dfree® Global Tours: History – Culture – Tourism – Missions


Welcome!

As part of our 15th anniversary celebrations, dfree® Global will host 2 tours to Ghana this year: July 3 to 11 and Oct 5th to 15th.

Both tours will have the opportunity for cultural emersion, charity and outreach work, and visits to some historical slave castles.

In July, we will stay at the breathtaking Maaha Beach Resort and experience the “water world” of the people of Nzulezo who live on the river. And in October, for the very first time, we will visit Northern Ghana to experience a safari of elephants and other wildlife at the stunning Zaina Lodge.

Registration is open from now until March 21. Share with family and friends and book your spot before tickets run out.

Go to www.mydfree.org/ghana or send an email to ghana@mydfree.org if you have question or need assistance.

Register now. Tours sell out fast and waitlists are very long. We look forward to another transformational experience.

See FAQs for all your common questions answered

Summary Itinerary

  • Departure via JFK airport, NY – Overnight flight to Accra, Gh.
  • Arrive in Accra, Ghana
  • City tours/Shopping
  • Cape Coast & Elmina Slave Castles & other local attraction
  • Nzulezo Village on Stilts & other local attractions
  • Missions/Community Outreach
  • Church and worship
  • Mole Wildlife Safari & other local attractions
  • City tour/shopping cont.
  • Departure day – overnight flight to JFK, NY

 

*Disclaimer

Not every tour will visit all locations.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Ghana2020 Timeline

Feb 21 – Registration and deposit open
March 1 – First monthly conference call with trip details and Q&A
March 15 – Monthly installment payment due
March 21 – Registration closes
April 15 – Monthly installment payment due
April 19 – 2nd monthly conference call with trip updates and Q&A
April 30 – Last day for cancellations, refunds and package transfers
May 15 – Monthly installment payment due
May 17 – 3rd monthly conference call with trip updates and Q&A
May 24 – July Trip Visa Applications submitted
June 5 – Final payment due for July trip
June 15 – Monthly installment payment due
June 21 – 4th monthly conference call with trip updates and Q&A
July 03 – Departure day for July trip
July 15 – Monthly installment payment due July 19 – 5th monthly conference call with trip updates and Q&A
Aug 15 – Monthly installment payment due
Aug 16 – 6th monthly conference call with trip updates and Q&A
August 21 – First Batch of Visa Applications submitted to Ghana Embassy
September 04 – Final Batch of Visa Applications submitted to Ghana Embassy
September 05 – Final Monthly installment payment due
September 10 – All outstanding payments due
September 27 – Final monthly call with trip updates
October 5 – Departure day

 

Disclaimer: This schedule may change.         Conference Call Line 712 770-5505 pin 668631#   

Trip Packages – July

Shared Package = $4,750 pp

Standard room with 2 twin beds shared by 2 people.   Bring your roommate or we can pair you up with another traveler.

Couple Package = $4,750 pp

Deluxe room for couples traveling together.   Price quoted is per person sharing.

Single Package = $5,550 pp

Standard room, single occupancy. This package is perfect for you if you are traveling alone and want a room to yourself.

Trip Packages – October

Shared Package = $4,999 pp

Standard room with 2 twin beds shared by 2 people.   Bring your roommate or we can pair you up with another traveler.

Couple Package = $4,999 pp

Deluxe room for couples traveling together.   Price quoted is per person sharing.

Single Package = $5,799 pp

Standard room, single occupancy. This package is perfect for you if you are traveling alone and want a room to yourself.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Trip Dates:

July 3 to 11, 2020

Airline:            Delta Airlines
DEPART:         Friday, Jul 3
RETURN:        Saturday, Jul 11

 

October 5 to 16, 2020

Airline:            Delta Airlines
DEPART:         Monday, Oct. 5
RETURN:        Friday, Oct. 16

  1. Is the trip for First Baptist members only?

No, this trip is open to all persons regardless of affiliation. However, participants must adhere to the itinerary.

  1. What are the hotel accommodations?

Movenpick Hotel, Coconut Grove Resort, Zaina Lodge, Maaha Beach Resort, LaPalm Royal

  1. What is the purpose of the trip?
  • Historical pilgrimage to slave castles
  • Emersion into local culture
  • Missions and community outreach
  • Tourism
  1. How much does it cost?

July Tour

  • $4,750 all-inclusive round-trip coach/double occupancy shared room
  • $4,750 all-inclusive round-trip coach/double occupancy couple
  • $5,550 all-inclusive round-trip coach/single occupancy standard room

 

October Tour

  • $4,999 all-inclusive round-trip coach/double occupancy shared room
  • $4,999 all-inclusive round-trip coach/double occupancy couple
  • $5,799 all-inclusive round-trip coach/single occupancy standard room

 

 

  1. What is included in the cost?

The cost includes round trip coach airfare, all hotel accommodations, local transportation, all meals, visas and fees for all attractions.

  1. What is not included in the cost?

Tips, and beverages/snacks outside mealtime.

  1. Is there a Payment Plan?

July payment plan

The monthly payments are due on the 15th of each month with the last monthly payment due by June 05.

