Answers to some common questions

Visa requirements depend on your country of origin and your destination, so be sure to check online for your specific requirements. Ghana, Togo, and Benin require visas for many people travel from Europe and the Americas. Visas can be complicated, so email us with any specific questions. We are here to help!

Yes!… When traveling to Ghana you will need a few different vaccines and medications:
Yellow Fever (the only required vaccination, offered at the airport in Ghana for around $20) Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Typhoid
You should also consider: Meningitis, Rabies

Malaria is prevalent in much of West Africa, and many of our guests take a malaria prophylactic to stay safe, so be sure to check with your doctor to see what they recommend. In the event of gastrointestinal issues related to travel, it is advisable to bring Pepto Bismol, Immodium, or other helpful stomach-soothers. Pharmacies are common in much of West Africa, so be sure to talk to your guide if you are having any issues.

For safety reasons, our guides drivers are on duty 24/7, but they may leave you late in the evenings to sleep in a nearby hotel or lodge. Adult travellers should expect their guides to be with them as long as they need them everyday, while student groups and other large groups should expect their guide to be nearby for 100% of their tour.

We would love for you to bring donations, but we ask that you check with our staff member to see what specific items are needed. We do not accept donations unless our community partners have identified them as items of need. For travellers to Ghana, we always accept English-language books of all genres and skill levels for our child care centre.

You do not have to tip any of the vendors, boat drivers, safari drivers, or other people that you meet throughout your trip. Tips are included in the price of the trip. Tips for your Star Tours guide are always appreciated, though all of our guides make living wages and are paid an additional sum for each day on tour.

For your safety and financial security, we highly recommend that you buy a travel insurance policy for your time spent in West Africa. Accidents happen, and we don’t want our clients getting stuck paying medical bills or evacuation costs if you are injured on your tour. For recommended travel insurance options, email info@startourghana.com

If you are interested in having cell service and internet access on your mobile device, be sure to check in with your guide so that they can help you get a local SIM card. If you request a SIM card in advance of your trip, your guide will provide it for you at the airport when you arrive.

Women often wear tank tops in metropolitan places like Accra, but many parts of West Africa require more conservative outfits from both men and women. We highly recommend bringing loose-fitting clothes the cover your knees and shoulders. Bikinis are acceptable at beaches and pools, but the moment you leave, you should cover your shoulders and knees out of respect for local customs. Be sure to check the packing list to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Volunteers will be offered all kinds of dishes, including foreign dishes in restaurants and local foods in the market: rice, fish, chicken, ampesi, homemade bread, kenkey, plantains, fufu, banku, gari, and numerous different vegetables and fruits. Volunteers can also shop at the West Hill Mall supermarkets where they can find imported western foods.

A Star Tours Ghana representative will meet you at the Accra airport. After meeting the representative, you will be taken to your hotel/host family.

Training and a project orientation will be provided by Stars Tours Ghana. Our training aims to introduce you to the local community and provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to make the largest possible impact.

Yes, our projects operate year-round.