Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is Abibikwantuo?
We are an Afrikan=Black Travel Organization committed towards the re-membering of Black=Afrikan people throughout space, time, energy and matter. We do this by providing culturally thoughtful immersive, fun, educational and financially accessible travel experiences that are intended to (re)connect Afrikan=Black people and Our communities. Our headquarters is in Ghana.
+ Why should I travel with Abibikwantuo?
At AK, we provide financially accessible (yup! we the cheapest on the market) yet high quality, educational, immersive as well as fun travel programs that leaves you feeling connected. Our groups are intimate (14people max) and we do service projects with inspiring partners to create real and positive change. We also design programs with safety in mind. Before teams touch on the ground, your two dedicated program leaders do a dry run of the program to assess risk.
+ How do you choose partners?
We connect with Afrikan=Black organizations who are using sustainable ways to tackle various issues. We are in conversations with our partners all year round and we follow their lead as to what they require of us or where they think we will best fit in their organization. Together with our partners we monitor our impact and use that as a basis to inform our next projects with them.
+ How do I sign up for a program?
After filling the Sign-up Sheet, we will get back to you for an online video chat. Here, we are able to set expectations and know the needs of applicants before we will ask you to commit to anything.
+ What is included in the fee?
The total fee comprises two costs. The Program Fee which covers your on-the-ground costs covers
- Lodging and accommodations
- Three meals a day
- transportation on the ground
- All group activities
- Two dedicated and committed Program Leaders with you 24/7
- Pre-trip support
Participants are expected to cover:
- Flights to start of program (should they need one)
- Travel Visas (if required)
- Travel Medical Insurance
- Expenses during Ankonam (Solo Journeys)
Ntoboa(Partner Contribution) is a sum that is fundraised to support projects, organizations and communities participants engage with on the ground.
+ How does payment work?
As soon as an applicant is accepted, s/he is expected to deposit $300 if on a shorter day program (14days) and $500 if on a longer day program (40 days). This is the first payment towards the program fee and it is required to secure one's spot on the program. It is not refundable! It reflects a commitment to join us on the program, and our costs to prepare and secure their place. Deposits are given a due date of 7 days after acceptance, but space is often limited. If it is possible to send it sooner, it’s wise to do that.
The remainder of the program fee is split into two equal portions. The second portion is termed the membership fee. It is used to support our organization as we prepare for the program. It will be due about 30 days after the deposit is paid. The third portion covers the remainder of the on-the-ground costs. It is held in trust and can only be used for that purpose. It will be due about 60 days after the deposit is paid.
Ntoboa are collected separately and are due 40days before a program begins.
+ Does AK offer financial support?
We have a percentage of program fee (see our financial policy) going towards financial support. However, this can only happen after quite a number of people have embarked on our programs since we are a self-funded organization. Due to the educational focus of our programs participants should be able to gain some external funds to come on it.
+ Is AK for only Black=Afrikan people?
Yes. We are of and for Blacks=Afrikans. We got us!
+ What should I bring with me on a program?
After showing commitment to travel with us, we will furnish the participant with Program Packages, a pdf document with info on itineraries, packing lists, info on the region, and much more.
+ Are the places we travel to safe?
Generally one is safer in the places we travel to than being Black=Afrikan in the United States of America. Safety is our priorty so we watch out for embassy warnings and we keenly follow news developments in the areas in which we travel to. Prior to the start of the program, Program Leaders do a dry run of the program visiting all places on the itinerary and completing a mandatory risk assessment form. If there is any reason for us not to be at a location, participants will be informed and we will re-route.