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Point Hope

Sharecation

 

What: SHARECATION

Where: Ghana, West Africa

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When: TBA (planning now for late April or May);  Two travel options:

(Option #1: 6 days in Ghana, plus travel days); (Option #2: 9 days in Ghana, plus travel days)

Why: “Sharecation” means a portion of the traveler’s time and money will be spent enjoying a magnificent continent that most people only dream of experiencing, while a portion of their time and money will be spent helping others in need.   This is why we call the trip a “Sharecation”.

Who: People who want an unforgettable vacation experience and who also want to experience how they can make an unforgettable difference in the lives of others.

 

Sharecation is a trip to Ghana which combines relaxation with an introduction to the social challenges which ordinary Africans face every day.  Travelers will stay at a beach resorts and have opportunities for vacationing through shopping and seeing different parts of Ghana, including a famous “Gold Coast” slave castle and the Rain Forest in Western Ghana.  Additionally, in Option 2, a trip to Northern Ghana to the Mole Game Park and an authentic village, the “Eco-Village” will be included in the package.  This experience will be combined with humanitarian-based exposure, including an introduction to refugee camps, diseases, and the water and education problems that face millions of Africans.

Tentative Schedule:

Day 1 (Thursday): (Flight details and costs will be the responsibility of each individual traveler; Point Hope is happy to advise and assist as possible.) Depart from U.S. via New York or Atlanta; Deplane in Accra, Ghana next morning. Akwaaba!

Day 2 (Friday): Arrive in Accra, meet group, drive directly to Coconut Grove Resort, Elmina, Ghana.  Check-in and relax for remainder of afternoon/evening at the swimming pool or beach; (There is a choice of staying in the standard rooms or opting for a stay at the “African Village” also at the resort location; this needs to be booked in advance). There will be a group discussion in the van on the way to Elmina covering questions about the country and the work of Point Hope—if the snoring isn’t too loud.

Day 3 (Saturday): Field trip to Canopy Walk on suspended bridge at Kakum National Park; Lunch at Hans Cottage Botel, for up-close viewing of crocodiles and relaxing atmosphere; Tour Elmina Castle with a guide to learn about one of the most important stops of the Atlantic Slave Trade; return to Coconut Grove.

Day 4 (Sunday): Relaxing brunch (optional group worship service on the beach); Check out and travel to Gomoa Fetteh District (near Buduburam Refugee Camp); See the Point Hope property on way to hotels (option to walk some of the 40 acres to see for themselves the vision of the future); Check into White Sands Beach Resort (Gold Traveler) or Till’s Beach Resort (Silver Traveler); Relax on beach, have dinner.

Day 5 (Monday): Tour Point Hope programs in the morning (throughout the next three days, the Sharecationer will have the opportunity to hear of Point Hope needs and how they can help): Meet the Point Hope Staff, hear a short synopsis of the programs, Q & A time; Tour agricultural project (meet students, walk the garden/crop growing area, see the fish pond, check out the poultry building, question and answer time with the Project Manager); Shop with the Project Hope Women’s Empowerment Co-op (batik items, sewn goods, jewelry, etc.); Tour the clinic; Lunch at local restaurant; Return to Resorts for relaxation in afternoon/evening.

Day 6 (Tuesday): Continue with Point Hope programs tour (with optional interaction for each program, depending on the interests of the Sharecationers—planned in advance): See Living Water (Option: meet all the Living Water workers together and participate in a group discussion of the program and impact; walk through the camp to a few of the fetching stations and see the process, talk to the people employed through Living Water), Nutrition (Option: rising early and getting to the 7 a.m. feeding for the foster children at the Nutrition Center, meet the children, Q & A with Project Manager; visit Save Our Souls Day Care/Point Hope Day Care at lunch time, help to feed children, interact with them and caregivers), Education (Option: Visit a local school for introduction to Point Hope partnership in education programs, let travelers meet sponsored students; attend a meeting of the youth leadership group, talk to the older students, hear their stories and personal accounts of the impact Point Hope has had in their lives); Skills Training (Option: may spend a couple of hours this learning what it takes to create batik and make some themselves; meet persons who have been through skills training, here how Point Hope has changed/impacted their lives); Throughout the tour of the camp, will also be able to see some of the programs we help to support, such as Harmony Center for the Disabled. (There will be a “Take-Away” lunch (take-out, delivered) on this day to optimize the time and see as much as possible); Return to Resorts for dinner.

