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Ghana- International Development, History and Culture

Study Abroad Programs at City College

Ghana- International Development, History and Culture

Summer 2016

Dates: TBA

Credits: 6


Academic Program: Ghana: History, Culture & Development

This international relations program is offered through the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. The program is open to MA and undergraduate students. Participants will gain a greater understanding of Ghana's history, culture, ecology, and development issues through active engagement in a service learning project, field research, and academic work.

Academic requirements for the course

Students will complete all assigned readings on a range of subjects that include Ghana's history, culture, politics, economic development and current affairs; keep a daily journal to be turned in weekly; make an oral presentation; and write a final 10-page paper.

Service Learning Component

The overall goal of this program is to work with Unity's team of specialists to provide training to small-scale farmers in sustainable, organic methods. The group will also explore ways to connect the growers to markets. Participants will work side-by-side with men, women, and children from Kobina Ansa and surrounding villages on activities including: 

  • Planting trees (cocoa, mango, papaya, banana, and avocado)
  • Digging swales to harvest rainwater
  • Researching ways to add value to raw materials (steam distillation, dehydration, etc.)
  • Helping to connect small-scale farmers to local and foreign markets.

Participants will also have the opportunity to conduct field research, investigate how food production is linked to economics, public health, and the environment within the region. 

Unity’s Approach

Unity Ecovillage works with community leaders to design and implement sustainable development projects intended to improve the quality of life in Ghana’s central region. Environmental sustainability, education, poverty alleviation, and public health are particular areas of interest. Working with a team of specialists, Unity’s director, Isaac Hirt-Manheimer, applies his two decades of ethnographic research experience in Africa to the design of projects uniquely  suited to the culture of the intended beneficiaries.

Unity provides communities with the training and technology they need to help themselves. For example, after CCNY service learning participants built two classrooms and a toilet facility at the elementary school in Kobina Ansa (2012 - 2013), the community responded by building a high school with its own financial resources and communal labor. The Kobina Ansa High School is the first in the region and is now serving  all of the surrounding villages.


Nestled in a rural hilltop community 8 km outside of Cape Coast, Unity offers a pristine natural environment and a taste of eco-friendly living. Its unique design draws from ancient indigenous building methods, and integrates cutting edge technology and construction techniques from around the world. The comfortable guest rooms feature earthen walls (mud-brick, cob, and hydraform), integration of renewable energy sources, rainwater harvesting, composting toilets and more. Click here for more information.

Before you go check the helpful links below:       

Center for Disease Control- Check for any travel notices.

U.S. Department of State International Travel- Learn more about your destination.

Consulate General of Ghana- Not sure if you need a visa? Check here.


Important Dates (mandatory meetings):

- Deadline for all Application Materials: Friday, April 29, 2016
- Interview with Study Abroad: TBA
- Pre-Departure Orientation: TBA
- Deadline for payment of Program costs and CUNY - Tuition: TBA



Application Fee: $300

CUNY Tuition: 6 credits

*Program Cost: TBA

Airfare: $1,650 - $2,000 (Estimated)


*Program cost includes room & board, some cultural activities, and airport pick up. Airfare is not included.