Flashpackers in Ghana – Sharan’s blog


Monday 17 January

We arrived in Accra at 9 pm. Accra time is the same as UK so no jet lag.
There was a truck stuck on the tarmac in front of our parking bay which
took an hour to move and then our luggage was the last to arrive. Richie
from EST travel was there to meet us and he had come in Gifty’s car with
her driver. It all looked very promising. The car had been parked wrongly
while waiting for us and when the driver pulled up in front of the
for us about 6 policemen ran out to put a clamp on the car! Although Richie
said he would pay the fine straight away they locked the clamp which then
took an hour to get off the wheel, by which time the police didn’t like to charge
him!  These  are such lovely people.  We arrived at the hostel after midnight.
It was full but they arranged for us to go to another hostel  which was not far.
We were greeted there and given a room with a double bed, no top sheet but
that’s normal and en suite facilities. The shower was broken but we were given
a bucket to wash in.  It was clean, the bed was comfortable so all was well and
only £11 for the night.
The people looked after us and gave us a great breakfast before Richie picked
us up to go to Crystal Hostel to see where the students would stay when going
to do their voluntary work. It was a good student facility and the people running
it do a good job.  You can even get your washing done for you there but even
more interesting you can learn to drum, learn beading or get a dress made for
£10. Such care was taken to make us feel so welcome.   Our taxi had no breaks
and Richie had to push it to get it started, and a brush head was used behind the
rear wheel to stop it rolling backwards.  We never found out why but all the taxis
kept the rear window winder in the f ront so if we wanted to wind down the rear
window, we just asked them and they did it for us.   This all seemed to work ok for
the driver.
We went onto the office where Richie introduced us to Gifty who was in charge
of our trip and who ran the volunteer programme in Ghana.  After going over the
volunteer contract, Gifty took us out to lunch to a great place where we ate Ghanaian
food at a prestigious restaurant which was very spoiling and then back to the office
before getting a taxi to Big Millys where we would stay the night. Traffic in Accra
t 4.30 in the middle of rush hour was an experience.   We had a lovely welcome at
Big Millys. It was a camp with well designed small houses to sleep 2 to 4 people.
There was an outdoor eating area overlooking the beach and 2 outside bars.   A large
overland truck was parked and all the people on it were sleeping in tents for the night .
Big Milly turned out to be a delightful English lady whose surname was Miller so the
locals called her Milly. We had a lovely room with two beds and en suite with a curtain
for door. No hot water of course. We had lovely supper and went to bed early. Slept well!

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We send gap year students, university students, families, people on Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and people on career breaks to coach sports, teach and work in orphanages, work in marine conservation, primates conservation, land conservation, looking after rescued jungle animals, animal welfare, women's empowerment programs (sewing/fashions), men's empowerment programs (carpentry, plumbling, electrics, DIY), medical shadowing (doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists), after schools clubs, reaching out to underprivileged children and adults in South Africa, Kenya, Swaziland, Mozambique, Ghana, Ecuador and The Galapagos, Thailand and India. In Swaziland we offer bespoke rugby coaching placements with the charity Skrum where volunteers (18 ) can take their Level 1 rugby coaching certificate and then travel on to other placements and coach rugby. In India, the placements are suitable for families and undeer 18's are accepted providing they are accompanied by an adult. India is also suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. We also offer building renovation and reconstruction in India in July. India placements can be from 2 to 12 weeks.
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