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JMU Summer in Ghana and Internship

Location

Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Elmina, Ghana

Program Description

THE 4-WEEK SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAM: We celebrate our 20th anniversary as the first JMU program on the continent of Africa. Close to 300 students from JMU and other colleges and universities in the United States have participated in our program. The 4-week Ghana program includes classroom lectures provided by our Ghanaian faculty partners, an afternoon of volunteer work at local NGOs and programs, and we travel to historic and cultural sites every weekend. All our activities are support by academic readings and our JMU faculty leaders manage the discussions. Often, we also bring in local specialists to lead conversations with students. Our students are accommodated off-campus at a hotel where the staff knows the program and ensures our security and comfort. Join us for this 20th anniversary program!

THE GHANA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: Students who are already registered for the 4-week Ghana summer program are qualified to apply to add extra weeks of internship. The 3-credit hours of internship expands activities at the volunteer sites into full-day internships. Students have the option to select one of several internships--students work with special needs children at New Horizon Special school; or work at the inner-city after school program at Glona Academy; or to intern at Winneba Hospital under local medical supervision; and work with a JMU Alum at BK Farms.

Students with no health services experience can still select the Winneba site as the hospital can benefit from our computer skills.

The experiences gained from interning at Glona inner-city site has also proven to be beyond the expectation of students. For example, our Glona interns during the 2015 summer program had no idea that their analytical skills were useful until they did their final SWOT internship presentation with regards to the structure of operations at Glona. The "strength", "weaknesses", "opportunities" and "threats" analysis is now listed on the CVs of the two-lead students as equal to "international consultancy". You too can find something to contribute at our internship sites!

BK Farms is a private farm that raises chicken. This former JMU student gained his experiences at our local farms and is practicing this trade back in Ghana. Interns will learn to apply financial analysis of farm financial record to the effective management of products; waste management, renewable energy alternatives and marketing and product development. This is a hands-on approach to developing businesses in the third-world environment. Participants in this internship will stay at the hotel in Accra.

Program = 6 credits

Internship = 3 credits

Progam & Internship = 9 credits

Location Description

Located just above the Equator and with Longitude 0 of the Meridian running right through the country, Ghana lies practically in the middle of the globe. Ghana was the first African country to the south of the Sahara to gain political independence from colonial rule. The country's several former slave castles (now, United Nations Heritage Trusts), link Ghana to the Americas. Ghana is endowed with natural resources including its goldfields that first attracted the early Europeans. If you like drinking cocoa or eating chocolate, then remember that Ghana is listed among the top three countries in the world for cocoa production. Ghana's rich culture is demonstrated by the role played by its traditional chiefs and queen mothers; these traditional roles are recognized in the national constitution of this peaceful and democratic country.

We are in the local community doing volunteer work in the afternoons

Some of the lecture topics require field trips (such as to recycle and sustainable sites or to local markets)

Our internship/volunteer activities make actual impact on our partner communities

We have done this for 20 years and you will be participating in a proven program!

THE GHANA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The JMU Ghana Summer program has a two-year understanding with SNV-Ghana (a Netherlands Non-Governmental Organization) to place one student for a partially paid 8-week internship in Accra-Ghana. This 9-credit hour internship is open only to ISAT/Engineering students. Interested students should talk to Dr. Owusu-Ansah (owusuadx@jmu.edu) or Dr. Jeff Tang (tangjd@jmu.edu).

Director

Program Director: David Owusu-Ansah | owusuadx@jmu.edu | History/Africana Studies

Co-Director: Lamont King | kingld@jmu.edu | History

Internships: David Owusu-Ansah | owusuadx@jmu.edu | History/Africana Studies

Accommodations

Accommodation is provided to students at a local hotel during our stay in Accra, and at all our travel sites (Akosombo, Ho, Kumasi, Elmina and Cape Coast). All our accommodations (hotel of residence) are air-conditioned and have hot water. Your program fees also cover two meals (breakfast and dinner), bottled water and local program related transportation.

During the 4 weeks of the program, students are provided breakfast and dinner each of the days (first two weeks in Accra). However, when we are on the road on weekends and the last week of the program, we cover all your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The program provides you with bottled water throughout the 4 weeks.

THE GHANA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:

Students opting for both Glona and New Horizon will be housed at a local hotel in Accra where we have resided since 1997. This small air-conditioned hotel in a wonderful residential Accra location, is safe, hospitable, and accessible to our internship sites. The hotel staff is fantastic and quickly become family to the program and its students. Transportation to and from the internship sites are provided by the program.

Those who select the Winneba hospital internship will be housed at a local hotel in Winneba, but will join the rest of the JMU internship group every weekend in Accra for program activities. All participants in the internship program will spend the final weekend at Elmina, visit Ghana's colonial industrial city of Takoradi, and spend the last evening at Coconut Groove Hotel at Elmina.

All meals will be provided as part of the program

Additional Items to Consider

All students are required to have valid passports, and have immunizations to be specified by the program director.

Parents and loved ones will be able to reach students 24/7. Ghana has great medical services.

The program director will arrange for all students to receive entry visas to Ghana prior to departure from the United States.

All undergraduate and graduate students from JMU and any other accredited post-secondary institution are qualified to participate in the Ghana program.

Ghana is an English-speaking country.

THE GHANA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: 

The Internship program is open to all students. However, students pursuing programs in education, health sciences, and psychology will benefit greatly at all our internship sites.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Open to all majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

ANTH 391: Study Abroad: Anthropology Travel Study - Ghana (3 credits)

ART 200: Art in General Culture: Ghana (3 credits)

ARTH 210: African Art and Culture in the Humanities (3 credits)

ARTH 312: African Art: Sub Saharan (3 credits)

ARTH 320: Travel Study in Art History (3 credits)

ENG 377: Introduction to African Literature (3 credits)

HUM 252: Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Cultural Perspectives in Ghana (3 credits)

HIST 263: Introduction to African History (3 credits)

HIST 391: Travel Studies Seminar (3 credits)

HIST 470: Modern Africa (3 credits)

IB 298: Special Topics: International Business (3 credits)

IDLS 391: Study Abroad: Ghana (3 credits)

POSC 371: Special Topics in Comparative Politics (3 credits)

PSYC 200: Topics in Psychology (3 credits)

REL 490: Special Topics in Religion (3 credits)

SCOM 395: Communication Studies Abroad Seminar (3 credits)

SOCI 391: Sociology Travel Study (3 credits)

SOWK 487: Special Topics in Social Work (3 credits)

THEA 303: Special Topics in Theatre (3 credits)

WGS 495: Women's Studies Special Topics (3 credits)

WRTC 426: Special Topics in WRTC (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

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