Frequently Asked Questions
Are we moving forward with the Sankofa Tour in light of COVID?
Yes, we continue to move forward with the Sankofa Tour. IWC continues to monitor COVID in Ghana as well as the United States. We receive a monthly update from the CDC relative to Ghana. Below is where travel stands to date. Please note that this is fluid and subject to change. We cannot predict COVID changes; we do continue to remain positive and move forward with our plans. As new information becomes available, we will notify you.
What is the purpose of the Sankofa Tour 2022?
This tour is designed with service project to correlate to our initiatives, educate our membership about the international programs and support the existing Zeta initiatives we have in Ghana.
What is the payment schedule for the Sankofa Tour 2022?
A payment schedule is included on the International Women of Color Website, and within the application. Please visit https://internationalwomenofcolor.com/sankofa-tour-payment/
Who is able to submit an application and payment for the Sankofa Tour 2022?
An application can be submitted by Sorors and Amicae of the Sorority. We acknowledge some sorors and Amicae require the assistance of a caretaker, and/or would like to bring their spouse, significant other, child, or sibling. We advise those that are interested in attending the tour as a guest understand this tour is a service project dedicated to the people of Ghana. Guests will be assigned a service group and will be asked to participate in group activities. It is the expectation that guests will be actively involved in the service activities of the Sorority should they submit an application and payment.
If I would like to fly on a separate date, can the IWC provided an adjusted cost?
Currently, the IWC is unable to provide an adjusted cost should you decided not to travel with the group on the dates identified (September 24, 2022- October 2, 2022). You may pursue other travel arrangements at your own expenses or with a travel agent. The IWC nor the sorority will not be responsible for travel, activities, nor events that are not included in the Sankofa tour Itinerary as published.
Is there a reduced price for children?
A child under 12 will need to be accompanied by a parent and he/she will need to pay airfare. The land tour will be free as a courtesy of the travel agent. It is highly recommended that the adult selects “single occupancy” to provide privacy and sufficient accommodations for the adult and child. Of course, double occupancy can be selected but your roommate must agree to have a child in the room.
I am trying to get clarification on the price and deposit for double occupancy.
Price Clarification. The total cost for double occupancy is $3825 per person. Once the $500 deposit is paid the balance due is $3325. Each person applying for the tour will need to make application, select their payment plan and pay the $500 deposit.
What about CDC guidelines for COVID?
CDC guidelines are monitored monthly and we receive updates on COVID and any other medical concerns. travel issues and concerns for Ghana. This allows us to notify participants in advance should there be problems traveling to and in Ghana.
We receive monthly updates from the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs on travel issues and/or concerns for Ghana. We will make every effort to keep participants informed during the coming year.
In reference to the Sankofa Tour, are husbands or males allowed as guests?
IWC acknowledges some sorors and Amicae require the assistance of a caretaker, and/or would like to bring their spouse, significant other, child, or sibling. We are accepting application for husbands, spouses, and significant others. We advise those that are interested in attending the tour as a guest understand this tour is a service project dedicated to the people of Ghana.
Would guests also participate in the Z-HopeTM Service Projects?
IWC Guests will be assigned a service group and will be asked to participate in group activities. It is the expectation that guests will be actively involved in the service activities of the Sorority should they submit an application and payment.
In reference to the type of accommodation (double or single) noted on the application, 1) would I need to complete my application and deposit first and then wait until my guest receives their link via email to complete their tour application and deposit to ensure we are linked in a room or 2)can the guest simply complete the application online and add my name and email address in the blank field as the roommate to link us in a room?
The IWC is actively reviewing the applications submitted, identifying the Double Occupancy option selected and payment received. Per the application, you can share the link with your guest. The IWC will reconcile the applications submitted with the deposit payment received to confirm future notifications, announcements, and payment reminders.
If option 1) is selected: how long will it take for my guest to receive their application via email? [IWC] see response above.
