Monday, November 14, 2011
we are organizing a trip to Ghana for February 2012
we are flexible & want your visit to include things that are of interest to you - you can follow our recommendations or let us customize something just for you
the cost is US$400.00 a week for airport pickup - a room at our guest house across the street from the ocean - breakfast/ dinner & opportunities to interact with our Ghanaian neighbors
cost of guides & transportation to visit outdoor markets, traditional villages, galleries and sites of historical interest is determined by means of travel - taxi:van:tro-tro & number of participants
minimum stay is any 2 weeks in February (or longer if you'd like)
signup deadline is January 1, 2012
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions- more details or payment options
check out our website: http://www.culturalcollaborative.org
Monday, October 3, 2011
As we landed in Accra Aretha Franklin was singing, "I'm going to stay here 'til I rest my soul." I'm not sure that applied to us as our summers may be soulful, but rarely restful.
There is a certain rhythm to life in Ghana, both literally and metaphorically and once you get into step, you fit right in. It's a slow dance.."no hurry in life"..no straight lines. To follow the beat it's best to circle around, do a few back steps and slide right in. Some visitors get the hang of it and some, to the amusement of locals, do not. At Aba House we do our best to keep everyone dancing.
This summer the Aba House kids taught visitors how to make paper from sugar cane leaves and how to do bookbinding.
We taught Louise tie and dye and batik and sent her off to Ntonso for an adinkra lesson.
Alastair and Katie accepted invitations to attend weddings and then settled down to teach computer skills and book arts.
Alastairs wife Caroline had been a volunteer a few years ago and did a memorable performance of Hamlet with the Aba House kids. Caroline died last year and Alastair came to continue her support of one of our kids schooling.
Our returned Peace Corps visitors met the American ambassador and partied with fellow RPC members in celebration of the Peace Corps 50th anniversary.
For three months people came to visit, interact and eat Talk True's vegetarian meals. His ginger tea made everyone happy. That recipe will be in the cookbook that we're putting together.
We left Ghana on Kwame Nkrumahs' birthday, now an official holiday.
Plans are in progress for 2012.
Charlie is coming back with a group of university art students and Michael is returning with his high school students. Both groups will do volunteer work with our kids and enjoy a tour in Ghana.
As always, we will offer workshops that introduce people to African culture, opportunities to volunteer, work with Ghanaian teachers and artists and visit traditional villages.
Let us know what you want to do and we can arrange it !
May 2012 be your year to dance with us at Aba House.
Here's an article about us from a local newspaper: www.baystatebanner.com/local17-2011-08-18
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Greenie is a teacher from Chicago,USA who was with us in Ghana last summer and she is coming back.
She kept a much more detailed blog than we did, so I am listing it here in case you'd like to get an idea of what a summer is like at Aba House.
Monday, May 23, 2011
The world didn't come to an end (as predicted) on May 21, so we are going ahead with our summer plans.
Summer programs at Aba House are in session from July 11 -Sept. 21.
This is the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps which started in Ghana. There is a big party planned in Accra at the end of August and we are hosting some RPCV's. If you're looking for someplace to stay, consider our guest house across the street from the ocean.
We are no longer with EARHTLINK , so don't use any of our emails that end in earthlink.net.
email@example.com will reach us.
Recently we participated in a book launch party with BOOKS OF HOPE. A wonderful organization in Boston that works with children who have come from Haiti. The children write and publish books of poetry and prose... very empowering. Our long term goal is to have them collaborate with our kids in Ghana. www.booksofhope-ma.org
When different cultures connect, it's a win win situation for everyone.
If you're interested in hearing about our other collaborations, workshops and programs you can sign up for our mailing list at http://www.culturalcollaborative.org
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
July 31-August 8, 2011
We are taking reservations for this special tour.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
..A JOURNEY HOME
THE PAN AFRICAN HISTORICAL THEATER FESTIVAL-PANAFEST
The Pan African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST) celebrates the traditions and cultures of Africa in GHANA and is an event held every two years for Africans and people of African descent.
The idea of PANAFEST is to promote and enhance unity-Pan Africanism,as well as development of the continent of Africa.Activities that mark the event are performances and work in the areas of theatre,drama,music and poetry among others. It features conferences on African arts,history and African relationship with the rest of the world.
Many see the event as a pilgrimage to the motherland,a gathering of Africans to celebrate illustrious Pan Africanists like Dr William Burghardt Du Bois,George Padmore,Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and others.It coincides with a pre-emancipation day candle light vigil to commemorate Ghana's commitment to the total liberation of sons and daughters of African descent.
The climax is a colorful durbar of chiefs and people and tour of various places of interest and a walk through the slave routes,monuments and sites.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Holy Family University Gallery
9801 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia , PA
I will be at the opening on Feb. 22 6-8 p.m. and would enjoy meeting you.
The work in this show was created by children in Ghana who come to Aba House where they learn that there are no limits to creativity. The children make paper from sugarcane leaves and then books, calendars,cards and other products from the paper.
All proceeds from sales are used to pay school related expenses.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Would you like to volunteer to teach our kids how to do coptic binding?
We are looking for a bookbinder to come to Ghana in July or August.
"Our kids" make paper from sugarcane leaves and then blank journals which we sell to raise money for their school expenses.
Stay at our cultural center across the street from the ocean, teach, and have many opportunities to interact with local artists.
If interested please contact me at email@example.com