Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies
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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
This CIEE program, based in Legon, Ghana, enables students to explore in depth the political and economic challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa, or immerse themselves in study of West African musical and dance forms and art cultures. One of Africa's most stable countries, Ghana offers a rich cultural heritage and fascinating history of politics and social change. The program combines classroom study with direct participation with Ghanaian students, families and representatives of community organizations, government agencies and arts institutions in order to guide students into close engagement with critical issues related to public health, development, and Ghanaian history and culture.
The CIEE program includes a directed, reflective volunteer and community service element: students may volunteer at local businesses, social services centers, and cultural institutions as well as in local schools. In past years, students have volunteered in rural health clinics, the Ghana National Museum, various NGOs, elementary and junior high schools, media houses, domestic violence support centers, and law and human rights organizations. The CIEE Study Center in Legon undertakes a community service project every semester.
Excursions bring the coursework to life: after lectures on the impact of slavery in the country, students go to Cape Coast to explore locations where transatlantic slavery took place. Students will also explore the traditional chieftaincy institution, history and culture on a trip to the Ashanti Region. Day trips will occur to places like Abuir Botanical Gardens, the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, Boti Falls and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. Students also have opportunities to visit Lake Volta, the National Museum, the W.E.B. Dubois Center, Dodi Island and the coastal town of Elmina.
Internships are available: students may shadow health care professionals during ward rounds, tutor English or math for students at the Future Leaders Underprivileged Care Center, or work as a field officer for Mail Finance, which promotes the economic well-being of market women and petty traders.
Learn more about the CIEE Ghana: Arts and Sciences Program.
Credits: 4.5 Knox credits for successful completion of the fall or spring semester
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