Ghana

Discover why the Ewe people of Ghana’s Volta’s Region are world renowned for their generosity and warmth. Smiles are easy to come by and the locals love showing visitors how to partake in their unique “finger snapping” handshake greeting. Program participants will be immersed in a culture that is vibrant, friendly and proud of its history of cultural arts such as drumming, dancing, and Kente cloth weaving.

Learn

Through our educational partner, Bethel University, all rising junior and senior high school students are eligible to participate in the immersive, online dual-enrollment course- Global Service Learning and Citizenship (GST 140). This virtual classroom experience not only provides program participants with an edge during college admissions because of their unique dual-enrollment university experience, it will provide them with a much richer service work experience and increased cultural understanding after they embark on the international service work component of the program.

Hands-on, immersive cultural learning includes taking part in authentic tribal ceremonies, learning traditional cooking techniques, visiting the renowned Kente weavers of Kpetoe, a visit to the Wili Waterfalls — the tallest in West Africa — and visiting the Tafi-Atome Monkey Sanctuary. For those who wish to incorporate a historical tour into the program, a visit to the Elmina and Cape Coast Slave Castles can be arranged — both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Serve

This global service learning program offers students the opportunity to participate in several different service initiatives including teaching, participating in book distributions in rural communities, and helping construct vital community infrastructure such as latrines, wells, and school buildings. Program participants will work side by side with the local villagers to implement these necessary improvements in the community. The experience will provide students with a new perspective on the obstacles that are preventing growth in these rural communities and allow them to practice implementing solutions to these challenges first hand.

Lead

Program participants will exit the program having:

– Demonstrated an understanding of the definition and value of global citizenship

– Developed awareness of one’s own personal reactions to those from different cultures (personal biases, beliefs, attitudes)

– Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of local, national and/or global issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations

– Developed skills for critical thinking and analysis of global issues

– Developed a sense of belonging to a common humanity, sharing values and responsibilities, based on human rights

– Developed familiarity with various cultures / cultural practices of the host country

– Acted effectively and responsibly at local, national and global levels for a more peaceful and sustainable world

Bright Light Volunteers Provides:

  • All lodging
  • All meals in country
  • All onsite transportation
  • Bilingual, local, on-site, group leader
  • On-site Bright Light Volunteers state-side representative
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Community service project funding
  • All cultural activity expenses
  • All community donations
  • Tuition for dual-enrollment college course offered online via our educational partner, Bethel University
  • Certificate of Global Citizenship administered by Bethel University
  • Presidential Service Award - Bronze Level

Program Contribution: $3240

Program Duration: 1 Week

*Figures above represent our standard package. If you’re interested in a customized experience please contact us at info@brightlightvolunteers.org

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