Hit the road and see all the highlights of Ghana in this two-week cross-country adventure. You’ll be introduced to Ghana’s stunning nature, arts, and culture, as well the history of the transatlantic slave trade.
- Explore Accra, the bustling capital of Ghana
- Search for elephants, baboons, warthogs, and more at Mole National Park
- Help maintain and improve a local school for the deaf and blind
- Keep the beat and learn Ghanaian drumming rhythms
Travel here in 2025!
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.
- Photocopy of passport
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Book and/or journal
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Outlet power converter
- Additional community service forms
- Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the US State Dept but not required)
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (7)
- Underwear (7-8)
- Pants/capris (2-3)
- Jeans (1)
- Knee-length shorts (2-3)
- T-shirts (5-7)
- Long sleeved shirt (1-2)
- Quick dry towel
- Rain jacket
- Hiking boots
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Tooth paste
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray with DEET
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contact solution
- Foam ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream
- Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
- Sports games (Frisbee, soccer ball, etc.)
- Dress – Tank Tops and Short Shorts will not be permitted. Any shorts that do not touch the top of the kneecap are considered “short.” In general, we expect our students to respect cultural norms and to dress accordingly.
- Laundry – You will have an opportunity to do laundry 1-2 times during the program.
- Outlet power converter—Ghana has 230V Plug Type D and G outlets.