African Travel Seminars
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Adventures in Africa
georgina-costa-rica.jpgAfrican Travel Seminars' operating goal is to provide quality, experiential learning travel opportunities that respect and sustain the indigenous cultures and local environment, as well as to provide positive, cross-cultural interactions with Africans in mutually beneficial ways. We strive to practice responsible tourism on each and every tour, and even 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 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. Following that, she acquired 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 for eight years before founding African Travel Seminars, Inc.. Ms. Lorencz has taught and led groups of university students to Ghana, Senegal, The Gambia and Kenya for study and/or research. Additionally, she has led adults on study tours and designed tours for various groups. African Travel Seminars works with a network of local organizations in African countries to custom-design programs for groups of various sizes.

What We Provide Clients

We work with you to assess your needs, interests, and budget and then we 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 on-going development projects in villages are also a part of our package.

Where We Go In Africa

African Travel Seminars operates programs only in Africa. Some of our destinations are: Ghana, Senegal, The Gambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mali and Burkina Faso. We add new destinations every year.

Other Destinations We Go To

Costa Rica and Brazil

Sample Seminar Topics

  • Introduction to Life & Culture in Africa
  • Religion - Christianity, Islam & Traditional African Religion
  • Exploring My Ancestral Home
  • 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: general Introduction to life & culture
  • Heritage tour in West Africa, History and Culture
  • Photo Safari
  • Golfing Safari
  • Service Oriented Programs (Volunteer Teams: Medical; Educators; Missions, etc)
  • History, Ancient African Kingdoms, slave trade, culture studies

What Our Clients and Others Say

Link to a review in Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine
Black Meetings and Tourism

"Ghana has truly been one of the most educational, inspiring, unique and eye-opening countries I've ever visited. There were many things, part of the tour, that I'd probably never have had the chance to experience if I had traveled by myself. With ATS, I had the opportunity to learn about the Ghanaian people, their culture and history. This has given me a new understanding of an often misunderstood culture."
Priska Bahler - Teacher

"This is one of the best programs Iíve been on. This trip gave me an opportunity to connect with the motherland."
Charles Mays - Educator

"I have traveled on many study tours... the ATS experience surpassed my expectations, the tour conductor's knowledge of the country and connections were so important in making this a wonderful experience."
Fern White - Retired Social Worker

"The warmth, friendliness, spirituality of the people we met enhanced my understanding of not only Ghanaians, but of Africa also. The variety of experiences offered were most impressive and the informality allowed much learning. A brilliantly conceived program by African Travel Seminars."
Catherine McIntire - Retired English Prof.

"We were very glad we had ATS arrange the study tour for our institute last year. The program was excellent, the preparation we received prior to the trip was great, and there were no unexpected out of pocket expenses...we are using them again for another program to Africa in 1998."
Katie Sample - Executive Director
African-American Academy for Accelerated Learning

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