I have an amazing new opportunity to announce to all TWA followers!
Light for Children, the NGO I was in Ghana with last June to September, has just launched an all new program, the Educational Exchange program! This program is a 15 day trip for high school, college, and graduate students who want to spend time in Ghana volunteering, traveling, and learning about the amazing African culture. This trip will leave over the winter break when college students are home from school and I will be leading it! The trip will include living with Ghanaian host families, working with lots of different children in the area, visiting cultural sites, traveling to different regions, learning Twi, and much more! I am so passionate about this organization and Africa that I can’t wait to show it to as many people as possible. Below is the information for the trip and please email me if you have any questions, are interested, or otherwise!
Come with me on this journey of a lifetime.
LiFoC Ghana Educational Exchange Program 2012
The overall goal of the programme is promoting international understanding.
- To interact with students in Africa leading to development of understanding of how students in Africa (Ghana) differ from other foreign students.
- To reduce the fear and prejudices that some foreign students entertain on African people.
- To enable foreign students to explore and appreciate African culture, educational systems, economy, religion and history.
- To enhance the ability of foreign students in some of African languages.
- To promote exchanging of ideas and sharing of information on programmes, services and activities of high schools.
The programme is designed for students in the high school (secondary school) to study abroad at a partner public school in Ghana.
The student will have the opportunity to observe classes of partner school and take part in the extra-curricular activities. The excursion component will enable the student to explore historic sites (forts and castle), the national parliament and some educational institutions. The student including their chaperons will stay in a guest house. The duration is 15days.
(There is a sample itinerary attached)
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL IMMERSION
This programme is designed to enhance the intellectual and social development of the student. The aim of this programme is to immerse the students into diverse culture. The student will stay with the host family throughout the programme.
The programme includes excursion to cultural and historical sites in the country including museums, forts and castles and the slave trade routes. At the weekends, the students together with their host families will observe wedding ceremonies, funeral rites and religious rites. The duration is 15 days. They will interact with the students at special schools in the city.
Program start dates: During the winter break 2012 from universities and colleges. Will depart after Christmas and will spend New Years in Ghana. Trip does not conflict with university schedule but might conflict with some high school schedules.
|Greeting by LiFoC staff at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra – Ghana|
|Transfer to hostel|
|9:00AM||Visit to Internet cafe to send messages to family and friends on safe arrival|
|9:30AM||Depart for Kumasi (guide will identify towns and villages on the way)|
|2:00PM||Lunch during the trip|
|4:15PM||Arrive in Kumasi and meet host family, traditional Ghanaian dinner|
|7:30PM||Introductory Twi (the local language) lessons|
|9:45PM||Journaling / Reflections|
|8:00AM||Cultural “do’s and don’ts”, adjustment and safety issues|
|8:30AM||Depart for town for drumming and dance lessons, debriefing on the bus|
|12:30AM||Briefing and giving -out booklet on workshop on child preventive sexual assault in basic schools.|
|2:00PM||Exchange money at Forex bureau|
|2:15PM||City tour, language teacher will be conducting field lessons during shopping and touring (and throughout the trip). Use of Twi will be encouraged while making purchases and interacting with people. Destinations included on the tour:
|7:00PM||Return to host family|
|9:30PM||Journaling / Reflections|
|8:30AM||Depart for LiFoC office , debriefing on the bus|
|9:00AM||Arrive at LiFoC office, overview of and discussion about the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Ghana|
|10:30AM||Socialize with children who are HIV positive or have been orphaned by AIDS, observe bead-making with the orphans and care-givers at the Art centre.|
|11:30AM||Students present gifts to the children|
|12:00AM||Lunch with the children|
|12:30PM||Depart for school for disabled children|
|1:00PM||Arrive at school, learn the art of making batik and tie-dye fabric and make this fabric in large quantities for sale to raise money for the orphans (the group will be allowed to keep some of the fabric)|
|8:30PM||Journaling / Reflections|
|10:30AM||Group discussion with the Exchange partner school in Ghana: “What is the significance of traditional art forms in the preservation of a culture?” “What is the power of non-verbal communication in cultures of the Diaspora or westerners?”
