Summer: Rutgers- Women's Rights and Community Service Learning in Ghana
Accra, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a mosaic of native cultures—the Akan, Ga, Ewe, Guan, and Dagomba tribes—and traces of colonial Britain, Portugal, and the Netherlands. The city, home to almost two million people, is the seat of government as well as home to the National Museum, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Cultural Center—an excellent place to buy textiles and handicrafts. The program is based in Legon, a suburb of Accra that is also home to the University of Ghana.
This six-credit service learning course combines daily internship placements with local community organizations with intensive and field-based study of Ghanaian history, culture, and society.
The course begins a month before departure with a summer reading list, posted on Sakai. Readings range from general introductions to the history of the region and the global impact of the Trans-Atlantic trade that connects US to West Africa, to a study of The Women’s Manifesto for Ghana.
Internship placements will comprise the majority of student's time in this course. Students will be expected to be at their internship sites for regular work days Monday-Thursday, though students should also be prepared for irregular working hours and short residential stays outside of Accra as demanded by their internship. During the first week of the program students will participate in workshops providing an introduction to the region and to NGOs operating in Accra. During that week, students will work with the faculty director to choose an internship site. These internship sites will be NGOs engaged in the women's movement and community development in Ghana. Past internship placements have included:
For a preliminary syllabus for the 2016 Ghana program, click here. Please note, this is a preliminary syllabus, and its content is subject to change.
It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the host community. Overnight excursions will include:
Arrival: May 26th
Departure: July 1st
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be hosted in a private guest house in East Legon, near the campus of the University of Ghana. Internet access will be available in the apartments. However, internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the U.S. Participants will be placed in shared rooms. On group excursions to Cape Coast, Kumasi, and Volta Region, students will be placed in three-star hotels with double accommodations.
The program will include group breakfasts as well as several meals during program related excursions. Students should plan to cover most of their own lunches and dinners during the program.
Program Costs: Summer 2016
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
New Brunswick Chancellor's Scholarship for Service Learning Abroad- the office of the Chancellor of New Brunswick's multi-year commitment to supporting international service learning opportunities for Rutgers-New Brunswick students. Scholarships of $500 - $2500 will be allocated based on a combination of financial need, academic merit, and stated purpose for choosing an international service learning program.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.