African Travel Seminars’ operating goal is to provide quality, educational travel opportunities that respect and sustain the indigenous cultures and local environment. We aim to provide positive, cross- cultural interactions with Africans in mutually beneficial ways. We strive to practice responsible tourism on each and every tour and provide opportunities for participants to be involved in local development efforts. Keep reading, there’s much more we’d like to share…
WHO WE ARE
African Travel Seminars, Inc., founded in 1996, is a small company that custom- designs study tours, mission trips, vacations and safaris to African destinations. Georgina Afua Lorencz, founder and president of African Travel Seminars is a U.S. citizen, originally from Ghana, West Africa.
Ms. Lorencz earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the university of Minnesota. She went on to acquire over 12 years experience in international education at the university level; first at the University of Minnesota working with international students, and then directing international programs at Hamline University. Ms. Lorencz has organized and led groups of university students to Ghana, Senegal, The Gambia and Kenya for study and/or research. Additionally, she has led adults on educational tours and has customized trips for various groups. African Travel Seminars works with a network of local organizations and partners in African countries to provide the best experience for its clients.
WHAT WE PROVIDE CLIENTS
We work with you to assess your needs, interests, and budget and then provide a program that meets those needs. Our services include planning an itinerary, site visits, performances, and informational meetings with local leaders. We arrange air travel from the United States, ground travel in Africa, and provide trained English speaking guides and lecturers. Meals, accommodation, visa application processing, pre-departure orientation, and lots of opportunities for involvement in ongoing development projects in villages are also part of our package.
WHERE WE GO IN AFRICA
African Travel Seminars operates programs to various African, South American and Middle Eastern countries. Some of our destinations include Ghana, Senegal, The Gambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mali, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Costa Rica and Israel. We add new destinations every year!
SAMPLE SEMINAR TOPICS:
- Introduction to life & culture in Africa
- Religion- Christianity, Islam & Traditional African Religion
- Issues of development in Africa
- Law- customary/ traditional law
- African history, past and present
- African art, dance & music
- Gender issues
- Education- challenges in diverse multilingual African societies
- Business potential in Africa
- Eco- tourism
- Traditional medicine in Africa
- Cultural immersion
- Heritage tour in West Africa, history and culture
- Photo safari
- Service oriented programs (volunteer teams, medical, educators, missions, etc)