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The Black Doll Affair - what was supposed to be a one-time Christmas party - is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary on December 17, 2017. On the eve of day one, Mama Doll promised that if we made it to ten years, we would "make it" to The Motherland, Mama Africa.

We've been a lot of places over the last 10 years, but since day 1 - December 17, 2007 - it's been Mama Doll's dream to take this movement to the Motherland. And NOW the time has come to make the trip back home! Let's be pretty...philanthropic with Travel To Do Good in Africa!

Trip Details:

The Black Doll Affair is traveling to Ghana!

AKWAABA. It means WELCOME in Twi, spoken by the Ahan tribe of Ghana, and it’s an expression you will hear several times daily as you travel around the country. One that will ring in your ears at night and bring a smile to your face for weeks after you leave. Welcome to a haven that combines the charms of a tropical beach idyll with a fascinating historical heritage, rich cultural variety, and some interesting wildlife in the national parks.

Our travel partner has planned an amazing 10 day / 9 night trip to Ghana filled with fun, history, culture and philanthropy!

TRAVEL DATES

Thursday, February 1 - Saturday, February 10, 2018

Accra / Cape Coast / Kumasi

COST

$2499 double occupancy // $3049 single occupancy

(Includes Land, Tours, Meals, Ground Transportation, Local Guide for Group)

Included:

Accommodation as per the itinerary. Meals as per the itinerary. Ground transfers as per the itinerary. All park fees and Scheduled tours.

Excluded:

Round Trip International Air from the US. Any meals or services not mentioned above. Tips.

How can hue be a part of this amazing trip?

Just follow these TEN steps to get in formation:

Step 1

See the itinerary for this EPIC Anniversary Affair below.
Then create your online application with Travel to Do Good here.

Step 2

Once your application has been approved, upload a copy of your passport to the travel hub.

Passports should have at least six month’s validity from the trip date.

Step 3

Pay your deposit.

A $500 initial deposit payable by check, money order or PayPal** is due to secure your spot for this trip.

Please be sure to reference "Black Dolls Travel To Do Good in Ghana" on your check/money order or PayPal transaction.

( *All future payments can be made via credit card payments. Any PayPal payments are subject to a service charge. )

Payment Option #1

Send electronic PayPal payments to:

roslyn@affinitytravelgroup.com

Add or be billed PayPal fees of 2.9% + $0.30

Payment Option #2

Avoid fees and mail your check or money order to:

Affinity Travel Group

2950 Unity Drive #570753, Houston, TX 77257

Step 4

Make monthly payments your trip.

Payments are due on the 15th of each month.

Final payments must be paid by December 15, 2017.

Step 5

Make your international flight plans, with your arrival in Accra on February 1, 2018.

Depending on the number of confirmed travelers, group flights may be available. However, the group departure point would be from Atlanta.

Step 6

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) via the US Department of State here: https://step.state.gov/step/

STEP is a free service to allow US citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

Step 7

Apply for a Visa, two weeks to a month prior to the departure date.

Travelers should obtain the latest information and details from the Embassy of Ghana: 3512 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008; telephone (202) 686-4520.

Consular services are also available at the Ghana Permanent Mission to the United Nations at 19 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017; telephone (212) 832-1300 AND the Honorary Consulate of Ghana, 3434 Locke Lane, Houston, TX; telephone (713) 960-8833.

Step 8

Get the required yellow fever immunization, at least 2 weeks before departure.

Malaria medication is not required for this trip. However, the decision to take malaria medication is totally up to you and should be discussed with your physician. Before traveling, you should discuss with your doctor the best antimalarial medication to avoid malaria.

Step 9

"Be a Doll, give a doll!"

Be a Doll: As this trip is a Black Doll Affair, be sure to pack your Black Doll T-shirts for any official events.

Give a doll: There will be a doll delivery in Ghana, but Mama Doll is still deciding how your doll donations (whether paper or plastic) will be handled. Stay tuned for further details!

Step 10

Celebrate Black History Month 2018 in the MOST AMAZING way - Meet Mama Doll in Africa!


ITINERARY

Step One:
Fill out the application here:

Step Two: After you have filled out the application, an initial deposit of $300, payable by check, money order or PayPal** Please be sure to reference "Black Dolls Travel To Do Good in Ghana" on your check/money order and PayPal transaction.

