Take a gap year, do voluntary work and visit Mole National Park!

Watching bathing elephants from the viewpoint veranda.

Watching bathing elephants from the viewpoint veranda.

On the look out for elephant trails in the bush.

On the look out for elephant trails in the bush.

If you have a gap year, take the opportunity to contribute and get some experience by doing voluntary work in your field of study/or expertise.

Then as a break from your volunteer work, why don’t visit Ghana’s largest national park Mole. Just a day trip away from Tamale, this amazing and beautifully lushy place awaits you full of adventure. Enjoy the peace at the motel’s viewpoint veranda while scouting for bathing elefants below, or climb the roof of a jeep to go antelope spotting down in the bush?

What ever your mind of a great experience is – Mole has much to offer. During the dry season the park is especially well visited by a multitude of animals coming to drink in the local water ponds.

 More pictures at the site of Mole Motel >>

Read more about Mole at GhanaWeb >>

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Public Holidays in Ghana!

African (Union) Day

Today (1st of July) is Republic Day in Ghana – a public holiday celebrating the day the country achieved republic status fifty-four years ago. Just about a month ago Ghana, as many other African countries, also celebrated the African (Union) Day (25th of May) – another public holiday taking the form of an annual commemoration of the establishment of the Africa Union (AU).

Historically, Ghana was the first African country to declare colonial independence in 1957, and one year later Accra hosted the first African conference to be held on African soil (the AAPC – All African Peoples’ Conference). It’s suggested that this conference later gave rise to the establishment of the African Union in 1963 (then known as OAU). The AU now consist of 54 member states, and has today shifted it’s focus from supporting liberation movements towards being an organisation that promotes Africa’s development and integration. Promoting the vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in  global arena.” African Union >>

Dagomba dancing and drumming

Dagomba Dancing Drumming

Dagomba Drumming and Dancing

The history of Dagomba’s are to a large part narrated through the practice of drumming and dancing. Apart from that – taking part in or witnessing a Dagbamba dancing and drumming performance  is really an entraining and uplifting experience. At Voluntary Aid Africa we have good established contacts with professional Drummers, and can offer good opportunities for anyone interested to learn and participate in this cultural practice. There are also several online resources to learn more about the tradition. For example:

N’Banga Cultural Group >>

Dagomba Dance and Drumming >>

Drums of the Dagbon >>