Global Service in Ghana – Summer 2018

Program Dates: July 1, 2018 – August 1

In Ghana students will engage in direct, hands-on service at their individual projects with local organizations in addition to one-day group projects. Students may choose projects from one of the focus areas listed below.

    • EDUCATION
      • ABOOM– Teaching students with special needs basic life skills through regular educational lessons. Students also assist with bag-making shop, which provides the ABOOM students with an opportunity to earn an income.
      • FEDEP: The Foundation for Economic Development and Educational Promotion (FEDEP) is a vibrant youth oriented local NGO that seeks to create improved & sustainable social and economic order through educational promotion, job creation and economic development. Students would focus on teaching at their international school providing quality education for low income children.
    • PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION
      • HALP: The Health and Life Protection Foundation (HALP) works to educate children and adults on health and sanitation issues as important tools for socio-economic development. Students will aid in the delivery of workshops and presentations about HIV/AIDS, STDs, sanitation, and other topics to equip the community with the knowledge necessary to make good decisions regarding their health. Their website provides a list of previous project options.
      • PEYORG: The Progressive Excellence Youth Organization (PEYORG) works to develop a society free from hunger, poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, diseases, injustice, humiliation and inferiority complex through integrated and holistic interventional approaches self help initiatives and empowerment of community members, especially women and children. PEYORG has organized youth campaign programs focused on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and malaria local schools in Cape Coast. They also have established a waste/recycling collection system and all profits go towards supporting their outreach programs.

Activities listed are sample options – final projects will vary based on the needs of the community and each organization, which are identified before the group arrives in Ghana. Full descriptions will be provided in Spring 2017.

Students will be introduced to Ghanaian culture, history and society through various excursions and activities. Excursions will include travel to Kakum Tropical Forest, historic castles in the area and the capital city of Accra. The program also feature activities such as African dance and drumming, a batik workshop and sessions on Ghanaian history, as well as an introduction to one of Ghana’s native languages, Fanti.

Participants will also experience the history, culture and society of Ghana through coursework on the MU campus during the preceding spring semester, as well as cultural and sight-seeing activities in Ghana. The three credit hour prerequisite course on the MU campus will address both Ghanaian history and culture. Once accepted into the program, students will meet at an arranged time during the last eight weeks of the spring semester.

Academics

Courses

All students will enroll in a 3-credit hour prerequisite orientation and cultural studies course that takes place during the Spring 2017 semester. A second 3-credit hour course will be taken in-country, for a total of six undergraduate or graduate credit hours, awarded in the Summer 2017 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 or SRV_LRN 3028H: Pre-departure Orientation and Cultural Studies (3). The 3 credit hour prerequisite course takes place during spring 2017 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.

Class Schedule – must attend all classes

Monday, April 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th, at 8 pm to 10 pm

SRV_LRN 3028 or SRV_LRN 3028H: Global Service (3). 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.

Academic Credit

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

While living in the host country students will participate in multiple cultural activities. Excursions are considered as part of the coursework and should be looked upon as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Part of the final grade will come from their participation and attitude towards learning during these activities and excursions. Faculty will require students to reflect on your experiences on the excursions as part of a final multimedia project.

Location

Cape Coast, is set amongst beautiful beaches and Cape Coast Castle along the West African coast. Cape Coast was once the epicenter for the African slave trade and is a town steeped in history and contradictions. In the 17th century, Cape Coast grew from a small fishing village to an important trading port for both goods and slaves, and later became the capitol of Britain’s Gold Coast colony until 1877 when the capitol moved to Accra. Today this vibrant town is capitol of Ghana’s Central Region and home to over 100,000 people and some of the country’s leading academic institutions. When not exploring Cape Coast’s history and vibrant city life, visitors and students soar 100 feet in the air using an array of rope bridges to explore the lush canopy of Kakum National Park.

Ghana, Africa’s first independent former colony, is today a democracy that enjoys political stability and is known for being a safe, hassle-free, friendly destination for visitors. This small, tropical country on the west coast of Africa is home to 23 million people who come from diverse ethnic groups and speak over 40 different African languages (alongside English, the official language). Ghana provides visitors the opportunity to explore historic slave forts, shop in bustling colorful markets, wander through rainforests, view wildlife, and laze on palm lined beaches, all while enjoying the rich culture and welcoming hospitality of Ghana’s people.

Accommodations and Meals

Students will live together (2-4 per room) in a family-style guest house where they will be provided with breakfast every day and some dinners. The houses are equipped with kitchens where students will be able to prepare meals and eat together.

Example Itinerary

June 2: Arrive in Accra/Depart for Keta
June 3: Orientation/Tour Keta
June 4: Free Day
June 5: Begin Service Projects and Ewe Lesson
June 6-9: Service Projects
June 10: Excursion to Wli Water Falls
June 11: Excursion to Monkey Sanctuary/Return to Keta
June 12 : Service Projects and Ewe Lesson
June 13: Service Project
June 14: Service Projects and Cultural Awareness Workshop
June 15: Service Projects
June 16-18: Free Weekend for Excursions
June 19-20: Service Projects
June 21: Service Projects and Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Dialogue
June 22: Service Projects and Tour Fort Prizentstein (Slave Fort)
June 23: Service Projects and Drum/Dance Lesson
June 24-25: Free Weekend
June 26-27: Service Projects
June 28-29: Service Projects and Capstone Presentations
June 30: Impact Project (Group Project: Tree Planting and Beach Clean-Up)
July 1: End of Program/Departure

Possible Excursions and Activities

Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad. Visits around Ghana might include tours of:

  • Drumming and dancing workshop
  • Cooking class
  • Kakum National Forest
  • Elmina and Elmina Castle
  • Assin Manso Slave Market & Cape Coast Castle

Program Costs

Estimated program costs for the Summer 2018 session can be found here: Ghana Summer 2017 Budget

For more information about financing your Global Service Program, please see the Financing page

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. In addition, students must have at least junior standing, 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 is February 28, 2018.

More Information

For more information, please contact Office of Service-Learning. To schedule an appointment, visit MUConnect on Blackboard, go to your “My Success Network”, type in “Service-Learning”, and click on the link for Global Service on the Service-Learning page.