HELLO GHANA RECEPTION BOOKLET
GHANA Officially called the Republic of Ghana, is a sovereign unitary presidential constitutional democracy, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the sub region of West Africa. The word Ghana means "Warrior King" in the Soninke language. The territory of present-day Ghana has been inhabited for millennia, with the first permanent state dating back to the 11th century. Numerous kingdoms and empires emerged over the centuries, of which the most powerful was the Kingdom of Ashanti. Beginning in the 15th century, numerous European powers contested the area for trading rights, with the British ultimately establishing control of the coast by the late 19th century. Following over a century of native resistance, Ghana's current borders were established by the 1900s as the British Gold Coast. In 1957, it became the first subSaharan African nation to declare independence from European colonization. A multicultural nation, Ghana has a population of approximately 27 million, spanning a variety of ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. Its diverse geography and ecology ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical jungles. Ghana is a democratic country led by a president who is both head of state and head of the government. Ghanaian lives are made up of precious moments filled with love, fun, music, rich culture, excitement and so much more.
AIESEC LEGON FORWARD AIESEC in LEGON counts as one of the over 2,400Universities which harbor this organization and for the past 52 years, dedication and commitment have been given to delivering quality member, leadership and exchange experiences. The root of AIESEC in LEGON dates as far back as 1961 when the first President of the Country, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah introduced it into the Premier University of Ghana. The story behind the introduction of AIESEC to LEGON has always been described as an interesting one. On his return home from a conference, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah encountered a fellow in a play who was primarily going to introduce AIESEC in South Africa. After hours of talk and finding the relevance of AIESEC from the fellow, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah thought it wise to bring it over to his motherland and for the first time in Africa and in Ghana, AIESEC started operating in LEGON. As a representing country, AIESEC GHANA was also assumed to have started operations the minute AIESEC in LEGON commenced and this has over the years suggested a similar history shared between these two parties. For the several years after itâ€™s introduction, AIESEC in LEGON was managed by foreigners who helped to build the foundations of the organization in the country. Natives beginning with Vincent and Enoch Marfo took over after and served as very strong native pioneers of the operations, precisely as Member Committee Presidents (MCPs) respectively. With the remarkable performances of respective leaders including, Belinda Aikins, George Nana Osei, David Agyemang, Edna Kavi, Isaac Opoku and Sandra Agyekum, AIESEC in LEGON has over the years seen tremendous growth both in the quality and quantity of member, leaders and exchange experiences and was therefore no news to have received the accolade as the Role Model Local Committee (LC) in West Africa in 2012 and Role Model LC in Africa in 2015. Successively, we have emerged as the BEST LC in Ghana for four (4) consecutive times since 2008; currently taking the 2015 Best LC of the year, and even promises to maintain this in subsequent terms.
ACCOMODATION All interns working on projects are accommodated in AIESEC Legon Local Committee house which is located in Haatso (Mabey Junction) in Accra . The building is a 5 bedroom house with very neat washrooms, locker sets in each room, a living room/hall, a big kitchen to enable interns cook, two resting places and a backyard garden. Interns are charged a $100 for a 6 weeks stay and $120 for a 8 weeks stay. Intern would be provided free pick up, free sim card with internet, accommodation, electricity, water, gas for cooking, free drop off on the first day at work, and lunch during work days for some project.
CLIMATE With temperatures ranging from 25-35 degree Celsius, Ghana is found within the tropical climates. Two rainy (wet) seasons march –July and September – October this time has humid weather with occasional heavy showers. Hot dry seasons are from October to march with harmattan causing slight foggy conditions and reduces humidity Summer clothing’s would be your preferred collection of attire Every dressing is permitted but keep it modest
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MONEY MATTERS Code GHS Denominations Subunit 1/100 Ghana pesewa Symbol GH₵ (Also often GH¢) Ghana pesewa Gp Banknotes GH₵1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Coins (pesewas) (1, 5, 10, 20, 50)Gp, GH₵1
From our part we would provide you an invitation letter and addresses as well as references were required. From your end you would require a support letter from AIESEC in your country, with these documents and other relevant documents Apply for tourist VISA from the Ghanaian embassy or high commission in your country.
Flight details should be sent to the one responsible for your pick up at the airport. In case of transportation by bus to Ghana communicate your time of arrival to the person responsible for your pick up. NB: Interns should try as much to avoid arrival times at very late hours. That is, after Midnight.
