Interdisciplinary Program to Ghana

EWU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Trip to Ghana, June 2017

Eastern Washington University is sponsoring a faculty-led study abroad program from June 18-July 2, 2017 for juniors and seniors who are in the Africana Education Program, Disability Studies Program, and/or Psychology Department.

Participating students will earn up to 12 credits toward their respective major or minor; 5/6 credits of senior capstone in spring quarter to prepare for the trip, and 6 credits of internship in summer quarter while living and working with Ghanaians, visiting villages, and engaging in community-based service learning projects. In addition, students will visit historical monuments, including the slave castles of the Cape Coast. Activities will include the following:

  • Living in Nsawam, Ghana working at the Catholic Orthopedic Training Center and the Notre Dame Health Clinic, and developing friendships with students at the Brother Tarciscus Prosthetic Training College.
  • Living and working in Accra at Days for Girls, a non-profit program that provides reusable feminine hygiene kits so that Ghanaian girls can complete their education, thus helping break a cycle of illiteracy, poverty, and early pregnancy.
  • Teaching at the public school in Nsawam.
  • Visiting the W.E.B. Dubois Home, Kwame Nkrumah Museum, and markets in Accra.
  • Visiting Cape Coast to tour the infamous slave castles.
  • Visiting Kakum Rain Forest, walking above the forest canopy on rope bridges more than 100’ above the forest floor.

Cost of the trip, including airfare, will be approximately $3600. Expenses may be covered by student grants and loans.

To apply for this program, send a letter of interest, including your reasons for working in Ghana, to one of the co-directors of the program listed below. Also, have one faculty member or community member forward a letter of reference that addresses your academic record/history and your ability to live and work closely with others in a developing country.


Interviews with students will be conducted by the co-directors in mid-February and the complete list of up to 20 student travelers will be determined by early March.