We will have the first informational meeting for the 2017 ASAP Mission Trip to Ghana on Sat. Sept. 10 from 1p-3p! Come and hear about the last trip and have your questions answered. Contact us for details or if you are interested in joining the trip but cannot make the meeting. Hope to see you there!
We are now planning our March 2017 trip. It will be 2 weeks at the beginning of March. Exact dates to be announced once group flight is reserved. We will fly from Syracuse to JFK to Accra. Hoping to have 2 separate teams- one for the educational/community program in the village schools and one for the mobile healthcare clinic, running simultaneously in the same villages. To apply, fill out the volunteer application on this site.
During our 2 week trip to Ghana Africa, we hope to have 2 projects running concurrently. We will travel an hour or more from our accommodations each work day out to remote villages where we will set up our mobile projects. One project will be a mobile healthcare clinic in which we will use existing resources to set up temporary health posts to give health screenings,essential care, and education to the community. The second project will run at the same time in the same community and involves delivering school supplies and shoes to the local school. We also plan to do a literacy program with a construction project.
Who can Volunteer?
The A.S.A.P. team believes that anyone with a desire to help those less fortunate should have the opportunity to do so. There is a special need for doctors, NP's, PA's, nurses, dentists/dental hygienists, and other healthcare professionals to provide the needed skills and care required for the operation of mobile healthcare clinic. However, the Vulnerable Children's Program (school/community program) does not require any special skills or training. There are many varied tasks performed with both projects that require only the willingness to work hard and the desire to help others. It is also a wonderful learning and experiential opportunity for students. We have had students who were able to earn college credits for their work with us. Volunteers under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a parent.
Volunteer applicants need to be aware that there are inherent risks whenever traveling to a developing country. Participants will be exposed to extreme heat, dusty conditions, tropical diseases, unreliable or non-existent electricity, lack of running water, etc. Consult your physician before applying for the trip. All volunteers are required to obtain the needed vaccinations before departure and are encouraged to consult with a travel clinic regarding specific risks and precautions that are recommended.
Cultural Immersion Activities
ASAP believes that meaningful change comes from positive human interactions that encourage a greater understanding and acceptance of human differences. In addition to our project work, trips include a variety of cultural activities intended to teach volunteers about the Ghanaian culture as well as sight-seeing activities. There will be many opportunities to interact with local people to allow for positive cultural exchanges. Activities may include attending a traditional wedding, a funeral or church services. We will also tour a former slave trade castle and participate in a safari excursion.
Volunteers are responsible for all costs associated with their trip, including flight fees, project fees, accommodations, food, etc. Detailed information on costs will be given to each volunteer when they are accepted for the trip. Though flight fees can fluctuate greatly, we attempt to keep volunteer costs as low as possible. In general, you can expect the cost to range between $2500 and $3000.
These fees include: r/t flight, accommodations, food (except when on outings), hygienic drinking water, in-country transportation, use of cell phone while in country, project arrangements and money towards a portion of supplies, team t-shirts, pre and post departure briefings with the accompanying group leader, guidance of accompanying Ghanaians from our partner organization throughout the trip, interpreters, cultural/sightseeing activities, and travel insurance including emergency evacuation.
Items NOT included in price: Any needed immunizations and prophylactic medications, beverages other than water, any crafts or souvenirs to bring home, anything not listed above.
A $250 non-refundable deposit is due as soon as possible to hold a spot on the team with the balance due December 1, 2016.
Volunteers are able to fundraise for money to cover some or all costs for their trip if they choose and ASAP can make recommendations for fundraising ideas if you are accepted. When doing fundraising for your personal expenses you must make that clear to people donating so that they do not think they are contributing to ASAP programs. We will also participate in team fundraisers for project supplies and donations to our organization. Some or all costs of your trip may be tax deductible and you should check with your tax advisor regarding this.