11 days
Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast
Program designed to: Facilitate exploration of the history and culture of Ghana with visits to Accra, its bustling capital, Kumasi, center of traditional Ashanti culture, and Cape Coast, infamous outpost for the slave trade. See how sustainable companies like Trashy Bags and Global Mamas are reinventing the economy. Learn ancient weaving techniques from artisan families. Understand slavery’s societal impact at sobering historic sites. Visit progressive educational institutions dedicated to empowerment and inclusivity.

Highlight: Visit Ghana's Cape Coast—originally called the "Gold Coast" by European colonial powers—to reflect on its role in the global slave trade.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Ghana

  • Day 2: Accra

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Accra

  • Day 3: Accra

    Take a guided tour of Accra

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • W.E.B. DuBois Centre for Pan African Culture, built to encourage visitors to explore the ideals of Pan Africanism
    • Independence/Black Star Square, a public square that hosts many national events
    • Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and mausoleum, which is the final resting place of Ghana's first president and a memorial to Ghana's independence

    Visit the National Center for Culture, where one can see and buy artisanal products in traditional Ghanaian style 

    Visit the Jamestown Community, one of the oldest districts in Accra

    Visit Trashy Bags, an organization aimed at sustainability that transforms plastic trash into bags and gifts and is leading the way in sustainable development in Africa

    Visit a local coffin shop, where you'll see elaborate coffins that reflect the personality, career, and aspirations of the deceased, including coffins shaped as fish, airplanes, animals, and more

    Enjoy dinner in Accra

  • Day 4: Accra • Kumasi

    Visit Global Mamas, a fair trade organization established and run by women to support other local women financially; Artisans working with this organization use batik, a traditional dyeing technique and pattern

    Travel to Kumasi, known for its relationship to the Ashanti Empire and is recognized as a center of tradition 

    Tour a sustainable cocoa farm and learn how Ghana is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world

    Enjoy dinner in Kumasi

  • Day 5: Kumasi

    Tour Kumasi with an expert local guide and visit the Ashanti Craft Villages, where you’ll see expert artisans selling their intricate goods, including kente cloth and wood carvings

     Visit two traditional Ashanti villages   

    • Adanwomasie (birthplace of Kente cloth) 
    • Ntunso (birthplace of Adinkra cloth)

    Enjoy dinner in Kumasi

  • Day 6: Kumasi • Cape Coast

    Visit the Manhyia Palace Museum to learn more about the Ashanti Empire and about the function of each room within the palace

    Visit the Kejetia Market known for selling nearly anything that one could want to purchase

    Travel to Cape Coast, an important trading area that was highly impacted by colonialism as various European countries built trading lodges and forts along the coast

    Enjoy dinner in Cape Coast

  • Day 7: Cape Coast

    Tour Cape Coast Castle and slave dungeons with an expert local guide, pausing to reflect on colonial influence in Ghana;  In 1874, the British presence dominated, and Cape Castle was where most slaves were held before their journey on the Middle Passage

    Take part in a Batik workshop, a colorful and intricately patterned technique of dyeing fabric, and see how its colorful design is created

    Visit a local university and compare and contrast higher education systems between Ghana and the United States

    Enjoy dinner in Cape Coast

  • Day 8: Cape Coast • Kakum National Park

    Visit Elmina Castle, which was originally established as a trading post but later became an important spot on the route of the Atlantic slave trade; Visit the castle and continue to reflect on the history and impact of colonialism in Ghana

    Visit the Posuban Shrines, sculptures that also served as warehouses for each company of the Asafo community and played a symbolic role in bringing together communities

    Visit the Baobab Foundation, a school built on the pillars of inclusivity and sustainability

    Enjoy dinner in Cape Coast

  • Day 9: Cape Coast • Accra

    Visit Kakum National Park, one of West Africa's surviving tropical rain forests and take a walk on the canopy walkway, which is 350 feet long and connects seven tree tops

    Visit an Akpeteshie (palm wine) and gin distillery and see how this unique alcoholic beverage is created with the sap of palm trees

