My leadership was born from persistent disappointment
"Born in a remote fishing village in Ghana, I was sent away to the city before I turned six, carrying my parents' hope for a better future. I struggled on the streets to survive, but seizing every opportunity that passed my way, I was determined to use education to lift up myself, my family, and my country. Even if I had not eaten for 3 days, I would force myself to get to school.
Eventually, I would become the first in my family to graduate from high school. To share the joy of learning with others, I established a library in the main town near my family’s village. This was not enough. I aspired to go to college.
Then, when my student visa to study business and sustainability at a US college was denied, I decided if I cannot learn on a college campus from diverse classmates, I must bring diverse classmates to my community so we can learn from each other about our world. With funds and mentors from the US, Canada, and Ghana, I learned on-the-job by constructing a sustainable home to host you and guests from around the globe. Working closely with my mentor and family member, Ben Schwartz, Dartmouth '06, MIT Sloan '17, & Harvard Kennedy School '17, we established programs to showcase the potential of this region and delight you with an experience built upon over a decade bringing students and alums from Dartmouth, MIT, and Harvard to West Africa.
I dream of one day graduating from college, though today I am eager to meet you, learn alongside you, and make you an honorary member of our community in these awe-inspiring surroundings."
— Charles Goli, Co-founder
“Our story has been an uphill battle, but that has given us perspective to understand the world through the relationships we’ve built along the way. We are commited to leaving the world better than we found it. From our sustainable home to our inclusive leadership philosophy, our actions are defined by our desire to help others realize the potential and opportunities that surround us.”
— Ben, Co-founder
Sustainable from the Beginning
Our home and activities are designed for social impact in the community and limited impact on the environment. Enjoy home-cooked fusion dishes with ingredients from local farms. Sit in our grand hall under timbers locally harvested with our neighbors. Discover a favorite African author as you read a book from our library in our sustainable home.
Our construction workers from the nearby towns learned new skills on the job and earned wages to help them develop themselves and start new businesses. Through your experience with us we want you to develop personally as we develop our community.
Your Stay Makes a Difference
We bring communities together to promote economic opportunity through relationships and learning. When not hosting international guests we host educational programs to support business, health, agriculture, education, arts, and more across the region. You are a vital part of our story, as your stay with us makes possible the bringing together of entrepreneurs, teachers, leaders, inventors, builders, artists, and artisans, young and old, seeking to transform their lives and their communities.