At the beginning of the semester, you'll be provided with a calendar of student events such as day trips and overnight excursions both in and out of Accra that will immerse you further in the history and culture of the region. The Community Resource Assistants also organize events each semester, ranging in variety from an outing to a local restaurant to a museum visit to a local historical site. Most student activities are partially or fully subsidized by NYU, though students may be asked to pay a small fee to participate. The cost of trips, both day and overnight, are covered as part your tuition, and include some (but not all) meals!
Cape Coast & Elmina (overnight)
The Elmina forts, initially a trading post, quickly became a major stop on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. An accompanying lecture covers issues related to the history of the slave trade and how it has shaped contemporary Ghana. We will also visit Kakum National Park with its famous canopy walk, 7 bridges stretched high across the treetops.
Ghana's second city, Kumasi, is the capital of the Ashanti region and the seat of the Ashanti king. Students will visit the Manhyia Palace and learn about the long and rich history of the Ashanti people in Ghana. Kumasi is also known for its textile production, and students will have the opportunity to discover more about these traditional art forms through workshops on batik printing and kente-cloth weaving.
Tamale, the capital of the predominately Muslim region of Northern ghana, features an architectural blend of traditional mud houses and modern buildings. Students wil hear a talk on the region, visit the central mosque, and tour and commit supplies to the Widows weaving project and the Shekhinah Clinic, a free medical clinic and the receipient of multiple Martin Luther King Jr. awards from the US Embassy in Ghana.
Volunteering in the Volta region and Rural home stay (overnight)
Students volunteer to help build and paint a school or community center in the Volta region of eastern Ghana. Students will meet with the village chief and elders, view a cultural performance by the community, and eat dinner around a bonfire. Students will also have the option to stay overnight with a host family to get a real feel for rural life in Ghana.