Ghana

Internship: Contemporary Art & Culture

Experience West Africa through the lens of Sankofa, a Ghanaian concept that links the past with a sustainable future. Working with a local organization, you’ll learn to appreciate the importance of Africa’s tangible and imagined histories as you earn college credit and prepare for your future career.

  • Art

  • College Credit

  • Outdoor Activity

  • Peace, Politics, & Human Rights

WHY STUDY ART AND CULTURE IN GHANA?

Your Experiment program starts in Accra, the capital of Ghana, a modern city with ancient roots. This fascinating city of contrasts—a unique blend of traditional and contemporary art and culture—is where you will begin your 95 hours of formal internship.  

Deepen your understanding and immerse yourself in local culture by becoming part of a community for four weeks through your group internship, homestay activities, and community projects. You’ll gain a new perspective on Africa as cosmopolitan, which counters Eurocentric narratives of deprivation and backwardness. Undergirding this program is the concept of Sankofa, which encourages a strong engagement with the past to ensure informed and sustained progress into the future. 

Enhance your critical thinking, time management, and intercultural communication skills through your internship with a local community or research organization, business, or international NGO.  You will also be introduced to hiplife music, media houses, and institutions across the country that highlight Ghana’s position in a hyper-globalized world. Expand your knowledge of present-day Ghana through discussions on politics, democracy, human rights, gender justice, and environmental challenges. 

Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn three college credits through The Experiment’s accredited partner institution, School for International Training. 

LEARN BY DOING 

The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Ghana, you will learn: 

 TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Research and project management 
  • Email communication 
  • Writing 
  • Presentation 
  • College prep 

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

  • Resourcefulness 
  • Intercultural communication and understanding 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Adaptability 
  • Relationship-building 
  • Critical thinking 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Be prepared to be intellectually challenged by the course content and your learning community. Participants will be expected to complete required readings, assignments, exercises, and actively participate in course discussions.
  • Rugged travel includes bus rides and/or other extended travel on bumpy roads or other rugged conditions during the excursion outside Accra. 
  • Outdoor activities include hiking and trekking. 
  • Immerse yourself in the daily life of an urban local family through homestays, a cornerstone of The Experiment. 
  • Vegetarian meals are not as common as in the United States. Although it will be difficult to remain strictly vegetarian, there are places that satisfy vegetarian concerns, especially in urban centers such as Accra.  
  • Access to the internet is limited and internet speeds and connectivity vary.  
  • The diverse personal and social identities of participants may, in part, shape their experience abroad. In-country partners will discuss cultural norms and the local context during orientation. Please read our approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for further information. All students will have a safe space within the program spaces and with the local staff and group leaders.  

AT A GLANCE

Program Availability

Filling

Program Date

Jul 1 - Jul 30

Prerequisite

None

Program Fee

TBD

Group Airfare Cost

TBD

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • College credit
  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • All program activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Experienced group leaders

Sample Itinerary

This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented below.

View Itinerary Details

Days 1-3

Orientation in Accra 

  • Learn about Ghanaian history and culture from local experts. 
  • See contemporary art in Accra during a guided tour. 
  • Bond with other members of your group and Ghanaian peers.  
  • Appreciate the social architecture that underpins one of Africa’s most important cities. 

During orientation, you will stay in a centrally located hotel/guesthouse. 

Days 4-23

Homestay in Accra; Internship; Cultural Activities  

  • Become immersed in the daily life of your host community in Accra. 
  • Complete a group internship with an organization with a focus on contemporary art and culture. 
  • Attend cooking classes and sample traditional Ghanaian cuisine. 
  • Visit art museums and local markets in Accra with your host family. 
  • Participate in a community service project. 
  • Visit the Center for African Popular Culture, Nana Project, and Nubuke Foundation. 
  • Explore Accra and visit Oxford Street and Gallery 1957.  

Days 24-26

Excursion 

  • Learn about the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade along the coast of West Africa as you visit centuries-old castles in Elmina and Cape Coast.  
  • Visit Java Museum to understand Africans’ complicated relationships with Indonesia and Holland. 
  • Explore the diverse flora and fauna of Kakum Rainforest. 

During this period, you will stay with your group in a small hotel/guesthouse. 

Day 27

Wrap-up and Reflection in Accra 

  • Reflect with your group on your learning experiences during the program. 
  • Go for a city walk and shopping. 

Day 28

Departure 

Program experts

College credit-bearing programs are led by accomplished and experienced faculty approved by the School for International Training (SIT). Faculty of record typically live in the country of study and are responsible for instructional content, classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations. They work in close consultation with SIT’s Dean of Faculty and Experiment staff team and group leaders to craft an engaging, college-level curriculum and design field and internship experiences that match student needs and interests.

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, PhD

Kwabena is the Academic Director for the SIT semester-program Globalization, Cultural Legacies & the Afro-Chic. He holds a PhD in English literature from West Virginia University, where he also taught undergraduate courses in the Department of English. His research interests revolve around African literature, and he has authored publications that have focused on African electronic literature, video gaming, literature and gender, and oral literature. He teaches various undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the University of Ghana’s Department of English, where he enjoys mentoring and interacting with students.

Thelma Ohene-Agyei, PhD

Thelma is the Academic/Homestay Coordinator for SIT’s Globalization, Cultural Legacies & the Afro-Chic study abroad program. She was born in Takoradi and grew up in Obuasi, a mining town that is responsible for most of the gold that Ghana exports. She got her PhD in pharmacology from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom after earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees in pharmacy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. She teaches in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Ghana and enjoys reading and writing.