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The empowering questions may therefore be: How do you engage people who are culturally different? How do you create permanent long-term change? One way to begin is to see the people as a people to be known. And keep in mind that community participatory qu
Location:
Kumasi, Ghana
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Arts, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Social Services, Translation
Duration:
1-2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 1 year

Program Overview

Program Description:
Are you looking to just lend your skills to a village in Africa, or to immerse in a new environment to put yourself and professional practice to the test and contribute to human progress? Join us! All students, recent graduates and teachers of social work, psychology, sociology, theology, education and African studies are welcome to our project. The project offers international participants a unique opportunity for cultural immersion through working with children, the elderly and young adults to improve rural livelihood skills, to alleviate health, to inspire decent housing, to enrich education, or to research a local condition that perpetuates abject poverty to look for remedies.

The empowering questions may therefore be: How do you engage people who are culturally different? How do you create permanent long-term change? One way to begin is to see the people as a people to be known. And keep in mind that community participatory questions are the key to the local door: What can we do to work with you on this...? Why? Thereby, they bring their gifts to the question and we bring ours to the question. Empowering them to be successful in leveraging the abundant local resources for community development may entail training and counseling in mutual respect and trust. We anticipate the result will be permanent long-term change.

The project offers international participants a unique opportunity for cultural immersion through working with children, the elderly and young adults to improve rural livelihood skills, to alleviate health, to inspire decent housing, to enrich education, or to research a local condition that perpetuates poverty to look for remedies. All students, recent graduates and teachers of social work, psychology, sociology, theology, education and African studies are welcome to bring their gifts to the question: How do you create permanent long-term change in light of the rural conditions that perpetuate poverty?
Setting Description:
DATES: Year-round and lengths-of-stay from 1-6 months. WHERE: Abetenim village, 20 kilometers from Kumasi in Ashanti Region; and Sang Township, 50 kilometers from Tamale in Northern Region of Ghana.
Cost:
We provide free accommodation in our arts village or homestay for cultural immersion. Food is by cooperative kitchen in which we all work together in sharing the planning and cost. We suggest that participants apply for travel grants through their school, or other sources to cover their airfare, food and project.

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