Light for Children Educational Exchange

We wanted to inform you of a brand new program that was just launched called the Educational Exchange. This is a 15 day trip through Ghana with Light for Children and it incorporated volunteering, cultural learning, language study, tourism and much more. This trip will be over the winter break from university and will be lead by a Light for Children Alumni from Chicago, USA. Please email kuntzr@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions!

 

LiFoC Ghana Educational Exchange Program 2012

GOAL:

The overall goal of the programme is promoting international understanding.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To interact with students in Africa leading to development of understanding of how students in Africa (Ghana) differ from other foreign students.
  • To reduce the fear and prejudices that some foreign students entertain on African people.
  • To enable foreign students to explore and appreciate African culture, educational systems, economy, religion and history.
  • To enhance the ability of foreign students in some of African languages.
  • To promote exchanging of ideas and sharing of information on programmes, services and activities of high schools.

ACADEMIC TRIP

The programme is designed for students in the high school (secondary school) to study abroad at a partner public school in Ghana.

The student will have the opportunity to observe classes of partner school and take part in the extra-curricular activities. The excursion component will enable the student to explore historic sites (forts and castle), the national parliament and some educational institutions. The student including their chaperons will stay in a guest house. The duration is 15days.

(There is a sample itinerary attached)

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL IMMERSION

This programme is designed to enhance the intellectual and social development of the student. The aim of this programme is to immerse the students into diverse culture. The student will stay with the host family throughout the programme.

The programme includes excursion to cultural and historical sites in the country including museums, forts and castles and the slave trade routes. At the weekends, the students together with their host families will observe wedding ceremonies, funeral rites and religious rites. The duration is 15 days. They will interact with the students at special schools in the city.

 

BUDDY

The foreign student will be matched with a partner student (buddy) in a partner public school in Ghana. The foreign student will stay with his /her buddy parent/family (host family).

The student is given the opportunity to attend classes in a partner high school. The visiting students will sturdy Mathematics, Social Skill, history, English language and Basic Science. They will also take part in all extra-curricular activities.

There is optional excursion to the forts and castles, national park and the waterfalls. The duration is 12 weeks

 

Program start dates: 1st and 15th of every month or alternative date specified by the school group

Itinerary

DAY 1

 

Greeting by LiFoC staff at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra – Ghana

 

Arrival meeting

 

Transfer to hostel

 

Snack

 

DAY 2

8:00AM

Breakfast

9:00AM

Visit to Internet cafe to send messages to family and friends on safe arrival

9:30AM

Depart for Kumasi (guide will identify towns and villages on the way)

2:00PM

Lunch during the trip

4:15PM

Arrive in Kumasi and meet host family, traditional Ghanaian dinner

7:30PM

Introductory Twi (the local language) lessons

9:45PM

Journaling / Reflections

 

DAY 3

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:00AM

Cultural “do’s and don’ts”, adjustment and safety issues

8:30AM

Depart for town for drumming and dance lessons, debriefing on the bus

12:30AM

Briefing and giving -out booklet on workshop on child preventive sexual assault in basic schools.

1:00PM

Lunch

2:00PM

Exchange money at Forex bureau

2:15PM

City tour, language teacher will be conducting field lessons during shopping and touring (and throughout the trip).  Use of Twi will be encouraged while making purchases and interacting with people.  Destinations included on the tour:

  • Adum (the commercial center of Kumasi)
  • Central Market, the largest open market in West Africa
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

7:00PM

Return to host family

7:30PM

Dinner

8:30PM

Family time

9:30PM

Journaling / Reflections

 

DAY 4

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

Depart for LiFoC office , debriefing on the bus

9:00AM

Arrive at LiFoC office, overview of and discussion about the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Ghana

10:30AM

Socialize with children who are HIV positive or have been orphaned by AIDS, observe bead-making with the orphans and care-givers at the Art centre.

11:30AM

Students present gifts to the children

12:00AM

Lunch with the children

12:30PM

Depart for school for disabled children

1:00PM

Arrive at school, learn the art of making batik and tie-dye fabric and make this fabric in large quantities for sale to raise money for the orphans (the group will be allowed to keep some of the fabric)

7:30PM

Dinner

8:30PM

Journaling / Reflections

9:30PM

Free time

 

DAY 5

8:00AM

Breakfast

10:30AM

Group discussion with the Exchange partner school in Ghana: “What is the significance of traditional art forms in the preservation of a culture?”  “What is the power of non-verbal communication in cultures of the Diaspora or westerners?” 

Discussions on world political issues (focus on African politics) and on topics specifically relevant to the exchange partner.

1:00PM

Lunch

2:00PM

Visit to the Manhyia chief palace (this palace is UNESCO world heritage site)

4:00PM

Rehearsal for the school workshop

6: 00PM

Transfer to host family

7:00PM

Dinner

8:00-10:00PM

Self-structured

10:00PM

Bed

 

DAY 6

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

Final rehearsal for the school workshop

10:00AM

Depart for Bonwire (debriefing in the bus)

11:00AM

Arrive in Bonwire.  Bonwire is said to be the village where Kente was born in Ghana. Kente is a rich hand-woven fabric.

11.30AM      

History of Bonwire and Kente, and storytelling

12:30AM

Observation of Kente weaving

1:30PM

Lunch

2:30PM

Depart for Ntonso for observation of design and manufacturing of Adinkra cloth (traditional design)

4:30PM

Depart for Awhiaa to visit the wood carving centre where masks and famous Asante stools are carved

5:30PM

Transfer to host family

7:00PM

Dinner

8:00PM  

Discussion: “The Effects of Colonialism on African Spirituality and Religion

10:00PM

Bed

 

DAY 7

7:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM

Debriefing

9:00 AM

Depart for Nsuta.  In this village very little English is spoken. The group will test their ability to communicate with the Twi that they’ve learned. Staff members will assist with mandatory communication.

