Information for term Service & Leadership
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineMay 1, 2020
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Tentative Dates: Aug 8 – Nov 3, 2020 (12 weeks)*
Application DeadlineMay 1, 2020
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Tentative Dates: Aug 8, 2020 – Apr 19, 2021 (36 weeks)*
OverviewClick to Open
Help children while exploring the rich culture of Ghana’s capital.
Experience daily life in a land of more than 80 languages and 70 tribal groups as you provide education and mentorship for deserving underprivileged children.
You’ll thrive in an atmosphere of personal growth and development by volunteering at the Future Leaders School to teach children (ages 5 to 16) who have never been to school. You will also have the opportunity to volunteer at a school that provides free education for homeless boys and girls. While teaching them basic math, English, and reading skills, you’ll also mentor them to help develop their sense of self-worth. Many of the children you’ll teach come from families who struggle to afford basic care and may also be homeless. You’ll make a huge difference in the children’s lives as you give them the support they need to thrive in school!
When not volunteering you will take the Twi language class to help you in your daily conversations and interactions with Ghanaian people. You could also sit in the Intercultural Communication and Leadership class.
In Ghana you can converse with nearly everyone around you, as English is the official language. Hang out with your CIEE peers, go out to watch Ghanaian movies, and meet other international students. Whatever activities you choose, you’re sure to grow as a person and a professional while studying and serving the local communities.
At least 18 hours a week of meaningful service, designed to make a lasting impact on your local host community
Grow your service portfolio and develop your leadership skills while doing something you enjoy!
A certificate of completion of CIEE’s Global Competence course providing you with a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning.
said their language skills improved97%
said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds94%
said it made them more mature young adults97%
Location & CultureClick to Open
You’ll find friendly people and a laid-back atmosphere in this university town.
Spend a semester or year in Ghana, one of the most vibrant countries in West Africa. You’ll live in Legon, a suburb outside the capital city of Accra. It is home to the University of Ghana, which students and residents refer to simply as "Legon.” The oldest and largest university in Ghana, it was originally associated with the University of London but is now independent with over 40,000 students and a multitude of study areas.
Accra, Ghana’s capital, is a bustling coastal city with beaches, botanical gardens, and colorful bazaars. You can shop at the vast Makola Market, explore the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, and hit the surf at Labadi Beach and Kokrobite Beach.
Daily LifeClick to Open
"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."
Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog.
Private bedroom in home of carefully screened homestay.
CIEE resident staff available 24/7.
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ActivitiesClick to Open
Sample Activities & Excursions
Your program fee covers fun cultural activities:
- Learn to make traditional bead jewelry.
- Weave baskets with experienced local artisans.
- Take day trips to Shai Hills Resource Reserve, where you’ll enjoy guided tours to see baboons and other wildlife; and to the magnificent Akosombo Dam on the Volta River, where you’ll view dramatic scenery and learn about Ghana’s source of electricity.
Your program fee also includes two overnight trips and one multiday excursion hosted by CIEE staff per semester, so you’ll get the chance to take in the diverse sights and sounds of several Ghanaian landmarks:
Central Region overnight trip
Take off on a private bus for this overnight trip to visit the Cape Coast Castle and its slave dungeons, built by Europeans and nicknamed the “Door of no return.” Slaves were held here to be loaded onto ships headed to America. The castle has a long history of being captured by different European nations, as the slave trade was very competitive in Ghana. Along with a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll attend a “courageous conversations” debriefing, discussing the impact slavery had on Ghana.
Hit the rainforest on part two of your trip. You’ll visit Kakum National Park, a lush rainforest and one of two locations in Africa that has a canopy walkway (rope bridges seen in pictures) connecting treetops over the forest.
Volta Region overnight trip
This overnight trip will take you to the Volta, an exceptionally beautiful ecotourism region that spans rolling hills and dramatic lagoons around the Volta River and Lake Volta. See the amazing Adomi Bridge, the largest of its kind in West Africa. You’ll visit the Wli Waterfalls, the highest waterfall in West Africa, and the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary. Proceeds protect animals and are reinvested in the community to build medical clinics and fund social services.
Kumasi and Ashanti Region multi-day excursion
On this two-night trip, you’ll head off to Kumasi, one of the largest cities in Ghana, to learn about the culture of Ghana up close. You’ll see remnants of the homes of the Ashanti, a great civilization that fell in the 18th century. At the Manhyia Palace Museum, you’ll learn about Ghana’s history before it was colonized by the British. Other destinations give a glimpse of local life: In Bonwire Kente Village, locals weave cloth in the traditional, multicolor way. In Ntonso, they produce dye, cloth, and traditional carvings. Kejetia features a massive open-air African market.
Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!
What People are Saying
I couldn’t explain how the West African experience impacted me in that moment, but I realized that I had been wrong about the way I was seeing the world thus far. There was immense beauty and just as much to learn in this moment than I had ever given my experience credit for since landing on the 25th.Emily H., CIEE alumna
I learned basics in Twi VERY quickly! While most of my class [living in dorms] knew only a couple words, I was able to have a short conversation with locals on the street because my host family talks to me in Twi at home. I am a firm believer that immersion makes all the difference when learning a language or culture.Madison G., CIEE alumna
I have been exposed to new people and a huge community that would have otherwise been unknown to me. The ease of getting involved in such an established organization so quickly amazes me and certainly differs from what I am used to at my home university.Carys M., CIEE alumna
Taking a gap year was the best decision that I could have made before heading off to college. I have come out a more mature, open-minded, culturally aware, and ultimately happier person. I entered college with a sense of accomplishment for already having spent a year in transition and I find that it is already paying off both socially and academically. If anyone is considering taking a gap year, the answer should be yes.Kira F., CIEE Gap Year Abroad alumna
Eligibility & FeesClick to Open
Eligibility & Fees
Fall: Rolling Admissions
Spring: November 15
Contact CIEE for more information
- High school graduates in good academic standing
- Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, flexibility and maturity
- Students must be 17 years or older at the time of their departure
You can create a duo program by combining any two CIEE Gap Year Abroad semesters and get 10% off the second semester.
Apply four weeks before the application deadline and receive $400 off the cost of your program.
Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.
|Academic Year 2020 36 weeks||May 1, 2020||Aug 8, 2020*||Apr 19, 2021*|
|Fall 2020 12 weeks||May 1, 2020||Aug 8, 2020*||Nov 3, 2020*|
*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.