Peace Corps Ghana has a "Welcome Booklet" that has some information that may be valuable and is a quick read.
If you have a smart phone consider downloading Viber, a free app that allows you to call, text or use a walkie talkie type communication while connected to the internet. Put your phone on airplane mode and talk for free.
The house has plenty of power strips. Electricity here is 220 and there are no converters in the house. I brought one with me that allows me to plug in my toothbrush and other assorted things that cannot go direct into 220. You can buy adapters anywhere on the street but I'm not sure where to go to get a power converter. I bought the Bestek Portable Charger Adapter from Amazon and it works great. It is extremely light and portable.
5. Let the Librarian know as soon as possible what text you will be using. Students get their books through the campus and it can take considerable time for the order to come in.
A FEW TIPS FROM KAREN:
Less than 10 minute walk from the Campus. On the first Saturday of each month, they have vendors who set up tables with items to sell. They have a nice assortment of crafts from artisans.
Global Mama's is a Fair Trade Retail Shop in Oso about a half block from Koala Supermarket.
Trashy Bags is a retail shop that sells wallets, grocery bags, computer cases, purses and all kinds of things made from recycled water bags, billboards and other material. The store is a "fixed price store" in Osu and has many signs that will help lead you there. It is less than 10 minute walk from Koala Supermarket
It is possible to take a day trip and see The National Museum, Independence Square and Nkrumah's Memorial site in one day.
The National Museum
A good museum depicting Ghanaian history. Good use of time
Nkrumah Memorial Site and Museum
Nkrumah and his wife are buried at this site. This was the second burial site for Nkrumah. The museum, like all I visited is small, but interesting.
There are Saturday tours, however, it is possible to get a tour any day of the week. An interesting look at one of the poorest areas of Ghana. There is British Fort, converted into a Prison after independence and now abandoned. In addition there is a lighthouse. For a small fee you can climb to the top and witness views of the entire Jamestown.
Cedi Bead Factory
Cedi Bead Factory is in the Volta Region. Beads are made from recycled glass. If you call ahead of time you can make your own beads. There is a store there and the product in relatively inexpensive. Overall a good experience.
This is the largest man-made lake in the world. It has an interesting history, one of President Nkrumah's accomplishments. There is environmental controversy around this lake.
Located in the Eastern Region of Arubi, this is a large garden. The site was built in the 1800's as a sanatorium for Gold Coast government officials. It has several interesting surprises that I found surprising.
A city in the Ashanti Region and full of cultural things to do and see. The King's Palace, the Cultural Museum, and an area where Kenti Cloth is made are some of the highlights. Kumasi can be reached by land, but it is a long bus ride. However, it is only a 30 minute flight.
If you are interested in seeing how Adrinkra Stamping is done and you would like to do your own cloth, you can take a 40 minute bus ride from the heart of Kumasi to Ntonso Ashanti Craft Village.