Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Accra, Ghana; Akosombo, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Travel Day, United States
- Program Terms: Summer
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Program Base Price: $3,599 - $4,099 *
Plus Estimated International Airfare: $1,799 - $2,299
Dates: June 07 – June 27, 2018
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
* Prices estimates based on summer 2017 program. Final prices will be published by September 15, 2017 on the CCSA website.
Explore the influences of socio-economic, political, ethnic, and religious factors on classroom practices at a boarding school in Ghana. Participants will fly into Accra, then travel to Akosombo/Akuse for two weeks, serving as teaching assistants in classrooms. During the weekends, students may explore these small towns with the Ghanaian teachers and pupils. We will take a long weekend in Cape Coast to visit the rainforest at Kakum National Park.
Then explore Accra's cultural sites, such as the National Museum of History and Ethnography, the W.E.B. DuBois Center for Pan Africanism, and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and the Osu Cultural Center. These cultural explorations in Accra will provide some historical and cultural orientation, allowing students a little time to process the experience of being in Ghana. Visit the Cape Coast Castle and the West African Historical Museum, the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where Ghanaians were bargained for and sold. Students will have an opportunity to visit the beach or do further exploration of the Cape Coast/Elmina area.
Program includes round-trip air transportation from designated US cities to destination and ground transportation to the program sites. The US cities will be stated on CCSA web site by the end of September 2017.
Requirements: Travel to Ghana requires a visa and a yellow fever vaccination. No one may enter Ghana without the visa and proof of yellow fever vaccination. Students are responsible for the visa and vaccination. Information will be provided on the CCSA web site by the end of September 2017.
Attention: This program is limited to twelve (12) students. A waiting list will be offered at no risk with deposit returned to students on the waiting list if not accepted in the program.
Students will be immersed as teaching assistants in a P-12 boarding school in Ghana to explore the influences of socio-economic, political, ethnic, and religious factors on classroom practices, seeking parallels with how immigrant and/or minority P-12 students in the US might experience the culture of their schools. Non-education majors whose major does not align well with a P-12 content area could serve as an assistant in a school office or an elementary classroom. Cultural explorations in the capital city Accra, the Volta River dam region of Akosombo and the historical slave-trade region of Cape Coast are included.
Prerequisites for Undergraduate level: Sophomore standing and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; completion of a sophomore-level oral communications course or a sophomore-level composition course with a C or better.
Prerequisite for Graduate level: A Bachelor's Degree
Students should be able to walk 2 to 3 miles each day, and it will be as hot as 90 degrees on most days. Most walking surfaces will be paved and in good repair. Indoor spaces will have air conditioning, but it is possible that electricity may go off for a few hours at a time. Yellow fever immunizations are required, and malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended. Vegetarians may find food choices limited and should consider bringing their own protein source. Smoking in public is illegal in Ghana.