Coastal Guinea Trip
December 16, 2017 - January 5, 2018
This exciting adventure is great for someone wanting more of a homestay experience. Based at our simple, comfortable campus in a suburb of Guinea’s capital Conakry, you will enjoy the local markets and community living. This trip includes lots of cultural immersion, an incredible 3 day trip to the rain forest, as well as a 3 day trip to an extraordinary tropical island. A great first-time-to-Africa trip!
Trip Details and Itinerary
Comfortable and secure, our accommodations will be a short taxi ride from markets and internet cafes
Three delicious meals a day of West African fare: fish, chicken, rice, fresh fruits and vegetables (vegetarian options available)
Two each day (5 days a week), taught by principal dancers of Les Ballets Africains and other professional dance instructors
One each day (5 days a week), taught by principal drummers of Les Ballets Africains and other professional drum instructors (students focused on drum will have 2 drum classes each day, and are encouraged to drum for dance classes)*
Ground transportation to and from the Airport is provided
Trip to Kindia
Transportation to/from and accommodations in the beautiful Village of Kindia!
Trip to Roume
Transportation to/from and accommodations in the luscious tropical island off the coast of Guinea - Aaaahh
Day 1: Arrive in Guinea!
Days 1-5: stay in Conakry
Days 5-7: Visit Kindia!
Days 7-13: Stay in Conakry
Days 13-16: Visit Roume!
Days 16-21: Stay in Conakry
Day 21: Depart Conakry
Sample daily schedule
9:00-11:00am: Dance/Drum Class*
10:30-12noon: Music/Song Class
1:00-3:30pm: Free Time
3:30-5:00pm: Drum class*
5:30-7:00pm: Dance class*
8:00-???: Free Time/Performances/Language Classes...etc.
*NOTES: Students focused on drumming can replace the morning dance class with a drum class, and are encouraged to drum for the afternoon dance class.
We always offer separate dance & drum classes for Beginning & Intermediate and Advanced levels, so you can get the most value from your level specific dance and drum classes.
Trip pricing & options
3 week trip - $2,450 (or $2,150 if registered by July 31)
Full payment with registration, or
$500 at registration, $1,000 by October 1, balance by November 1
Airfare not included
$200 before November 1
$500 after November 1
$1,000 after December 1
100% after 1 week prior to start of trip
Customized Trip Options
Shorter or longer stays can be arranged.
We also offer substantial multi-trip discounts. Contact us for specifics.
Are you ready?
Imagine your first day in Coastal Guinea
... you wake up to the distant sacred call to prayer, chickens clucking and a warm breeze across your face.
First off, you eat some of Guinea's famous rice porridge with the best banana you have ever tasted, fueling your body for your first morning dance class.
Ahhh, African Dance ... IN AFRICA! After the more-extraordinary-than-you-have-ever-heard-before drumming and amazing personalized dance instruction stops, you catch your breath while meeting each of your new African family members, each one more beautiful, polite and excited to meet you than the last.
You clean yourself up, eat some salad and you’re off to the market with a couple of new friends ... bargaining down the price on a mask, and negotiating your way through the busy streets of Conakry. You can’t wait to work with the Tailor to design just the right outfit with the fabric you just bought!
You make your way back home just in time for drum class, where you learn the very rhythm you danced to this morning. Now, saturated with this rhythm, you join the others in your second fabulous dance class of the day – you have enough time and attention to really get the moves.
Dinner is prepared with love and attention - hospitality beyond which you have experienced before.
After dinner: hair braiding, language lessons, laughing and connection.
Finally, tired and full, it is time for bed ... tomorrow holds a trip to see Les Ballets Africains rehearse, and a big wedding party.
As you drift off to sleep to the sweet melodic sound of the balaphone, you think to yourself, wow, this really is going to be the trip of a lifetime!