About Our Program
In the spirit of reciprocity, a core value in Ghanaian society and a founding principle of the Keno Project, you will utilize your own knowledge and skills to develop and implement projects that benefit the community of Govinakrom. Our goal is for students to complete the program with increased global awareness, commitment to personal growth, sense of responsibility to community, and the skills to work and live cooperatively in a diverse society.
Intercultural Learning Seminar
This segment of the program will consist of guided discussions, reflective exercises, partner/group assignments, readings and reflective journaling. The course will address issues around cultural values, beliefs and norms of Ghanaian society, as well as the cultures of respective program participants. Particular focus will be given to those values and beliefs that impact the health and success of the individual and the community. Topics covered in class may include: global inequality and development, power and privilege, and intercultural communication. These areas of study will be addressed in relation to personal growth, living and working in a diverse society, and implementation of students’ service learning projects.
Dance & Music
Students will learn several dances from a variety of Ghana’s regions and cultures and will learn how each dance is culturally significant to Ghana’s many diverse ethnic groups. The pace of group dance/music classes will depend on the needs of the students. Additional instruction in dancing or drumming is available to interested students in their free time at no additional charge. At the culmination of the four-week program, students will tour the small villages surrounding Govinakrom and share the dances they learned.
Beginning in the first week of the program, students will start designing their own service learning projects. Keno Project staff will help students assess their own strengths and determine how they can contribute to the community in a beneficial way. Examples of service learning projects include: offering English language workshops to local children, helping start a local compost project, and starting a fundraising campaign for one of The Keno Project’s existing development initiatives in Govinakrom. At the end of the program, students will present a final synthesis of their projects and share what they gained from their experience in Ghana. The planning and development stages of Service-Learning Projects will be integrated into the Intercultural Learning Seminar and students will meet with staff on an individual basis to receive guidance and feedback.
Program Dates: June 21, 2012 – July 22, 2012 (24 days)
Program Fee: $1,200 (apply by December 15 and receive a $100 discount)
What is included:
Ground transportation from airport on June 21, 2012
Accommodation from June 21 – July 21, 2012
Ground transportation to village
Three meals a day
Two group excursions
Ground transportation to airport on July 22, 2012
What is not included:
Accommodation & Food for extra days if you arrive early or depart late
Travel & expenses for weekend excursions not included in program
Language Requirement: None
Dance or Music Experience: None
Orientation includes introduction to cultural norms, self-reflection activities, and lessons in the most widely spoken language in Ghana, Twi. This introductory, two-day orientation will take place in the capital city, Accra, where students will also have an opportunity to explore the market and other attractions in small, guided groups. Accommodation will be in basic guesthouses.
Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in daily activities with members of the local community. These activities may include: fetching water from the local well, cooking traditional Ghanaian food, playing games with local children, and observing the work of local artisans. Students often find that their interactions and relationships with Ghanaians are some of the richest aspects of their educational experiences.
Group excursions will provide students opportunities to experience some of Ghana’s beautiful attractions and experience life beyond the village of Govinakrom. Excursions will be held on two Saturdays. Transportation, food and entry fees included. Destinations to be announced.
Transportation, Accommodation & Food
Students are required to coordinate and purchase their own plane tickets, which can range from $1300 to $2000+, depending on season and length of stay. The Keno Project staff are available for consultation regarding affordable airline tickets. Students are required to arrive in Accra by the night of June 21, 2012. If students find a more affordable price that would cause them to arrive 1 or 2 days earlier, The Keno Project can arrange accommodation at an additional, but reasonable rate. Transportation to the airport will be on July 22. If students are staying additional days, they are required to arrange their own transportation and accommodation. Following a two-day orientation in Accra, Keno students will be transported a few hours north to the village of Govinakrom, in Ghana’s Eastern Region. Participants will live together in dormitory-style housing with toilet and shower facilities. Students will be provided with three quality meals a day. There is no running water or electricity. Bucket style baths and lanterns will be made available. The Keno Project staff will be reachable by cell phone. Students may purchase local calling cards to call home occasionally, using the staff cell phone. Students may also bring a cell phone that uses a GSM sim card and purchase a sim card with a local number for less than $2.