Day 5 - Cultural & Historical Outing
Day 5 of the international volunteers orientation and volunteer training program includes a visit to a local place of interest in the host country. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with some of the cultural and historical aspects of the country. This outting takes place in the afternoon of day 5 orientation.
As usual the morning begins with language training.
- Session 1 - Market/Restaurant Vocabulary
- Session 2 - Grammar - Verbs & Present Tense
- Session 3 - Sentence formation
- Session 4 - Days/Months/Time
The cultural and historical outing in Costa Rica will provide international volunteers with the chance to spend time at the National Museum, which is over a 100 years old. The exhibits offer knowledge about the natural history, archaeology, anthropology and history of the country. In addition, volunteers will explore the current buildings of parliament and the president's residence.
International volunteers will have the opportunity to visit Old Town in Quito, which is a UNESCO heritage site. The activity will include a walking tour of the area followed by a visit to "La Basilica" Church and "La Compania" (the gold church) which provides insight into aspects of significance of religion in the history of Ecuador.
The international volunteers will offer mini-presentations to each other about a wide variety of topics important to Ghana (after being given specific reading material). This activity will be followed by a trip to Kwame Nkrumah Museum and a tour of the surrounding area. At the same time as the tour, volunteer training will include learning some of the history involving the first president of Ghana and how he gained independence for Ghana in the year 1957.
The activity in Nepal for the international volunteers will be a tour of Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), which is a Buddhist temple, monastery and a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple is one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal and is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. The whole tour takes roughly 3 hours from the house. It is a 20 minute walk to the base of the temple and then 365 steps to the top. So many steps are a challenge but every volunteer to date has been able to make it to the top.
The international volunteers will be offered the opportunity to conduct mini-presentation regarding local indigenous tribes and their cultural traditions. Following this activity, volunteers will visit the local Maasai cattle market.