Please ask us for a Project Information Pack for whatever trip you are looking to volunteering on which will give you details of what to pack plus lots more info. You can find out what to do on arrivals, departures, itinerary, visas, currency, local culture/language, safety, security, flights and travel insurance. Please read them carefully and feel free to get in touch if have any questions.
NOMAD Travel Stores and Equipment
Nomad Travel Stores and Clinics have been kitting out travellers with clothing, equipment, books and maps, medical supplies and vaccinations for more than 20 years. Nomad will provide a 10% discount to all Madventurers.
When you sign up to a Trip with Madventurer we will provide you with a discount code (on request) that will give you 10% off all kit and equipment on the Nomad Travel online store or at their high street stores.
Kit and Community Donations
You are not expected to bring any donation for your project. However if you have received donations to take with you or your supporters are enquiring what would be best to donate then school and sports supplies are always welcome. Sports kit, footballs with pumps, stationery, story books, wall charts and educational games are all greatly appreciated by the local schools in the communities where we work.
Remember to check your luggage allowance with your airline or airport before you set off. If you are unsure or would like to bring what the community needs most then let us know and we can speak to our crew about the most pressing need where you are going.
Or you can bring cash and buy some supplies during your project, just ask our overseas crew for help and suggestions of what to buy. Most supplies will be a lot cheaper and you will be helping to boost local businesses as well.
It is essential that all Madventurer volunteers are fit and healthy for their project or charity challenge. You must let Madventurer know on your online application of any medical conditions, allergies or dietary requirements you may have, however small. If you develop any conditions or allergies between application and departing for your project you must let us know as soon as possible.
It is very important to us that you get the right health advice so for individual advice you will need to visit your own doctor or travel nurse. They will have your medical history and details of any allergies etc. Please give yourself enough time to check out your health requirements before you travel.
Please be aware that as our UK staff are not medical professionals and do not know your medical history they cannot answer health questions for you please contact your doctor. It is up to the individual traveller to ensure they have all the necessary inoculations needed for their chosen destination.
Once you have your inoculations sorted remember to take the original copies of your vaccination certificates as the immigration officials may ask for these when you arrive. For some destinations a copy will not be accepted so its important that you travel with the original document.
Please be advised that the High Commissions across the country are currently experiencing a high volume of applications and, as a result, the turnaround time for visas maybe different. We advise travellers to plan ahead in order to ensure intended travel dates are met.
Please make sure you give yourself enough time to get visas sorted before you travel, if you can't get them in country.
Visa information will be slightly different for every traveller. This will depend on your nationality and whether you are travelling before or after your trip with us. Its very important that you give yourself enough time to get visa's sorted before you leave. It up to the individual traveller to check out their own visa requirements and make sure their passport is up to date.
You can use a Visa support company to help with your visa application although there will be an added cost, but this can be worth it as it will take away the hassle and time taken in visiting embassies and sorting things out in person. In all cases, visiting the following website is a great source of information. Just enter your nationality then country and visa type - this should bring up more details of requirements.
CIBT - www.uk.cibt.com/madventurer
Please be aware that visa requirements can change throughout the year so make sure you check out the latest visa information.
Here's a few helpful links below to help with your applications if you do it directly and via CIBT:
Ghana High Commission UK - www.ghanahighcommissionuk.com
Please note the Ghana High Commission in London is now only accepting online. Check out their website directly for more details.
Ghana High Commission USA - www.ghanaembassy.org
Ghana High Commission Australia - www.ghanahighcom.org.au
When you secure a place onto one of the Ghana projects we will also send you a Support Letter from Madventurer to accompany your application.
Before you set sail for blue skies you must be in possession of a full passport (not temporary), valid for at least six months after the project or adventure. If this is not the case, or if there is too much of a difference between your appearance now and your appearance on your passport photo, then you should apply for a new passport and allow plenty of time for the processing of your application.
If you are sending us your passport information please make sure its the passport that you will travel on. If you are renewing your passport then we will need the updated information to make a booking. If you complete an online application for our projects then we will need your name as it appears on your passport.
GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION
For more general travel information then why not try The World Travel Guide on the link below. Just search for the country you are travelling to and you can check out health, passport, visa, highlights plus lots more helpful info.
World Travel Guide - www.worldtravelguide.net