Legon, Ghana

Ghanaian Dance & Music

Program Suspended for Summer '21
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Overview

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Open up to a new world of music and dance! 

Travel back to the origins of Ghanaian music and meet with the artists and people keeping that tradition alive and reinterpreting it today.

Music is intricately woven into the everyday lived experience, culture and traditions of the Ghanaian people.  This is evident in local festivals, rites of passage, politics, religious activities and other social events. Ghanaian music has seen dramatic evolution with influences from different parts of the African continent and the world at large.  From precolonial times, through independence struggles to contemporary times, Ghana presents a perfect place to understand and learn how music has influenced and continues to influence the nation and its people.

Learn each day through discussions with young artists and scholars, a workshop with a band, a visit to a recording studio or even dancing lessons! Get the bigger picture and live an authentic immersion through cultural activities or excursions to botanical gardens, a game reserve, a canopy walkway and  ancient slave dungeons.

Reflect with your peers to compare and contrast the evolution of Ghanaian music to other music genres in the world. Your program will culminate in the making of a 10-minute documentary about your experience that you'll share with the group and your home community.

  • Education

    Learn about the roots of Ghanaian music and dance, and their influence in Africa and the world.

  • Hands on experience

    Meet the artists and scholars keeping the tradition alive and reinventing it.

  • Certification

    A Certificate of Participation in the Ghanaian Music and Dance program.

Location & Culture

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Live in a land of more than 80 languages and 70 tribal groups! In Ghana you can converse with nearly everyone around you, as English is the official language.

Legon is a suburb outside of the Ghanaian 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 has since 1961 been an  independent university with over 40,000 students and a multitude of study areas.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"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.

  • Housing

    Selected guest houses and hotels in close proximity to the University of Ghana

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Visit the Legon botanical gardens
  • Participate in a Batik tie/dye cloth making workshop
  • Visit a music recording studio and interact with young artists
  • Workshop with Legon Palmwine band 
  • Enjoy a guest speaker lecture with Reggie Rockstone at Rockstone’s Office
  • Take a day trip to Shai Hills Games reserve
  • Tour the city of Accra to visit Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Independence Square and Osu Oxford Street
  • Take 8 hours of communicative Twi Language lessons to help you interact with Ghanaians during the program

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, covid-related measures and restrictions 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!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Eligibility

  • No specific requirements for standard sessions.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

Application Fee

$25

For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

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