With No Barriers Youth
No Barriers Youth immerses travelers in the rural life of Ghanaians through a variety of engaging service projects while exposing students to the culture and history of this fascinating destination.
- Immerse yourself with locals and experience what it’s like to live and work in a rural African village
- Study the history of the slave trade while visiting the famous castles on the coast where thousands were kept prior to crossing the Atlantic
- Visit a hippo sanctuary, a monkey reserve, or search for them amidst the towering waterfalls of the Volta Region
- Get to know your Ghanaian peers as you work alongside them on a service project or during an impromptu game of soccer
Ghana is the perfect first-step into Africa for students and global educators. The people are friendly, the music is vibrant, and the educational sites and opportunities are endless. This dynamic country is home to both crumbling way stations of the African slave trade, as well as the modern cocoa and gold trade center of Kumasi. Travelers can listen to live reggae music or traditional African drumming while enjoying fresh fruit on the streets of Busua; hike along canopy walkways in Kakum National Park; and discover the famous castles and ruins left centuries ago by European settlers. From bustling urban markets and quaint fishing towns, to remote villages and stick-and-mud mosques, students will find a diverse and inspiring journey awaiting them in Ghana.
Afternoon/Evening: Board your flight(s) for an overnight flight to Accra, Ghana.
Morning/Afternoon: You’ll be greeted by your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader upon your arrival in Accra. Depart by bus for your night’s accommodations and enjoy a welcome dinner before bed.
For the next several days help in community development and volunteer efforts. Students will gain valuable leadership and interpersonal skills as they interact with their Ghanaian peers and enjoy the wonderful people and culture of Ghana. For a list of available service projects please contact No Barriers Youth directly.
Morning/Afternoon: Half a day of volunteering. Wrap up your projects and have lunch. Celebrate the friends you’ve made and appreciate the leadership and teamwork skills developed over the past several day. Say goodbye to the friends you’ve made and make your way towards the Cape Coast.
Evening: Enjoy dinner with time for relaxation or reflection.
Morning: Wake up early and head off by bus to Cape Coast.
Afternoon: Arrive at the Cape Coast in the late morning. Have an early lunch and then visit the Elmina Castle as well as Cape Coast Castle, old slave trading forts where students will learn about the history of the slave trade in the region. If time permits, visit the Cape Coast market.
Evening: Enjoy a relaxing dinner by the ocean followed by a reflection activity to discuss the day’s events and themes.
Morning: At One Africa House tour their Museum of African and African American History.
Afternoon: Visit to Kakum National Park, home to colobus monkeys and a wide variety of birds. Learn about the rainforest flora and its medicinal uses on a guided tour along the nearly 100 ft. high rope walkways within the forest canopy.
Evening: Enjoy a going away dinner and celebration.
Morning: Transfer back to Accra
Afternoon: Visit the Nkrumah Memorial in Accra, walk around the Arts Centre, and spend time in the Accra market.
Evening: Dinner at Asaasi Paa restaurant. Transfer to the airport for your departure.
Morning: Arrive home forever changed by your service and adventure in Ghana!
Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.Rachel W., Student
There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.Saul S., Student
I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.Amanda W., Trip Leader
“Every journey starts with a single step.”
Facts & Figures
Avg Annual High Temp: Jan – 87° July – 82°
Special Note: Birthplace of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
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