information
  • If you are being picked up at the airport, make sure you know the details. And if your plans change, be sure to advise us.
  • Make copies of important documents including your passport. Take a set with you and leave a set behind (you can leave it with us if you like).
  • Consider what you will be teaching and plan accordingly. Work with  Pagus staff to plan appropriately.
  • Consider what supplies you may need and speak with Pagus staff to determine what can/should be purchased in Ghana.
  • We encourage volunteers to raise funds to assist with their expenses and those of the projects they will work on. All such donations are tax deductible.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: There is no need to declare anything. If you are stopped and carrying donations, advise the customs officer if asked. Once outside keep a watch on your bags and insist that they not be handled by those not with Pagus, unless you find it helpful. Tips will be expected.

Departure: Be sure to check with your airline, but generally speaking, you should be at the airport three hours in advance.

We can help arrange a pick up and drop off at the airport for your convenience.