    Enjoy dinner in Cape Coast

  • Day 10: Accra • Depart for home

    Travel to Accra

    Enjoy dinner in Accra

    Board your overnight flight home

  • Day 11: Arrive home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Ghana

  • Day 2: Accra

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Accra

  • Day 3: Accra

    Take a guided tour of Accra

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • W.E.B. DuBois Centre for Pan African Culture, built to encourage visitors to explore the ideals of Pan Africanism
    • Independence/Black Star Square, a public square that hosts many national events
    • Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and mausoleum, which is the final resting place of Ghana's first president and a memorial to Ghana's independence

    Visit the National Center for Culture, where one can see and buy artisanal products in traditional Ghanaian style 

    Visit the Jamestown Community, one of the oldest districts in Accra

    Visit Trashy Bags, an organization aimed at sustainability that transforms plastic trash into bags and gifts and is leading the way in sustainable development in Africa

    Visit a local coffin shop, where you'll see elaborate coffins that reflect the personality, career, and aspirations of the deceased, including coffins shaped as fish, airplanes, animals, and more

    Enjoy dinner in Accra

  • Day 4: Accra • Kumasi

    Visit Global Mamas, a fair trade organization established and run by women to support other local women financially; Artisans working with this organization use batik, a traditional dyeing technique and pattern

    Travel to Kumasi, known for its relationship to the Ashanti Empire and is recognized as a center of tradition 

    Tour a sustainable cocoa farm and learn how Ghana is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world

    Enjoy dinner in Kumasi

  • Day 5: Kumasi

    Tour Kumasi with an expert local guide and visit the Ashanti Craft Villages, where you’ll see expert artisans selling their intricate goods, including kente cloth and wood carvings

     Visit two traditional Ashanti villages   

    • Adanwomasie (birthplace of Kente cloth) 
    • Ntunso (birthplace of Adinkra cloth)

    Enjoy dinner in Kumasi

  • Day 6: Kumasi • Cape Coast

    Visit the Manhyia Palace Museum to learn more about the Ashanti Empire and about the function of each room within the palace

    Visit the Kejetia Market known for selling nearly anything that one could want to purchase

    Travel to Cape Coast, an important trading area that was highly impacted by colonialism as various European countries built trading lodges and forts along the coast

    Enjoy dinner in Cape Coast

  • Day 7: Cape Coast

    Tour Cape Coast Castle and slave dungeons with an expert local guide, pausing to reflect on colonial influence in Ghana;  In 1874, the British presence dominated, and Cape Castle was where most slaves were held before their journey on the Middle Passage

    Take part in a Batik workshop, a colorful and intricately patterned technique of dyeing fabric, and see how its colorful design is created

    Visit a local university and compare and contrast higher education systems between Ghana and the United States

    Enjoy dinner in Cape Coast

  • Day 8: Cape Coast • Kakum National Park

    Visit Elmina Castle, which was originally established as a trading post but later became an important spot on the route of the Atlantic slave trade; Visit the castle and continue to reflect on the history and impact of colonialism in Ghana

    Visit the Posuban Shrines, sculptures that also served as warehouses for each company of the Asafo community and played a symbolic role in bringing together communities

    Visit the Baobab Foundation, a school built on the pillars of inclusivity and sustainability

    Enjoy dinner in Cape Coast

  • Day 9: Cape Coast • Accra

    Visit Kakum National Park, one of West Africa's surviving tropical rain forests and take a walk on the canopy walkway, which is 350 feet long and connects seven tree tops

    Visit an Akpeteshie (palm wine) and gin distillery and see how this unique alcoholic beverage is created with the sap of palm trees

    Enjoy dinner in Cape Coast

  • Day 10: Accra • Depart for home

    Travel to Accra

    Enjoy dinner in Accra

    Board your overnight flight home

  • Day 11: Arrive home

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Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
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EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • On-tour transportation

    Land and water transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Entrances

    Arts Centre; Hershey cocoa farm; Manhyia Palace Museum; National Cultural Center; Cape Coast Castle; Batik Workshop; University Visit; Elmina Castle; Posuban Shrines; Kakum National Park

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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