Day 7 (Wednesday): Pack up and check out; Head to Amasaman and the Buruli Ulcer Clinic (in Accra); Get an introduction to the disease, get a tour of the facility, meet the patients, see the need, hear plans for the future; Have a relaxing lunch at a Turkish restaurant near the Accra Mall/Airport, discuss the experience. What touched the Sharecationers, what might they be interested in doing in support of Point Hope when they return to the U.S? Talk through how they would go about raising additional money (if they wish to raise money for one of the projects they have been introduced to); Offer them resources (powerpoints, brochures, etc.) to complete the desire they have to share the vision. (Option to make time to go to the Accra Mall if desired); OPTION 1 People will go to the airport, get dropped off and checked in for flight home that evening (will be at airport around 4 p.m.); OPTION 2 People will have the choice to go to La Palm Hotel to relax and swim if desired in its winding pools, or to shop at the nearby Cultural Center and Africa Market or visit the Accra Museum. (Gold Travelers will stay at the La Palm Hotel, Silver Travelers will overnight at the very pleasant Afia Beach Hotel), all will spend a relaxing evening dining at their hotel.

(OPTION 2: CONTINUE THE SHARECATION)

Day 8 (Thursday): Early morning flight to Tamale in Northern Ghana (depart 6:00 a.m., arrive 7:15 a.m.); drive from airport to Mole Nation Game Park (Options: stop by renowned herbalist and healer who holds an honorary Doctorate in horticulture, and has a fascinating story; stop along the way to visit remote villages and see firsthand the types of water challenges rural Africans face. The drive to Mole goes through the most difficult water areas in Ghana, with no ground water so people are drinking from open sources.)  Continue to drive to Mole (about 2.5 hours).  Check into hotel and spend the evening pool-side with the baboons or go on a late afternoon/evening safari ride.

Day 9 (Friday): Mole Game Park walking or riding tour/safari: while not a “game park” by East African standards, it still has elephants, antelopes, moneys, baboons and many wonderful birds. (The elephants come to the watering hole down in the valley below the hotel, it is possible to have a very close camera moment or view them at a great distance.) Return to Tamale, stopping by the Eco-Village where a tour of an authentic village (including a visit to the Chief’s house) can be taken, this visit can also include an hour-long fishing canoe ride along the Mole River, a tributary of the White Volta River (great bird watching and peaceful glide under a canopy of dense forest). Spend night in Tamale at a local guest house (Option: an evening session can be made available for all interested Sharecationers to meet with local religious leaders—priest and imam—to explain why religious difference create minimal problems in Tamale, where 55% of the population practices Islam and 45% practices Christianity.)

Day 10 (Saturday): Return to Accra (flight leaves at 8:30a.m., arrives in Accra at 9:45 a.m.); Relax before catching evening flight home; (Options: Can return to La Palm for swimming and relaxing, or go shopping for more take-home gifts, or other suggestions from the group); Go to airport for evening flight, arriving between 4-5 p.m.

(Will arrive back in U.S. on Sunday morning, time depending on final destination)

 

 

REFERENCE SITES:

Coconut Grove Beach Resort:

http://www.ghanahotels.us/the-coconut-grove-beach-resort/

Kakum Rain Forest National Park, Hans Cottage Botel & Elmina Slave Castle:

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2008-09-24-ghana-canopy-walk_N.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n21eI44AZyE

http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/travel-ta-hiking-cape-coast-birdwatching-ghana-sidwcmdev_055206.html

http://hanscottage.com/facilities.html

http://elminacastle.info/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmina_Castle

 

ACCRA HOTELS INFO:

http://tillsbeachhotel.com/

http://www.africanwanderlust.com/2010/12/place-tills-beach-resort.html

http://www.ghana-travel.com/ghana/holiday/whitesands%20beach%20club.htm

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=goodsearch-yhsif&va=white+sands+ghana

http://afiavillage.com/

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-hotel-812045-la_palm_royal_beach_hotel-i

 

SHARECATIONER EXPENSES, ALL INCLUSIVE TRIP UPON ARRIVING IN GHANA (NOT INCLUDED IN CALCULATIONS: AIRFARE TO/FROM GHANA, GHANA VISA, PASSPORT AND IMMUNIZATIONS):

Description

Silver
(Opt 1- 7 Days)

Gold
(Opt 1-  7 Days )


Silver                     (Opt 2- 10 Days)


Gold                      (Opt 2- 10 Days)

Lodging Coconut Grove
(Standard Rm 150 US) x 2

300

300

Lodging  Till’s Beach
(Standard Rm 70 US)x 3

350

350

Lodging Tamale/Mole
(Standard Rm 80 US)x 2

160

Lodging Coconut
Grove    (200 US)x 2

400

400

Lodging  White Sands
(640 US)x 3

1920

1920

Lodging Tamale/Mole
(Standard Rm 80 US)x 2

160

Meals (B/L/D) (6 Days)
($60/Day)

360

360

Meals (B/L/D) (9 Days)
($60/Day)

540

540

Tamale Round-trip
Airfare

400

400

Transportation

205

205

280

280

Entrance & Tour fees

67

67

134

134

DONATION FOR

POINT HOPE

1000

3000

1000

3000

TOTAL EXPENSE

$2282

$5952

$3164

$6834