Ghana Service and Learning Trip

$2900 (Airfare not included)

July 21-31, 2024 (Registration Opens Oct. 24th)

Group size: 20 max.

A different perspective from a different country.

You are invited to join us on a journey to Ghana to learn about the beauty of this African Culture and gain a deeper understanding of the history of the trans-atlantic slave trade with a visit to Cape Coast Castle. Spend time volunteering at a local school as well as running a basketball/day camp. Embrace the beauty and challenges of freedom as we visit a home for children who have been rescued from modern-day slavery. Take a boat ride on Lake Volta the largest man-made lake in the world. Enjoy the beautiful nature of Ghana as we take a canopy tour and visit a baboon reserve.

Come and allow yourself to be stretched, burdened, and challenged to consider your role in understanding history and how to take action for a more just world for everyone.


  • Assist in the class room
  • Visit a local castle that was a holding place for Africans before coming to the west as slaves.
  • See Lake Volta, the largest man made lake in the world where children are enslaved to fish.
  • Be loved, challenged, and encouraged like you have never been before.
  • Grow in your view of yourself, God, and the world.


Where are we going?

Ghana is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Ghana and the United States are connected through our history. Sadly, Ghana was a country that was ravaged by the trans-Atlantic slave trade between 1500-early 1800s. Ghana was a British colony between 1867 until March 6th, 1957. Because of this colonization, English is one of the main languages in the country. Ghana was one of the first African colonized countries to gain their independence. Since then, Ghana has slowly progressed to where they are on the verge of becoming a first world country. The country is growing and progressing. Though extreme poverty is still prevalent along with modern day slavery along the coast and on Lake Volta, it is considered one of the most stable countries in West Africa.

Ghana is a completely different country than what we are used to in the West. Though the language is similar (English), the climate, the food, and the culture are very different. Ghana’s climate can be very hot and humid, think Florida in August times ten.

Where are we staying and eating?

  • We will split our times between hotels and lodging at City of Refuge Ministries.
  • Food will be provided by our hosts and at local restaurants. The food will be authentic Ghanian food.

How many people will be on my trip?

We have a max of 15 people.

What are the leaders like?

We are proud of our commitment to keeping our student-to-leader ratio at the incredibly low level of seven students for every leader.  The quality of your child’s experience is our primary objective and we think you will see the results in the testimonials from past trips!

What kind of projects will we be doing?

  • Educational, learning about the history of slavery the trans-Atlantic slave trade and modern-day slavery in Ghana
  • Relational as we will spend time with the staff and children at various partner sites playing soccer, basketball, art, assisting in the classroom, as well as other opportunities to build relationships.

Are there any student pre-requisites?

Yes, you must currently be a sophomore in High School or older. Yes, adults are welcome to apply but we require you to pass a background check if you are over 18. 

What are the student expectations?


  • You will be required to participate in three pre-trip meetings via zoom.
  • You will be required to do some reading for these meetings (nothing major, but important reading to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually).

In Country

We want to be culturally aware. The difference in food, time zones and cultural norms will take some adjustment and an attitude of respect and flexibility for our host country is very important.

  • The weather will be hot and humid during the day and usually pleasant at night.
  • Food tends to be a little spicy with a lot of rice.
  • There is a seven-hour time difference between PST and Ghana.
  • At our partner organizations, because we are guests in their homes, we will be expected to follow their guidelines for quiet hours, dress, etc. 
  • We will attend a 2 1/2 hour church service on Sunday- get on your dancing shoes!
  • We will spend a lot of time with the children in the children’s village.
  • We will assist in the classroom.
  • There is plenty of soccer and basketball to be played.
  • We will visit Cape Coast Castle to learn about the history of Slavery from Ghana.

An attitude of humility, flexibility, and teachability is essential for this trip.

No electronic devices (cell phones, I-pods, PSPs, etc.) cameras are the only exception

How will I know what to expect?

We will have three pre-trip meetings either in person or online. These meetings are required for participation. If you have questions prior to registration, please contact us at and we can set up a time to meet.

Is the food and water safe?

Filtered drinking water is provided. The food in Ghana is very different than in the United States. It is more spicy and high in carbohydrates. A lot of rice, beans, and some chicken for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is oat meal and or bread with occasional eggs.

Is there an application deadline?

Though there is not application deadline, the deadline to lock in your airfare is December 30th.

What expenses can I expect?

The cost of the trip is $2900 (airfare not included). A $500 non-refundable deposit due when you register. Balance due on May 30th. 

Details on additional fees:
    • Round Trip Airfare: $1600 – $2,500 (due December 30th)
    • Ghana requires a VISA. The VISA cost is $150. We will help you through this process.
    • Ghana also requires a Yellow Fever Vaccination as well as Malaria pills. The cost will be dependent on your medical provider.
    • Spending money – You will be responsible to cover your meals while traveling to and from Ghana. While in country you will be responsible for 5 meals ($20/each). You will also want some money for souvenirs and snacks. We would suggest $250 depending on how much you eat. Yes, you can bring plenty of snacks and protein/granola bars.

How does fundraising work? Do you offer scholarships?

We understand that this is a very expensive trip. We do not want finances to keep anyone from participating! At the same time, our partnership with Pure Charity creates an easy way for you to fundraise for your trip. Unfortunately, we do not have any scholarship money available.


We can’t wait for you to join us!

Please call or email us with any questions you have about Be2Live. We will be in touch to answer any questions you have about the experience. 

Have any questions? Contact us!