Step Three: Lookout for the email stating that you've been RSVPDD in the Meetup portal to attend this Affair. Begin bonding with other Guys & Dolls attending and continue making making payments to pay for your trip.

Step Four: Criminal Background Check Required by all guests and Dolls 18 and up. Apply here.

Be a Doll, give a doll: Yes, we will "Be a Doll, give a doll"! In other words, we'll wear our Doll gear and donate dolls the movement during this anniversary Black Doll Affair. NOT included in your trip cost is your Black Doll Affair Paper or Plastic Doll Donation. Collected ten days in advance online, there will be a $10 per day trip donation to the The Black Doll Affair.

Guest Policy: Spouses, family and friends are invited to attend our Ten-Year Anniversary "Black Doll" Affair in Africa. Minors must be at least 13 years of age to attend. While friends and family are invited, they will first need to become Black Doll Affair members - "No membership fee, just get a Black Doll T-shirt." Once they join as a Guy or Doll or Porcelain Pal, they will become a Black Doll Affair member that agrees to the standards and practices of love, family and big girl panties. In addition to the standing BDA requirement for positive vibes and good energy, all should arrive understanding that this isn't their #bucketlist trip with friends. This is THE #bucketlist trip with the Black Doll Affair family, Therefore, like with Playground Policies, I will host a pre-trip conference call to manage expectations. All attendees are expected to be on that call. Please note, members removed from the Black Doll Affair (me) or have issues with The Black Doll Affair are not welcomed. Criminal Background checks required by all members.


Criminal Background Check
Required by all guests and Dolls 18 and up. Apply here.

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Our travel partner has planned an amazing 10 day/9 night trip to Ghana filled with fun, history, culture and philanthropy!

AKWAABA. It means WELCOME in Twi, spoken by the Ahan tribe of Ghana, and it’s an expression you will hear several times daily as you travel around the country. One that will ring in your ears at night and bring a smile to your face for weeks after you leave. Welcome to a haven that combines the charms of a tropical beach idyll with a fascinating historical heritage, rich cultural variety, and some interesting wildlife in the national parks.

TRAVEL DATES

Thursday, February 1 - Saturday, February 10, 2018

Accra / Cape Coast / Kumasi

COST

$2499 double occupancy

$3049 single occupancy

(Includes Land, Tours, Meals, Ground Transportation, Local Guide for Group)

Included:

Accommodation as per the itinerary. Meals as per the itinerary. Ground transfers as per the itinerary. All park fees and Scheduled tours.

Excluded:

Round Trip International Air from the US. Any meals or services not mentioned above. Tips.

Included in Land Cost · All ground transportation and transfers as per itinerary or similar · All accommodations as specified in the itinerary or similar · All meals as specified within the budget as outlined as in B, L, D · Entrance fees for all tours and excursions specified in the itinerary or similar · Professional English-speaking local guides ·

Not Included in Land Cost · Airline· Excess baggage charges · Passport and visa fees · Meals and Tours not specified in this itinerary · Alcoholic beverages · Personal items such as laundry, email, fax, telephone, souvenirs, international calls, etc. · Gratuities for tour and site guides and drivers · Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage insurance

Deposit required to secure trip. Rates are subject to change until a deposit is made. $50 of deposit is non refundable.

Final Payment: Due 45 days before travel date.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be in writing.

No. of days prior to tour departure date

45-60 days Loss of Deposit

45-22 days 25% Cancellation Fee

21-8 days 50% Cancellation Fee

7 days or less 100% Cancellation Fee

Mode of payment: Initial deposit may be made by check, money order or PayPal. Subsequent payments may be made by credit card. Please note: PayPal payments are subject to a service charge.

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ITINERARY*

*trip details are subject to change as plans are finalized

Day 1, January 31, 2018 - Travel from the US

Day 2, February 1, 2018 - Arrive in Accra

Upon arrival at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, you will be met by your local tour guide for the transfer to the hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner that will include orientation and entertainment. Professional tailors will also be on site for those interested in custom made traditional outfits.

Includes Welcome Dinner

Hotel:

Accra City Hotel

Accra City Centre Hotel is located in the centre of Accra, just 1.2 miles from the beach and 5 miles from Kotoka International Airport. It offers free Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool. The air-conditioned guest rooms at Accra City Centre are simply decorated and include a flat-screen TV. They each have a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Breakfast is served every morning at Accra City Centre and guests can enjoy snack, burgers, ice cream and cold drinks at the pool-side restaurant.

