Ghana: Origins of African Identity
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Experience daily life in Ghana by living with urban and rural host families.
During the course of the program, students live with two families in different geographic and sociocultural environments. Homestays directly immerse students in Ghanaian culture and provide a deeper understanding of life in Western Africa.
During the homestays, students become involved in their families’ everyday activities, practice their Fante language skills, and get to experience Ghana’s well-known hospitality.
Cape Coast (Urban Homestay)
Students spend five weeks living with a Ghanaian family in Cape Coast, a city of central importance to African diaspora studies. Students investigate historical sites throughout the city to establish background knowledge of the sociocultural issues addressed throughout the program. Because Ghana was used by colonialist powers as a staging area for the transatlantic slave trade, its historical monuments and collective memory, particularly apparent in Cape Coast, provide a valuable resource for students.
Komenda (Rural Homestay)
The Komenda homestay provides SIT students with an excellent exposure to contemporary Ghanaian village culture. Some of the homestay families have been hosting SIT students for over a decade.
During this period, students learn to recognize a wide variety of cultures within a small geographical area. Although Komenda, a fishing village, is only 35 kilometers away from Cape Coast, the town has limited access to electricity and running water. Interactions with farmers, petty traders, and local teachers help students develop an understanding of the wide range of Ghanaian experience in different parts of the country. Students typically spend one week in Komenda.
Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, educational institutions, or small hotels.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Ghana, Cape Coast
Language Study: Fante
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