Note: In areas where live stream and videoconference are not available, video and photos will be used to capture footage.
Day 1 • Day of arrival
Day 2 • Orientation on the traditions and customs of Ghana with a cultural performance. • Tour of the city of Accra – The W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture – The Independence/Black Star Square where important national celebrations are held – The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park where Ghana’s first President rest.
Day 3 • Visit the home of King Peggy at the Otuam Village (FEMALE KING)
Day 4 • Travel to Agogo to visit the Hwidiem Waterfalls • Travel to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region. It is the largest Akan ethnic group in Ghana • Visit the Prempreh II Jubilee Museum, named for the ruler of the Ashanti people. – See replicas of the famed Golden Stool, which is the spiritual symbol of the Ashanti people.
Day 5 • Visit the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology • Visit The Manhiya Palace – The palace was the residence of Ashanti kings until 1974. It now serves as a museum, containing a range of items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom.
Day 6 • Visit the Ahwiaa village. Learn from the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls from wood. • Visit Ntonso village where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles. Visit Bonwire village, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. Observe the Kente weavers creating the traditional Kente cloth.
Day 7 – Depart for Cape Coast Day 8 • Travel to Beyin to visit the Nzulezo Village on stilts – a propped water settlement. Interact with the locals and explore the surrounding area. Notice the solid wood construction of the houses and the raffia walkways. Day 9 • Visit Elmina Castle a Slave Castle now a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Explore the beach to perform a Memorial Ceremony in memory of the Ancestors. A moment of silence will be observed in remembrance of those who died in the Middle Passage before arriving in the Americas. • The highlight of the Panafest 2019 is the “Reverential Night.” – A candle light processions and a vigil to commemorate descendants of Africa who perished in the slave trade. – A ceremony and re-enactment of the slave passage through the “Door of No Return” at Cape Coast Castle. – A midnight declaration of Emancipation Day.
Day 10 • A drive through the formal route to ASSIN MANSO, the final point for enslaved Africans and the burial site of two former slaves from the U. S. and Jamaica. • Visit the “Slave River” where captured Africans bathed before being confined to the Slave Dungeons awaiting shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean.
• Attend Emancipation Day Celebration, the opening Ceremony for The Panafest Celebration, performed by a Grand Durbar of Traditional Chiefs and The People of Central Region. – Witness this Colorful and spectacular event that showcases this Ghanaian tradition, with Chiefs dressed in rich Kente garb and adorned in glittering gold jewelry. – Discover the African rhythm as people dance to the beat of the traditional drums and music.
Day 11 Visit Kakum National Park, Ghana’s most famous park. Tour the forest floor and see a variety of birds, butterflies, and more than 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant, before proceeding to the canopy walk. - Kakum National Park is the home to Africa’s only aerial walkway through the tree canopy, a 1000 foot long and seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above the ground.
Day 12 • Visit the Accra markets
Day 13 • Attend local church servic
What To Expect You will receive a test call two weeks prior to your virtual educational e-trip experience You will receive travel guide and materials prior to the start of your virtual educational e-trip During the virtual e-trip videoconference experience you are expected to listen attentively and ask questions. Children will be able to ask personalized questions about sights, customs, and the culture of West Africa when appropriate. Access to photos and videos are available at the time of or after product creation.