Day 3, February 3, 2018 - Accra

After breakfast, you will be met by your guide for a city tour of Accra. Highlights include the following: Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park which was named after the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kesmr Nikrumah; National Museum of History and Ethnolography; The WEB Du Bois Center, honouring the life of one of the most prominent Pan-Africanists who chose to live and work in Ghana; and a visit to the Arts and Crafts Bazaar. Followed by dinner and live music in the evening.

Includes Breakfast, Dinner and all tours as indicated


Day 4, February 4, 2018 - Cape Coast

After breakfast drive to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana, with a stop at Kakum National Park - one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rainforests. The most popular attraction is the canopy walkway, made up of seven bridges extending 330 meters and hanging 30 meters above the forest floor. In Cape Coast, go on a city tour of Elmina City and drive through the ancient town of Elmina. At the harbor, see the colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea.

Includes Breakfast and tours as indicated.

Hotel:

Elmina Bay Resort

Elmina Bay Resort is a new hotel in the Cape Coast/Elmina area, in the heart of the historic Central Region of Ghana. Developed and managed by a British/Ghanaian couple, Ben & SuziIdun, the resort is designed to the quality and standard you want with the Atlantic Ocean as its centre piece. A great ambience for you to relax and enjoy the fresh air and spectacular sea views.

Elmina Bay offers you a peaceful and tranquil retreat, with 26 rooms (each with their own balcony overlooking the sea) a beach side conference and function room, and Wifi. Welcoming and efficient staff will assure you of a relaxed and enjoyable experience at Elmina Bay.

All rooms have TV, Wifi, fridge, air-conditioning, sea-view balcony, dressing room and en suite shower.


Day 5, February 5, 2018 - Cape Coast

After breakfast, go on a tour of Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum. Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the departure points for Africans being sent to slavery in the Americas. The castle is home to the “Door of No Return” - a place through which the slaves were lowered into boats and then loaded like cargo onto big slave ships further out at sea, never to set foot in their homeland again. Continue on to Elmina Castle, another World Heritage site. Attend a Memorial service for family members & friends all are requested to wear white – time to be advised.

At the place where we became African-Americans, we will participate in a naming ceremony and will be given a traditional African name by the community elders.

Includes Breakfast, Dinner & Tours as indicated


Day 6, February 6, 2018 - Kumasi

After breakfast, drive to Kumasi with a stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the U. S. and Jamaica, and the slave river. In Kumasi, visit Manhyia Palace, built in 1925 to receive Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people,) which is now a museum showcasing artifacts of the Ashanti Culture. Continue on to the Okomfo Anokye Sword, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the Golden Stool “descended from the sky and has been in place for 300 years."

Includes Breakfast, Dinner & Tours as indicated

Hotel:

Golden Bean Hotel

Offering an outdoor pool and year-round outdoor pool, Golden Bean Hotel is located in Kumasi. The hotel has a terrace and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site.

Rooms come with a private bathroom.


Day 7, February 7, 2018 - Kumasi

After breakfast, you visit the Ashanti craft villages. Highlights include:

The wood carven village of Ahwiaa - known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls from wood.

The village of Ntonso, where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make adinkra textiles. Black-on-Black and black-on-red. Adinkra cloth is worn for funerals and other solemn occasions. We will learn how the black dye is made in the village from the bark of trees and create Adinkra sash to take home.

The Bonwire village is famous for their handmade kente cloth which is made on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. You will see the kente weavers in the process of creating kente cloth in various styles and have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs or gifts.

In the afternoon, visit the Centre for National Culture which houses the Prempeh II Museum. Then continue on to the Kumasi central market (also known as Kejetia market), the largest open market in West Africa, where more than 10,000 vendors sell their wares. Here you will find just about everything - food, fabric, beauty products, handmade crafts and even large animals.

Includes Breakfast & Dinner


Day 8, February 8, 2018 - Accra

After breakfast, drive to Accra. This day will include a West African dance class. In Ghana, dance is regarded as an important component in all of life's events. Dance is present at celebrations, festivals, funerals, and everywhere in between. It's used to tell stories, to educate, during praise and worship. Each community has their own traditional dances for each occasion. Dance is one of the most powerful symbols and social indicators in the Ghanaian tradition.

