Tours and Field Studies for Accra, Ghana
USAC encourages every student to participate in the tours; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. Dates and destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.
This tour takes you to the highest mountain in Ghana, Mt. Afadjeto, where you will hike and swim in the Wli waterfalls and enjoy time at the Tafi Monkey Sanctuary. The second day, you will visit Akosombo Dam and the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Volta, which provides electricity to all of Ghana as well as some neighboring countries. En route back to Accra, you will visit the Shai Resource Center for another nature encounter with baboons and birds and visit the caves of the Shai Hills where the indigenous people of the area hid during the Asante wars.
This tour explores Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city and home of hte Ashanti Kingdom. Highlights include visits to the Manhyia Palace Museum, the Cultural Center, and various studios of the brass makers, potters, batik makers, and drum carvers. You will also see dmonstrations at three famous Ashanti craft villages, where you will be able to weave the traditional cloth of hte Ashanti people or stamp print your kente stole with your own 'adinkra' symbol.
Northern Ghana Tour
Visit Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city and home of hte Ashanti Kingdom. Highlights include the Manhyia Palace Museum, the Cultural Center, and studios of the brass makers, potters, batik makers, and drum carvers. You will have the opportunity to weave the traditional cloth of the Ashanti people or to stamp print a kente stole. You'll also visit Mole National Park for an encounter with West Africa's big game: elephants, antelopes, waterbucks, warthogs, baboons, monkeys, and more.