Ghana: Building Healthy Villages

Be a part of an invigorating 2-week building project and see your work through from the ground up to completion.

Highlights

  • Live steps away from the beach in a Ghanaian eco-lodge
  • Learn about public health and medical issues in developing countries
  • Help construct a composting latrine and handwashing station from start to finish for families in need
  • Learn about WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and women’s health issues
  • Shadow community nurses as they provide maternal health services to rural families/li>
  • Be surrounded by Ghana’s high-energy drum and dance culture

Overview

From leading Africa’s fight against colonial rule to triumphing in international sporting events, Ghana is known to be Africa’s vibrant and modern democracy. However, in spite of rapid economic growth, poverty in rural Ghana remains critical, and issues like poor sanitation and chronic food insecurity continue to bar progress. Through your compost latrine and handwashing station building project, discussions with health-focused organizations, and shadowing nurses in the field, you’ll learn why healthcare’s role is critical in breaking persistent poverty cycles. Both physically challenging and an opportunity to dive into health issues, this unique program provides both a building experience as well as a glimpse into Ghana’s colorful and celebratory culture.

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Community Service

Partner with and be trained by local masons to build a new composting latrine and handwashing station from start to finish for families in need. Before you wrinkle your nose, consider the critical importance of your work: This addition will help prevent the spread of disease and can even help local girls stay in school. This project, an eco-friendly and modern innovation, also produces high-quality fertilizer that can increase crop yields and sustain nutritious diets. Spend time getting to know the families you’re building the latrine for and be part of a ribbon cutting ceremony with the families upon completion!

Hands-On Learning

Accompany nurses to a nearby community, where they provide regular checkups for mothers and newborn babies. Observe as the babies are weighed inside a clinic. Compare traditional ways of life with a visit by the local chief and western practices with a head nurse. Consider how Western medicine coexists with rural Ghanaian health practices. Round out your experience with high-energy drumming workshops, a boat ride, a soccer tournament and Ewe (pronounced “eh-way”) language lessons.

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Adventure

Live steps away from Ghana’s southern coast, where most mornings you’ll wake up to the sights and sounds of fishermen on the beach. Join them in pulling in the nets! Explore outdoor markets and discover fruits, vegetables, colorful fabrics and handmade crafts unique to this region of the world. No trip to Ghana is complete without a visit to a coastal slave fort, a poignant reminder of a page of history that defined our modern world. You'll wrap your trip on an upbeat note, singing and drumming as you cruise down the Volta River to the sea, and celebrate finishing your service project with a bonfire on the beach.

Lodging

Home Base is a cluster of beachfront guest rooms in a well-appointed, enclosed lodge on the southern coast of Ghana. Students will stay with roommates in comfortable, gender-segregated rooms equipped with a fan. Bathrooms will be shared and have cold-water showers. Cool down after a hard day’s work in the beautiful lagoon right in front of Home Base!

Dates & Tuition

Building Healthy Villages
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio:
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours:
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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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