Cultural Tours and Volunteer Trips
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May 28 – June 10, 2009

Elephant Eco Tours to Kenya

Making a difference for Elephants and those living with them!  Learn about majestic elephants and work to secure their future.  Volunteer and serve local communities to help their projects of sustainability and conservation.  Experience the wonder of Kenya and her spectacular wildlife.

Trip Includes:

-12 magnificent days
– All lodging
– Most meals (vegetarian)
– Ground transportation and game park fees
–  2-3 day safari in the famous Masai Mara park, led by Maasai elders
–  Visits to elephant and giraffe orphanages
–  3-4 day service project at elephant sanctuary
–  Rest, relaxation and swimming in the Indian Ocean

Contact:  Kristal Parks –


May 29, 2009

2009 Volunteer Trip to Malawi

Africa Bags

Country: Malawi

Our two-week itinerary will include visits to the Africa Bags villages including a two night stay in Kamweko Village in the new Africa Bags Community Development Center.  We will be submersed in the every day life of the village.  Other volunteer work will include time at an infant crisis nursery care center, helping at an orphanage, and building school desks at our villages’ schools.  This trip will include a couple nights at a lodge on the shore of Lake Malawi and a safari adventure at Mvuu Lodge in southern Malawi.


June 6 – 14, 2009  & August 1-9,  2009

Kenya Cultural Immersion Trips
Denver Sister Cities International is excited to present our 2009 Kenya Cultural Immersion Trips!  These once-in-a-lifetime programs will explore the beauty and intrigue of our African ‘Sister City’ – Nairobi, Kenya.  Some program highlights include:

– 9 days, 8 nights in Nairobi, Kenya

– Safari at Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley

– Volunteer opportunity in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum

– Visits with local orphanages, schools, and clinics

– Excursion to a traditional Maasai tribe

– Visits with local government and City Hall

– Shopping excursions at local markets

– Dinner at the world-renowned Carnivore restaurant

Space is very limited for these programs and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please see the attached flier or email Ashley Ruiz, Chair of Denver-Nairobi Sister Cities, at for more information

June 8 – July 8, 2009

Spicy Juicy Ghana Adventure

Organized and led by: Maputo Mensah

Country: Ghana

Experience for yourself the wonder and beauty of Ghana’s arts, culture and people. Maputo Mensah, master drummer, master dancer and native of Ghana, will escort you throughout to ensure your enjoyment and safety. Drumming and Dancing classes every day that you are not traveling.
Contact: Maputo Mensah

July 9 – 30, 2009

Go Travel Ghana

Adjei Abankwah

Country: Ghana

For anyone who is interested in the music, culture, and the history of Ghana, West Africa, we have a program for you. We will be exploring historical sites, learning about traditional music and dance, and visiting small villages. Visit Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Northern Ghana and more! Led by Ghana native Adjei Abankwah, co-producer and director of the BaoBao Festival, and drummer, dancer and choreographer.

Contact: Adjei Abankwah

July 11 – 24, 2009 

Teaching Global Issues


Country: Uganda

This trip is specifically designed for teachers who address global issues in their classrooms and want an experience that will really bring those issues to life.  The trip will be co-led by Mark Jordahl, who has been an environmental educator for 15 years and Ben Wheeler, a Master Teacher for Facing the Future (, a global issues curriculum organization.  This trip will have many of the features of the Experience Uganda trip, but will also include time spent with Ugandan teachers, visits to schools, and discussions on how to bring this experience back into the classroom.

Contact: Conservation Concepts

July 15 – Aug 4, 2009

Cultural Tours of Africa

Organized and led by: Koffi Toudji

Countries: Togo, Ghana & Benin
Experience Africa’s rich culture and traditions and discover the warmth of the people by traveling with
drummer and dancer Koffi Toudji to his native West Africa. The three-week trip to Togo, Ghana and Benin will include drum and dance classes; nature hikes; homestays with local families; instruction in traditional arts (including batik and sculpture); French and local language classes; visits to historic and cultural sites; and community development projects (such as reforestation, AIDS
education, and English teaching).
Contact: Koffi Toudji

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