  • Standard Double: $750 non-refundable deposit and 4 monthly payments of $1000
  • Deluxe Couple: $750 non-refundable deposit and 4 monthly payments of $1000
  • Standard Single:  $950 non-refundable and monthly payments of $1150

October payment plan

The monthly payments are due on the 15th of the month with the last monthly payment due by September 05.

  • Standard Double: $799 non-refundable deposit, 7 monthly payments of $600 extra
  • Deluxe Couple: $799 non-refundable deposit, 7 monthly payments of $600 extra
  • Standard Single:  $899 non-refundable deposit and 7 monthly payments of $700

Full Payment can be made at any time; checks, cash, credit/debit cards accepted. Call 844-693-3733 Ext. 4 or email ghana@mydfree.org

*All checks must be payable to: dfree Foundation

  1. When is the registration deadline?

March 21, 2020

  1. When can participants start making payments?
  • Online registration will be available at www.mydfree.org/ghana from Feb 21, 2020
  • To pay by cash/check, please contact 844-693-3733 Ext. 4 or email ghana@mydfree.org
  1. Cancellation policy:

Registration may be cancelled on or before April 30.  There will be no refunds after this date but transfer of package will be possible through May 15.  To cancel/transfer, please contact 844-693-3733 Ext. 4 or ghana@mydfree.org as soon as possible.

  1. What is the travel itinerary?

See www.mydfree.org/ghana for more details.

  1. Other Potential Costs
  • Passport – must be valid for at least 6 months from the travel date (Contact the US post office or visit www.usps.com/passport immediately if you need one).
  • Vaccinations (consult your physician or your local hospital – Infectious Disease Dept.)
  • Spending money
  • Travel Insurance
  1. Will I be able to access the internet?

Yes, all hotels provide Wifi access. Limited Wifi available on bus.

  1. What are the requirements for traveling to Ghana? 

Passport, Visa, and proof of Yellow Fever shot are required by Ghana law, must be 13 years or older

  1. Passports – should be obtained as early as possible.  If you already have a passport, ensure it has not expired and that it will be valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel.  Contact US Post Office about a passport.
    • The visa application process can take up to 3 weeks (including mailing time) when you will not have your passport.  Kindly take this into consideration when you make travel plans and advise us about any conflicts.
  2. Vaccinations/Shots should be taken at least 10 days before travel date. Contact your personal physician or your local hospital.
  3. Visa – a tourist visa is required for stay of up to 30 days (extendable)
    • Visas will be processed for the group. There will be no need for individuals to take documents to the Ghanaian Consulate in New York or the Embassy in Washington DC.
    • Visa application fees are included in the trip cost
    • An invitation letter and itinerary will be provided
    • You must provide 2 recent passport photos not older than 6 months. CVS and Walgreens have instant passport photo service.
    • Visas will be single entry only.  The option to get a multiple entry visa is also available.
    • All questions may be directed to ghana@mydfree.org or 844-mydfree (844-693-3733)
  1. When will visa applications be made? 

Refer to www.mydfree.org/ghana for Timeline.

  1. Will children be allowed to participate? 

Yes, 13 and older if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  1. Will the hotels be air conditioned?

Yes.

  1. Will there be time for sightseeing and shopping?

Yes.

  1. What is the exchange rate?

www.coinmill.com is a reliable resource for current exchange rates. Monies will be exchanged on arrival in Ghana.  Do not exchange money before travel.

  1. Should participants carry cash? 

Yes, it is highly recommended that you carry cash for the trip.  ATMs are also available in most locations. Remember to notify your card service about using your card at an ATM in Ghana and inquire about fees.

  1. Should I purchase Traveler’s checks?

No, do not bring traveler’s checks. Cash or card only.

  1. What is the weather like in Ghana?

Temperatures are usually between 70 and 90 degrees all year round. Please pack sunscreen lotion.

  1. What kind of clothing should I bring?
  • Dress casual and comfortably; respectful shorts and swimwear; comfortable shoes for optional hikes.
  • Dress for church – Sunday dress, smart casual, no jeans.
  1. Is insurance required?
  • No, obtaining medical or travel insurance is a personal decision.  Check with your service provider.
  • Travel insurance is also available at the airport and online.
  1. Is there a frequent flyer program?

Yes, visit delta.com for the frequent flyer program.

  1. Are there baggage limits and fees?

Yes, visit delta.com for baggage information.

  1. Can medication be carried on the plane?

Yes, always bring your medication in your purse or carry-on bag where they are easily accessible.

  1. How will special needs be handled?

Communicate your needs early. Contact ghana@mydfree.org or call 844-mydfree Ext.

  1. Can I use my cell phone while in Ghana?

Please check with your service provider about roaming service and charges that may apply.

  1. Will there be photos taken during the trip, or should people just bring their camera?

A professional photographer will travel with the group. Feel free to bring your own camera, but always listen to tour guide announcements about local protocols on picture taking.

  1. How will updates and details be communicated to participants prior to travel?

A monthly conference call is scheduled to answer questions and give updates. Regular emails will also be used to communicate information between calls.

  1. When will people find out their roommate assignments?

During one of the conference calls after all participants are confirmed and visas are secured.  If you have a person for your roommate, please provide the name during registration.

  1. Are there any helpful links for Travelers to Ghana?

Yes, here are some helpful links to visit: