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2021 Sankofa Ghana Pilgrimage

Information on the 2021 Pilgrimage to Ghana, West Africa

Join the Office for World Mission on a pilgrimage to explore the history, bounty of culture and spirituality of Ghana, West Africa from October 7-21, 2021.

In 2001 and 2017 the Office for World Mission hosted a Sankofa Experience focused on connecting with the cultural roots of Ghana, West Africa.  Sankofa means "return and get it" and is a symbol of the importance of learning from the past.

In 2021, we will once again travel to Ghana West Africa with the backdrop of 2019’s  “Year of Return,”  acknowledging 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved African in America. Our trip will be a time of introspection, reflection, culture and prayer.

Fr. James Arthur, pastor of All Saints and St. Martin de Porres will be our pastoral guide.  Once in Ghana we will be greeted by Expert Travel who will function as guides throughout the trip. There will be opportunities to meet with various representatives of the Catholic Church of Ghana. We will tour projects developed and operated by the Church. Details will be provided during the orientations in preparation for our pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage Dates: October 7-21, 2021   

The application/registration and the initial deposit deadline is April 30, 2021. (see below)
 

Cost and Payment Information:

The cost for the pilgrimage is

  • $3,000 per person for Double Occupancy
  • $3,600 per person for Single Occupancy.

This cost includes the following:

  • Round Trip ground transportation from Milwaukee to/from Chicago O’Hare
  • Roundtrip airfare from Chicago O’Hare
  • Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Lunch on a daily basis, except on day of arrival and departure
  • Air conditioned vehicle with experienced driver
  • Tour Guide service (includes Entrance Fees to tour attractions mentioned in itinerary)
  • Gratuity (Tour Guide/Driver)

The cost does not include/pilgrim is responsible for camera fees at tourist attractions, tips at airport and/or restaurants, beverages, Visa fees, inoculation costs (see health information and requirements, below), and International Travel Insurance (strongly recommended--see Trip/Accident/Health Insurance, below) and COVID Testing (in Ghana).

Payment Due Dates and Types:

In order to pay for the tickets and other costs incurred while setting up the trip and to help with your budgeting, we have set up a payment schedule. A payment of at least the amount listed is due by each date below (you are always welcome to pay more and/or before a due date)

  • April 30--Initial Non-Refundable Deposit Due: $350 (all occupancy types)
  • June 1--First Payment Due: $900 Double Occupancy, $1100 Single Occupancy
  • July 15--Second Payment Due: $900 Double Occupancy, $1100 Single Occupancy
  • Sept 1--Final Payment Due: $850 Double Occupancy, $1050 Single Occupancy

Check, cash and credit cards are acceptable payment methods. 

Checks should be made payable to Office for World Mission.  Please write Ghana Pilgrimage in the memo field and mail to

Office for World Mission
Ghana Pilgrimage 2021
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Cash should not be mailed and can be paid directly to the Office at the Information or Orientation Sessions. Please call 414-758-2282 to arrange an in-person payment.

Credit card payments* can be made online by clicking here or call 414-758-2281 to make a credit card payment by phone.
*Please note: Credit card payments will incur a 3% fee to cover the costs that we are charged to process the payment (this fee does not count toward your trip cost).

Application

To apply for the 2021 Pilgrimage to Ghana, please go to our online Sankofa application page.

The application is due by April 30, 2021.

If you are unable to access the online application, please call 414-758-2280 for assistance.

Information Meetings:

To learn more about this pilgrimage, please attend one of the information sessions, hosted by Fr. James Arthur and Antoinette Mensah, Ph. D., Director of the Office for World Mission.
 

Information sessions dates and times: TBD
 

Pilgrimage Preparation:

To ensure the best possible experience, international mission trips require careful planning on the part of the World Mission Office, the parish, and every participant. Please read and consider the following items carefully.

Orientation Sessions:

There will be three orientation sessions scheduled to prepare you for the trip.  These dates will be confirmed by June 30, 2021.

Passport:

If you already have a passport, please check its expiration date.  It is now required that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the dates of the trip (April 2022).

If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires before April 1, 2022 you can visit the state department's passport page.

Please note: Be sure to check the passport processing times, listed below the "get started" link, to ensure your chosen processing method will arrive in time.

Visas:

Visas will be requested as a total group.  Two months before departure, (August 2021) you will be asked to complete and submit the application and fee for the Visa as follows:

  • Single Entry Visa (must be used within 3 months from date of issue): $60.00
  • Multiple Entry Visa: $100.00
Health Information and Requirements:

The climate in the Ghana can be quite hot and you must be comfortable walking some distances. Please consider your individual health needs and abilities. This ensures an enjoyable time for you and others who will be traveling with you.

Individual health needs vary so it is important to consult your health care provider regarding immunizations and medications you might need while traveling, and if it is advisable to participate in such a trip.

Special Notes

  • Proof of vaccination against yellow fever (a yellow fever vaccination certificate) is required from all travelers when entering Ghana.
  • Anti-malarial precautions and other vaccinations are also strongly advised.
  • Currently, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours of departure, is required for all air travelers to enter Ghana and to re-enter the United States. Gathering sizes are limited and social distancing recommended.  The Ministry of Health of Ghana has mandated the use of facemasks in public and this directive is enforced. These regulations may change closer to the trip date, but for now it should be assumed that testing, mask wearing, and other precautions will required from all trip participants. 

It is strongly recommended to contact your health official as soon as possible (but definitely at least 4-6 weeks prior to travel) for vaccinations.

For more information visit the 

*For non-COVID-19 related requirements and immunizations, the CDC’s page has the most up-to-date information on what is required and recommended and includes resources on where you can find vaccinations in WI.  It also reminds us that vaccines may take time to order and stock, so please contact your health official as soon as possible.

Trip/Accident/Health Insurance

International Travel insurance is highly recommended and the Mission office will provide information to determine whether group or individual travel insurance is the best option.  Per person cost for group travel will be coordinated through Mission office and cost will be assessed based on group size. If traveler opts out, the traveler will not be covered with the group and may opt to secure individual coverage.  

What to Pack:

You will need to pack modest clothing and some supplies for your trip.

Please click here for list of items to prepare and pack for your trip to Ghana.

While in Ghana:

The proposed itinerary for the 2021 trip can be downloaded by clicking here.

(Note: the 2021 itinerary is subject to change and is shared to show how the pilgrimage is structured and what kind of travel and activities will be involved. An updated version will be provided closer to the trip date; however, changes to the itinerary may occur at any time).

Questions?

Please call our office at 414-758-2282 to speak to Antoinette Mensah, our director or e-mail wmo@archmil.org

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