Star Service & Study Abroad participants engage in rigorous classroom learning & hands on internship work while enjoying Ghana's rich culture & vibrant social life. During the week, participants are required to attend all classes & report to their internships prepared & on time. On weekends, participants can explore nearby Accra, relax in Kasoa or join us for group excursions to Cape Coast & other exciting activities. Read our program schedule below to see what life is like as an SSSA participants!

 
 

 

Program Schedule for 2017
Updated 2018 schedule coming soon!

 

week 1

Participants arrive at Kotoka International Airport in Accra and spend their first two days visiting museums, local markets and exploring the capital city. As a group we will travel an hour outside of the city to the town of Kasoa which will be our home base for the duration of the program. Upon arriving in Kasoa, we will be greeted by the Cheerful Hearts Foundation with music, food and dance in a special welcome ceremony. We will spend the rest of the week establishing group rules and reviewing safety information. Participants will be introduced to their professional mentor and will be able to practice getting to and from their service project location via local transportation prior to the start of classes. 

WEEKEND 1

Participants will stay in Kasoa to settle in and get a feel for the area. Participants will also have opportunities to attend cultural events, enjoy the nightlife and explore the area. 

week 2

Classes and internships will commence. On Monday & Wednesday participants will learn Twi and engage in classroom discussions on identity, politics and social justice. On Tuesday & Thursday participants will work with their mentors on projects that serve the Cheerful Hearts Foundation and the Kasoa community. Friday will begin with a group check-in and then participants are free to run errands, relax, practice their Twi or make new friends! (Each participant is expected to volunteer time in the CHF office on an as needed basis. CHF administrative volunteering will also take place on Fridays). SSSA will also be visited by local drummers and professional dancers so participants will have the chance to shake up the work week and learn African dance & drumming! Exact day TBA. 

WEEKEND 2

Star Service & Study Abroad will take a group trip to the beautiful city of Cape Coast in southern Ghana! While there we will take field trips to Kakum National Park (a tropical rainforest famous for its breathtaking canopy walkway) as well the Cape Coast Castle (a former slave dungeon used to hold slaves before their journey across the Atlantic). 
 

WEEK 3

On Monday & Wednesday participants will learn Twi and engage in classroom discussions on identity, politics and social justice. On Tuesday & Thursday participants will work with their internship mentors on projects that serve the Cheerful Hearts Foundation and the Kasoa community. Friday will begin with a group check-in and then participants are free to run errands, relax, practice their Twi or make new friends! SSSA will also be visited by local drummers and professional dancers so participants will have the chance to shake up the work week and learn African dance & drumming! Exact day TBA. 

WEEKEND 3

Co-Directors, Brittni Howard & Nialena Ali, will accompany participants on a group trip to Accra. Participants will spend their weekend in the capital city where they can enjoy shopping, nightlife, cultural events and more!

Week 4

This week will look just like Weeks 2 & 3 however on Friday we will have a closing ceremony provided by our friends at the Cheerful Hearts Foundation. Participants will be able to connect with their cohort, mentors and CHF & SSSA staff over music, food and dance one last time before they depart on Saturday!