Ghana: Children of Africa™

Highlights

Beating drums, children’s laughter and Ghana’s warm greetings welcome you to become family in the heart of West Africa.
  • 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, batik fabric dyeing, drums and percussion
  • Explore outdoor markets and visit historic sites

On This Program you will...

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, and adorning the decor of your Home Base. Your arrival will bring excitement to classrooms as you work to inspire students toward success in school.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Volunteer in primary schools, 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. On some days, you may be involved in teaching summer school or organizing games with children at the local park. Try to keep up with the children as they invite you to play soccer and schoolyard games after class!

Immersive Learning

Immerse yourself in batik cloth dyeing and drumming workshops, as well as a crash course in the native language. You’ll be given a Ghanaian name by the local chief and have the opportunity to visit a seamstress for custom-made clothing made from fabrics you select. You’ll hear from local experts on topics like traditional gender roles. On the 21-Day Flagship Program, dive into the nation’s history as a hub of the slave trade with a visit to Fort Prinzenstein.

Adventure

Experience full immersion in Ghana’s rich cultural heritage as you are invited to actively 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. On our 21-Day Flagship Program, go on a two-night excursion where you’ll get to visit a monkey sanctuary.

Lodging

GLA operates two Home Bases for this program; both located in rural village settings outside the capital city of Accra. Home Base for the 21-day program is located in Anloga, which borders the coast, and Home Base for the 14-day program is located in Krobo, which is three hours inland. At both Home Bases, 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.

Program Type

Are you passionate about improving the lives of children?
  • Tutor abroad and provide education to children at school and outside the classroom
  • Be a friend and role model to the youngest generation
  • Inspire local children to dream big and achieve their ambitions
  • Leave a lasting impact on the community through infrastructure improvements at local schools

Dates & Tuition

Ghana

Children of Africa™

21-Day Flagship Program
2020 Dates
 June 27 – July 17, 2020
 July 22 – August 11, 2020
 
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,399
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
Language Hours: N/A
14-Day Program
2020 Dates
 June 13 – June 26, 2020
 June 29 – July 12, 2020
 July 15 – July 28, 2020
 August 1 – August 14, 2020
 
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,799
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
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

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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