For an entirely unique study and volunteer program, look no further than ISEP’s Global Engagement Program at the University of Ghana. Immerse yourself in the country’s rich culture and history and make an impact in local communities.
This program offers benefits above and beyond a typical study abroad program including:
- Diverse ISEP-facilitated community service opportunities
- Independent studies, research projects or an internship
- An on-site resident director
- Facilitated excursions
- Twi language course
- Airport pickup
The University of Ghana is located in Accra, Ghana’s capital and the fastest growing city in Africa. UG has a variety of courses, but students studying resource development, agriculture, social sciences or public health will gain an especially valuable perspective that will set them apart from their peers.
Enjoy not only the beautiful campus and vibrant city, but also the sublime natural landscapes of Ghana including golden beaches and towering waterfalls.
Meet Your Resident Director
Theresa Scott Kwakye, a Washington, D.C. native, moved to Ghana in 1985. Over the last 30+ years she has worked with various universities and organizations, received her master’s degree from UG and has raised her four children in Ghana. As ISEP’s on-site resident director, she will support you throughout your program: assisting with course registration, housing and meal arrangements, organizing events and activities, as well as being your local expert on the program and country. She is very passionate about the program as she has witnessed it benefit the hundreds of students over the years - many of whom keep in touch and return to Ghana for work or leisure.
“During my interview process, I really talked a lot about my service learning experience… When Google actually discussed with me my offer, they said it was one of the things they absolutely loved hearing about. That’s what makes you stand out as a candidate.”
Simone Douglas, an ISEP Global Engagement Program and N.C. A&T alumna, credits her experience abroad as one of the main ways she landed an internship at Google. A mechanical engineer, she values the technical and communication skills she enhanced at UG along with the cultural experience and new perspectives she gained in Ghana. After the “four best months of [her] life”, she went on to work for General Electric Aviation and Amazon and has received prestigious scholarships from NACME and ELC.
For more on Simone, read her “Three Biggest Lessons I Learned While Studying Abroad in Ghana, Africa” and watch her webinar on ISEP Alumni Association Engineering Students.
Community Engagement Opportunities
The ISEP Global Engagement Program enables students to volunteer at one of over a dozen organizations and sites to serve and learn in the local communities. Each organization has specific needs; some organizations are looking for volunteers to continue projects that have been implemented by previous ISEP students but in general they are flexible and you are encouraged to contribute your own project ideas that suit your skills.
Download the ISEP Global Engagement Program Volunteer Site Guide to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available in Ghana.
Don’t just take it from us. ISEP Alumni stories like Lucia’s blog and Tali’s in-depth Instagram account offer a look at the life-changing experience that awaits you in Ghana.
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Another photo dump from the Volta Region adventure Plus some highlights from the past few days: My roommate Abigail took me to her church on Sunday—the singing was amazing and my favorite part of the service As part of my internship with Ghana’s National Folklore Board, I participated in the launch of their program to create folklore clubs in schools Being treated to homemade banku made by some new friends down the hall :)
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Spent an epic weekend traveling to Burkina Faso, a neighboring country to the north of Ghana. This was a trip for one of my classes here that’s considering agriculture and land use practices in Africa. It was a 18 hour bus ride on Friday, another 7 hours on Saturday, and a whopping 23 hour ride back home on Sunday. BUT it was so cool to check out some of the smallholder farming practices. We also acquired a ton of produce including corn, onions, tomatoes, plus some other necessities—such as a live goat. These pictures are some of the highlights of this adventure including my encounter with a (surprisingly chill) crocodile, some VEGGIES, and the people that made this trip totally worth it.
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Took a quick trip to the Aburi Botanical Gardens just outside of Accra. Found so many new trees including a nutmeg tree (I don’t know why I was so surprised to learn how nutmeg was grown) and a parasitic tree that ate away its host from the inside out… I don’t mess with trees
- blog How Studying and Volunteering in Ghana Changed Me ISEP students Jetta and Hannah tell us a little bit about their experiences at the University of Ghana and how they changed during their semester abroad.
- blog Studying in Ghana: The Best Decision I’ve Ever Made A common question I was asked prior to departure for Ghana was, “Why Ghana?” Now I can say the reasons I provided originally served as only a partial explanation of why Ghana was my ideal country of choice for my study abroad program.
- blog 4 Things You Need to Know Before Studying Abroad in Ghana 1. Expect to sweat If you are considering studying in Africa, you must prepare for the climate.
- blog Why I Chose Ghana For Study Abroad Four reasons why this student chose to learn and volunteer in Ghana.