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Ghana: Children of Africa™

Ghana: Children of Africa™

The music of beating drums, children’s laughter and Ghana’s warm greetings welcome you to become family in the heart of Africa.

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Highlights

  • Tutor children at a village primary school
  • Help build and refurbish school facilities
  • Discuss current social issues facing Ghana’s women and children
  • Hike to a beautiful waterfall
  • Learn traditional African dance, drums and percussion
  • Explore outdoor markets and visit historic sites

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Overview

Step onto the flat, sandy land of Ghana, and you’ll immediately hear the laughter of children everywhere. This laughter will be the constant of your trip, and a steady source of energy while you volunteer among one of Africa’s most passionate and kind communities. Ghanaians are known for their smiles, vibrancy and welcoming nature—you’ll see bright colors everywhere: in the land, stitched into traditional clothing, adorning the decor of your Home Base. Your arrival will bring excitement to classrooms as you work to inspire students toward success in school.

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Community Service

Many local students face challenges affording school and passing exams to proceed to the next grade level. If you want to be teaching and volunteering with kids abroad, this is the program for you. You’ll volunteer in primary schools, where you'll working with children of different ages to help improve their English skills, tutor those who might be falling behind and contribute to each school’s needs, including making improvements to the facilities. Split your time between teaching—potentially without electricity, or even under a tree!—and campus refurbishment projects to serve every aspect of the school, and learn all about education in Ghana. Breaks from work might be just as demanding. Try to keep up with the children as they invite you to play soccer and schoolyard games after class!

Hands-On Learning

Daily interaction with the local community will give you enormous insight into Ghana’s culture and current issues. Participate in workshops such as batik cloth dyeing, drumming, dancing and crash courses in the native language, Ewe or Krobo. You’ll be bestowed a Ghanaian name by the local chief of your village, and visit a seamstress to have custom clothing made out of colorful fabrics you purchase. To learn about more dynamic issues and challenges Ghana faces, hear from local experts about topics varying from traditional gender roles to modern-day children’s issues. On the 21-Day Flagship Program, you’ll hear about the nation’s history as a hub of the slave trade, and visit Keta Slave Fort to truly understand the weight of this topic.

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Adventure

Experience full immersion in Ghana’s rich cultural heritage as you are actively invited to participate in drumming and dancing, explore outdoor markets and take part in cooking lessons with staff at your Home Base, who will treat you like family. You’ll also experience the natural surroundings of Ghana with a beautiful waterfall hike, and on our 21-Day Flagship Program, visit a monkey sanctuary for a nature walk and opportunity to feed the animals.

Lodging

GLA has two Home Bases for this program. Both are located outside of Accra (the capital city) in rural village settings. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe. Students sleep in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to shared bathrooms with cold-water showers.

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Dates & Tuition

Ghana: Children of Africa™ 21-Day Program in Anloga Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 24 - Jul 14, 2018
Jul 18 - Aug 7, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Ghana: Children of Africa™ 14-Day Program in Krobo
2017 Dates
Aug 3 - Aug 16, 2017
2018 Dates
Jun 12 - Jun 25, 2018
Jun 28 - Jul 11, 2018
Jul 14 - Jul 27, 2018
Jul 30 - Aug 12, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,399
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

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Lauren

Lauren

From the first day of service to the last, we had begun to feel so welcome and at home. Personally, I felt as though I belonged there, and would be missing out if I did not return the next day. The culture of Ghana is one of the most warm, loving, and welcoming I have ever experienced, no matter where I traveled or who I encountered.

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