Join a Dance Circle
The local community puts on an exclusive collaborative presentation just for CCS volunteers to formally welcome you, and you’ll get to join in on a traditional drum and dance circle, a very important cultural practice for the Ghanaian people.
Weave a Kente Cloth
Typically reserved for special occasions, the kente cloth has a long tradition in Ghana, and is said to have initiated from the observation of spiders creating their webs. Work with local artisans to help with the creation of a kente cloth, which can take months to complete, as you learn about the colorful meanings of these fabrics.
Swim in the Wli Waterfall
Plunge into a natural pool at the base of the Wli Waterfall, the highest waterfall in West Africa. You’ll take a short hike to the falls where you'll witness the rainbows forming in the mist, and then you’ll paddle out to experience the refreshing spray of the falls up close. After drying off, you'll stop by one of the best souvenir spots in Ghana for a chance to buy wood carvings and batik clothes directly from the artisans who crafted them.
Boat Across Lake Volta
Lake Volta, one of the world's largest man-made lakes, dominates the landscape of eastern Ghana at over 3,000 square miles. Boat across Lake Volta and watch as fishermen tow in the day's catch. Check out some of the recreational facilities lining Volta's shores, and even go for a refreshing swim in the lake!
Summit Mount Afadja
Embark on an adventure with the CCS staff as you climb Mount Afadja, the highest mountain in Ghana. When you reach the top, you’ll take in a gorgeous view of rural Ghana—not to mention, you’ll feel invincible.
Ho Market Day
Women carrying items on their heads, brightly colored fabric, and street food make a market in Ghana culturally unique. Pick up some eye-catching fabric and take it to a local seamstress for a one-of-a-kind look. Your custom-made clothes are not only a new addition to your volunteer wardrobe, they’re the perfect souvenir to show off back home.
Learn to Speak Ewe
Although English is Ghana's official language, you’ll still have the opportunity to learn Ewe, the mother tongue of Ghana's Volta Region and neighboring Togo. After just one round of biweekly classes held at your Home-Base, you’ll be ready to greet your new neighbors in the local language.
Hike in Amedzofe
While your Home-Base can be found at the end of a dirt road, just 45 minutes away, you'll find lush mountain landscapes. Try your hand at scenic Mount Gemi, or challenge yourself with Mount Adaklu, within view of your home in Ho.
Make a Traditional Batik Handkerchief
Ghanaian folklore isn’t a strictly oral tradition; it’s conveyed through traditional “adinkra” symbols as well. You’ll quickly begin to notice adinkra in pottery, wood work, business logos, and fabrics. Visit a local seamstress to learn about these symbols, as well as the traditional batik fabric dyeing process. Make your own batik handkerchief as a small but meaningful keepsake of all you’ve learned and seen.
Learn From Community Leaders
Meet important figures in the Ewe community, including a chieftain who will tell you about their traditions and tribal rules, as well as a traditional witch doctor and a bonesetter -- both roles are essential to the Ghanaian health care system.