Program Dates: Anticipated May 22nd – June 5th 2021.
Interest in this program? Please complete our Interest Form
Situated in Kopeyia Village in the Volta region of Ghana. Students will stay at the Dagbe Cultural Institute and Arts Center. The mission of the Dagbe Institute is to sustainably preserve West African and Ewe Culture. Service opportunities are provided by the local school where approx. 1,000 students earn an english language Ghanian Education. Students will have a very unique opportunity to take lessons in West African drumming, dance, Batik (fabric making) and cooking during their time in the Village. With your growing understanding of Ghanaian culture you will be able to translate that knowledge into effective and impactful teaching experiences at the school.
The beautiful beaches are nearby for you to walk along in the afternoons and the colorful Denu market is available for you to explore. During the weekend we will visit the historic Cape Coast area.
Whilst in Kopeyia students will serve at the local school. You will work with local Ghanian teachers and collaborate on approaches to meet the academic needs of each of their students. Activities may include creating lesson plans, supporting English and Math education and creating presentations on health and education issues relevant to Ghanaian children. You will have the opportunity to teach multiple grade levels and be involved in all-school assemblies to present on multiple different topics.
Accommodations and Meals
Whilst in Kopeyia students will stay in dormitory style accommodations provided by the Cultural Institute. Accommodations are basic by USA standards with cold running water only. The sun from the day usually heats the water! There is access to WiFi. All meals will be provided at the Dagbe Institute. We will stay at a local hotel in Cape Coast.
We plan to spend a weekend in Cape Coast, the former gold coast of the region.
We will visit Elmina Castle, a beautiful Portuguese fortress that is now known for its dark history in the slave trade and spend time in the Kakum National Park. You will be able to spend time each day learning traditional drumming and dancing of the region. Cooking classes and the making of traditional food such as Fufu will all be part of your experience.
All students will be enrolled in a 0-credit hour prerequisite orientation and cultural studies course that takes place during the Spring 2021 semester. A second 3-credit hour course will be taken in-country, and awarded in the Summer 2021 semester. These courses are designed to integrate academic and experiential learning with cultural immersion, identity exploration, and global engagement. The general undergraduate course numbers are listed below. Undergraduate students interested in other credits and graduate students may earn credit by arrangement with the Office of Service-Learning and their individual departments.
SRV_LRN 3028: Global Service (3). Students will earn 3 credit hours (awarded during Summer semester) for pre-departure workshops, held during the spring semester, and while engaging in intensive service in the host country during the Summer.
Class Schedule – must attend all classes
Monday’s between 8 pm to 10 pm towards the end of the spring semester (dates to be determined)
SRV_LRN 0501 The 0 credit hour prerequisite course takes place during Spring 2021 on the MU campus. The course focuses on building cultural competencies, critical thinking, and self-discovery. In addition students will research and study the host country’s history, culture, languages, politics and geography. This course prepares you for your service abroad and students must participate fully in order to remain in the program.
SRV_LRN 3028 Students will earn 3 credit hours while engaging in intensive service in the host country. The main objective of this course is to promote service-learning through direct contact, classes, discussions, reflections, and projects while living in host country. Academic coursework will emphasize the development of critical consciousness while engaging in reflection and group dialogue.
Grades earned on this program will calculate into the MU GPA and appear on students’ MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the Program Leader. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.
Additional Learning and Academic Activities
Excursions are considered to be a part of the coursework and should be looked upon as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Part of the final grade will come from participation and attitude towards learning during these activities and excursions.
Please see below for our anticipated budget for the Summer 2020 program. We anticipate costs being similar for Summer 2021.
Students are advised to schedule a meeting to discuss financial planning.
This program is supported by the Office of Service Learning.
Application and Eligibility
Before you apply to your chosen program, please review the How to Apply page.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of a student’s academic transcript, quality and depth of the responses to the essay questions. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be in good disciplinary standing with the University for consideration. A personal interview may be required. Admission to a global service program is not guaranteed.
To apply for this Global Service Program, please submit the Online Application by:
- Final Application Deadline: TDB
For more information, please contact Yvonne Binfield in the Office of Service-Learning. To schedule an appointment, visit MUConnect on Canvas, go to your “My Success Network”, type in “Service-Learning”, and click on the link to make an appointment with Yvonne. You can also complete our Interest Form