Tours to Africa

Cultural and Educational Tour Programs
Hope for Africa (HFA) offers a variety of overseas experiential learning and cultural tours to African nations. Our educational programs have developed primarily through our affiliation with colleges and universities in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area.  Since the year 2000, HFA has taken over 500 students, teachers, college professors, and other professionals on transformative educational and cultural journeys to Benin, Gambia, Ghana, and Senegal. The HFA signature programs are our popular International Internships and Travel/Study Programs to Ghana and Bénin.

I. Internship/Co-op Programs

In April 2009, Bentley University, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, contracted with HFA to place interns with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Ghana.  HFA’s role was to identify internship opportunities with NGOs, microfinance organizations and private companies.  HFA also managed day-to-day program operations during the 8-week internship period. In 2010, HFA successfully doubled Bentley’s placement of students with local organizations in Ghana. In addition to Bentley University, HFA initiated a pilot internship program for Wheelock College in 2010. The Wheelock Ghana Internship Program started its second year of operation in June 2011 with ground logistical support provided by HFA. After establishing a successful two-year track record with Bentley University and Wheelock College, HFA is reaching out to other colleges and university outside the Boston Area to establish internships/Co-op placements for their students.

A. Turnkey Internship/Co-op Programs for Colleges and Universities
HFA has designed a turnkey internship/co-op program that essentially enables colleges or universities to offer their students a comprehensive program tailored to the teaching/learning objectives of the school. Presently, the turnkey internship/co-op program is only offered in the nations of Benin and Ghana, in West Africa during the summer or other semester periods.  HFA negotiates turnkey contracts on a case-by-case basis with each school that includes all or a combination of the services listed below:

  1. Identification of Ghana internship/co-op opportunities for students
  2. Handling of all travel arrangements for students including Ghana visas
  3. Coordinate all local lodging arrangements
  4. Arrange “Reflection Weekend” trips to cultural and historical sites including local transportation.
  5. Provide 24/7program supervision with personnel on the ground for problem resolution or any emergency situations that may arise.
  6. Provide preparatory sessions to acquaint students with Ghana’s history and culture as well as appropriate social behavior while visiting the country. The preparatory sessions take place at the college/university or during a ground orientation session after arrival in Ghana prior to starting the internship.
  7. Develop marketing material that can be used to promote the internship/co-op program tailored to each institution.
  8. Work with administrative and academic staff to offer the internship as a practicum and/or independent study for academic credit

Colleges or Universities interested in HFA’s turnkey internship/co-op programs should contact Dr. Joyce Hope Scott, Director of EdTech at  (jhope2100@yahoo.com) or telephone (617-480-5218).  The secondary contact is Mr. Al Hope (al@hopeforafrica.org or telephone (617-515-4037).  The reference contact person at Bentley University is Dr. Diane Kellogg (dkellogg@bentley.edu) or telephone (781-861-7111).

B.    Individual Internships/Co-op Placements
Students that are interested in individualized Ghana internship/co-op opportunities may apply directly to HFA for consideration. The internship/co-op application process has several steps as follows:

  1. Complete and submit an interview questionnaire to the Director of EdTech or designated HFA official.  An interview questionnaire may be obtained by contacting Dr. Joyce Hope Scott, Director of EdTech at (joyce@hopeforafrica.org) or Mr. Al Hope at (al@hopeforafrica.org).
  2. Participate in a personal interview via telephone or Skype after submission of interview questionnaire.
  3. If step 1 and 2 of the application process are completed successfully, students will be asked to complete and submit a program application form along with a $500 commitment deposit. The program application will be sent to the individual by E-mail.
  4. An E-mail confirmation will be sent to all applicants approved to participate. If deemed ineligible to participate, the $500 commitment deposit will be returned.

HFA handles the following arrangements for interns:

  1. Identification of Ghana internship/co-op opportunities for students
  2. Handling of all travel arrangements for students including Ghana visas
  3. Arrangement of all local lodging accommodations
  4. Arrangement of  “Reflection Weekend” trips to cultural and historical sites, including local transportation.  (Reflection weekends are optional for the individual internship/Co-op programs.)
  5. Provide preparatory sessions to acquaint students with Ghana history and culture as well as appropriate social behavior while a guest in the country. The preparatory sessions take place after arrival in Ghana prior to starting the internship unless otherwise arranged.
  6. Work with students and their advisors and administrative/academic staff to set up the internship/co-op as a practicum or independent study for academic credit.

