Recovery Africa's Service Learning Program

Recovery Africa offers a Service-Learning Program which combines education about Ghana’s Recovery Movement with community service. Individuals will take on a volunteer and civic engagement role throughout the trip with the goal of learning about the key issues and successes surrounding Ghana’s addiction recovery community while helping to build Ghana's Recovery Movement through fundraising and networking.  Service-Learners will be encouraged to share and educate about the experience with their communities back home.

Recovery Africa’s annual service-learning trip consists of 10 days in Ghana beginning in Accra, the country’s capital. The trip includes visits to a variety of treatment and recovery programs in Ghana, including Kasoa Recovery Café, Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, and the Twelve-Step Recovery Center, and also cultural and tourist sites, including Cape Coast Castle and Kakum National Park.  Service-Learners will end their trip by participating in Ghana's Annual Walk for Recovery.  

The Recovery Africa Service-Learning Program is open to all individuals, including college students, career professionals, and retirees. However, we prefer to host individuals that are in recovery themselves and/or have a strong interest in helping to empower our organization and mission and Ghana's Recovery Community for the long-term. 


Cost: $5,000

This price includes: airfare to and from Ghana, housing accommodations, food, and travel to and from all destinations in Ghana and at least a $2,000 tax-deductible charitable donation to Recovery Africa. 

Recovery Africa will work with a travel agent on your behalf to ensure you arrive and leave Accra with the rest of your group.  Participants are responsible for securing their own medical and travel insurance.  Participants are responsible for visas, inoculations, malaria prevention tablets etc.  An agreement signed between RA and the participants limiting the liability of RA. 

Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied with a legal guardian. The Recovery Africa’s Service Learning Program does not currently offer academic credit for  service-learning program participants. 

Trip Itinerary: 

Thursday September 14th 2017: 

  • Arrive at Accra International Airport
  • Orientation
  • Rest

friday SEPTEMBER 15TH 2017: 

  • Visit the Addictive Diseases Unit and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
  • Visit the Symposium on Addiction and Recovery in Ghana
  • Discover the Accra Museum and Ghana Cultural Center and Makola Market  
  • Attend an AA and NA meeting at the University of Ghana               

Saturday SEPTEMBER 16TH 2017: 

  • Visit the Kasoa Recovery Café
  • Drive to Cape Coast
  • Stay in Loreto Hotel
  • Lunch at Biriwa Beach Hotel

Sunday SEPTEMBER 17TH 2017: 

  • Church or rest
  • Visit the Cape Coast Castle
  • Discover Africa's oldest Canopy Walk at Kakum National Park

monday SEPTEMBER 18TH 2017: 

  • Visit Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital and the Twelve-Step Recovery Center          
  • Get to Know Cape Coast's Recovery Community – Narcotics Control Board, Ghana Prisons Service, University of Cape Coast, others
  • Drive back to Accra

tuesday SEPTEMBER 19TH 2017: 

  • House of St. Francis Treatment Center
  • Ashaiman Recovery House/Oxford House
  • Trust Hospital AA Meeting

wednesday SEPTEMBER 20TH 2017: 

  • Visit Accra Psychiatric Hospital 
  • Attend and participate in NA & AA meetings
  • Visit the Hopeful Way Recovery Center and Oyarifa Men’s Oxford House                     

thursday, SEPTEMBER 21st 2017: 

  •  DAFARAC Faith Based Treatment Center
  • Aburi Botanical Gardens or
  • Ghana Museum, Ghana Cultural Center, Makola Market

friday, SEPTEMBER 22nd 2017: 

  • Pantang Rehabilitation Centre
  • Hopeful Way Recovery Centre
  • University of Ghana AA and NA meeting

saturday, SEPTEMBER 23rd 2017: 

  •  Participate in Ghana's 3rd Annual Ghana Recovery Walk 
  •  Depart from Ghana via Accra International Airport

Please note, the trip itinerary is subject to change at the last minute and will depend on partner availability, etc. 

How to Prepare for Your Trip: 

The Republic of Ghana, formerly known as the Gold Coast, is a developing country that is about the size of Illinois and Indiana combined. It is located on the west coast of Africa. The country hosts a diverse population that speaks more than 50 distinct languages and dialects, according to the US Department of State. The State Department notes that while tourist facilities are available in larger population centers, access is limited in remote regions of the country.

Travelers wishing to visit the west African nation of Ghana are required to present a valid passport and visa. Please note, requirements for a visa are subject to change. Travelers are encouraged to contact the Embassy of Ghana to determine current visa requirements. US citizens must have a valid passport to re-enter the United States after traveling to Ghana. Click on the links below to learn more about vaccine requirements and other medical considerations, currency, proper dress and other basic travel inquiries visit:  

Fund-raise for your trip: 

Many individuals may have limited resources but a strong desire to experience meaningful travel. If this is you, you are in luck.  

Today, there are many tried and tested ways of fundraising that are guaranteed to generate enough resources for you to afford your trip to Ghana: 

Crowdfund – Start by creating a profile on a crowdfunding website, such as GoFundMe. This allows you to devise a straightforward pitch that you can then use for the rest of your fundraising campaign. On your website, share who you are, what you do and your fundraising goal. Be specific about where and when you are traveling, what will you be doing there and why the trip is so important to you. Be sure to make a compelling case as to why someone should give you money to travel. 

Donation Matching Program Some companies offer dollar for dollar matches if you write a check to any charity. Even if your employer doesn’t offer matching gifts, reach out to your spouse, family or friends to see if their employers do. 

Ask Friends & Family  –  Ask your friends and family members to make financial contributions to your trip fund instead of giving gifts on birthdays and holidays. Send out reminders about your  “gift giving policy“ with party invitations and a link to donate money towards your trip. 

Scholarships and grants  – While most scholarships and grants for volunteer travel are geared towards high school, gap year, and college students, there are a few available to professionals as well. Travel companies sometimes have grants for volunteer vacations, while the LV Fund offers $500 towards any volunteer trip to Latin America.

Share Your Story – Find any opportunity to share your story. Each of the fundraising strategies requires some effort and a lot of outreach. This may be the time to use all of your social media skills to get your story, events and requests in front of people. Additionally, you may want to send personal emails to friends and co-workers, and snail mail letters to older family members. 

Helpful Links: 


Questions? Contact: 

Dan O’Laughlin


Theresa O'Laughlin Carmody