Global Service in Keta Ghana – Winter Break 2020

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Program Dates: TBD: WINTER BREAK 2020

In Ghana students will engage in direct, hands-on service at their selected local organization. Students may choose projects from one of the focus areas listed below:

    • Human Impact of Sea Erosion and climate mitigation solutions: Stories, interviews and surveys on how sea erosion has impacted the lives of the people. Tree planting as a climate mitigation solution.
    • Public Health Education: WASH in Communities, involves community outreach events, educational materials, participation in educational activities in schools.
    • Sports and Education: Teaching communities how to play popular American sports to bridge cultures and as a vehicle to discuss public health topics.

Activities listed are broad descriptions – final projects will vary based on the needs of the community and each organization during the time we will be there.

Students will be introduced to Ghanaian culture, history and society through various excursions and activities. Excursions will include travel to Forte Prizenstien-Old Slave Forte. 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.

Participants will also experience the history, culture and society of Ghana through coursework on the MU campus during our pre-departure classes, as well as cultural and sight-seeing activities in Ghana. Once accepted into the program, students will meet at an arranged time during the last eight weeks of the Fall semester.



All students will enroll in one MU course for a total of three credit hours during Spring 2020. This course is 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 Spring semester) for the pre-departure workshops, held during the fall semester, and while engaging in intensive service in the host country during Winter Break.

The pre-departure course will introduce students to Ghana history, culture, politics, and issues of ecotourism and sustainability as they prepare for study overseas. While abroad, the course promotes learning through direct contact with local community members, 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.

Pre-departure class schedule

Monday, Nov., 6th, 13th & 27th, 2019 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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.


Keta, town, southeastern Ghana. It lies on the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean, near the mouth of the Volta River. It is built on a sands pit separating the Atlantic from the Keta Lagoon. Before the arrival of Europeans in the 15th century, the area was part of the African kingdom of Anlo. The settlement was a port for trade in slaves, ivory, spices, and gold. The expanding Asante empire controlled much of the region by the first half of the 18th century. A Danish fort was built on the site in 1784, and in 1850, when Keta became a British colony, the Danes sold the fort to the British. Until the harbour at Tema began operations to the west in 1962, Keta served as an open roadstead port.

Its double waterfront, once an asset to the main occupations of fishing and fish processing, eroded rapidly. During the 20th century more than half of what had been the area of the town was washed away. Many of Keta’s inhabitants moved south along the coast to Dzelukofe. In 1992 the Anlo-Keta Lagoon was placed on its list of Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and in 1999 work began on measures to limit further erosion and to control flooding of the coastal region. Pop. (2010) 147,618.

Accommodations and Meals

Students will live together (2-4 per room) in a family-style guest house where they will be provided with all meals.

Example Itinerary

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
  • Forte Prizenstien-Old Slave Forte

Program Costs

Please see here for 2018’s budget as an example of the cost of the program.

This program is supported by the Office of Service-Learning.

Ghana Winter Break 2018

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

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 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 October 9, 2019.

More Information

For more information, please contact Office of Service-Learning, at You can also schedule an appointment through MUConnect. On Canvas, go to your “My Success Network”, type in “Service-Learning”, and click “schedule Here” next to Yvonne Binfield.