Ghana Travel Guide
If you're like us and still putting off your taxes, here's something that might make next year's tax time a little easier. It's not too late to take an amazing trip, do some good, and get a tax deduction in the process.
Globe Aware, an organization that develops short-term, international volunteer programs, is also a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation, which means all expenses related to their volunteer work are tax-deductible.
Me to We is giving one lucky teen the chance to take a once-in-a-lifetime volunteer trip to Ghana.
Me to We's volunteer trips to India and Africa give people of all ages the opportunity to volunteer alongside local community members to build schools, immerse themselves in local culture, and gain a new perspective on the world.
You can enter to win a Youth volunteer trip to Ghana (valid for ages 14 to 18 years of age) through January 25, 2013 at metowe.com/give-go-win-a-trip.
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Not that long ago we were all intrigued about what Sir Stelios (of EasyJet) was up to, and what he had planned for residents and travelers looking to hop around much of Africa. Well, it sounds like one of the continent's first true low-cost carriers is still in the planning stages, but with a little more progress, Stelios' FastJet might be up in the air doing its thing sooner than later.
The latest news is that the airline may head up into the skies within the next several months, so we wouldn’t find it unusual to see flights operating between now and the end of 2012. Officials at the airline are looking to initially gain access to like 15 planes to help them achieve their travel goals.
The west African country of Ghana hasn't been too high up on our list of wanna-visits, although its position improved a lot when we heard Ghana is the second highest producer of cocoa - maybe that chocolate bar we just downed came out of Ghana. Anyway, Ghana is actually going for a different target now: the health tourist.
It turns out that quite a lot of Ghanaians get medical degrees overseas, and one way of enticing them back to Ghana has been to open a bunch of top-class medical clinics. Sadly, of course, the average Ghanaian citizen can't afford to visit such a clinicbut a tourist can, and for a normal tourist, the prices are bargain basement while the care is excellent.
Cosmetic surgery is high on the list of tourist-wants, although simpler treatments like massages and detox are popular too. So far, the foreign visitors seem to be mostly the wealthy from other African countries, but when celebrities start getting boob-jobs in Ghana, you can say that you read it here first.
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After a happy few days in Italy, making gelato and visiting with antiquity, the Obamas headed south to Ghana for President Obama's first official visit to Africa. It was a solemn trip, and Obama chose Ghana over Kenyawhere he has family tiesbecause of Ghana's dedication to democracy.
The whole family made the trip along with Barack, and Michelle and the girls even accompanied him on a tour of Cape Coast Castle, which, in the 1600s, "served as Britain's West Africa headquarters for the trans-Atlantic slave trade, which saw European powers and African chiefs export millions in shackles to Europe and the Americas." It's not exactly a tourist attraction either, unless you're set on re-tracing your own family history through the slave trade.
Obama's visit not only to Ghana but to the slave trading headquarters is poignant; it illustrates, in one stop, how far the world has come in shedding racism and taking up equality.
· Obama's visit to fort a 'full-circle experience' [MSNBC]
· Dear President Obama [Globe and Mail]
· The Sort-of Return of the Prodigal Son: President Obama Arrives in Accra, Ghana [Obama Foodorama]
· When In Rome, It's Gelato And G8 For The Obamas [Jaunted]
· Presidential Travel Coverage [Jaunted]
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Coverage of African cuisine here on Jaunted isn't limited to Nigerian pepper soup. Today's New York Times samples Ghanaian street food. As restaurant culture has yet to take hold on much of the continent, street food remains the most accessible way to sample the local flavors of many African nations. According to the article, here are some rules of thumb:
Head for places where Africans are eating on the run, like bus stations and markets, since that's where selection is widest. More customers means the food will be fresher.
After that, examine the vendor--if their hair is braided, are the rows nice and neat or messy? Nervous nibblers might want to avoid the sketchier looking vendors, but more adventurous gastrotourists are free to sample everything.
The food on offer sounds quite tasty. Kebabs are dusted with a rub of peanut flour and hot peppers before they are grilled, and stews are served inside banana leaves. Sure beats a dirty water hot dog.
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