Africa Cultural Discovery Mission 3-13 OCT 2024- Senegal & The Gambia

      Dakar Senegal and Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa

      3 reviews
      Oct 3 - 13, 2024
      Group size: 3 - 20
      Africa Cultural Discovery Mission 3-13 OCT 2024- Senegal & The Gambia
      Dakar Senegal and Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa

      3 reviews

      Oct 3 - 13, 2024
      Group size: 3 - 20

      About this trip

      The West Africa Cultural Discovery Mission 2024

      Program Highlights:

      · Designed as a Cultural Discovery Mission with a focus on Global Health, The Social Determinants of Health and Family Cultural Exploration and Discovery

      · Interact with your professional counterparts and learn about village family life 

      · Learn about the Health Care Systems in Francophone Senegal and English speaking The Gambia

      · Improve cultural awareness

      -Explore the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2030)

      - Investigate the Social Determinants of Health in Low Income Countries

      -Work with villagers on their daily activities

      -Teach in village Nursery, Primary or Middle Schools.

      What is the West AFRICA CDM?


        What is the West Africa Cultural Discovery Mission? 


      The project is designed as an introductory mission to Africa for anyone with an interest in the culture of Africa. The mission focuses on partnerships to allow participants to pair with their counterparts in their chosen area of interest (teaching, family life, or health care, etc.) as a means to introduce the participant to the cultures of the 2 host countries and to learn about life in West Africa. The West Africa Cultural Discovery Mission is an exploration mission that draws on the expertise of The African Cultural Exchange in fostering professional and cross-cultural interactions between counterparts all around the continent of Africa for meaningful cultural discovery. These partnerships provide the framework for continued relationships that lead to two-way benefit and participants often gain insights into managing an array of problems faced in their own settings. These partnerships are promoted by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-17) of creating Global Partnerships for sustainable development to foster general cultural awareness and development. 

      Passport expiration

      Passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the trip (Should not expire before May 2025).  Please upload a copy of your passport picture page as a part of the registration. 

      Packing List and Language Lessons

      A packing list will be provided.  You should plan to have light-weight clothing for temperatures in the 80 degree range with a light-weight jacket for cool spells.  You should plan to pack 1 checked bag under 50 lbs, with one carry-on bag and a personal bag.

      A language lesson sheet will be provided with several greetings and phrases that you can utilize to assist in cultural immersion. 

      Cancellation Policy

      The trip is fully refundable up until 3 months prior to departure (August 2024).  After that time partial refunds may be available. 

      Medical Evaluation

      An electronic medical briefing will be provided.   Each participant is required to obtain malaria prophylaxis (pills) and a travel medical evaluation with Yellow Fever vaccination are recommended.  

      ACE Participation Agreement

      At the end of the booking you will be asked to sign an ACE Participation agreement outlining some cross-cultural and safety considerations for international travel. 

      Orientation Briefing

      An online Orientation Briefing will be provided several weeks prior to travel to acquaint the participant with many of the issues surrounding our travel in West Africa, including safety, food and cultural issues to name a few.  

      What’s included

      • Airfare
        from NEW YORK JFK roundtrip (additional costs for other originations)
      • Meals
        3 Meals daily
      • Accommodations
        Double or Single Occupancy
      • Ground Transportation
        for All group activities
      • Visa
        To The Gambia, obtained by The ACE
      • Entertainment
        For all scheduled local cultural activities

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy
      Available until August 3, 2024

      THis is package includes shared room with one other person.  

      Deposit: $100
      Single Occupancy
      Available until August 3, 2024

      This package entails single room occupancy. 

      Deposit: $100


      Day 1-Thu Oct 3, 2024
      Departure JFK International Airport

      Arrive JFK 6:00 pm for checkin.  

      Delta Airlines

      Departure 9:30 pm for Dakar, Senegal

      Who’s Going

      Your Organizer

      The African Cultural Exchange
      3 reviews
      The African Cultural Exchange is a501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1989 to provide cross-cultural links to Africa. The organization's main activities center around providing opportunities for individuals to participate in short-term and ongoing development efforts on Africa. These programs involve sharing interpersonal relations with rural communities while working on local activities in the areas of culture, development, education, and health care and usually impart mutual benefit to all participants.


      Beautiful experience in seeing the motherland. Tour guide and transportation were great! It was a great experience to live with the Penyem villagers.
      By Regine S for The Africa Health Care Mission 7-15 Oct "23 to Senegal and The Gambia on Oct 17, 2023
      We had the best time in a long time it felt like going home. Food was excellent. Meeting new people and hopefully making life long connections cannot be compared Will be making a return trip as soon as is financially possible
      By Marlene S for The Africa Health Care Mission 7-15 Oct "23 to Senegal and The Gambia on Oct 17, 2023
      The trip was awesome. Everyone was so accommodating and made us feel really comfortable. The group went above and beyond to ensure our safety at all times. Accommodations were within normal limits and the meals were very tasty. Because of the care and amazing treatment we received from ACE I will definitely continue to work with them.
      By Lorraine J for Mercy PA West Africa Health Care Assessment Mission (PA-WAHCAM) on May 24, 2023