Discussions on world political issues (focus on African politics) and on topics specifically relevant to the exchange partner.
|2:00PM||Visit to the Manhyia chief palace (this palace is UNESCO world heritage site)|
|4:00PM||Rehearsal for the school workshop|
|6: 00PM||Transfer to host family|
|8:30AM||Final rehearsal for the school workshop|
|10:00AM||Depart for Bonwire (debriefing in the bus)|
|11:00AM||Arrive in Bonwire. Bonwire is said to be the village where Kente was born in Ghana. Kente is a rich hand-woven fabric.|
|11.30AM||History of Bonwire and Kente, and storytelling|
|12:30AM||Observation of Kente weaving|
|2:30PM||Depart for Ntonso for observation of design and manufacturing of Adinkra cloth (traditional design)|
|4:30PM||Depart for Awhiaa to visit the wood carving centre where masks and famous Asante stools are carved|
|5:30PM||Transfer to host family|
|8:00PM||Discussion: “The Effects of Colonialism on African Spirituality and Religion”|
|9:00 AM||Depart for Nsuta. In this village very little English is spoken. The group will test their ability to communicate with the Twi that they’ve learned. Staff members will assist with mandatory communication.|
|12:00AM||Transfer to host family|
|2:00 PM||Hanging-out with host family|
|3:00 PM||Observe methods of preparing traditional food over an open fire|
|7:00 PM||Storytelling and night games with the children.|
|7:00AM||Join the boys and girls fetch water from a well.
|8:30AM||School workshop at the basic schools|
|12:00AM||Visit to local high school to observe classes|
|1:00PM||Presentation of Gifts (school supplies, funding, etc.)|
|3:00PM||Football match between the local high school and the group|
|8:00PM||Discussion: “Living From the Land”
|9:00AM||School workshop at Mampong government cluster of schools|
|10:00AM||Depart for Kintampo(debriefing in the bus)|
|2:00PM||Tour and showering at Kintampo Waterfalls|
|3:00PM||Depart to Boabeng-Fema Monkey Sanctuary|
|4:00PM||Tour of the monkey sanctuary|
|5:00PM||Departure for Kumasi|
|7:00PM||Arrive in Kumasi|
|8:30PM||Journaling /Essay assignment /Reflection|
|9:00AM||School (classes) observation at the leading high school in the city|
|11:00AM||Hanging-out at the lake Bosuntwi (the largest natural lake in Ghana encircled by 18 villages)|
|4:00AM||Transfer to host family|
|5:00AM||Hanging-out with host family|
|7:00PM||Dinner dance (farewell party)|
|6:30AM||Depart for Cape Coast|
|8:00AM||Stop for breakfast|
|10:30AM||Arrive at hostel in Cape Coast|
|12:45AM||Depart for Kakum Forest Canopy Walk|
|1:15PM||Arrive at Kakum Forest
|4:00PM||Depart Kakum for tour and shopping in Cape Coast
|7: 30PM||Dinner at a local restaurant|
|8:30PM||Return to hostel|
|9:00PM||Journaling / Reflection|
|8:30AM||Depart for Elmina Castle, debriefing on the bus|
|9:00AM||Tour Elmina Castle and Slave Dungeons|
|12:00AM||Lunch and Discussion: “The Mid-Atlantic Slave Trade: The onset, the effects on West Africa and the enslaved.”|
|1:30PM||Go to Cape Coast Castle|
|2:00PM||Arrive at Cape Coast Castle and tour Castle
|4:30PM||Depart for hostel|
|5:00PM||Dialogue with school children from one of the leading high school in cape coast :“The Responsibilities of Children in the Contemporary World.”|
|8:00PM||Depart for Accra|
|10:00PM||Arrive in Accra|
|8:30AM||City tour destinations on the tour will include:
During the tour, lunch will be taken at Lebanon Club
|5:30PM||Return from Accra tour|
|8:30AM||Journaling / Reflection|
|9:30AM||Discussion: “What Did You Bring with You?” “What Will You Take With You?” “How will this experience impact your interactions when you return home?”|
|11:30AM||Formal goodbyes to LiFoC staff and exchange of pleasantries|
|1:00PM||Last Shopping Trip|
|4:00PM||Depart for airport|
|6:00PM||Dinner at the food court of the airport|
- FEE: 1,500 USD per Head
- What fee covers?
- What fee does not cover:
- Airport meeting and hotel transfer for the first night of arrival.
Air-conditioned Transportation throughout your stay in Ghana.
- Three (3) time’s daily local and international meal ,home-stay and hotel accommodation Free internet service in our office, Donation to project, Orientation, placement, assistance and adjustment, program and volunteer co-ordination/ staff support
- Escort to the airport after Program. LiFoC shall present a letter of recommendation and certificate to participants after Program.
- Transportation, food and hotel accommodation during tours.
- Money for smoking /drinks and clubbing
- Air ticket
- Buying gifts/souvenirs for friends and family members back home.
- Insurance or lost of baggage
NB.THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECTED TO CHANGES