CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation is gearing up for a pair of trans-Atlantic trips next year. The group, which promotes one of the city's sister cities, is looking for people and money to make the excursions a reality.

Both trip are meant to help people understand the culture, food, and traditions of Ghana, and focus on  the small town of Winneba.

"The world is now becoming a global village," said Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation President Nana Ghartey. “Being introduced into a culture which, at least, you are not familiar with opens up a whole array of thoughts and thinking."

Described as the largest masquerade festival in Africa, a trip in January is scheduled around the Fancy Dress Festival.

May's trip will fall around the internationally renowned Deer-Catching Festival.

The trips will also explore the history and origins of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Ghana served as one of the primary transit points.

An information meeting is set for September 16 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Gordon Avenue Library, and is open to anyone interested in making the trek to Ghana.