Hey everybody I am planning to go on a volunteer trip to Ghana this summer and I was wondering if anyone can share tips about this country with me. What are things I should and should not do? What is considered cultural taboo? Things like that if anyone has any advice. I'm a first time traveler to Africa, so anything can be helpful. Also if you have any suggestions about raising money that could also be helpful for me.
Ghana is a safe and peaceful country. we are democratic governed, and have a president. President Nana Akufo
Addo. English is our official language, and the local dialect frequently spoken is twi. the religion is mostly Christian, muslim you can google online and find more about us.the ministry of tourism assists with a portal for any enquiries you may have.
Here is some important notes about Ghana:
Ghana is in the West Africa region, on the the side of the continent that is closest to the Americas.
WEATHER & LANDSCAPE
The weather is very tropical, the country being right on the equator. The country is about equal parts s&y desert, shrubby savannah & lush rainforest.
Accra is the capital city of Ghana. It’s a port city & is the governmental & commercial hub for the country. Holidaymakers love it’s white sandy beaches & bustling street markets.
In ancient times, the region was a hotly contested place by several African empires. The Ashanti Empire was able to maintain control of the coastal region, which led to trade with the British Empire.
In 1957, Ghana became the first self-governing country on the African continent under president Kwame Nkrumah.
Ghana has 15 official languages! The two most spoken are the Twi language of the Ashanti people & the Dagbani language of the Dagomba people.
Today most Ghanaians are Christians, which is influenced by traditional religion, a form of pantheism known as Akom. A favorite spirit of traditional Ghanaian storytellers is Anansi, a swindling spider, represented in the Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods.
One of the most predominant cultures, the Akan people, hand down riches & titles based on the matrilineal line. However, men still hold the main positions of power in this society.