"The experience was a real eye opener. I learnt that I can live for a week without any real possessions, that if you're tired enough you can sleep anywhere and that some of the things we hold most dear are really not all that important."
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The Experience Challenge
Living with a family is one thing, truly experiencing their life is another. The Experience Challenge enables you to do just that. By slotting into the daily life of a family living in rural northern Ghana, you will become immersed in a vibrant, entrepreneurial yet vastly overlooked part of the world.
Through visits to a number of local child rights and community development initiatives, together with a three day/night home stay with a local family, this is an opportunity to understand what it is really like for families living in a region classified as one of the most deprived in Ghana.
Despite this, on arrival you won’t be greeted by faces of desperation and sadness. Instead, Blue Sky Travel's staff, the local communities and your host family will warmly welcome and introduce you to their home with absolute pride, and over the course of one week, you’ll begin to understand how sheer drive and determination, together with the right support from a local team of development staff who grew up in the very communities they now work in, can result in genuine empowerment and transformation.
What are the dates?
The challenge takes place each April and November. However, if a group of 10 or more individuals are keen to take part we can consider another time of year to accommodate you.
The next dates are Sunday 3rd to Sunday 10th April 2016.
How long is the trip and what does it involve?
The Experience Challenge lasts one week. Guests arrive in Accra, Ghana’s Capital on Sunday and leave one week later (on the following Sunday).
The trip involves a three day/night home stay with a local family and visits to a number of AfriKids’ child rights projects. Guests also have the opportunity to visit Bolgatanga’s market.
What are the costs?
The in-country cost to take part in the Experience Challenge is £800. This includes all domestic travel, accommodation and food and beverage. Your international flight, visa, vaccination and insurance costs are not included. We're completely transparent with what the trip costs include; to see a full cost breakdown please get in touch.
We ask for a £300 deposit upon registration to secure your place. The balance of £500 is due 28 days prior to departure.
How much do I need to fundraise?
The minimum fundraising target per person is £1,000. The challenge begins as soon as you sign up and we'll support you throughout, ensuring you have all the help and resources you need to meet the target. Once you register we'll send you a fundraising pack which includes all the guidance you need to begin fundraising; we'll then arrange a call or meeting with you to discuss your fundraising plan.
Before you leave for Ghana we'll tell you which project your fundraising will be directed to and will ensure that whilst in Ghana, you spend plenty of time getting to know that project, the individuals it supports and the impact it's having.