LIFE AS AN SSSA PARTICIPANT

Our participants engage in rigorous classroom learning & hands on internship work while enjoying Ghana's rich culture & vibrant social life. During the week, participants attend classes & report to their internships. On weekends, participants can explore nearby Accra, relax in Kasoa or join us for group excursions to beaches, rainforests, historic landmarks and more.

"This program absolutely surpassed my expectations!"

Week 1

Introduction to Accra!
Participants land at Kotoka International Airport and spend their first week touring the capital city of Accra. As a group, we will visit national, historical and cultural landmarks such as the burial sites of Kwame Nkrumah and W.E.B. Dubois, the largest market in Accra, art galleries, universities, museums and more! This week is also dedicated to establishing group rules and reviewing safety information and will include creatively designed games and special activities to help participants practice skills for getting around in Ghana. We will learn more about one another, the history of Ghana and gain basic language, observation and navigation skills to ensure a smooth trip moving forward.

WeeK 2

Introduction to Kasoa!
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. Participants will attend an official SSSA Orientation for review of our policies, expectations, health and hygiene recommendations, agenda and academic requirements. Participants will be introduced to their learning materials and will begin to engage in classroom discussion. Participants will also have an orientation for their internships where they will be introduced to their professional mentors and will be able to practice getting to and from their service project location via local transportation. Classes and internships will begin this week on an adjusted schedule to account for required orientations and training. Participants will have opportunities to attend cultural events and explore the area. This week is intended for participants to get a feel for the area and get acquainted with their new living, learning and working environments. 

Week 3

Midway Point!
Participants will continue with their service and study work on a regular schedule. Participants will spend half of the week in the classroom learning Twi, and engaging in critical discussions of identity, politics, aid and social justice. Participants will spend the other half of the week with their professional mentors working on their respective service projects. To help shake up the work week and increase participants cultural and intellectual understanding of Ghana, participants can expect to have guest lectures, art lessons, drumming and dance classes and other exciting activities. 

To mark our midway point in the program, SSSA will take participants on a special trip to Southern Ghana where they will spend the weekend beachside and will have the opportunity to hike through the rainforest and take a tour of European fortresses and former slave dungeons. This is an exciting and insightful weekend where participants are able enjoy new scenery and relax while also gaining an applied understanding of colonial history and themes they have been discussing in the classroom.

WeeK 4

Service & Study!
Participants will return to Kasoa where they will continue with their service and study work on a regular schedule. Participants will spend half of the week in the classroom learning Twi, and engaging in critical discussions of identity, politics, aid and social justice. Participants will spend the other half of the week with their professional mentors working on their respective service projects. To help shake up the work week and increase participants cultural and intellectual understanding of Ghana, participants can expect to have guest lectures, art lessons, drumming and dance classes and other exciting activities. 

Week 5

Week 6

Service & Study & City!

Participants will return to Kasoa where they will continue with their service and study work on a regular schedule. Participants will spend half of the week in the classroom learning Twi, and engaging in critical discussions of identity, politics, aid and social justice. Participants will spend the other half of the week with their professional mentors working on their respective service projects. To help shake up the work week and increase participants cultural and intellectual understanding of Ghana, participants can expect to have guest lectures, art lessons, drumming and dance classes and other exciting activities.  

For our final weekend in Ghana, participants will take a group trip to Accra.  This trip  serves as a fun opportunity for participants to revisit the capital city and site of their first introduction to Ghana. After having spent over 30 days in Ghana, participants arrive in Accra with a better understanding of local languages, customs, currency, cuisine and arts. Participants are free to enjoy shopping, nightlife and cultural events and - having become pro-bargainers and savvy navigators - many find themselves grabbing fabrics, spices and paintings and stocking up on gifts for their return home. This weekend will conclude with a group beachside brunch (because we just can't get enough of Ghana's beautiful beaches!).

SSSA Closing Ceremony!

Participants will continue with their service and study work in Kasoa on a regular schedule. Participants will spend half of the week in the classroom learning Twi, and engaging in critical discussions of identity, politics, aid and social justice. Participants will spend the other half of the week with their professional mentors working on their respective service projects.

Participants will enjoy an overnight getaway to (yes, another) awesome, secluded beachside location for a special SSSA Closing Ceremony filled with food, laughter, activities to acknowledge and appreciate one another, reflect and (finally) give farewells.

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Closing ceremony with Chief Danchie