The SFLIGvolunteers VolunCulture for Diasporas Program offers a unique opportunity for African youth and students in the diaspora to connect with their roots. Through cultural immersion and volunteering, participants will better understand African culture, the slave trade, and tourist attractions while contributing to local communities. The program aims to foster a mindset of African human development goals and promote a more integrated continent in a globalized world.
During the program, participants will have the chance to live with indigenous families and learn traditional practices like cooking, cleaning, and cultural activities. Volunteers will work 2-3 days a week, with the rest of the week and weekends reserved for cultural tours, traditional dance lessons, and local lifestyles. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the history behind the slave trade, castles, forts, and traditional symbols. They can also participate in traditional naming ceremonies if they wish to have a local name.
The program includes cultural activities like Manhyia Place, Komfo Anokye Stool and Yaa Asantewaa Museum, Bonwire Kente weaving, Ntonso wood carving, and Lake Bosomtwe in the Ashanti region. The Cape Coast tour will take participants to Cape Coast Castle, Elimina Castle, Assin Manso Slave Village, and Afodat Cultural Village. Before arrival, participants will receive a detailed overview of each of the 16 regions of Ghana to help them choose their preferred interests.
The minimum length of the project is one week, and the cost varies depending on one’s interests. By joining the VolunCulture program, participants can expect an enriching and transformative experience that will broaden their perception of Africa, particularly Ghana. It’s an opportunity to connect with the land, the people, and the culture in a meaningful way.