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  • Get the big picture on rural and urban health issues and examine the underlying conditions that cause them by contributing to local health initiatives.
  • Hike to the border of Togo and then up to the highest waterfall in West Africa while staying in the mountain village of Wli.
  • Walk the dusty red paths in northern rural Ghana and learn about healthcare on the ground in remote areas of the region.
  • Confer with the National Control Program for HIV/AIDS and meet our inspiring partners at the Orthopaedic Training Center in Nsawam.

Program Dates

May 20 – June 28

July 8 – August 16


Program Fee + Community Contribution  

$2,715 USD + $565 USD


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Sample Itinerary

*This itinerary is based on our previous experience with the region. Programs change every year based on the needs of our partners. This should give you a sense of what our program may look like.

Orientation – From Ghana to Togo
We arrive in Accra via Kotoka International Airport, where the group will come together! Stretching across the Atlantic coast, the capital city will serve as our first meeting point.


In the morning we’ll depart for Wli, a small town in the Volta Region of Ghana set against the beautiful backdrop of lush mountains and rushing waterfalls. It’s the perfect setting for our team to ease into Ghanaian culture and the pace of life…all while getting to know each other! A local friend will prepare a taste of real Ghanaian cuisine for a very warm (literally!) welcome. Orientation wouldn’t be complete without a hike, so we will take a day to trek over to Togo, a neighbouring country in the east. Then we’ll head back to Wli to visit the famous Agumatsa Falls, the largest waterfall in West Africa. Let the adventure begin!

Global Health Education – Accra

Our team will trek the mountains of the Volta region back to the bustling city of Accra. Home to some of the largest open markets, streets, and stations, Accra makes for the perfect place to really get a feel for the hustle and bustle of Ghanaian urban life! We’ll be staying at our home-away-from-home in the centre of the city and visit the National Control Programs for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis to learn more about the landscape of healthcare in the city. We’ll also meet our partners in Old Fadama, the largest slum settlement in the country. We’ll get insider perspectives on health access and treatment, as well as the daily struggles within Ghana.

Health Along the Gold Coast
Our team will take a beautiful and scenic ride south to Cape Coast – a place full of culture, heritage, and opportunity! Here we’ll work with Nkwa Foundation and Hoops Care International, two public health NGOs that we first partnered with last year. Our team last year chose to explore and volunteer on a number of projects, including assisting in rural health outreach programs, data collection, and public health presentations with local health professionals for the local community. This year, there will also be several opportunities to branch out into many particular niches in the health field.


Outside of our work with these two community development organizations, we will have a chance to explore ancient slave castles, learn about the complex history of the slave trade, relax on the beach, and learn to cook Ghanaian cuisine from our local friends!

The Ashanti Markets – Kumasi

The journey north is an epic one, so we’ll stop over in Kumasi to stretch our legs and explore the country’s second-largest city. Our team will have the opportunity to visit and take stock of OG’s current and past projects. The city serves as a great spot to debrief as a team, discuss what we’ve seen so far, and prepare for the final leg of our program!

Empowering Ghanaian Health Initiatives – Northern Ghana
We will be living in the north of Ghana in the warm and hospitable town of Sandema – the birthplace of OG! This is where our team will assist local NGOs working hard to improve the health status of their communities. Some of these projects may involve interviewing community members to gather demographic statistics, assisting the growth income-generation intiatives, and participating in health outreach programs with public health nurses.


We’ll also have a chance to learn the ins and outs of running an NGO in Ghana and the complexities of operating within the country. Throughout this time, many of our alumni have found their true passion in health. The North holds a special place in the hearts of our teams as it is the place where we get a more comprehensive understanding of Ghana, ease into the relaxed vibe, take part in group dinners, have discussions under the stars, and so much more!

Independent Travel Time

A staple of all Operation Groundswell programs is Independent Travel Time (ITT). You can travel independently if you desire but we encourage everyone to travel in pairs or small groups. ITT is the ideal time for you to learn more about your specific interest, whether it’s by hitting up all of Ghana’s ten regions, cruising through the safaris of Mole National Park, or even revisiting your homestays and volunteer placements!


**Please note that you are not under the auspices of the organized program during ITT. Team members will be given the emergency contact number of program leaders during ITT for any advice.

Disorientation – Princes Town

‘Disorientation’ is our chance to regroup, relax, debrief, and prepare for our return in our respective homes. We will meet at a community-run guesthouse housed in a former colonial slave castle in Princes Town, back on the Atlantic coast of Ghana. Set against pristine beaches, we will speak to our goals and accomplishments, ways to collaborate on future projects, and how to stay in touch after the program. Everyone will enjoy a last taste of the delicious local cuisine from our wonderful friend and guide, Joseph! This is a place most will never forget. This is a time for reflection, many laughs, chats, and late night hang out sessions. A perfect way to end the program before heading off to the airport for some tearful goodbyes!

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What’s Included?


A comprehensive program itinerary and educational curriculum focused on the issues facing your specific region


Experienced and caring program leaders with you 24 hours a day


All lodging and accommodations throughout the program


Three local meals a day


All group tours, entrance fees, and excursions


All group transportation on the ground


Regular discussions and workshops to help you internalize and reflect on your experience


Support from OGHQ whenever you need it


Independent Travel Time is your opportunity to go out there and explore on your own terms!

  • Explore the tropical jungles and enormous waterfalls of the Volta region.
  • Visit French-speaking Togo or Benin for a relaxing beach experience.
  • Learn about the monkeys, hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and other creatures inhabiting Ghana’s national parks.
  • Ride the waves and test out your surfing skills along the coastline.


With OG, you live like the locals.
Our time will be split into several styles of accommodation, from sharing local guest houses to dorm-style hostels. Immersing ourselves in various local communities, we’ll certainly feel the warmth from welcoming Ghanaian families. Pounding fufu, telling Anansi stories, and waking up with the sun can be expected. Although accommodation varies from place to place, everywhere we stay will be a safe and enjoyable place to lay your head!

Meet Your Program Leaders

Rebekah CrydermanAs an artist and book-lover, Rebekah always imagined worlds outside her own and longed to roam lands she was sure she lived in during past lives. With adventures around her home state California, a solo backpacking jaunt of farming in Hawaii, and a year-long study abroad program in Ghana where she discovered OG through the internship she was involved with, Rebekah is building community and forming a home that spans around the globe. She is stoked to now be part of such a conscious group and is often found drinking tea, hula hooping and learning other languages.

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