12:00AM

Transfer to host family

1:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

Hanging-out with host family

3:00 PM

Observe methods of preparing traditional food over an open fire

6:00 PM

Dinner

7:00 PM

Storytelling and night games with the children.

10:00PM

Bed

 

DAY 8

7:00AM

Join the boys and girls fetch water from a well. 

  • The group will go and get water from the local well for their bathing and cooking for the day. The well is about ½ mile away from the house. They will be instructed in how to successfully carry water on their heads from the well to the house. The amount of water will serve the entire house, not just each individual.

7:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

School workshop at the basic schools

12:00AM

Visit to local high school to observe classes

1:00PM

Presentation of Gifts (school supplies, funding, etc.)

1:30PM

Lunch

3:00PM

Football match between the local high school and the group

7:00PM

Dinner

8:00PM

Discussion: “Living From the Land

  • Group members will engage in a discussion with local youth about what it is to live in an agricultural community. How are responsibilities shared? How does it affect one’s lifestyle? What are the economic implications?

10:00PM

Bed

DAY  9

7:30AM

Breakfast

9:00AM

School workshop at Mampong government cluster of schools

10:00AM

Depart for Kintampo(debriefing in the bus)

1:00PM

Lunch

2:00PM

Tour and showering at Kintampo Waterfalls

3:00PM

Depart to Boabeng-Fema Monkey Sanctuary

4:00PM

Tour of the monkey sanctuary

5:00PM

Departure for Kumasi

7:00PM

Arrive in Kumasi

7:30PM

Dinner

8:30PM

Journaling /Essay assignment /Reflection

10:00PM

Bed

DAY 10

7:30AM

 Breakfast

8:30AM

Debriefing

9:00AM

School (classes) observation at the leading high school in the city

11:00AM

Hanging-out at the lake Bosuntwi (the largest natural lake in Ghana encircled by 18 villages)

1:00AM

LUNCH

4:00AM

Transfer to host family

5:00AM

Hanging-out with host family

7:00PM

Dinner dance (farewell party)

10:00PM

Bed

 

Day 12

6:30AM

Depart for Cape Coast

8:00AM

Stop for breakfast

10:30AM

Arrive at hostel in Cape Coast

11:00AM

Discussion

12:00AM

Lunch

12:45AM

Depart for Kakum Forest Canopy Walk

1:15PM

Arrive at Kakum Forest

  • Kakum Forest has one of the few remaining canopy walks in the world. The bridges overlook Kakum Forest and its wildlife. The walks, hanging over 100m in the air may test the bravery of the group, as they cross 7 bridges total.

4:00PM

Depart Kakum for tour and shopping in Cape Coast

  • Cape Coast, formerly known as the Gold Coast, used to be the capital city of Ghana

7: 30PM

Dinner at a local restaurant

8:30PM

Return to hostel

9:00PM

Journaling / Reflection

 

Day 13

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

Depart for Elmina Castle, debriefing on the bus

9:00AM

Tour Elmina Castle and Slave Dungeons

12:00AM

Lunch and Discussion: “The Mid-Atlantic Slave Trade: The onset, the effects on West Africa and the enslaved.

1:30PM

Go to Cape Coast Castle

2:00PM

Arrive at Cape Coast Castle and tour Castle

  • Group will participate in a healing ritual, naming our ancestors known and unknown.
    Cape Coast Castle has, like Elmina, a “door of no return,” but also a “door of return”. Group members will participate in a ritual of returning through the door, bringing with them their ancestors who have been displaced.

4:30PM

Depart for hostel

5:00PM

Dialogue with school children from one of the leading high school in cape coast :“The Responsibilities of Children in the Contemporary World.

7:00PM

Dinner

8:00PM

Depart for Accra

10:00PM

Arrive in Accra

DAY 14

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

City tour destinations on the tour will include:

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Pan-African Affairs
  • Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Museum
  • Independence Square
  • Art Centre for shopping
  • Observation of a Ghana parliament session
  • Beach
  • Accra’s commercial areas

During the tour, lunch will be taken at Lebanon Club

5:30PM

Return from Accra tour

DAY 15

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

Journaling / Reflection

9:00AM

Debriefing

9:30AM

Discussion: “What Did You Bring with You?” “What Will You Take With You?” “How will this experience impact your interactions when you return home?

11:30AM

Formal goodbyes to LiFoC staff and exchange of pleasantries

12:00AM

Lunch

1:00PM

Last Shopping Trip

4:00PM

Depart for airport

6:00PM

Dinner at the food court of the airport

9:00PM

Depart


  • FEE:  1,500 USD per Head
  • What fee covers?
  • What fee does not cover:
  1. Airport meeting and hotel transfer for the first night of arrival.
    Air-conditioned Transportation throughout your stay in Ghana.
  2. Three (3) time’s daily local and international meal ,home-stay and hotel accommodation Free internet service in our office, Donation to project, Orientation, placement, assistance and adjustment, program and volunteer co-ordination/ staff support
  3.  Escort to the airport after Program. LiFoC shall present a letter of recommendation and certificate to participants after Program.
  4. Transportation, food and hotel accommodation during tours.
  1. Money for smoking /drinks and clubbing
  2. Air ticket
  3. Buying gifts/souvenirs for friends and family members back home.
  4. Insurance or lost of baggage

THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECTED TO CHANGES

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