That's it, I'm Coming

hrac transparentSo, you’ve applied – and HRAC has accepted. You are almost on your way, but you have a few more questions. Have a look below, and if you still have more questions, get in touch with us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

The office has air conditioning, desks and chairs, a small kitchen and fridge – but it is important that you bring your own laptop. Internet access is provided. It would also be useful to bring a USB.

Not just for the office, but for your social life as well – it is advisable to bring (or buy on arrival) a cheap phone. That way, you are always able to stay in contact with the office when you are attending events or programs or researching, and clients are always able to stay in touch with you. Costs may be refunded in certain cases if requested.

 

 

 

Working days start at 8am and close around 4pm. In the morning you should be on time, so leave time for some delays when you come by tro-tro or taxi. It is always better to be too early than too late. Log-in and out times are to be noted in a book at the reception.

 

 

Lunch is from 12 to 12.45pm. Bring food from home or some money to get something to eat at one of the various chop-bars or food outlets around. Costs are generally not higher than 1 to 3 GHC. Lunchtime is the time to come together, chat and take a physical and mental break from work. You can free your mind while sitting and eating on the balcony, watching everyday life on Osu’s streets. From time to time some vendors appear at the office, selling local fruit like coconuts, pineapples, mango or papaya (papoa). Feel free to accept the offer and buy some for lunchtime, for after work or for in between. Drinking water and general kitchen utensils are provided.

 

 

Office attire is generally formal. Women will commonly wear a suit skirt/trousers and a formal shirt, or a formal dress. Men usually wear suit pants and a shirt, but ties are optional. A matching suit jacket or blazer should be brought for any court appointments.

On Fridays workers are able to mix it up by wearing more casual clothing or traditional Ghanian dress.

 

 

You will need to organise your own accommodation during your stay in Accra (unless this is organised via your program). There are many local guesthouses, which are a popular option:

Share House in Osu, Ako-Adjei

You could think about renting accommodation for the duration of your stay in Accra. This share house comes highly recommended and is often used by our interns,about 300 meters to the office.

Landlord : Mammy

Contatc : 0266145341, (+233) 266 145 341

For phone numbers add +233 and omit the first zero if calling from outside Ghana.

Shared House in Polyclinic La

You could think about renting accommodation for the duration of your stay in Accra. This share house comes highly recommended and is often used by our interns,about 1 kilometers to the office.

Landlord : Grandma

Contatc : 0277 806 210, (+233) 277 806 210

For phone numbers add +233 and omit the first zero if calling from outside Ghana.

Share House in OSU, Kuku Hill

Alternatively, you could think about renting accommodation for the duration of your stay in Accra. This share house comes highly recommended and is often used by our interns:

There are eight rooms available in this house, each fully serviced, includes: air-conditioning, flushing toilet, (hot) shower, Internet, as well as, weekly cleaning and laundry services. The area is very safe, and in close vicinity of the HRAC office. It takes 5-10 minutes by taxi at a cost of 2-3 GHC, or alternatively is a 30-minute walk to the office. The average for a room (although may vary depending on the size of the specific room) is: 550 USD per month for a single person, and 600 USD per month for a couple.

Landlord: Esi – Mobile Number: 0243262810

It should be noted that prices can change fast in Ghana, especially in Accra. Therefore, all these prices should be checked in advance, as you might have to pay more than what is stated above. Also, when it comes to ‘luxuries’ such as running water, electricity, the Internet etc., be aware that these can and will break down once in a while.

 

 

If you have entered Ghana on a two month tourist visa and will be placed at HRAC for longer that this, it is necessary to apply for an extension visa from the immigration department. The process takes a minimum(!) of two weeks, so please plan to apply well in advance to your visa’s expiration date. For the application, you will need a passport size photograph, as well as a supporting letter from the HRAC. A completed visa extension form should accompany these, which is only available in hard copy from the Ghana Immigration Service. Your passport will be taken by the department during the two weeks required to process the application and you will be issued with a passport collection docket. It is therefore important to apply for the extension when you are not planning on traveling anywhere outside Ghana, such as Togo. The cost to extend your visa is 40 GHC per month, and the money will need to be taken in cash and paid to the bank teller at the department.If you have entered Ghana on a two month tourist visa and will be placed at HRAC for longer that this, it is necessary to apply for an extension visa from the immigration department. The process takes a minimum(!) of two weeks, so please plan to apply well in advance to your visa’s expiration date. For the application, you will need a passport size photograph, as well as a supporting letter from the HRAC. A completed visa extension form should accompany these, which is only available in hard copy from the Ghana Immigration Service. Your passport will be taken by the department during the two weeks required to process the application and you will be issued with a passport collection docket. It is therefore important to apply for the extension when you are not planning on traveling anywhere outside Ghana, such as Togo. The cost to extend your visa is 40 GHC per month, and the money will need to be taken in cash and paid to the bank teller at the department.

 

 

Most countries who have embassies or high commissions in Ghana keep a database of their nationals who are living, working and traveling in Ghana.

Volunteers from the UK can register on their LOCATE system: http://ukinghana.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/living-in-ghana/registering-with-us

Australian volunteers can register online via the Government’s smart traveller website: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

Dutch volunteers should use this URL to find the most up to date embassy website: http://ghana.nlambassade.org/

A general list of embassies in Ghana can be found at:
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/foreign_affairs/home.php

Please contact your country’s Embassy in Ghana to confirm how to register your travels with them. It is not a necessary requirement to travel into the country but is highly recommended. You may also find that they have events on that you wish to attend.