Includes Breakfast

Hotel:

Alisa Hotel

Located in the heart of Ghana’s Capital City, Alisa Hotel offers easy access to the commercial district, Accra’s tourist attractions, and is only 15 minutes from Kotoka International Airport. Set on a serene and cozy neighborhood, the hotel offers a wide range of leisure facilities.

Choose from an array of stylish guest rooms and suites at this Accra hotel. Designed in a modern art-deco style, all rooms feature deluxe amenities, plush furnishings, marble baths, high speed internet access and more.

Since 1999, Alisa hotel continues to invest in a true evolution, delivering panache and truly world-class hospitality with a distinctive new rhythm and style.

Inside, impeccable style, spectacular service, and a sense of intrigue defines the experience. Our guests enjoy a higher level of luxury with unparalleled hospitality and a detailed blend of Western and African amenities, including a personable and highly professional team of energized and helpful staff. Our guest services include a complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off to suit your needs.

We invite you to experience the distinctive style of Alisa conference rooms and facilities designed to accommodate small to large events with a state of the art array of technology and catering services to make your event a total success.

We pride ourselves in hosting you to the warmth, comfort and mellow experience of an enjoyable stay.

Day 9, February 9, 2018 - Accra / Black Doll Delivery & Self Esteem Summit with Project GAOFI

The day is dedicated to The Black Doll Affair's FIRST black doll delivery and self esteem summit in Africa! We will be volunteering with the girls of the GAOFI (Grace Amey-Obeng Foundation International) Tutsi Project!

Grace Amey-Obeng is one of West Africa's most successful businesswomen. She made her fortune promoting products which emphasized the beauty of the black skin, at a time when many of her competitors were selling dangerous skin-bleaching formulas.

In 2007, she founded the Grace Amey-Obeng Foundation International (GAOFI) to help reduce the menace of sex for money among young girls. GAOFI was founded in 2007 by CEO of FC Group of Companies, Mrs. Grace Amey-Obeng, a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. Their goal is to assist vulnerable young girls who sell sex through education and skill development. GAOFI embarked on an initiative to equip young girls who sell sex with vocational skills in the area of beauty therapy at the FC Beauty College. Though successful, there is the need to completely prevent young girls from resorting to sex for money as a source of livelihood.

The Tutsi Project focuses on young rural school girls between the ages of 9-16yrs and empowers them to go into vocational and entrepreneurial training in order to help them economically and also prevent them from resorting to sex trade.It is a strategy meant to “prevent fire” instead of “fighting fire”. As part of the project, 10 girls will be chosen each year to be mentored by women entrepreneurs in their vocation or business areas during a week’s stay in Accra.

So far, about 140 young school girls from the Keta Municipality has benefited from this initiative.

Includes Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 10, February 10, 2018 - Depart Accra

Me daa si. Thank you, Ghana.

The morning will be for packing and last minute shopping. Evening transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home. Arrive in the US on Feb 11 – early am.

Includes Breakfast


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I join The Black Doll Affair in Ghana?

* To go, you must be a Black Doll Affair member with a background check. So again, friends and family welcome they must first join as a member.

* Fill out the application here: http://bit.ly/2ksSLTI as soon as as possible.

* After you have filled out the application, an initial deposit of $300, payable by check, money order or PayPal**, is due to secure your spot for this trip.

Please be sure to reference "Black Dolls Travel To Do Good in Ghana" on your check/money order and PayPal transaction.

( **All future payments can be made via credit card payments. Any PayPal payments are subject to a service charge. )


Payment Option #1

Send electronic PayPal payments to:

roslyn@affinitytravelgroup.com

Add or be billed PayPal fees of 2.9% + $0.30

Payment Option #2

Avoid fees and mail your check or money order to:

Affinity Travel Group

2950 Unity Drive #570753

Houston, TX 77257

* Your final trip payment must be paid 45 days prior to departure.

* All travelers must enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) via the US Department of State here: https://step.state.gov/step/

STEP is a free service to allow US citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

* Travel Insurance is recommended and will range from $99-199, depending on coverage type. You can purchase insurance via www.travelguard.com

2. What is needed for a US citizen to travel to Ghana?

A valid US passport and a visa are required, as well as evidence of a yellow fever vaccination. Passports should have at least six month’s validity.

Travelers should obtain the latest information and details from the Embassy of Ghana, 3512 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008; telephone (202) 686-4520.

