Overview

This program is an unparalleled primer for those interested in the medical and public health fields. Students on this teen Peace Corps-style program are tasked to complete an entire building project from start-to-finish in 2 weeks.

This is a rare opportunity to affect the health of a rural community. One widespread challenge facing African communities is a lack of adequate sanitizing facilities as well as nutritious food for children. Our service project combats both of these problems. We’ll construct eco compost toilets for village families which will improve health conditions, as well as generate high quality fertilizer to increase crop yields. The project is tackled from start to finish by GLA students, providing a unique chance to leave a legacy in the village.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about public health not only through your service work in the villages, but also through conversations with local chiefs, assemblymen, and grassroots leaders.  We’ll visit local hospitals and clinics as well as traditional healers.  Additionally, this program will immerse you in this rich African culture.  We’ll participate in workshops such as drumming, Ewe language lessons, and coconut tree climbing.

You’ll live steps away from the beach, where most mornings you’ll wake up to the sights and sounds of fishermen.  In the morning, you can even join them pulling in the nets!  You’ll connect with history at the Keta Slave Fort, one of the 45 slave forts built along the West African Coast during the 1500s.  You’ll explore outdoor markets and discover fruits, vegetables, clothes, and handmade crafts found nowhere else on Earth.  You’ll sing and drum as you cruise down the Volta River to the sea, experience the mangroves, and celebrate your accomplishments with a bonfire on the beach.

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