2012 Ghana Study Abroad

  • Saying Good-bye to Ghanaglass before it's melted

    by Kamaria Carnes After a quick walking tour through the village we headed over to another nearby village to learn how they recycle material to make beads. There are actually many different ways to make them. Some methods include crushing the glass with stone into a fine powder and mixing different consistencies of glass. The…

  • Ghanaian Dance PerformanceUniversity of Washington

    by Kamaria Carnes Here is a glimpse at Tiffany Armijo, Gladys Reyes and Avalon Valencia performing their final project for the study abroad trip to Ghana: Back to the Blog

  • Final Projectsperforming for final project

    by Kamaria Carnes Today we presented our final projects and everyone’s work was amazing! We had a variation of presentations including spoken word, dance, videos, studies, food and musical performances that all embodied our experiences here with the people and the culture in Ghana. Fardowsa, Aminita and Kafiya prepared a meal for their final Gladys,…

  • Powerful Visit to Cape CoastKakum Rain Forest

    by Courtney Hernandez Today we got back from our field trip to Cape Coast. We got to go to two Slave Castles, the Kakum Rainforest and a small village for some community service. We also got to stay at Coconut Grove, a very fancy place that was right on the ocean! I felt like I…

  • Visit to Cape Coastwe did it

    by Kamaria Carnes Today we traveled to Cape Coast, a large town situated on the Gulf of Guinea, to visit the Cape Coast Castle. The Cape Coast Castle was one of the 30 castles and forts built along Ghana’s coastline that were used in the transatlantic slave trade. While some of the castles started off…

  • Education in GhanaCourtney_with_kids

    by Courtney Hernandez For the last two days here, we have been doing community service with the Cheerful Hearts Foundation. We had to split up into three groups after our orientation last week. The groups were the Child Labor group, the Public Health group and the Teaching group. Although all of the options sounded amazing…

  • Community ServiceTiffany_with_students_presenting_Posters

    by Kamaria Carnes Since the Ghana program is offered through the School of Social Welfare we participate in a week-long community service project through Cheerful Hearts, a service based organization dedicated to the education of Ghanaian children. Our group split up into three different projects: teaching, malaria outreach and child labor. Today was our second…

  • NgoniWorking on the instruments

    by Kamaria Carnes This week we had a lot of free time to explore the village, rest and take care of laundry. So I took the opportunity to get started on my final project with my partners, Charmaine and Tracy. The ngoni performance we had on our first night really inspired me to turn the…

  • Ghana ArrivalAriel Davis Welcome to Ghana

    by Ariel Davis We made it to Ghana! The Sankofa II group landed July 17, 2012. In Accra, Ghana! This was the first welcome sign! We are all full of excitement!! Back to the Blog

  • Our Trip to the City of Accracourtney_in_front of statue

    by Courtney Hernandez Yesterday we went on an all day field trip to the city of Accra. We got to go to the Kwame Nkruma Mausoleum, the Art Market, the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, and then we had dinner at a restaurant called Asanka Local. This statue is the very spot where he declared independence for Ghana.…

  • New Experiences in GhanaGhanian market

    by Kamaria Carnes Today was very full and eventful. We visited the burial of Ghana’s first President, W.E.B Dubois’ house and a museum that featured the history of the people who have inhabited Ghana. It was interesting to see how closely tied our country’s history is to Ghanaian history—there were definitely a lot of things…

  • AkwaabaAkwaaba

    by Courtney Hernandez Akwaaba means "Welcome." "Medasi" means thank you. Those are two of the first words that I learned in the Ghanaian language upon arrival. As soon as you walk into the airport (after getting through immigration and the 18 passport checks), you are greeted again and again with Akwaba. We all felt very…

  • We're Here!!Kafiya, Tiffany, Courtney and Avalon waiting to go through secuirty at Sea Tac

    by Kamaria Carnes Kafiya, Tiffany, Courtney and Avalon waiting to go through security at Sea Tac Getting to Ghana was quite the adventure. We arrived at Sea Tac at 5 a.m. and everyone basically had the same expression on their faces because most of us stayed up so we can knock out on the plane.…

  • Meet Ghana Blogger Courtney Hernandezcourtney_hernandez

    by Courtney Hernandez My name is Courtney Hernandez and I am a junior at the University of Washington. I grew up in Selah, Washington, a small town on the Eastern part of Washington state and attended Selah High School. I am so excited to be majoring in Social Welfare, because my passion is helping others, it always…

  • Meet Ghana Blogger Ariel DavisAriel Davis head shot

    by Ariel Davis My name is Ariel Davis, and I’m currently a senior at University of Washington. I’m a young 22 year-old who loves adventure and experiencing new things. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and attended John F. Kennedy Memorial High School. I have been studying politics, philosophy and economics at UW.…

  • Meet Ghana Blogger Kamaria CarnesMeet Ghana Blogger Kamaria Carnes

    by Kamaria Carnes Kamaria Carnes I was born and raised in Everett, just a quick 20 minute drive north from the UW campus where I’m currently majoring in psychology with a minor in diversity. I attended Mariner High School and since graduating I have taken up a hobby of traveling. I have been to Hawaii,…

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