Cape Coast and Busia Coastal Experience (2 nights)

ACR 305-101
  • Batik workshop with Global Mamas organization
  • Surfing
  • Engage with “Teach on the Beach” project
  • Cape Coast Castle tour
Program Overview
Country: Ghana
Depart: 03/31/2017 0900
Return: 04/02/2017 1830
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 15 / Max 30
Program Fee
$482 (early booking: $455)

Field Work Conflicts
  • MKT 300: Principles of Marketing
  • ECON 460: Economic Development
  • POLS 435: United States Foreign Policy
  • ANTH 340: Medical Anthropology
  • MGT 360: Social and Sustainable Venturing (Section 1)
  • SOC 333: Gender and Society
  • PHIL 366: Philosophy of Aging
  • D 110: Understanding Dance
  • AM 250: Clothing, Adornment and Human Behavior

Start by driving to western Ghana, passing through towns and villages in the Central Region. Arrive at Cape Coast and enjoy an authentic Ghanaian lunch. After lunch, visit one of the “Global Mamas” communities, which work to create a life of prosperity for African women and their families. Global Mamas’ goal is to empower local women by teaching and developing their skills in arts and crafts. Join the talented women in a batik workshop to learn the traditional techniques of making colorful batik fabric. Each participant will be given 2 yards of plain fabric to create their batik design souvenir. Afterward, depart to Busia, where you enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to your hotel for a good night’s rest.

The next morning, prepare for a day of teaching and surfing. After breakfast, walk to the Black Star surf shop for a warm welcome and surfing orientation. Those who are not used to surfing will be taken through the surfing class at the morning period and practice in the late morning before lunch. The more experienced surfers will be briefed about safety before being given a surfing board to go right away into the warm water. After enjoying lunch at a beautiful local beach restaurant that serves amazing local dishes, join the “Teach on the Beach” group. “Teach on the Beach” is a new approach to help kids in the remote village. Join the organization’s volunteers as they spend quality time with them, assisting them with their homework, and practicing English. Return to the beach for drumming and dancing lessons which will expose you to the rhythm and beat of the Ghanaian culture. After dinner,  join the “The Teach on the Beach” volunteers for their news hour for the kids before bed. Watch and listen as the kids learn what goes on in other countries compared to Ghana. After this, take part in the discussion about the news. Finally, retire to your hotel.

Wake up for breakfast and take a quick walk through the Busia community to experience how the natives start their day’s activities. Enjoy lunch after arriving at Cape Coast. Then, tour the Cape Coast Castle and learn firsthand about the impact of the slave trade. This castle was built by the Swedes in 1653 for the purpose of gold and ivory trade before it was changed to the slave trade. As you walk through the courtyard and the dungeons of the castle, imagine the experiences of the slaves. Continue the journey, reflecting about all the experiences you have had as we had head back to the ship.


Day 1

  • Scenic drive to western Ghana, passing through towns and villages in the Central Region.
  • Authentic Ghanaian lunch at Cape Coast
  • Batik lesson with Global Mamas organization.
  • Transfer to Busia
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

Day 2

  • Surfing with Black Star surf shop
  • Lunch at beach restaurant
  • Work with “Teach on the Beach” group assisting kids with their homework, and practicing English.
  • Drumming and dancing lesson
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • Nighttime News hour with the kids from The Teach on the Beach”

Day 3

  • Tour through Busia
  • Transfer to Cape Coast and lunch at local restaurant
  • Cape Coast Castle tour
  • Transfer back to ship

Meals Included

  • Breakfast x 2
  • Lunch x 3
  • Dinner x 2