Students on this program are able to take the lead on a number of volunteering projects benefiting kids in the community, from hands-on brick building for village development, to tutoring children on their own school grounds.
Service is an integral part of this program. You will volunteer in schools, working with Ghanaian children. Many children do not have access to education, and there is a lack of adequate facilities, books and qualified teachers. You may find yourself tutoring a group of kids in a classroom with no electricity or even under a tree with only a chalkboard and your own skills to share. Other service activities include making bricks that will be used in the construction of classrooms or engaging youth in a soccer tournament.
Through a variety of cultural activities, you will become immersed in this rich African culture. We’ll participate in workshops such as cloth dying, drumming, and Ewe language crash courses. Additionally, we will meet with inspirational grassroots leaders to learn how they are addressing the pressing issues facing Ghanaian women and children today. A visit to a local orphanage is especially memorable.
You will have the unique opportunity to meet with local tribe members and chiefs to engage in a deep analysis of traditional religion, the social construction of gender, the tribal system of chiefs, as well as the distinctive history of Ghana. Originally one of the hubs of the Atlantic slave trade, Ghana today has become a peaceful, democratic state.
Experience and learn about life in a fishing village by traveling to a local island via canoe. Start to understand how traditional religion can impact the everyday lives of people in this community. Explore outdoor markets with unique fruits and vegetables, beautiful cloth, and handmade crafts. Hair braiding and bead making distinctive to the local culture are unique experiences that can't be replicated elsewhere. Connect with nature too as we’ll hike to waterfalls and witness regional wildlife in their natural habitats.
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My daughter participated in Global Leadership Adventure's Ghana: Children of Africa 21-day program the summer before her senior year in high school and it was absolutely one of the best decisions we have made. We were so proud of her decision to step outside her comfort zone and travel to such an unfamiliar place and we could not have been more pleased with the professionalism, communication and support provided to us through Global Leadership Adventures. What amazed me the most upon her return was the deep connections she had made with the Ghanian children, host family, local mentors and GLA trip leaders – these people shaped her character and personal development in ways that I will be forever grateful. She gained insight into her personal strengths, leadership style and her ability to make a difference in someone’s life and I have no doubt that she will continue to use these gifts in her college years and beyond. In fact, she is already signed up for another GLA trip – this summer she will participate in the Peru: Foundations of Global Health 21-day program before heading off to college and she can’t wait!
This past summer, I traveled to Anloga, Ghana for three weeks on the Children of Africa program with Global Leadership Adventures (GLA). In simple terms, this trip was a life-changing experience. Between the perfect balance of service, culture, and the incredible people I met, I will forever remember my time in the amazing country of Ghana. Our days began at 7 am with a delicious breakfast, then we broke into our three mentor groups to go to our schools. At Zico Primary, my mentor group’s school, we started by making bricks; these bricks would go toward building school facilities because there is an issue of overcrowding. After brick making, we taught for an hour. My two partners and I taught first graders english, science, and math. I had never taught before in a classroom setting so it was quite challenging but very fun and rewarding by the end of the three weeks. I made an incredible relationship with my students and learned a bit of Ewe, the local language, along the way. After returning from school and eating lunch, we did a variation of activities each day. For example, one day we shopped in the Anloga and Keta markets. There, we bought traditional fabric which we then brought to seamstresses who sewed clothing for us. When we returned from our afternoon activities, we ate dinner and began our evening activity. Days were packed full with lots to do and each activity had the purpose of meeting new people and learning about Ghanaian culture. Aside from the schedule, I want to acknowledge the amazing staff on site. Each mentor group has a mentor and a local staff member; there is also an international director and a local staff director. Everyone is extremely nice and approachable. They accompany you on every adventure and they are great people to get to know and talk to; they each come from such interesting and different backgrounds so make sure you get to know them! GLA does an amazing job at finding incredible staff, providing a fun, activity-packed trip, and ensuring our safety. I cannot recommend this company enough! I will never forget my experience in Ghana and will remember all of the wonderful memories I made there.
Ghana was a life-changing experience for me and I would absolutely love to go back. I learned so much, not only about Ghana, but the world as well. We taught classes in the morning and played with the kids in the afternoon. Between those two sessions, we would gather as a group to talk about global and social issues such as privilege and girl empowerment. I loved it and I met so many wonderful people who came on the trip with me and the Ghanaians, who are probably some of the friendliest people you will meet. I had a phenomenal time on this trip and would recommend this to anyone who may be interested. It was rewarding, life-changing, and eye-opening. I made so many friends and had an amazing time.