Participate in a unique Community-Based Learning (CBL) Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) that will critically explore theories and strategies around sustainable community development in Ghana, West Africa, and the explicit link between colonization and modern international aid and development efforts. We will visit four major regions of Ghana, each rich with their own cultural heritage, and will meet with local and international NGOs and aid organizations. This ICA will also include travel to historical sites, arts and drumming workshops, and a homestay with local families in Cape Coast. This ICA would be ideal for anyone considering doing domestic or international community-based work.
Application and Study Abroad Deadlines March 26, 2018: Application & 50 application fee due April 30, 2018: $500 non-refundable deposit is due September 25, 2018: Final payment due
Eligibility, Prerequisites, and Academic Credit
No prerequisites. Preference will be given to students who have been involved with Community-Based Learning, or have taken CBL 115, but neither are required. This program is open to all students in good academic standing (above a 2.0 GPA). This ICA is listed as CBL 272Y, and is a total of 4.0 credits, including a 2nd 7-week pre-course in FA18 and the January term abroad in 2019. Students will enroll in the course in the fall semester.
The tentative cost of this program is $5,200. This fee includes lodging, all meals, transportation in Ghana, as well as all workshops, seminars, entrance fees, and insurance. This price also includes visa fees and international airfare from Baltimore/DC (most likely Dulles International Airport) to Ghana and back to Baltimore/DC. Point of departure will be Goucher College. Transportation will be provided to the airport from Goucher.
All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships via separate application here. Students who qualify for the voucher are able to apply the voucher to the cost of the program. Students entering Goucher beginning in Fall 2014 may apply for a Goucher Global Grant in lieu of the study abroad voucher.
This program will also require a travel visa (fee covered by program cost). Students must also have proof of yellow fever vaccination to be eligible for a Ghanaian visa. All students MUST have passports and required vaccinations by November 2018, so that ICA faculty program leader can acquire appropriate travel visas for the program.