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Learn & Explore Trip: Ghana 2017


WHERE?

Accra, Ghana and the surronding areas

WHEN?

Monday, December 18th - Saturday, December 23rd  

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING? 

Join us for our first Learn and Explore trip in Africa! Head to Ghana to experience and learn about the intersection of African and Western Culture, a desire to maintain identity, and a desire to be part of the larger global community. We have SO MUCH packed into your days in Ghana - it's sure to be an unforgettable experience. Each day there are multiple activities planned including tours, lectures, local food tastings, markets, animal and nature experiences, and more! 

Planned Itinerary:

  • December 18th: Arrive no later than 10am and check into the University of Ghana Guest House in Accra, the capital of Ghana. We'll eat lunch together and then head out on a bus tour of the university and Accra. Then head to see a Ghanaian school to donate books. That evening we'll enjoy dinner together. You'll also be fitted for traditional African outfits. We'll close the day by attending an Ebo Whyte (native Ghanaian poet, literary historian, and photographer) play.

  • December 19th: We'll start the day with a catered breakfast and then listen to a lecture on contemporary Ghana from a university professor. Later in the morning we'll travel to Aburi and enjoy a picnic lunch in the Aburi Gardens. We'll visit the Akosombo Dam and then make a stop at the Shai Hills Monkey Sanctuary before returning to Accra. We'll close the day with dinner at the Roots (a Ghanaian restaurant).

  • December 20th: We'll start today with breakfast at the University Guest House and then head out to Cape Coast. We'll check in to Coconut Grove and then either visit Castle Elmina or head to Cape Coast. We'll dine together for lunch at Coconut Grove and spend some time discussing African literature with a lecturer or author. In the late afternoon we'll have time to hit the beach before dinner and free time.

  • December 21st: This morning breakfast will be at the Coconut Grove Hotel. We'll then checkout and head to Kakum National Park where we'll do a special canopy walk. Kakum National Park protects an area of rainforest, home to endangered mammals such as forest elephants, bongo antelopes, and primates like the Diana monkey. The Canopy Walkway, suspended 30 meters above the ground, provides treetop views of the forest. We'll enjoy lunch at the Crocodile Pool restaurant. In the afternoon we'll drive back to Accra for arranged African drumming and dancing on campus. We'll finish today with dinner at University Guest House.

  • December 22nd: This is our final day of activities together. We'll start with breakfast at University Guest House and then get our African outfits delivered. You'll experience Mokola Market, a renowned market place and shopping district in the center of the city. We'll then head to the Kwame Nkrumah museum as well as the Accra Crafts Center. We'll hopefully end the trip with a theater performance or dinner and music place. Spend the evening packing and getting ready to depart.

  • December 23rd: Participants head to the airport to return home or to the next part of their own adventures.

EXPERIENCE NEEDED:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip. Our trip leader Angela Owusu-Ansah is from Ghana and will be leading the trip. More on Angela: 

Angela Owusu-Ansah is an Associate Professor of Doctoral Studies, Concordia University, a Faculty Chair of dissertation research, a national commissioner for the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in higher education, and a Concordia University Innovation Fellow (2016-2017). She served as the Associate Dean for Research and Development under the Faculty Administrative Fellow, Assistant to the President and Director of the Center for Access & Success at Elon University. She was the Associate Dean of the School of Education, Elon University, where she was also Director of Masters Programs, Coordinator of Unit Assessment-Accreditation, Licensure Officer, and Chair of Teacher Education Programs. Prior to that she served as Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at Samford University, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education. She was the editor of The Educational Collaborative journal and she reviews journals such as The Educational Forum, Kappa Delta Pi. She was educated in Ghana (BA in psychology with sociology), Spain (MS in International Educational Administration, and certificate in TESOL), America (Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Quantitative Research Methods and Instructional Technology), with a residency at Oxford University, UK. She teaches quantitative research methods, assessment, higher education administration, and a course in creativity, inquiry, and innovation. She also supervises the dissertation work of doctoral students. Her research interests include assessment of quantitative literacy, educator preparation provision, and intercultural competence. Her hobbies are painting with acrylic on stretched canvas and playing basketball. She has family she adores and cherishes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, London, and Ghana.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ON THE TRIP?

There is a cap of eight people. Registration is first come, first served. 

WHAT DOES IT COST? 

  • Costs:

    • Students: $1,000 (scholarships available!)

    • Luminaries, Board, Crew: $1,100

    • Community Members: $1,250

      • Why are costs different for different groups of people? We charge Wayfinding students the absolute minimum cost to attend the trip to make it as affordable as possible for them. For those in our community including crew, faculty, guides, board members, parents of students, and Luminaries, we offer the trip at a rate that helps cover some of our administrative costs of planning the trip but still at a discount. Finally, we ask communities members to pay just over the standard price of the trip to help subsidize student participation.

  • What's included?

    • Ground transportation to activities and experiences mentioned in the itinerary

    • All activities and entrance fees as described in the itinerary above

      • Note: Itinerary is subject to change under trip leader's discretion

    • Housing for 5 nights (evenings of Dec 18th - Dec 22nd)

    • Breakfasts, lunch, and dinner (starting with lunch on Dec. 18th and finishing with dinner on Dec 22nd)

    • Logistical planning

  • What's not included?

    • Airfare to and from Accra (Kotoka International Airport is the main airport)

    • Ground transportation from the airport to University of Ghana Guest House

    • Visa ($60) and passport (if needed, passport must extend 6 months beyond trip end date)

    • Yellow Fever vaccination (required) and other vaccinations as needed/wanted

    • Travel insurance which you may already have through your credit card company or other policy. If not, we highly recommend it.

    • Spending money for souvenirs

Students -- We are offering three $500 scholarships for this trip. To apply click here!! The deadline to apply for a scholarship is October 10, 2017. 

WAYFINDING LAB OPTION FOR STUDENTS:

Any Wayfinding student who attends this trip and completes all assignments and projects may count this Learn and Explore trip as two or three Lab credits. Contact Tina for more information. 

HOW DO I SIGN UP? 

Registration is first come, first served. Trip registration will close Nov. 10th or once the spots are filled, whichever comes first. If you're ready to join us follow the instructions below. If you have more questions, feel free to each out to Tina Hart, Director of Campus Activities, at tina@wayfindingacademy.org. 

Registration for this trip will close November 10th and full payment will be due by that time.