CARE USA: GHANA BOARD AND GUEST TRIP
MARCH 12 – 16, 2023
HEALTH INFORMATION & IMMUNIZATIONS:
Prior to travel, Elevate Destinations strongly recommends that you look into recommended immunizations for your time in Ghana. Given that we are not a licensed Health Care provider, we cannot advise travelers on which immunizations they may need. We recommend that all travelers do the following:
- Consult with a travel clinic or your primary care physician regarding immunizations or other precautions you may need to take in order to participate in this journey. You will need to do this well in advance of your trip as some vaccinations require time to take effect, and you may need to allow time between a series of shots.
- Visit the CDC Health & Safety Guide for Ghana to view recommended vaccines and medicines, travel health notices for the region, and other tips for staying healthy and safe.
- To enter Ghana, travelers are required to have a yellow fever vaccine that has been given no less than 10 days prior to their departure date. Travelers will be asked to show their yellow fever vaccine certificate upon arrival.
Elevate Destinations recommends that travelers have a moderate level of fitness and agility. Travelers on this trip should be able to:
- Walk at least one mile without difficulty on uneven surfaces
- Spend extended periods of time on their feet
- Climb sets of stairs without assistance
- Keep pace with an active group of travelers
- Spend time outside in warm, dry weather
- Ride comfortably in a vehicle on bumpy roads for extended periods of time
- Flexible and positive attitude in the case of sudden changes to the itinerary or weather – expect the unexpected!
Your guide will give you current briefings on safety while in-country, but here are some basic ground rules for safety while traveling:
- Keep all valuables in the hotel safe or in a locked suitcase.
- Avoid flashing money. Be mindful of your belongings at all time. Keep bags in front of you in crowds, and on your lap when at restaurants.
- Pay attention: avoid walking around with your smartphone in hand.
- Be vigilant when crossing roads.
- Stick with the group.
- Always make sure that others know of your whereabouts and movements.
- Avoid street protests or large gatherings.
- Do not wear expensive or sentimentally valuable jewelry while traveling.
- Let the local team and Elevate Destinations staff know if you have any safety concerns.
SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (STEP):
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in case of an emergency. Enrolling in this program has enormous benefits in case of an emergency while abroad:
- You will receive information from the U.S. Embassy about safety conditions in Ghana
- Enrolling lets the U.S. Embassy in Ghana know that you are there and helps them contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family-related.