Your Stay at the MTC

Ghana


We look forward to your arrival at the Ghana Missionary Training Center and hope that this information will be helpful as you make your final preparations.

When should I arrive at the MTC?

If you are from Ghana, you should plan to arrive at the missionary training center by 12:00 noon on the designated Friday.

If you are flying into Ghana, we will automatically be notified of your flight arrangements. We will plan to meet you at the airport upon your arrival and will provide transportation for you from the Ghana airport to the MTC.

In what language is the training conducted at the Ghana MTC?

We conduct missionary training in both English and French. Your mission language will determine which language your MTC training is provided in.

What preparations are necessary before entering the MTC?

Your mission begins when you enter the missionary training center (MTC). You must complete all preparations before entering the MTC, including the purchase of all clothing and personal items. Personal time is extremely limited. You will not be able to leave the MTC to shop.

You should enter the MTC healthy, having already taken care of all health-related matters, including dental and eye exams and follow-up treatment. Complete all medical tests requested on the Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form. (You or those providing for your support must pay for pre-mission medical conditions, including dental and eye care.)

You should be set apart as a full-time missionary by your stake or mission president and receive a patriarchal blessing before your arrival at the MTC. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your patriarchal blessing with you.

What should I bring to the MTC?

Bring the following when you come to the MTC:

  • Items on the mission clothing list sent from the Missionary Department
  • Soap, towel, and personal toiletries
  • Appropriate exercise clothing (several sports periods per week)
  • Current temple recommend for those who are already endowed
  • Living ordinance temple recommend for those yet to be endowed
  • Your passport. This ID is required by airport authorities.
  • Passport photos (12 copies)
  • A copy of your completed Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form and a signed Yellow Fever Card
  • Police report (if you are serving outside your own country and have not already submitted it as part of your mission papers)

Please put your name on all clothing, luggage, and other belongings.

Where should I report?

Report to the Ghana Missionary Training Center on Hospital Road—Community 10 Junction—next to the Tema 2nd and 3rd Wards' meetinghouse and the ECG Training School. 


How should I be dressed for my arrival?

Regular missionary attire is the standard dress at the MTC. Elders should wear a white shirt and tie with dark trousers and dark shoes on the day of their arrival. For more information on missionary dress and grooming, please refer to your call packet or see dress and grooming guidelines.

What supplies and services will the MTC provide?

All bedding supplies and meals are provided at the MTC. A laundry service will also be provided, along with barber service.

How will my expenses be handled?

You do not need to bring money to the MTC for room and board, training materials, laundry, haircuts, or other essential personal care items.

Computers for e-mailing family are provided, as well as a pouch mail service throughout the countries of West Africa. For US missionaries, use of the pouch system requires US postage stamps, which are not available at the MTC.

May my family come to the MTC?

Family members may drop you off at the MTC if you are from Ghana, but no formal welcome is held for them upon your arrival.

May I have visitors at the MTC?

Your training schedule will not allow time for visits from family or friends. Please advise your family accordingly. While you are at the MTC, all communications with family and others should be limited to weekly letters and/or weekly family e-mails.

May my family deliver packages to the MTC?

Large parcels and mail from the public postal system are difficult to collect when missionaries have left the MTC. For security reasons, family and friends should use courier services; they should not deliver items in person. The MTC postal address is: Ghana MTC – Community 10, Hospital Road - Tema, Ghana

Is it possible to receive immunizations at the MTC?

Whenever possible you should receive all required immunizations before entering the MTC. (For those for whom this would be a financial hardship, you should discuss the matter with your stake or mission president.)

While traveling in West Africa you need evidence of yellow fever vaccination (International Yellow Fever Card), or you may not be allowed in the country. 

Your immunizations record will be checked upon your arrival at the Ghana MTC, and any vaccinations that have not been received can be given at that time.

Anti-Malaria Medication

Missionaries coming to Africa will start taking doxycycline on the first day of their arrival at the Ghana MTC. The medication and instructions will be provided you upon your arrival.

What about travel from the MTC to the mission field?

The area travel office will handle arrangements for your travel to the field. They will also give you official passport and visa instructions. You must follow these instructions carefully. You will be requested to send certain documents required for a visa, such as a police report. If you do not submit these documents by the requested date, your departure to the field may be delayed.