Samba Africa invites you to come on an unforgettable trip to the land rich in history, culture and tradition.
Akwaaba means welcome to Ghana the land of gold, and the gateway and
heart of West Africa! Ghana's history started almost 2000 years - mainly
trade in gold, salt, kola nuts and ivory existed among Ghanaian’s and
sub African states, this brought Europeans to the shores of Africa and
to the country formerly called Gold Coast.
Samba invites you to come on an unforgettable trip to the land rich in history, culture and tradition. Meet Ghanaians - noted for their warmth, hospitality and friendliness. This Program takes place in Kumasi, a historical city of the Ashanti Kingdom of gold during the first 2-weeks of your arrival in Ghana.
Volunteers will experience sites steeped in history and bustling markets with exquisite arts and crafts.
Sambas cultural immersion project offers many volunteers the opportunities to explore the villages and experience the cultural attractions assisting them to obtain knowledge of facts about the local culture and customs.
Participants will also engage themselves with learning of ancient way of cooking / preparing meals, palm wine tapping, farming with a local host family, joining a community durbar, weaving of the colorful / popular kente cloth. Volunteers will be taking through trip sessions to the nearby villages. SAVO encourages all volunteers to apply for this project alongside their chosen projects in Ghana. This project would be supervised by a well trained SAVO staff.
You are encouraged to bring out issues, discuss and gather as much information as possible
Programs lineup! 7 -14:00
FIRST WEEK (TWI LESSONS) Volunteers would be taking through a week of Ghanaian language (Twi) lessons with a professional Twi teacher. Lessons included: History of Ashanti’s kingdom (golden stool), and Ghana. Ghanaian local names and dates of birth Social and common words used in daily activities.
CULTURE AND LANGUAGE WEEK PROGRAM.
Welcome to SAVO-Ghana. Major facts about Ghana and the projects, host family, culture and profile of the region and necessary health precautions.
The of manner of Ghanaian greetings, conditions, age, introduce and identify people; phrases qualify and quantify people and objects, numbers etc. Visit the market and interact with the local community in free time.
Colours, Weather, feelings, family, making request and commands with informal future tense, training, shopping and bargaining.
Days in Ghanaian and their names/day of birth.
DAY A visit to the historic attraction centers, Ashanti palace museum, military museum, craft shop and principal streets o etc.
Parts of the body, physical expressions, etc
Closing of Ghanaian language and culture program.
SECOND WEEK (VILLAGE STAYS) Volunteers would be transferred to a local historical village of Bonwire. During the village stay, volunteers would be staying with a local host family where they would have the advantages of practicising their language lessons with host family whiles observing the rural village life of Ghanaians and Africans.
Weekends, are free days to volunteers. You may choose to travel out of town to see the many interesting sights and sounds in other parts of Ghana or hang out with your fellow volunteer(s) and/or locals in the neighborhood.
On the day (or night) of your arrival, SAMBA AFRICA VOLUNTEERING (SAAV) staffs will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to a hotel with air-conditioned rooms and restaurant only in the night of your arrival, Orientation and transportation to your assigned placement will be done the next morning following your arrival day but arrival in day time you will be transported to your destination (KUMASI).
The accommodation belongs to the host-families. There are always other people in the house as well; and they would be willing to give you some assistance. You would be placed in the same location with another volunteer - unless you specifically state that you like to be stayed alone. Participants coming as couple or pair will not be placed with other volunteers in the same bedroom. The volunteer(s) have their separate room - with a lock and key. Its advisable to come along with a mosquitoes net
Volunteers will be served three meals daily. Breakfast is usually tea/ coffee/ oats or corn porridge and bread with jam/ butter/ egg omelet. Lunch; plantain or rice or yam with vegetable stew or similar. Dinner; yam, pasta or plantain with vegetable sauce or stew or soup. For dessert you'd be served an orange or pineapple. or volunteer can choose to eat local foods.