Formerly known as the ‘Gold Coast’ due to the country’s abundance of gold and other natural resources, Ghana is situated along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. The country has one of Africa’s leading economies and was the first sub-Saharan black country in the continent to become independent in 1957. Our previous trips to Ghana have immersed students in the rich culture of the nation, with visits to historical and cultural sites such as the Kwame Nkrumah memorial and Independence Square. Visits to the infamous slave castles along the Coast serve as a reminder of Ghana’s global historical significance.
Ghana is also a key location for business students due to its recent large growth in major economic sectors such as ICT, and agriculture providing a well-rounded experience that cultivates both tourism and commercial/ industry expertise.
Due to Ghana’s location on the West Coast of Africa, along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, the country has access to many African Atlantic islands like Sao Tome and Principe. The proximity of the two destinations makes a combined trip ideal for both a Ghanian culture immersion and a more tropical nature filled visit to Sao Tome and Principe. The combined trip to these locations also offers a unique educational experience in that both countries are major African and global exporters for natural resources such as cocoa, palm oil and more.
Sao Tome and Principe is a very small country in Central Africa which lies on the Equator in the Gulf of Guinea. The country itself is made up of two islands: Sao Tome and Principe, with several other rocky islands south of Principe. The national language is Portuguese, and over time Creole dialects of the language have formed, giving the country dialects unique to its people. Considered as Africa’s ‘Heaven on Earth’, the islands’ tropical climate makes it a perfect location for hiking, trekking, snorkeling, and visits around cultural hotspots. The small country also presents an opportunity for educational experiences as Sao Tome and Principe is a key global exporter of cocoa, palm oil, and coffee. Students have a learning opportunity to visit a less-known major African trader.