Join us as we take you to the vibrant coastal town of Cape Coast and immerse you in the rich Ghanaian culture. Mingling amongst the locals, eating traditional dishes and exploring the town and all it has to offer you will be captivated by this warm town and generous Ghanaian hospitality. With up to 4 hours of drumming and dance per day with the internationally recognised, Asanti Dance Theatre, opportunity to volunteer on the Nkabom Community Cultural Development Project, visits to local schools, churches, shops, bars, beaches and markets your trip will be action packed!
Seeped in history Cape Coast is a buzzing town. With private accommodation so you can get away from it all for some well needed rest you will be able to enjoy markets, beaches, performances, local shops, restaurants and drink spots (local bars) or simply ease into the beach side lifestyle at the Oasis beach resort. You will visit the famous Cape Coast Castle and take a guided tour learning about the slave trade and the history of Ghana and its people and travel to the next town Elmina, a vibrant fishing village.
From Cape Coast the group will take a short trip to the nearby Kakum National Park where you will partake in a treetop canopy walk over the top of the rainforest and a trek on the forest floor, exploring the local plants and learning about how they are used in traditional Ghanaian culture.
Drum and Dance Intensive
Get ready to drum and dance the days away with the talented members of Asanti Dance Theatre (Ghana). Classes will run Monday to Friday in the styles of drum and dance outlined below. Participants will be learning routines and rhythms which will be performed at a graduation ceremony towards the end of the tour.
Freestyle Dance - A form of African hip hop dance. It’s a free, funky style usually danced to house, funk or hip life music.
Traditional Dance - Traditional dances represent the culture and the people of Africa. They are full of history and meaning passed down from the ancestors. Dancers perform them to demonstrate stories and messages from the past. They include war dances, social dances and celebratory dances.
Traditional Drumming - Traditional drumming is the undercurrent of traditional dance. It informs the dancer of how and when to move as well as communicating with the audience and the ancestors. It is usually done with sticks as well as the palm of the hand.
Djembee Drumming - This style of drumming originates from West Africa. It is usually accompanied by the dundun, belly drum and other supporting instruments. The djembee is the leading drum with which the master drummer improvises throughout the music.
Djembee Dance - A creative style of dance which is very energetic and powerful. There are set djembee dances throughout West Africa and it is common for dancers to create their own movements in this style.
Nkabom - Centre for the Arts, Creation, Innovation and Community Cultural Development
In 2009 Asanti became the proud owners of 4 acres of land in Dawrumpong a small rural village located between Accra (the Capital City) and Cape Coast. Here we have begun our community cultural development project, 'Nkabom' (meaning: togetherness).
Nkabom is a non for profit venture that offers locals and volunteers the chance to partake in numerous programs focusing on education, cultural preservation, horticulture and sustainability, intercultural development, volunteer opportunities and cultural exchange programs.
In 2012 participants of the tour worked on the school pilot program and developing community partnerships to enhance local leadership and involvement in the project.
In 2014 we will build on the work done in 2012 as well as support local staff and volunteers with delivering and developing the chicken and goat rearing programs.
This is an experience of a lifetime and a wonderful way to offer your support and give back to the local community. For more information about Nkabom visit www.nkabom.org.
What it includes: The price includes all of your accommodation, 3 meals a day, tuition with Asanti (Ghana), airport transfers and entry fees & transport to the places we take you while on the tour. Please make sure you alert us of any eating requirements ie, allergies, vegetarian etc and/ or medical conditions.
Dates: The 2016 tour will run from Sun 21st August - Fri 16th September.
Flights: Your flight and ticket is your responsibility and is not included in the cost of the tour.
Visas: You will require a visa to visit Ghana. This is your responsibility and we suggest you allow plenty of time for the visa to be processed. We will provide you with contacts and addresses that you will need to complete these forms. Please note that you need to fill out 4 copies of the application and personal history forms. For more information about visas to Ghana you can go to http://www.ghanacg.com.au/services.html
Immunisation: To travel to Ghana you must have proof of your yellow fever injection. Other precautions are suggested for protection against malaria and other diseases. It is your choice if you wish to take these, we suggest talking to your local GP or travel clinic for more information.
Accommodation: You will be staying in a basic guest house in Cape Coast. There will be 2 -4 people to a room with shared showering and toilet facilities. You may like to consider taking a mosquito net for extra protection (these are not provided). Please note - it is possible that at times there wont be electricity or water supplies, meaning you may have to bucket shower and use candles/ torches on occasion.
Fees: The tour runs for 4 weeks however we know that that doesn’t always suit everyone so we have introduced the weekly payment system. Basically you pay for how much you do!
4 weeks - AUD $3000
3 weeks - AUD $2500
2 weeks - AUD $1800
1 week - AUD $950
A non refundable 20% deposit is due by the 1st of April. Full payment is due 2 weeks before you arrive in Ghana.
Join us on the trip of a life time!
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