ghana

Capital City Accra
Population: 27,000,000
Currency: Ghana cedi (GH₵)
Language: English, various others
Calling Code: +233

A gap year in Ghana is the perfect introduction to West Africa for any traveller. It’s unique enough to make your friends jealous, however it’s also one of the most stable countries on the continent, with a reputation for being a safe place to travel. Safety doesn’t have to mean boring though, as there’s plenty to do on a gap year in Ghana – as long as you are prepared to find it! We’ve got everything you need to know about a gap year in Ghana right here on this site, so keep reading to find out why it’s the perfect choice for you…

There’s one thing that makes Ghana such a fantastic country to visit – the people. You’ll be amazed at just how relaxed someone can be as soon as you step off the plane. Nothing is a rush in this country, so just slow down and go with the flow! You’ll find people here to be completely welcoming and, unlike some other African countries, you’ll feel safe pretty much everywhere you go (like everywhere, you should take sensible precautions though). Ghana is also really cheap – a hostel can cost as little as £7 per night – making it perfect for backpackers on a budget.

But what is there to do in this West African country? Well, on the face of it, there’s not much. Dig deeper, however, and you’ll find a treasure trove of experiences and sights – things that most travellers would only dream of. There are great bars, clubs and restaurants to relax in while staying in Accra; elephant watching in Mole National Park; the beautiful coastline of Kokrobite Beach; and bustling markets in all the larger towns and cities – Makola Market in Accra is perhaps the best of the bunch. So, take you time to explore, and Ghana has more than enough to occupy every backpacker!

Working in Ghana

In terms of paid employment, there’s nothing to talk about in Ghana – and why would you want to work when you are in such a place? Volunteering, on the other hand, is something that many people choose to do, and there are loads of different volunteering trips available. Thanks to the diversity of this great country, you’ll find everything from working with animals through to helping underprivileged children – and everything in between. So, why not take some time to give something back to the country that has welcomed you with open arms..?

Where Next?

Some travellers decide that they are going to stay in West Africa and keep exploring, and head to countries such as Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. It should be noted that Ghana is much more traveller-friendly than other West African countries though, so be prepared for a completely different experience. Jumping on a plane to the other side of the continent – to places like Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa – is also a popular choice and one that less experienced travellers tend to prefer. International flights to Europe, the Middle East and North America are also easy to find.

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