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The Ghanaian Experience: Ghanaian Culture and Ethics in Literature

Ghana Study Abroad

Program Description

Experience Ghana, Africa, as you study abroad in the “Motherland,” exploring Ghana’s rich culture and its roots, including the transatlantic slave trade, and associated issues, impacts, and relevance to today’s world. Learn more about today’s vibrant Ghana, as well as some of the social issues she faces, by visiting a variety of cultural centers.

Travel the emotional and chilling route of Africans destined for slavery from the River of the Last Bath, into the slave castles and dungeons, and through the “Door of No Return,” the final exit to the slave ships and the high seas. Finally, discover the residual effects of slavery, including its modern-day iterations, poverty, and environmental factors in both Ghana and the United States.

This course will take you through each of these topics as you explore many of the sites where these events took and are taking place. During this program, participants will also complete community service in Columbia’s Sister City, Tema, with organizations such as the Tema Library.

The application deadline for all study abroad programs is November 11, 2019.

  • Credits

    ENGL-207 “Ethics in Literature” (3 Credits)

    SABR-200-101 “Study Abroad” (1 Credit)

    Students may take this course for credit or not-for-credit. HCC students who wish to receive college credits for the ENGL-207 course are required to register for the SABR-200-101 course as well. Students must meet with the International Education Program Coordinator before registering for the either course. 

  • Program Cost

    The cost for this study abroad program is $3,800. Please note that the program fee does not include the additional three academic credit course fee or one credit study abroad course fee.

    The Program Cost Includes:

    • Roundtrip airfare
    • Transportation within the country
    • Some meals
    • Accommodation
    • All planned excursions

    The Program Cost Does Not Include:

    • Course tuition
    • Some meals
    • Free time expenses
  • Program Director

    Program Director

    Rick Leith
    Phone: 443-518-4833

    Program Assistant

    Nana Owusu-Nkwantabisa
    Phone: 443-518-4634

  • Schedule

    The dates of travel for this program are from April 1 - 13, 2020.  This itinerary is tentative and subject to change. 

    Tentative Schedule: Classes at HCC during Spring semester. Travel over spring break.

    Day 1: Departure from Dulles Airport for Accra, Ghana.

    Day 2: Travel to University of Ghana, Legon Campus. Tour campus, late lunch/early dinner at U of Ghana Guest Centre, joint lecture/discussion re slavery/slave trade with U of Ghana.

    Day 3: Accra city tour which includes visits to Jamestown Lighthouse and fishing village, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum (park and museum tour), Independence Square, and W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Pan Africanism.

    Day 4: Travel to Tema for Service Learning Project at Tema Central Library and tour a chocolate factory.

    Day 5: Visit Ashanti craft villages for shopping and craft making demonstrations: Bonwire – Kente weaving, Ntonso - Adinkra, and Ahwiaa – woodcarving. Afternoon visit to Manhyia Palace.

    Day 6: Travel to rural Wirempe Traditional area of Ashanti region to explore galamsey (gold-mining) operation(s); Ashanti Durbar African Cultural Performance at Ashanti chief’s compound area in Manso Memorial. Visit KNUST for campus tour and joint lecture/discussion re environmental issues with KNUST students and faculty.

    Day 7: Breakfast at hotel and depart for Central Region. Stop at Assin Manso to visit African Diaspora Ancestral Shrine and the River of Last Bath. Travel to Elmina and tour Elmina Slave Castle.

    Day 8: Travel to tour of Kakum National Rain Forest Park, walk the seven rope canopy bridges. Travel to Cape Coast Slave Castle for tour and museum visit. Prepare for next day travel to Winneba, Ho – Volta Region.

    Day 9: Travel to Winneba for Service Learning Project at Rafiki Village Orphanage. Travel to Ho in the Volta Region.

    Day 10: Visit Village of Tafi Atome to observe/feed Sacred Mona Monkeys in their natural habitat. Travel to Wli Waterfalls to hike through the forest to Wli Falls; visit craft shops at Wli Falls on return trip. Return to hotel for evening pool party w/ DJ. Prepare for next day travel to Akosombo.

    Day 11: Travel to Akosombo in the Eastern Region. Visit Aksosombo Dam. Visit St. Barbara Catholic Church, high above the dam. Participate in Lake Volta cruise. 

    Day 12: Travel to Accra Arts and Cultural Center for shopping. Tour Aburi Botanical Garden, visit woodcarving craft village nearby. Return to Accra for late lunch and music at The Living Room. Transfer to airport to check-in for return flight to Washington.

    Day 13: Flight arrives in Washington Dulles

    Schedule is subject to change depending on prices and entrance availability.

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