TRANSPORT The most popular and cheapest way of transport is by “TROTRO”- a minivan with yellow number plate that run from one town to the next. The buses might look intimidating but they would surely get you to your destination. Always know where you want to go and tell the mate (conductor) or driver and they are sure to get you there. There are also taxis (cab) which are quite expensive but a comfortable way to travel. UBER Taxis are also available in Accra, with the UBER application, your can request a taxi to your destination at the cheapest rate. Whenever you are lost just call any AIESEC representative or ask any one you meet. They would show how to get home. …Remember All Commercial Vehicles Have Yellow Number Plates except UBER Cars.
SECURITY Ghana is a peaceful and safe country to live, work and explore. Nonetheless don’t flash expensive gadgets or huge sums of money around, guard your pocket at busy centres, markets and don’t walk around alone at late night. Children get excited when they see a white person. They would call you “Obroni” meaning a white person. Even so Non-Africans are perceived rich making them a target to thieving. Use main routes were there are suspects and avoid short-cuts(lonely Alleys) as much as possible.
WHAT TO PACK Summer clothing for everyday wear Smart casual for attending meetings Summer hat or cap Formal wear for seminars Mosquito net and repellent, bed spread, bathing soap and sponge Towel Swimming costume and training boots. Laptop, USB flash drive, plug adapter Photo copy of your passport, visa, flight ticket, Identification documents, travel insurance and yellow fever card Optional- mug, plate, cutlery, country flag. Other basic things to make you comfortable.
MEDICAL We recommend interns to visit their doctors before coming to Ghana. We advise taking all recommended vaccination (yellow fever) and acquisition of travel insurance. Ask your doctor advise on malaria, diarrhea and sun safety.
ACTIVITIES INTERNS WOULD WORK FOR AT LEAST FOUR TIMES DURING WEEKDAYS. OTHER ACTIVITIES ARE ORGANISED AT THE HOUSE AND GENERAL MEETINGS ON CAMPUS TO ENGAGE INTERNS. INTERNS ARE TO TAKE PART IN ALL ACTIVITIES. THERE ARE FREE DAYS AS WELL FOR INTERNS TO HANGOUT ON THEIR OWN. IN GHANA THERE ARE A LOT OF PLACES TO VISIT FROM THE BEACHES,MUSEUMS,CITY CENTRES IN ACCRA TO CASTLES, WATER FALLS, LAKES, PARKS, FORTS AND A LOT MORE COOL TOURIST DESTINATIONS TO VISIT ACROSS ALL REGIONS IN GHANA. TRIPS AND HANGOUT ARE ORGANISED DURING WEEKENDS. INTERNS WOULD HAVE TO CATER FOR THEIR TRANSPORTATION COST AND OTHER COST WERE NECESSARY. ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ORGANISED FOR THE PURPOSE OF INTERNS TO LEARN, HAVE FUN, INTEGRATE AND EXPLORE GHANA.
GENERAL INFORMATION Ghana host a number of languages with each region characterized by one of the main languages thus Ga, Twi, Ewe, Fante, guan , Hausa. English is the official language of Ghana and AIESEC but is common to hear people speak Twi and what is known in Ghana as broken English or pidgin.( English without grammar and spelling checks). It is required that at least you should be able to speak basic English.
Voltage in Ghana is 220/240 volts. Plugs are three pins so you might need an adapter to plug your laptop into the power outlet.
Laundry is done on by hand in a bucket of water with soap and washing powder, then dried outside. There is a laundry down the street for those who cannot wash with their hands but this would cost you a few cedi. The Accra mall is about 15 minutes away and the Marina mall about 20 minutes away from the house. There are market centers nearby. There are food vendors around and snack shops all around. There is house clean up moments and for hangout and parties every one contributes for drinks and other eatables. Trips and hangouts are organized to visit tourist sites but then you would have to bear the cost of your own transportation and gate fee where neccesary.
Quick links: Search tool: bit.ly/Legonsearchtool Project Booklet: bit.ly/Legonprojectbooklet Experience Videos: bit.ly/Legonxperiencevideos Experience Pictures: bit.ly/Legonxperiencepics FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GHANA VISIT http://www.ghanaculture.gov.gh/index1.php?linkid=352 http://www.commisceo-global.com/country-guides/ghana-guide https://www.africaguide.com/country/ghana/culture.htm
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