Every other year, TCU students are provided a golden opportunity to spend three weeks in a region of the world with which students are not too familiar – Ghana, West Africa. Led by Professor Komla Aggor, the Ghana study-abroad program is a 3-credit interdisciplinary program designed for all majors. Core credit is given for Cultural Awareness and Global Awareness, and Religion and History students can apply the credits (or additional ones) toward their major or minor. Two seminars are held on the TCU campus to prepare students for the trip, and in Ghana students are immersed in a wide variety of intellectual and hands-on activities aimed at enhancing their sensitivity to multiculturalism and issues of global significance. Here is a sample: Seminars – African music and dance workshop – Workshops on African ceramics and textile production – Excursion to ecological sites – Communal service – Guided tour of Trans-Atlantic slave forts – Panel discussion with high-school and college students. The program site is the University of Ghana in the capital city of Accra. The Ghana program opens horizons and prepares participants for success in a globalized community on the look-out for graduates capable of working in harmony with people from different cultural backgrounds. Here is a sample of what the 2014 program participants have said:
“I absolutely loved this program. At times it was difficult, however, what I got out of it was worth so much more. Even only a few weeks after the program I see the trip affecting my daily life. It was an amazing trip.” (– Allegra Hernandez)
“This was such an eye-opening and amazing experience, one that I will never forget. The trip will definitely leave an impact on me for the rest of my life. The most outstanding value of this program was learning to embrace another culture and letting go of assumptions previously learned. Also, even though you may be from a different culture than someone when it comes down to it, we are all connected in some way.” (–Missy Williamson)
“I was very pleased with the Ghana Summer Study Abroad Program. This program gave us some amazing opportunities, to have experiences that normal tourists don’t normally get to have (like seeing a nuclear reactor). There are so many false stereotypes associated with Africa that can be eradicated by people being willing to open their eyes to a different culture or just by sharing true experiences with others.” (–Rachel Rebagay)
“I really enjoyed the program and I think the outstanding value of it is my knowledge that Africa is developing. Africa is not one big safari with cheetahs and lions and rhinos running around. There are not starving children on every street corner or nasty puddles of water from which people drink. Most importantly, the program allows students to see that people, especially children, are universal and although we come from different cultures and places, there are certain similarities that we all share as human beings.” (–Kaitlyn Upton)
Students interest in the program should contact Dr. Komla Aggor, email@example.com.