Ghana

 

Student Travel in Ghana

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

Summary

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.

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Southern Ghana Culture Experience

Day 1: Welcome to Ghana
  • Afternoon: When you walk out of the airport in Accra, you will be greeted with a smile by your No Barriers Expedition Leader, who will escort you to a comfortable nearby hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the chance to visit the historical James Town Fort. James Town is famous for being the first European settlement in the Accra area, and is home to the James Town Lighthouse and Ussher Fort. 
  • Evening: Enjoy your first traditional Ghanaian meal, or a cultural and historical orientation session to prepare you for the days ahead. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Accra
Day 2: Aburi and Culture
  • Morning: This morning you will drive north to Aburi, where you will learn about local plants and their medicinal uses at the Aburi Botanical Garden. 
  • Afternoon: From Aburi, you will drive 45 minutes to Krobo-Odumase, a town known for its bead factory and bead-making tradition. Here you will learn about the traditions of local chiefs and queen mothers, as well as how beads are used to introduce teenagers to adulthood.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner with your team members and participate in the No Barriers opening ceremony to set the tone and direction for the week ahead 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Akropong
Day 3: Kumasi 
  • Morning: This morning you will make your way northwest to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. Today you will visit the palace of the Asante Henne, the chief of the Ashantis. Here you will learn about the rich history and traditions of the Ashanti people, in addition to how they fought and traded with Europeans over gold and slaves.
  • Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will get a more European perspective as you visit the first British fort built in the middle of the city. 
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner with your group. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Kumasi
Day 4: Ashanti Village Culture
  • Morning: This morning, you will head outside of Kumasi to local Ashanti villages, where you will learn about local kente weaving traditions, as well as Adinkra symbols. A famous traditional cloth, kente is mostly used during important ceremonies such as weddings, festivals and funerals. You will visit an ancient village known as Adanwomase that first introduced kente spinning and weaving. 
  • Afternoon: In the afternoon, try your hand at weaving with the community members before heading off to visit the biggest open market in West Africa. Shop for goods and learn about the market traditions in Ghana.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and settle in to your hotel for the evening.
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Kumasi
Day 5: Cape Coast and History
  • Morning: Travel to Cape Coast 
  • Afternoon: Home to a UNESCO World Heritage site and other museums on slavery and European colonization, Cape Coast changed hands on several occasions throughout history, and was the last place where many slaves set foot in Africa before they stepped onto boats to the New World. You will have a chance to stand at the “point of no return,” the last place that captive slaves stood in Africa before boarding ships to the Americas. After your Cape Coast Castle tour, you will visit Fort Williams Lighthouse to watch the sunset over Cape Coast.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Cape Coast.
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Cape Coast
Day 6: Kakum National Park
  • Morning: This morning you will head to Kakum National Park, home to seven rope bridges in the forest canopy. Accompanied by a park ranger, you will cross the bridges as you wander through the canopy and marvel at the surrounding forest. Known for its excellent birdwatching, Kakum is home to antelope, monkeys, and various other species. 
  • Afternoon: This afternoon you will visit St. George’s Castle in Elmina, the first and oldest European building in sub saharan Africa.
  • Evening: Tour the fishing harbor of Elmina and Elmina township before having dinner with your group. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Elmina
Day 7: Beach Paradise
  • Morning/Afternoon: After days of building new memories, today you will have a chance to relax and reflect. It’s beach day! You will have ample time to sit on a palm-lined beach and watch the waves crash into the sand. You can also wander up the beaches and watch local fisherman coming in and out, unloading their catch, and preparing their nets. 
  • Evening: Enjoy your final dinner together with your team and participate in the No Barriers closing ceremony. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Elmina
Day 8: Wrap up
  • Morning: Head back to explore Accra, the bustling capital of Ghana. After breakfast in your hotel, you will begin your tour at the frenetic Makola Market. Accra’s biggest market will give you a glance into the daily lives of Ghanaians as they hustle from stall to stall, bargaining for every product you can imagine. From the market you will head to Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, in Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. During this time, your guides will teach you about the rise of Ghana’s independence leader and first president, Kwame Nkrumah. After a quiet lunch you will drive to the WEB Dubois Center and learn about the Pan-African movement. 
  • Afternoon: At the end of the day you will head to the airport, where you will say goodbye to your guides and fly off to your final destination with new memories to last a lifetime. 
  • Evening: Flight home

