27th October - 5th December, 2019
This program is an extended adventure through Ghana and Togo as we participate hands-on in activities of organizations and communities centered around sustainable farming, permaculture and working towards a sustainable future. We will also be engaging the historical realities that have shaped the political, economic, social, spiritual fabric of these two seemingly disparate countries. There would also be ample time for relaxation and reflection and opportunities to connect with the people, organisations and communities we will be in contact with while engaging with them.
Total Program fee*- USD 2800
NSISO | HIGHLIGHTS
Travel through Ghana and Togo with a group of curious and adventurous Afrikan=Black peoples.
Learn about and partake in sustainable farming and earth related service projects.
Spend a week in the earth home of a Ghanaian family.
Experience the largest waterfall in West Afrika.
Live, eat and travel locally.
*Fees cover accommodation, transportation and all activities in itinerary. Also included is 3 meal food & beverages while with us as well as access to administrative support.
Break-down of fees:
Program fees = USD 2300
Ntoboa/ Partner Contribution= USD 500
(Ntoboa are monetary contributions made to various grassroots organizations and communities with whom we do service projects with)
Days 1 - 4
We will begin our journey in Accra picking each participant from the airport as you arrive. Making sure you acclimatize, you will be introduced to the sights, tastes and the fast paced rhythmic pulse of Ghana’s capital city, Accra. We will also be picking up visas for Togo before we hit the rope climbing course in the botanical gardens of the University of Ghana which will facilitate a team bonding as we orient you and allow you to be present in your new surroundings.
Time spent here will also be spent engaging with the fishing community of JamesTown, one of the oldest communities in Accra. We will also visit the Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine where we would have a study tour of the facility which produces and regulates herbal medicines in Ghana. Other historic and cultural landmarks like the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum will catch our attention. We would also engage activists focusing on food and land during our first few days here before heading to the Volta Region.
Aquatic Healing (Wli)
Day 5 - 6
Having Journeyed about five hours to the east of the capital, Accra, we will arrive in the town of Wli (Vlee) in the Volta Region nestled at the foot of the mountains. We will set our bags down and meet with a few community members who will brief us on the histories of the town and the famed waterfalls, Wli Agumatsa, known to be the biggest in West Afrika. As the lord of the day protrudes the horizon the following day, we will set off on a trek which will see us traverse the lush green mountains of the waterfalls while we keep with the earth’s heartbeat. The trek will be laden with the tranquil melody of birds and picturesque landscapes and we will descend into the waterfalls after summiting for an aquatic healing. This trek will take anywhere between 5-8hrs and will make us humble to the Supreme. There is power in complete surrender.
Togo (Kpalime - Lome)
We will head into Togo after our trek arriving in Kpalime where we will meet with our partners, TogoKinder a non-profit organisation. Here, we will join forces with community members of the organisation on their organic farm whose proceeds fund the education of their kids. We will join them either in planting, harvesting or building animal housing. We will also engage them on the affects of the current political situation in Togo. There will be ample opportunity to relax and explore this calm yet vibrant city and engage in its food culture.
We will head to Lome, capital of Togo, the morning of the twelfth day where we will enjoy a night of live music and connect with a few artists and activists before heading back into Ghana.
Umoja Forest Retreat (Cape Coast)
No trip to Ghana will be complete without a visit to Oguaa, also known as Cape Coast. Having arrived from Lome, Togo, we will pay homage to the spirits of our ancestors who were taken through the menacing slave dungeons. We will reflect on this atrocity which has shaped our mental, emotional, political, economic landscapes and made us strangers to ourselves.
Our time here will also see us stripped to the basics as we spend two days in the hidden calm yet vibrant forest with our community partner Ras Kobby. We will partner with him to create an Umoja Retreat Eco-Ville in the forest, a space for commUNITY and Love. Our task here may be to assist our partner in the building of bamboo lodges and/or helping to manage an organic farm. This will also be a great time to unplug from the technological world and plug into the teleological world where we will be connected by going into the deepest depths of ourselves and exude our creative energies.
We will bring to an end our time here by joining the movement of our bodies to the profound rhythm of the drum; the ancient musical instrument of the land. Around bonfires, the dance will exude highness and lightness of our spirits.
Intro to Permaculture (Techiman)
On our way to the Upper East, we will make a stop for a day in Techiman, which lies in the middle belt of Ghana. Here we will have a hands-on tour with the Ghana Permaculture Institute, a community that trains people to create sustainable human environments by incorporating the ecological and biological processes of the land, plants, animals, nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles into a productive, functional Permaculture System .
Permaculture aims to create stable productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with the people not only for today but also the future.
Home Stays (Upper East)
Arriving in Paga, Ghana’s border town with Burkina Faso in the north-east after an overnight comfortable bus ride we will meet with our community partner, Organisation for Indigenous Initiatives and Sustainability (ORGIIS) who are into sustainable ways of harnessing forest resources for the transformation of the land and lives of farmers in this neglected part of the country. We will join them to do some projects with their farmers.
Aside visiting the crocodile ponds to get a historical lesson on the formation of the town and learning about the interrelation of the lives of people with that of their totem animals, we would also do homestays where we will be paired off to live in earth friendly homes in the quiet community, Kazugo. Although without electricity, this community has played host to a myriad number of guests due to their immeasurable hospitality. We will also be a part of the making of guinea fowl farms while we take time to visit various sites the Upper East has to offer including the Women’s Pottery Collective in a nearby town called Sirigu.
On the evening on the twenty seventh day, we will join the dance under the moonlight organised by the community before we part ways to do our own solo travels, ankonam.
Ankonam (Solo Journeys)
This is a prominent feature of our longer day programs. Here, participants are afforded the opportunity to travel solo or in little groups to places of interest. At this point you would have learnt the tips and tricks of moving around and its time to put your blackpacking skills to test. Your leaders will not be with you but hey, they’d be available by phone to render support should you ever desire it. Feel free at this point to catch the elephants in the nearby natural reserve, Mole and work your way down south to enjoy the beautiful sight at Ada-Foah where the river marries the ocean. You can also connect with a partner to do some more service projects with. Whatever your plans, we will give you tips on how to get there before we finally meet 9days later for a program debrief known as Luvemba.
We will all reunite on day thirty seven where we will tell stories of our solo travels and further reflect on our journey thus far. This will likely take place on the coast in the Western region of Ghana whose beaches are also dense with forests. We will also take time to contemplate on our journeys ahead before we head back to the capital, Accra for our final yɛbɛhyia (we shall meet again) before departures.