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, homestay, guest lectures, site visits, and community projects. The homestay experience is the cornerstone of The Experiment experience and you will have the opportunity to stay with a Ghanian family for the duration of the program.
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:
Families or partner organizations are also responsible for arranging and paying for participants' domestic travel to the international departure/return airport in the U.S., whether flying, driving or by other means. By its nature, domestic airfare varies by airline, timing, destination, and availability.
I’ll never forget the four weeks I spent in Ghana! While on program, I interned at an incubator for young artists, where I learned more about artistry and the mechanics of a business. It was a great way to spend my summer!
SENAI, The Experiment alum, Ghana
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 with a host family.
During this period, you will stay with your group in a small hotel/guesthouse.
Wrap-up and Reflection in Accra
Emefa Kumaza is from Ghana. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Ghana, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre. Emefa is a first-year master’s student studying International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt University. For the past three years, she has worked in the education and development space. Her passion for education and development began when she joined Lead for Ghana, formerly Teach for Ghana as a Teaching Fellow. She enjoys working with young people and children. She runs a community-led social enterprise that through various initiatives is expanding educational opportunities to rural children in Ghana.
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.
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