Ghana: Children of Africa

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

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

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, 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.

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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!

Hands-On Learning

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 more about dynamic issues and challenges Ghana faces, hear from local experts about topics varying from traditional gender roles to modern-day children’s issues. Depending on the duration of your trip, you may hear about the nation’s history as a hub of the slave trade, and visit Fort Prinzenstein 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 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, and may even visit a monkey sanctuary!

Lodging

GLA operates two Home Bases for this program. Both are located outside of the capital city of Accra 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.

Dates & Tuition

Children of Africa
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
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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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