Our unique Service & Study Model allows participants to apply what they learn in the classroom to service projects in the community. Through internships with our local
partners, our participants gain hands on experience in grassroots work. Through our classroom instruction, we provide global, historical and political context to the very
social issues that our participants work to address in their internships.
Our participants spend half of their time interning on one of three projects led by our local partners. Each project is fundamentally interconnected and offers unique insight into global development strategy, volunteer tourism, human rights and grassroots organizing.
Campaign for Learning Disabilities
Founded by Padmore Quansah, the Campaign for Learning Disabilities is a non-governmental organization committed to inclusive and quality education for children with learning disabilities and special needs. CLED takes a comprehensive approach to ensure that students with learning differences receive the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. They provide training, assessment and intervention services to students, teachers, parents, administrators and all those who work, teach and care for the child. Their work has included dyslexia screenings, diagnostic assessments, educational placement guidance, counseling for families, training for teachers, community outreach and more. Learn more about the Campaign for Learning Disabilities and the work they do here.
Cheerful Hearts Foundation
Founded by Eric Agyemang and Bright Fiatsi, the Cheerful Hearts Foundation is a registered non-governmental organization that aims to address human rights violations and improve health and educational outcomes for youth in the Kasoa area. Their Child Rights project focuses on Anti-Child Labor & Anti-Child Trafficking. CHF often works right on the shores where many children have been trafficked to work in the fishing industry. Whether collecting data or providing resources to children working on the shore, this project serves to interrupt cycles of child labor trafficking and provide sustained support for previously trafficked children in school. Learn more about the Cheerful Hearts Foundation and their Child Rights initiative here.
Cheerful Hearts Foundation
Founded by Eric Agyemang and Bright Fiatsi, the Cheerful Hearts Foundation is a registered non-governmental organization that aims to address human rights violations and improve health and educational outcomes for youth in the Kasoa area. For their Public Health Project, CHF works closely with local administrators, community members, schools and other stakeholders to improve the health of youth in the community. Their initiatives include education in schools, assisting in the local health clinic, data analysis and research, implementing safe sex and teen pregnancy prevention programs and more. Learn more about the Cheerful Hearts Foundation and their Public Health project here.
Our participants spend half of their time engaging in critical thinking and academic discussion in the classroom to contextualize and better understand the broader, global context behind the very issues they work to address in their internships. Through small group discussions, guest lectures*, video and readings, our participants receive an enhanced learning experience while our partners receive more capable and informed global stewards ready to take on the many challenges our multicultural world faces.
We feel that it is important for participants to understand their positionality in the world & investigate the political, historical and social events that contribute to an issue before trying to remedy it. Therefore our learning environment focuses largely on social justice & self-reflexivity. We see it irresponsible to go to another country to "help" with little knowledge of the culture, customs, and history of the region and we are recognized critics of the volunteer tourism industry. Not only do we thoughtfully analyze the issue of child trafficking in Ghana, we also look at the history between West Africa and the Western World. In particular, we analyze the impact that service trips & aid from the West has had on post-colonial Africa and question our own roles, participation and potential. With an engaging and enriching syllabus designed by seasoned traveler, social activist and doctoral candidate, Brittni Howard, SSSA participants engage in critical discussions and educational activities around the following topics:
And much more!