Cost and Living
Established in 2004, the SSL program has contributed immensely towards achieving GHEI's mission and realizing our long term vision for the communities. Fruitful engagement and cultural exchanges between participants, local staff and community members has also contributed towards their all round development, while the individual SSL participants believed they were closer to their personal and professional goals. The GHEI family is committed to ensuring that your experience in Ghana is enriching, memorable and safe!
Free In-Country Travel
All in-country travel costs covered for the duration of your stay, from arriving at the Kotoka International Airport to boarding your flight home.
Lend A Helping Hand
First-hand experience in promoting ‘access to better health and education facilities’ with exposure of rural Ghana.
SSL Alumni Membership
Become a member in
the SSL alumni network, with
first-hand reference to job opportunities.
Village tours, workshops on cocoa farming, local language lessons, traditional cooking, Ghanaian drumming, dancing lessons and much more!
Warm Meals and Stay
Lunch, dinner and lodging during your stay in Ghana.
Explore and Discover
Exploring popular sites in Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast.
Hands On Research
Visit local government schools, health clinics and district hospital while you interact with local health and education officials.
Letter of recommendation for your school or workplace
Summer Serve and Learn
An experience you will never forget!
Applicants selected to participate in the Summer Serve & Learn sessions will be required to pay program cost. This will enable us in ensuring that you have a smooth transition to a life in rural Ghana from your home country.
The program cost for Summer 2022 is $1500.
This is inclusive of the initial $350 deposit required to secure your spot. The deposit is non-refundable after May 1, 2022. Applicants that secure their spot before April 15, 2022 will receive a 10% discount towards the total program cost, reducing the program cost to $1350.
SSL participants can fundraise to help cover their costs of attendance. All donations are tax deductible as the Ghana Health and Education Initiative is a registered 501c(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 26-2358536).
Some common inclusion in the fees are,
All in country travel costs including lunch, dinner and accommodation
Program activities, workshops and field excursions
Visit to Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast
Pre departure guidance and 24X7 onsite support
Help with visa documentation
The program cost helps us in making sure that your experience in Ghana is meaningful as it enhances program quality, reliability and security. Lastly, some of the fees goes directly in to GHEI’s initiatives and moreover it plays a crucial role in ensuring that the programs are afloat
even after you’ve made your mark!
Expenses In Ghana
Upon arrival in Accra, Ghana, participants can expect to have minimal personal expenses. GHEI covers the cost of project-specific materials, lodging, major transportation, cultural experiences, and lunch and dinner daily. You should plan to bring additional money to cover small expenses, such as:
Several options are readily available in the village (eggs/egg sandwich, bread, porridge) and cost less than 1 USD each.
Local fabrics are readily available in the nearby town of Sefwi Bekwai and can range from 5-20 USD for two yards of fabric. Additionally, please allocate 5-10 USD per piece for a local seamstress to have anything made.
Many souvenir options are available at Kumasi's Cultural Center as well as at the Cape Coast Castle. Prices can range from 5 USD for a wallet, 15 USD for a bag, and 25+ USD for paintings.
Program participants are responsible for obtaining vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis, evacuation insurance, and their visa and plane ticket.