Frequently Asked Questions

The staples of the Ghanaian diet are banku, fufu, rice and other starchy foods, accompanied by various stews or soups with meat, fish, or eggs. Breakfast may consist of bread, eggs, porridge, or fruit, as well as tea. There’s also a wealth of bananas, pineapples, mangoes, papayas and other tropical fruits.

What is life like in a Ghanaian village?
Living in Ghana requires patience, humor and flexibility. Rural Ghanaians live slower, simpler lives. This approach to life can be inspiring and refreshing, however it can also be frustrating, particularly when you are trying to accomplish a specific task. This will be one of the challenges that can be an opportunity for personal growth. Ghanaians have a strong sense of community and less of an individualistic approach to life. As a Ghanaian, it is common to go through a day with little to no time to yourself and very little privacy. These are some of the things that will appear to be contrasted against what you may be accustomed to. As mention previously, there is no electricity or running water in Govinakrom.

What kind of support will I have?
Self and group reflection are integral components to your Intercultural Learning Seminar and can help students process their emotions about living in a vastly different physical and social environment. Students develop strong peer relationships that can be an excellent means of support. The Keno Project staff will be available to provide guidance and answer questions throughout the program.

What happens if I get sick or injured?
There will be a Keno Project staff member on site at all times who is a Wilderness First Responder and trained in CPR. If the need arises, Keno Project staff will accompany a student on public transport to the nearest clinic. Students are responsible for their own medical expenses while in Ghana.
When traveling to Africa, many people are concerned about HIV/AIDS. The average Ghanaian is highly informed about the risks of the disease. You may be surprised to find that people react very cautiously when someone is bleeding from a minor cut. As long as you practice HIV/AIDS prevention behaviors as you would in the U.S., your risks of contracting the disease are extremely low. Clinics use new needles and practice safe sterilization procedures.

What’s the next step?
You can apply to our program by filling out the application form below and email it to us. Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive additional documents to prepare you for the program, including a reading and resources list, health recommendations, information regarding visa applications, clothing and equipment lists, etc.