Southern Ghana Culture and Safari

Day 1: Welcome to Ghana 
  • Afternoon: Arrive to Accra, the capital city of Ghana. Meet your No Barriers expedition leaders at the airport and transfer to your hotel for the evening. 
  • Evening: Depending on your arrival time, you may have the chance to visit some sites in Accra. Enjoy your first traditional Ghanaian meal and participate in a cultural and historical orientation session to prepare you for the days ahead. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Accra 
Day 2: Traditional Art 
  • Morning: This morning you will drive north to Aburi, where you will learn about local plants and their medicinal uses at the Aburi Botanical Garden. 
  • Afternoon: From Aburi, you will drive 45 minutes to Krobo-Odumase, a town known for its bead factory and bead-making tradition. Here you will learn about the traditions of local chiefs and queen mothers, as well as how beads are used to introduce teenagers to adulthood.  
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner with your team members and participate in the No Barriers opening ceremony to set the tone and direction for the week ahead 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Akropong 
Day 3: Cape Coast Exploration 
  • Morning: Travel to Cape Coast 
  • Afternoon: Tour Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to a museum on slavery and European colonization. Here you will stand at the “point of no return,” the last place where thousands of captive slaves stood in Africa before they were forced onto boats bound for the Americas. 
  • Evening: After settling into your hotel, have dinner and watch the sunset over Cape Coast from the Fort Williams lighthouse. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Cape Coast 
Day 4: Kakum National Park and Elmina 
  • Morning: This morning you will head to Kakum National Park, home to seven rope bridges in the forest canopy. Accompanied by a park ranger, you will cross the bridges as you wander through the canopy and marvel at the surrounding forest. Known for its excellent birdwatching, Kakum is home to antelope, monkeys, and various other species. 
  • Afternoon: This afternoon you will visit St. George’s Castle in Elmina, the first and oldest European building in sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • Evening: Tour the fishing harbor of Elmina and Elmina township 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Cape Coast 
Day 5: Tamale and the Northern Regions 
  • Morning: This morning, make your way back to Accra, past all the cities and towns you saw on your journey west, and stop for a casual lunch along the way. 
  • Afternoon: In the afternoon you will arrive in Accra and depart for a 50-minute flight to Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region. Upon arrival at the Tamale airport, you will drive two hours west to Mole National Park, the crown jewel of Ghana’s national park system. It is home to elephants, baboons, antelope, warthogs, vervet monkeys, and more. 
  • Evening: Depending on your arrival time, you may have an evening driving safari. Tonight you will have dinner and settle into your comfortable accommodation and prepare for the next day’s activities. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Mole National Park 
Day 6: Mole National Park Safari 
  • Morning: This morning your walking safari will start at 6 am, which is the best time to spot elephants and birds while enjoying the sunrise. Accompanied by a gun-toting park ranger, you can approach wildlife at safe distances. If you are lucky, you may spot crocodiles around the waterholes. After two hours of walking, you will head back for breakfast. 
  • Afternoon: This afternoon will include a peaceful canoe safari along the Mole River that will take you to more remote parts of the park. Later, you will visit the village of Mognori for a guided tour. This tour will give you a look into the ways of life of families in Northern Ghana. You may have the chance to learn traditional customs such as weaving and making shea butter. If he is available, you will meet the traditional chief of the village for a handshake before heading back to the hotel. 
  • Evening: In the early evening, you will embark on a driving safari. This driving safari gives you the opportunity to go deep into the park where you might see elephants, baboons, monkeys, buffalo, antelope, and much more. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Mole National Park 
Day 7: Back to Accra 
  • Morning: This morning you will have one final walking safari before you head to the airport. After soaking in the last hours with the wildlife and waving goodbye to the elephants, you will drive back to Tamale before flying to Accra. 
  • Afternoon: Travel to Accra 
  • Evening: Depending on your arrival time in Accra, you may go souvenir shopping at the Accra Arts Center before retiring to your hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Accra 
Day 8: Wrap up
  • Morning: Today you will explore Accra, the bustling capital of Ghana. After breakfast in your hotel, you will begin your tour at the frenetic Makola Market. Accra’s biggest market will give you a glance into the daily lives of Ghanaians as they hustle from stall to stall, bargaining for every product you can imagine. From the market you will head to Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, in Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. During this time, your guides will teach you about the rise of Ghana’s independence leader and first president, Kwame Nkrumah. After a quiet lunch you will drive to the WEB Dubois Center and learn about the Pan-African movement.  
  • Afternoon: At the end of the day you will head to the airport, where you will say goodbye to your guides and fly off to your final destination with new memories to last a lifetime.  
  • Evening: Flight home 

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