Internship Abroad in Ghana: The FAQs
Here we have compiled the most frequently asked questions with the appropriate answers. If you are still not sure, you can always contact us.
Is the internship remunerated?
Internships in Ghana are generally not remunerated.
How and with what do you pay in Ghana?
A currency reform at the beginning of July this year replaced the Ghana Cedi (GC) as the national currency. 10,000 "old" Cedi are now "1" GC. Credit cards are rather only accepted in larger hotels and restaurants. Due to the high rate of abuse, it is recommended to use the credit card only there. Money can be exchanged in so-called FOREX offices. Traveler Checks are not recommended due to the lower exchange rates.
How dangerous is Ghana in comparison?
Ghana has a low crime rate compared to many other African countries. However, even here, always keep an eye on your handbag and wallet. Especially at the airport Kotoka, in the business district Osu as well as in the district's Cantonments and Labone, theft or violence is frequent, especially at night. Even night drives by car are not recommended due to the bad road conditions.
How is the public transport network equipped?
Although Ghana has a constantly growing public transport network, the European standard is still far from being reached. Taxis are available in every major city. Trips with the so-called Tro-Tros, the minibusses, are absolutely not recommendable, as they are not exactly roadworthy and therefore there is a high risk of accidents.
Do I need special vaccinations?
A yellow fever vaccination is mandatory, as proof of this must be presented when applying for a visa. Furthermore, vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, polio (polio), and hepatitis A are recommended. For stays longer than 4 weeks also hepatitis B, rabies, meningococcal disease (ACWY), and typhoid.
All year round there is a high risk of malaria. In addition to the necessary exposure prophylaxis, chemoprophylaxis is recommended; various prescription drugs are available on the market for this purpose. In any case, the family doctor or a doctor for tropical medicine should be consulted before departure.
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