All interns placed in Cape Coast are housed in the ACIPP House, located in Kwaprow village on the University of Cape Coast campus. The house has eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a dining room and a terrace. One to four interns are placed in a room with shared bathroom facilities. Although interns will be assigned to a room based on gender and room availability, it would be helpful if you could inform us of any special requirements. Electricity, and flush-style toilets are all available in the house. Running water is not available in the house, but daily water is brought into the house. Bathrooms include shower rooms for bathing.Our House Manager Mavis will provide home-cooked breakfast and dinner for the interns. (Lunch is not included as most interns are away during the day). You will have the opportunity to sample traditional Ghanaian dishes, and Western-style food is also available. If you have any special dietary requirements (especially allergies), please let the Programme Coordinator know immediately.
There is a dog on the property, named Bella. The Programme Coordinator and House Manager organise a monthly Sunday BBQ at the house, and there are ample opportunities for interns to travel. Often interns join a local football team; there is also a volleyball court and lacrosse field on campus. African drumming and dance lessons are available for an additional fee, as are lessons in the Twi and Fante languages. If you are interested, please let the Programme Coordinator know before your arrival in Ghana.
Interns participating in the AwaaWaa2 programme or individualised placements in Accra will live in a homestay located in the University of Legon area of Accra, outside the general chaos of the city centre. Tina Johnson and her family provide breakfast and dinner daily, and interns may be placed two to a room. Tina is happy to teach interns local culinary dishes, and interns are invited and encouraged to join the family on outings. There are three dogs on the property.
Interns participating in the UHCC Youth Development or Agriculture and Livestock programmes will live at the UHCC volunteer house, which is shared with UHCC volunteers from other countries, as well as members of the UHCC staff. It is situated about a 20-minute walk from the UHCC, and a 10-minute walk to the town centre. The house has four bedrooms, a kitchen, communal living area, and shared bathroom and shower facilities. Rooms are assigned by gender, and interns may be placed up to four to a room. The house is equipped with electricity and a flushing-style toilet. There is no running water, but water is brought to the house daily from a local well, an activity interns are expected to assist with. Three meals are provided daily; please inform the Volunteer Coordinator of any dietary restrictions. There is one dog on the property, Efia.
The town of Bawjiase is located approximately equidistant between Accra and Cape Coast, about 45 minutes north of the main highway. It is a mid-size town, with an internet café, and numerous pharmacies, night spots, and food options. There are no supermarkets, but a twice weekly market provides access to fresh produce, as well as all necessary toiletries and living supplies. The closest ATM is located in Kasoa, a large town on the main highway that is easily accessible from Bawjiase.
In Cape Coast, ACIPP offers interns the possibility to learn Fante with a local teacher, Emmanuel Nyarko Gyasi. Ask our volunteer coordinator to set up lessons for you! The cost of this is 15 GHS (Ghana Cedi) per lesson, or 130 GHS for 10 lessons, if they are purchased together. These prices stay the same no matter how many people participate in the lesson.
Fante teacher Emmanuel Nyarko Gyasi was born and raised in Cape Coast, and has been teaching Fante to volunteers from various organisations for the last year. He attended University of Cape Coast and received his Bachelor of Education in Social Science and Geography in 2009. At age 26, he is a teacher of grade level Primary 6, at a basic school in Cape Coast. In his free time he loves to dance and watch football, especially the Ghana Black Stars, and any international team with Ghanaian players!
In Ghana, visas are available through the Ghanaian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. To apply for a visitor visa use your ACIPP-Ghana acceptance letter. We recommend that interns apply for the longest, multiple entry visa. Please be aware, however, that even if you apply for a multiple entry visa (and pay the fee), you are not automatically guaranteed to receive one, especially if you have never travelled to Sub-Saharan Africa or Ghana. We therefore recommend that interns do not plan any international (regional) excursions or weekend trips until they receive their visa. If you receive a single entry visa, this means you must not leave Ghana for the duration of your internship.
It is important that interns submit their application one month prior to their scheduled trip.
In your visa application list Sossah-Tsike Eyram Simon and your Intern Coordinator as your hosts, and use the ACIPP-Ghana
address and telephone number:
P. O. Box 21
University Post Office,
University of Cape Coast
Ghana – West Africa
Telephone: +233 020 167 351 9
Or call our Dutch office: 0031614347449
Once in the country, you are usually given two months (60 days) stay in the country before your stamps need to be renewed. If you are planning on staying for longer than two months, you will need to extend your visit through Ghana Immigration for a fee of $30US a month. We at ACIPP-Ghana will help you with your visa extensions and/or trip plans as needed.