After an overnight in the capital city of Accra, art major Haley Bean, ’17, and her travel companions board a bus for the long journey into northern Ghana.
Chief Crocodile Pond, Paga
Students get up close and personal with “tame” crocodiles in Paga.
The animals are considered sacred and are fed regularly by their handlers.
Visit with school children, Paga
Early education major Aubrey Nichols talks with children at a school in Paga. Sycamores gave the children small gifts, such as sunglasses and lapel pins.
Pikworo Slave Camp visit, Paga
Sycamores toured and learned the history of a site where slaves were held in Paga.
Hayley Bean, a ceramicist, was pleased to examine a remnant of a pot.
Mole National Park
Students participated in two wildlife safaris while staying in Mole National Park.
Dominique Davis is seen at the entrance of Mole National Park, which protects an area of savannah and forest in northern Ghana.
Garien Woods poses for a star portrait while in Mole.
Sacred sites, Larabanga
Sycamores learn more about the Larabanga Mosque, the oldest mosque in Ghana and one of the oldest in West Africa.
Hayley Bean bonds with a little girl in the village of Larabanga. Many of the students relished spending time with Ghanaian youngsters.
The Mystic Stone, Larabanga
Aubrey Nichols, left, and Dominique Davis pose for a photograph near the Mystic Stone. According to legend, a road was under construction near the Larabanga Mosque. The stone was removed to make way for the road, but it kept reappearing. The road was eventually routed around it.
After visits to the Mystic Stone and Larabanga mosque, the students spend time visiting with the local children..
Shopping in Tamale
Sycamores buy souvenirs and in the Tamale Cultural Centre and Tamale Central Market.
While waiting to visit the Salaga Slave Market, students play with a baby while they talk to her mother.
Salaga Slave Market
The travelers tour several sites related to the Salaga Slave Market, where Africans were transported to the coast to be sold into slavery.
Melissa Woods and her classmates walk through the woods to see wells dug by captive Africans who were being sold into slavery.
Sycamores pose for a group photograph at the entrance to the wells site in Salaga.
Shea Butter Cooperative, Salaga
The women who operate a cooperative producing shea butter explain the process to the group.
Joe Worthington, ’17, quickly became a troupe leader after befriending children at the shea butter cooperative.
Kente Cloth Weaving, Kumasi
Once reserved for Ashanti royalty, kente cloth is a proud Ghanian tradition weaved by males only. The patterns have special meanings and are often named after important people.
Donkor Nsuo (“The Slave River”), Assin Manso
Sycamores visit the site where soon-to-be slaves had their last bath in African waters before being transported to the slave ships docked at Cape Coast and Elmina.
Aubrey Nichols poses for a photograph with workers at handmade shoe workshop in Kumasi.
Cape Coast Castle
Sycamores were saddened and sickened to tour Cape Coast Castle, a compound with dark dungeons that held captives before they were shipped off to slavery New World.
The fort at Cape Coast dates back to the 16th century and changed hands several times before the English used it in the slave trade.
The slave castles were Africans’ last interaction with their homeland — and for those who died on the Middle Passage, their last sight of land.
“The Door of No Return” is the passage through which Africans were loaded into small boats and then ferried onto large slaving ships waiting further out to sea.
Sycamores enjoyed dramatic views of the Kakum National Park with a canopy walk and nature hike through the rainforest.
The series of suspension bridges gives participants a unique experience in a virgin rainforest.
Similar to the Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle was first established as a trade settlement and later became a key stop in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Sycamores enjoy the sea breeze and beauty of Elmina’s bustling fishing village.
Beach Resort, Anomabo
African Foundation Dance Theater (Afodat Troupe), Anomabo
Jamestown Fishing Village, Accra
Growing out of the 17th century British James Fort, Jamestown is now one of the oldest districts in Accra and still functions as a fishing village.
After touring the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, the travelers visit Independence Square.
Sycamores enjoy a chocolate tasting at 57 Chocolate. Named after Ghana’s year of independence, the high-end bean-to-bar business aims to turn the tide of exporting the country’s natural resources by creating and selling more finished goods.
Community service, Krofu Methodist Basic School
Sycamores donated clothing, books and school supplies to Krofu Methodist Basic School — and made hundreds of new friends.