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WTI-6G Service Learning in Ghana
Professor Olivier Debure
Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Africa and soak in the sights, sounds and food? Have you ever been curious about whether Africa really fits the image portrayed by Western media? Have you ever wondered why Ghana seems to be one of the few countries in Western Africa where democracy actually works? Have you wanted to travel to Africa by making a difference by engaging yourself in a service project? If yes, this trip is the perfect culmination to Eckerd College’s Africa initiative and your chance to see firsthand Ghana, the Gold Coast.
The program begins with a short stay in Ghana’s capital, Accra, where we will be taught about democracy and power transition, colonization and the slave trade the emergence of the Ashanti Kingdom plus the integration of ECOWAS fair trade and the move towards a single monetary unit called the “ECO”. We will also profile the country’s health and education systems, as well as gender perceptions and the role of adolescent girls in society, all while sampling the unique character of the metropolis. The spectrum of lectures including government officials, university professors, businessmen and activists.
We will then travel eastward to the Volta region where we will contribute our time and effort in improving a community’s infrastructure particularly by constructing latrines for public use. For two weeks student teams of two will live in local home stays in the village of Tafi Atome. This promises to be physically challenging, but also fun under the leadership of a current Eckerd student from Ghana who will introduce us to daily life in his country.