Consular services are also available at the Ghana Permanent Mission to the United Nations at 19 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, telephone (212) 832-1300; and the Honorary Consulate of Ghana, 3434 Locke Lane, Houston, TX, telephone (713) 960-8833.

3. What is the cost of a VISA to Ghana?

Visa Fees - Money order, Cashier's check or Certified bank check should be made payable to the Embassy of Ghana. Note: Personal and company checks are not accepted.

- ECOWAS citizens (Economic Community of West African States) Gratis

- Single Entry Visa (must be used within 3 months from date of issue) $60.00

- Multiple Entry Visa $100.00

- Single Expedited $100.00

- Multiple Visa Expedited $200.00

An expedited/emergency service will take 7 business days.

4. Are children allowed on this traveling Black Doll Affair?

Because the Black Doll Affair is a social club, only teenagers over the age of 13 are eligible to travel to Ghana. Please no children under the age of 13.

5. What immunizations are needed for travel to Ghana?

Yellow fever vaccination.

6. Is malaria medication needed?

The decision to take malaria medication is totally up to you and should be discussed with your physician. Before traveling you should discuss with your doctor the best antimalarial medication to avoid malaria

Mosquito borne illnesses such as malaria, yellow fever, and dengue are a significant problem and prevention of bites and proper yellow fever immunization are important for all areas.

Travelers should carry and use insect repellents containing either 20 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Treating clothing and tents with permethrin and sleeping in screened or air conditioned rooms under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets will help diminish bites from mosquitoes as well ticks, fleas, chiggers, etc., some of which may also carry infections. Wear lightweight clothing, light colors and long sleeves and bring comfortable shoes.

Travelers should carry adequate supplies of any needed prescription medicines, along with copies of their prescriptions, the generic name of the drugs, and a supply of preferred over-the-counter medications

7. Is American money accepted?

No, the currency is the Ghanian cedi. As a rule US dollars are not accepted, so you will have to change your dollars to CEDI’s upon arrival. You can exchange it at the bank, hotel, or withdraw at an ATM machine. Be sure to alert your bank that you will be traveling to Ghana. The value of the dollar is high and so your dollar will go far in Ghana.

Many U.K.-based banks are here, including Barclays and Standard Chartered; local banks are Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank (from Nigeria) and other commercial banks. Most of the big banks have ATMs which give only local currency. Before you leave home, contact your bank or credit card company, regarding your ATM card to be sure it will work overseas and in case you need a special PIN number.

Credit Cards – Use them on a very limited basis. Use the ATMs, prepaid debit card, or cash as the best way to pay for your purchases. Only use your credit card at an ATM or a POS terminal.

8. Can you drink the water?

Do not drink water from the tap ever. Only drink bottled water

9. What are the standards for tipping?

Ghanaian workers appreciate your tips very much. The average hospitality worker likely makes less than $2.00 per day; the tips supplement their salary. If the service is good, and your needs are attended to promptly and efficiently, a tip or gratuity of 10% is exceptionally adequate.

10. What is the weather like?

During the month of February, the season is normally hot and dry. The average temperature in Accra in February is hot at(81.5 °F). Afternoons can be very, very hot with average high temperatures reaching (89.6 °F).

11. What language is spoken?

More than 250 languages and dialects are spoken in Ghana, however English is the country's official language and predominates government and business affairs. It is also the standard language used for educational instruction.

12. How many tribal groups are in Ghana?

There are over 100 ethnic groups living in Ghana. The largest are Akan, Moshi-Dagbani, Ewe, and Ga. The Ashanti tribe of the Akan are the largest tribe and one of the few societies in West Africa where lineage is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors.

Ghana Highlights:

- Ghana, formerly the Gold Coast, was the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence from colonialism.

- Ghana was the first Saharan country to come in contact with the Europeans. The Ghanaian Empire was built on trade in salt and gold, which is why it was later called the Gold Coast.

- Ghana was ranked the most peaceful country in Africa by the Global Peace Index.

- Ghana produces the second most coco beans in the world.

Interesting activities:

Makola Market- A shopping district in the center of capital city Accra. Fresh produce, imported foods, clothes, shoes, medicines, cookware, and hand-crafted jewelry are among the items that can be found at the market.

Wli Waterfalls- The highest waterfall in Ghana and in West Africa.

Cool things to buy:

- Paintings and contemporary art

- Musical instruments

- Cloth and clothing

- Beads, gold, and jewelry

- Carvings and masks

- Leather, pottery, and weaving