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* Learn and Serve in Ghana, West Africa
Multiple Sites, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break
Budget Sheets Winter Break
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Emily Garner Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
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Learn & Serve in Ghana -
West Africa

*Program full for Winter Break 2017-2018* 
Applications for Winter Break 2018-2019 will open in March 2018

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This CSU faculty-led program will engage students in Ghanaian culture and society, giving them an in-depth understanding of the local culture, history and livelihoods. Through service-learning and educational activities, students will gain a greater perspective and understanding of our global interdependence through Ghana’s link to the Americas.

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN:  December 26, 2017 -- January 13, 2018

CREDITS: All committed students will register for ETST 130: Africa in Local and Global Perspective (1 credit) during the Fall semester,  WS 182B Study Abroad: Ghana (1 credit) to take place over winter break through CSU's Division of Continuing Education and WS 132 (1 credit) during the spring semester for a total of 3 credits. The tuition and fees for the fall 1 credit course will be billed at the start of the fall term.  All other tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the spring term.

  • ETST 130 (Fall): Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:50pm

COST: See Budget Sheet for details. Program fee includes round trip airfare, international medical and evacuation insurance, all lodging, meals, required excursions and in-country transportation while in Ghana.  The cost does not include passport and visa fees, books and supplies, and personal spending money. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs, as well as grants from The Lauren Project.

PROGRAM LEADERS:  Dr. Caridad Souza, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director, Center for Women's Studies & Gender Research at Colorado State University, and Ms. Bridgette Johnson, Director, Black/African American Cultural Center at Colorado State University.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.25 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. Open to all majors.

Academic Overview

During the fall semester, students will participate in a series of team-building exercises and workshops as preparation for the international experience where they learn about customs and local dynamics.  In late December/early January students will then embark on an international program to five of the ten regions of Ghana, immersing them in both urban and rural life.  Students will be exposed to important topics such as youth development, social organization and relations, sustainable development, education, the history of the Ghanaian slave trade, artisan and aesthetic traditions, and much more. Service opportunities include teaching at a local school, volunteering at an after-school program, working on poverty alleviation, or volunteering at an orphanage.  The group will work with Ghanaian-run nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that immerse them in the life and culture of the regions they visit. Upon return, students will meet for an eight week course on the CSU campus during the Spring semester to help them better integrate their experiences. 


Ghana is a small, tropical, English-speaking, West African country of about twenty-five million people. It has a rich cultural history and artisan tradition which has been felt throughout the world through items like kente cloth, drums, vibrant textiles, and hand-made beads. Ghanaian people have unrivalled hospitality and  a rich cultural history.

Housing and Meals

Primary accommodations include hotels. Most meals will be provided and are included in the program fee.

Additional Resources

For any questions please contact  Ms. Bridgette Johnson or Dr. Caridad Souza  
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