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.
- Study the history of the slave trade while visiting the famous castles on the coast where thousands were kept prior to crossing the Atlantic
- Participate on impactful and inspirational service projects with physically disabled youth
- Immerse yourself with locals and experience what it’s like to live and work in a rural African village
- Walk high above the tree canopy at Kakum National Park
- 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.
Board your flight(s) for an overnight flight to Accra, Ghana.
- Meet your Expedition Leader and Expert Local Guide at the airport.
- Transfer to hotel for an Orientation and Safety Briefing
- Based on how everyone is feeling you can go to Chez Afrique to enjoy some live music!
- Enjoy dinner as a group before returning to hotel to rest up for tomorrow’s activities
- After breakfast, we will depart on a scenic drive to a small village located along the Volta River. Here we will get to meet the paramount chief and elders amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villagers. Then, during a naming ceremony we will each be given a traditional Ghanaian name.
- After a local lunch, we will get to participate in a workshop on pottery making by the local women. At the end of the day, head back to Accra
- Dinner followed by a Group Reflection Activity
- Breakfast at the lodge, followed by a morning activity with your expedition leader. Then we will depart for a day of service volunteer work at the Accra Rehabilitation Center. Disability in Ghana is highly stigmatized as often people with disabilities are perceived to be possessed by evil spirits. This center is a government institution providing safe lodging and vocational training for people with disabilities.
- Lunch and continue your service work
- After dinner, your expedition leader will facilitate a group discussion on the day’s events
- Breakfast, then depart to the Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind. Here students have learned to work with their disability and to express themselves through art, music, dancing, and painting. Then we will provide some volunteer help to the school by assisting with painting houses and some cleaning activities.
- After lunch at a local restaurant we will have free time or the option to tour the Elimina Township.
- Dinner followed by some free time before bed
- Breakfast then an early morning drive to Kakum National Park, to explore the over 360sq. km of tropical rain forest. Kakum is home to a amount of flora and fauna, which we will get enjoy on a 2km Canopy walk through the park.
- After lunch, we will tour through the infamous Forts, Castles, and Slave Dungeons of Cape Coast to learn about the history of the slave trade and the ramifications that still exist today. We will see the Cape Coast Castle as well as the West African Historical Museum.
- Dinner followed by reflection and free time before bed
- Early breakfast before departing to the Cape Coast to visit a local village in Atomowa. Here we will work side by side with community members on a variety of volunteer projects, all the while learning about their daily life, challenges, and milestones. (more details coming soon).
- After lunch with the community, we will continue our morning work.
- Dinner followed by a Group Reflection Activity
- After breakfast, we will take part in a 4-hour African Batik Workshop to learn the traditional techniques of batik production, and have the opportunity to create our own one-of-a-kind pattern to take home!
- After lunch, we get some much needed free time to explore the local beach or take a tour of the Elimina Township.
- Last dinner on the Cape Coast, followed by a group discussion with you Expedition Leader.
- After Breakfast, we will head out to the heart of Accra, Makola Market for a tour and to shop. We will then take part in a tour of the Christiansburg Castle in Osu.
- After lunch, we will visit the W.E.B Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, the Independence Black Star Square, and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. We will then finish our tour at the Arts Centre, where we will get to test our bargaining skills while shopping for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa.
- Enjoy our last group dinner in Ghana followed by our Closing Ceremony facilitated by your Expedition Leader.
- Late evening transfer to the airport for your flight home
Say goodbye to Accra and 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
Below Poverty Line
Carbon Emissions (%)