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.
Peace, Politics, & Human Rights
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, host community 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.
The Experiment strives to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in program design and delivery and the internship program is a unique opportunity to work in partnership with local communities. Therefore, the internship work is determined by the needs identified by the local communities. This may involve supporting the administrative, archival, curation, and center guidance of the local arts and cultural centers.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn three college credits through The Experiment’s accredited partner institution, School for International Training.
The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Ghana, you will learn:
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.
Orientation in Accra
During orientation, you will stay in a centrally located hotel/guesthouse.
Internship and Cultural Activities in Accra
During this period, you will stay with your group in a small hotel/guesthouse.
Wrap-up and Reflection in Accra
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 The 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 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 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.
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