II. Study Tours

Teaching Africa Study Tours
HFA offers Teaching Africa Study Tours for educators that teach about West Africa at the secondary or post secondary level.  Our study tours can be organized for school districts groups that have incorporated Africa into their curriculum on a district-wide basis or for individual teachers that teach units on Africa. Our study tours enable teachers to learn about African history and culture in Ghana and Benin as well as acquire authentic African teaching resources.

Study tours highlights include lectures on traditional culture and history by local professors, tours to the Cape Coast /Elmina Slave Castles, Kakum National Rainforest, the Kwame Nkrumah Museum and Mampong Plant Medicine Center, in Ghana. The Bénin, program features lectures on the history of the Leopard Kings of Dahomey and the spiritual system of Vodoun; guided tours to Ouidah slave coast with its “Gateway of No Return”; Ganvie, the city on a lake; audience with the current Leopard King of Porto-Novo; and spectacular cultural performances of the Egun-gun Ancestral Masks and Zangbéto, Spiritual Guardian of the Night. Educators with interest in specific topics can be connected with local resources during the tours.
School districts or individual educators interested in the Teaching Africa Study Tours may apply directly to HFA for consideration. The application process has several steps as follows:

  1. Complete and submit an interview questionnaire to the Director of EdTech or designated HFA official.  An interview questionnaire may be obtained by contacting Dr. Joyce Hope Scott, Director of EdTech at (joyce@hopeforafrica.org) or Mr. Al Hope at (al@hopeforafrica.org).
  2. Participate in a personal interview via telephone or Skype after submission of interview questionnaire.
  3. If step 1 and 2 of the application process are completed successfully, educators will be asked to complete and submit a program application form along with a $500 commitment deposit. The program application will be sent by E-mail.
  4. All tours require a minimum of fifteen (15) participants. If the minimum participants required are not recruited the $500 commitment deposit paid at the time of application will be returned.

HFA handles the following arrangements for study tour participants:

  1. Develop study tour itinerary
  2. Handle all travel arrangements for participants including visas
  3. Arrange all local lodging accommodations
  4. Arrange local transportation
  5. Arrange all site tours, lectures and cultural performances
  6. Provide orientation sessions to prepare participants to function comfortably in local settings.

D. Motherland Tours
Since 2000, HFA has offered two and three-week Motherland Tours to West Africa aimed at reconnecting Diaspora Africans to the history, culture and spirituality of the continent.  These “reconnective pilgrimages” to Ghana and Benin include glimpses into the African past with lectures on traditional cultural practices, naming ceremonies, cultural performances such as the “Procession of a King”, visit to the palace of a Ghanaian king and guided tours to: Cape Coast Castle and Slave Dungeons, The Kwame Nkrumah Museum, Mampong Plant Medicine Center, and Kakum National Rainforest. The Bénin, program features lectures on the history of the Leopard Kings of Dahomey and the traditional spiritual system of Vodoun; guided tours to Ouidah and the “Gateway of no Return”; Ganvie, the city on a lake; audience with the King of Porto-Novo; and spectacular cultural performances of the Egun-gun Ancestral Masks and Zangbéto, Spiritual Guardian of the Night. See the Motherland Tours Schedule attached.

The application process for Motherland Tours has several steps as follows:

  1. Complete and submit an interview questionnaire to Dr. Joyce Hope Scott, the Director of Motherland Tours or Mr. Al Hope Co-Director. Interview questionnaires may be obtained by contacting Dr. Joyce Hope Scott at (joyce@hopeforafrica.org) or Mr. Al Hope at (al@hopeforafrica.org).
  2. Participate in a personal interview via telephone or Skype after submission of interview questionnaire.
  3. If step 1 and 2 of the application process are completed successfully, participants will be asked to complete and submit a tour application form along with a $500 commitment deposit. The tour application will be sent by E-mail.
  4. All tours require a minimum of fifteen (15) participants. If the minimum participants required are not recruited the $500 commitment deposit paid at the time of application will be returned.

HFA handles the following arrangements for Motherland Tour participants:

  1. Develop tour itinerary
  2. Handle all travel arrangements for participants including coordinating visas
  3. Arrange all local lodging accommodations
  4. Arrange local transportation
  5. Arrange all site tours, lectures and cultural performances
  6. Provide orientation sessions to prepare participants to function comfortably in local settings.