Frequently Asked Questions


We at SYTO will always endeavour to ensure that you are enjoying your placement and experience here in Ghana. However if the matter does arise the first point of contact should be your placement manager to voice your concerns. We will explore as many options available and try and resolve the matters so that all parties involved are happy.

We advise that all volunteers should bring an unlocked mobile phone. When you arrive in Ghana you can change your SIM card and use your phone. Usually on the first or second day during orientation we will take you to a local telecommunication company where you can purchase a SIM card for a very small fee and use it in your phone, alternatively if you do not have an unlocked phone then one can be purchased here in Ghana.
This is the perfect way to stay in touch with your family and SYTO staff. Internet access is available in Accra and at the Pink Hostel as well Internet cafes in and around Accra and some of the areas where you will be staying. Most locations are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday. Prices are very inexpensive. International phone calling is easy in Accra with a phone card or at a communication centre.

Bringing a small gift for your host family is common courtesy. You are not required to do so, but if you choose to bring a gift it should be very practical and simples. We suggest for the host mother for example, talcum powders, body creams, or general toiletries. You will often be made aware of children who you will be sharing your home with so pencils, pens, as well as games for the children to enjoy.

Contact should be made to SYTO regarding the cost of the programmes because there are different costs that are attached to each programme.

SYTO will send an introduction VISA letter which will highlight the processes with the Embassy and what you will be doing here in Ghana. Volunteers can obtain a tourist/ volunteering visa in their home country before departing for Ghana.
If you delay acquiring your visa, we will not be held accountable for potential delays and possible trip cancellation. In regards to VISA extensions SYTO will help you facilitate these.
There will be an additional cost which will be shared by SYTO and the participant. Confirmation is needed once you have received your VISA. Volunteers work with a tourist/ volunteer in visa. www.ghanaimmigration.org

We recommend that you devise a list so that you can cross reference and ensure that all everything that is important to you is not forgotten. However if that does happen Ghana has many Pharmacies, supermarkets and places where most things can be purchased.

  •  A book and information about Ghana
  •  We recommend Camera
  • Unlocked Mobile phone (you can use mobile phone after changing SIM card) In orientation week we take you to a local telecommunications company where you can purchase an active SIM card.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block (SPF)
  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit to include: pain killers, Imodium, alcohol gels, antiseptic creams etc....
  • Flash light
  • Electricity adopter/converter
  • Footwear (for work and travel)

On average we recommend that on a 3 month duration $600 is usually sufficient. However approximately you may need $5-10 per day for personal expenses such as like water, soft drinks, taxis or local trotro (the local buses) and shopping. In your first couple of days in Ghana you will have orientation days and we use this as an opportunity to change money with the local exchange bureau which is situated in close proximity. We also recommend you to have is a VISA Debit card as ATM machines are available in the cities and increasingly now in the rural areas if you use these you can withdraw the local currency which is called The Cedis. In Ghana, people of U.S. or European decent are considered rich no matter how true it may be. This can makes you a target for pick pockets or scam artist. Participants on all the programmes are required to be smart in regards to money when travelling through Ghana. Please be advised to pay attention to these guidelines.

  • Remain aware of the exchange rate and cost of item
  • Store money in a secure, well-hidden place or safe.
  • Avoid obvious money pouches, dangling backpacks and camera bags; limit the amount of jewellery that you take.
  • Don't flash money or your wallet.
  • Travel in pairs or groups to the ATM.
  • Carry money in different pockets and places.

The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to West Africa including Ghana. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will for your trip need.

  • Malaria(This is usually taken in the form of an oral tablet.Dosages can vary so ensure you discuss this with your doctor)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningitis
  • Typhoid Requirement

·  Yellow Fever A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into Ghana. For detailed information go to: www.cdc.gov

  • SYTO participants will arrive to at The Kotoka International Airport located 10k from the city centre of Accra. Please ensure that you provide your flight information to our offices to ensure a smooth arrival process in Accra. What next?
  • SYTO shall provide Airport meet and greet and transfer of participant to an accommodation in the form of a hostel.
  • SYTO shall provide one nights' accommodation (Bed and Breakfast in Accra and dinner upon arrival for the 1st night only)
  • SYTO shall provide the participant with two days arrival orientation session for short programs (2-4 week programs) with longer programs this orientation is 4 days upon arrival in Accra. With day one being the arrival in Accra.
  • ·  Participant shall be transferred to the host community to permanent accommodation after there 2 0r 4 day orientation with 1 day orientation in their specific regions.

If you are delayed or miss your flight, please call our programme coordinator (contact numbers in your arrival notice letter) and communicate directly them. If you become lost in the Airport Contact telephone numbers and addresses of our hostel and contact are again available in your arrival notice letter.

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Opposite UNDP offices, Ring Road East
P.O. Box KIA 9732
Accra, Ghana.

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