||1st -15th JUNE, July 15th-30th, 1ST -15th August
|Departure and End Point:
|| Accra, Ghana (Kotoka International Airport)
||Basic English / None
|Accommodation and meals:
||Hostfamily accommodation, Hotel and Ghanaian/International food three times daily
||Community Volunteer work and Tours
|| 14 to 40 years respectively
|| 15 to 25 Participants
Our uniquely designed 1 week Summer Community Voluntary Work and 1 week Travel program enables Americans to travel to beautiful, peaceful and exotic Ghana during summer to do a 1 week community volunteer work which includes: (support to vulnerable children/orphans, building new orphanage /school construction as community development in Ghana), cultural immersion, Teaching, Care givining and Hiv aids community education / presentation and 1 week travels to some of the unique tourist attractions in Ghana for sightseeing.
This program offers people a unique opportunity to meet new friends and interact with them as it doesn’t happen back home. Participants would be offered the following :
Orientation about the local culture, history/religious issues. Community Volunteer Work and African Drumming and Dancing Lessons program during evenings of 1st week.
1st WEEK ORPHANAGE , SCHOOL TEACHING AND HIV AIDS OUTREACH PROJECT INFORMATION:( DAYS 1-7)
Participants main responsibilities at Orphanage ( DAY 1- DAY 3) :
• Develop creative programs such as dance, arts, music, etc.
• Clean, cook and serve food
• Organize physical and sports activities
• Assist the staff in counseling the children
• Teach Basic English
A typical day of a volunteer in the Project
Morning: Help the children to brush their teeth and get them dressed. Serve breakfast and tidy their beds. Teach the children about health and hygiene
Day: Serve Lunch. Take care of the children in the orphanage. Help them to learn some basic conversational English in fun and playful manner. Arrange for activities like games, music, drawing, etc. Bring children back from school and help them in their homework
Evening: Serve dinner to the children. Help in the kitchen and also in washing dishes, clothes and cleaning of the orphanage premises, put them to bed.
Participants main responsibilities at School Teaching ( DAY 4- DAY 5) :
Teaching English, Math’s, Sporting activities and Creative art.
Helping them to learn their lessons
Check their dresses, and check the neatness and the cleanliness of the kids when they report at school every morning..
Play games (educational and environmental)
Participants main responsibilities at HIV AIDS OUTREACH PROJECT ( DAY 6- DAY 7) :
Participants would be working with AHFOG, you will be expected to work with HIV/AIDS educationist/experts to reach out prostitutes at hotels, Red light areas and deliver the message of abstinence and protection etc. In addition to this, participants would be engaging in various local level demonstration and presentation activities at the following places:
• Community education
• Churches education
• Schools education
• Hairdresser's education
• Shoemakers education
• Markets/ Shopping centers education
• Lorry parks demonstration activities to increase the awareness campaign in the Ghanaian communities.
• You will also engage in house-to-house education
• You will sometimes spend time with those affected by the disease, by helping them to take their medicines regularly as well as giving them care and comfort.
• Community education through drama.
1ST WEEK EVENINGS DRUMMING / DANCING AND CULTURE LESSONS.
Africa is well-known for their music and the dancing that accompanies it. You can participate in these wonderful arts that have been performed for centuries. Learn how villages use “talking drums” to communicate within the village and between different villages—a technique that is still in use today. Learn a traditional song and dance that is performed at funerals and weddings.
Participants would be taking through some African drumming and dancing techniques organized by the Gye Nyame Cultural Troup, registered under the cultural centre of Ghana, Kumasi Branch.
DAY 1-3 EVENINGS AFRICAN DRUMMING LESSONS:
DAY 1-DAY 3
TIME : 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
AFRICAN DRUMMING LESSONS
Participants would be taking through 2 hours intensive learning of African drumming techniques and the method of using talking drums to communicate between people and towns.
DAY 4-7 EVENINGS AFRICAN DANCING LESSONS:
DAY 4 -DAY 7
TIME : 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
AFRICAN DANCING LESSONS
Participants would be taking through 2 hours intensive learning of African songs and dances that have being passed down through generations. Performing the dances in various African costumes and other related activities.
2ND WEEK TRAVEL ITNERY :( DAYS 7-14)
DAYS 7-9: ASHANTI TOUR:
Participants will visit some unique and popular tourist attraction centre of the Ashanti region.
A visit to Bonwire the famous historical town of Kente colorful clothes.
A visit to the Ashanti palace museum, Ntonso Adinkra village, Ahwiaa Craft village, Military museum, the national Cultural Center, the central market, Owabi bamboo forest, Bobbie forest and Lake Bosomtwe,One of the biggest and natural lakes in the world. Participants may spend a night at the luxurious hotel near the lake.
DAYS 9-11: TAMALE TOUR:
Depart for Mole National Park/Elephant Dome
Mole is a wildlife observatory. Here you can watch creatures in their natural habitat from observation centers.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Game Reserve Hotel or Similar
DAYS 11-13: CAPE COAST TOUR:
Cape Coast, formerly known as the Gold Coast, used to be the capital city of Ghana.
Tour Elmina Castle and Slave Dungeons, visiting shopping centers/markets and the exotic beaches of Cape coast
A visit to the Kakum Forest has one of the few remaining canopy walks in the world. The bridges overlook Kakum Forest and its wildlife. The walks, hanging over 100m in the air may test the bravery of the group, as they cross 7 bridges total. Make a stop over at the Hans Cottage crocodile pond.
A visit to the Cape Coat castle.
DAY 13-14: TRAVEL TO ACCRA, TOUR, PROGRAM ENDS AND DEPARTURE.
Participants will be transferred to Accra the next morning, day tour of Accra. Visits to the National art center, cultural center, and National museum and trekking through the big markets of Accra/shopping, visit the Kwame Nkrumah memorial park.
Program ends at 2pm and report writing.
What Did You Bring with You? What Will You Take With You?” How will this experience impact your interactions when you return home?
Say formal good-bye to RVO staff
FEE: 1,000 USD per Head
What fee covers :
- 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 , Donation to project, Orientation, placement, assistance and adjustment, program and volunteer co-ordination/ staff support
- Escort to the airport after Program, R.V.O shall present a letter of recommendation and certificate to participants after Program.
What fee does not cover:
- Entering fees for any tourist place/ Smoking /drinks and clubbing
- Buying gifts/souvenirs for friends and family members back home.
- Flight from Home country