Are there any clauses or refunds if increases in COVID affects the trip (cancellations, delays)?
The IWC will consider the changing landscape as it relates to COVID-19. A Cancellation Policy is included in the application, and outlines the refund. Here is a direct link to the Cancellation Policy: https://internationalwomenofcolor.com/sankofa-tour-payment/
On average, how many people will be participating in this tour?
The number of participates will be based on those that have submitted their deposit and full Sankofa Tour payment.
Which company offers travel insurance?
There are several travel insurance company. Some travel insurance is offered through credit card companies, AAA, even car insurance companies. Here is a potential resource: https://www.travelinsurance.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1ouKBhC5ARIsAHXNMI9wIa9hVEa59PIM91w7knxw8pNGcocbZ9TdHVxJanYthwoXSEMcKSIaAlTFEALw_wcB
I didn’t receive the original email that went out. Is there is still an opportunity to participate?
Yes, you can still apply for the tour. Visit the link https://internationalwomenofcolor and complete the necessary application and payments. We welcome your support.
Is there an option to take care of our own flight separate from the group?
You will be responsible for your flight to and from DC. Our tour is inclusive of roundtrip travel from DC to Accra. We do not have an option for individuals to arrange for separate flights.
How do we go about arranging flights to leave with the group from DC?
Our Sankofa Tour does not include your roundtrip flight from your local airport to DC. You will need to make the arrangements for that once we provide you with the specific details of our international flight.
I was trying to get an application for the trip to Ghana. The letter said no more response forms. Does that mean you are no longer taking people on this tour?
You can go to https://internationalwomenofcolor and follow the tab on the top right to apply and make your deposit. Remember the deadline for this is September 30, 2021.
My main concern is the rate increasing after deposit is submitted. I’m not familiar with not knowing the rate (outside of airline) fluctuating; it’s always been known prior to the deposit.
The pricing we received was based on a specific number of participants. If we did not reach that number the cost could increase for the group. I was happy to report to the tour company that we have met the required number. That seals the price of the land tour. Our deposits to the company are due October and we have been assured that there will not be a price increase. Reserving airfare early will also set our cost. This can be done if information on the application is complete.
We will not have a webinar prior to September 30, but have schedule four throughout the year.
Will there be ADA accommodations? A wheelchair is needed.
The ADA act applies only in the US. Ghana is a developing country and it would be extremely difficult for a person to maneuver in a wheelchair on this trip. Note that the terrain along with most streets and sidewalks (where available) are not suitable for wheelchairs (manual or electric) in many of the areas we will be travelling.
Can I give my spot on this trip to another soror?
You have a “spot” if you have completed the application and deposit process. Anyone taking your place will need to complete the same process. We can cancel your application and refund your deposit. If you have not applied and paid the deposit, then anyone who applies will be able to participate.
Is a passport required for international travel? Why is the passport information needed?
A passport is required for international travel. The passport information requested on the Sankofa Tour Application will be used to process airline reservations, hotel reservations and when requesting a travel VISAs for travel to Ghana. For guidance on how to access a passport application form, passport application fees, obtain a headshot, and schedule an interview, visit the following:
If you don’t have a passport yet, type in numbers 1-8 on the application form. I suggest you apply as soon as possible.
Will there be a Facebook group for Sorors to connect and for IWC to send information to in regards to our trip?
A Facebook Page has not been created for the Sankofa Tour. Sorors, Amicae, and guests are asked to visit the webpage for information as it relates to the Sankofa Tour. Sorors that submit an application and deposit by the proposed deadline will be added to a listserv and will be updated as webinars, events, and activities take place.
Should I continue to make payment on the Sankofa Tour?
Yes. We encourage you to continue with your payments. We have made reservations with the hotels and are currently in negotiations with the airlines (international and domestic). IWC makes every effort to work with you relative to payments and have added additional payment plans to accommodate needs.
Can I upgrade my travel to business class?
Currently, all seats for business class have been reserved and we no longer have business class seats available.