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2012 Ghana Study Abroad


  • Saying Good-bye to Ghana

    August 23, 2012

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    glass before it's melted

    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.

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  • Ghanaian Dance Performance

    August 22, 2012

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    University of Washington

    Here is a glimpse at Tiffany Armijo, Gladys Reyes and Avalon Valencia performing their final project for the study abroad trip to Ghana...

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  • Final Projects

    August 17, 2012

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    performing for final project

    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.

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  • Powerful Visit to Cape Coast

    August 9, 2012

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    Kakum Rain Forest

    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 was a rich…

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  • Visit to Cape Coast

    August 7, 2012

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    we did it

    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 as trading posts…

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  • Education in Ghana

    August 2, 2012

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    Courtney_with_kids

    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.

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  • Community Service

    August 2, 2012

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    Tiffany_with_students_presenting_Posters

    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.

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  • Ngoni

    July 30, 2012

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    Working on the instruments

    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 experience into my…

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  • Ghana Arrival

    July 30, 2012

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    Ariel Davis Welcome to Ghana

    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!!

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  • Our Trip to the City of Accra

    July 24, 2012

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    courtney_in_front of statue

    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.

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  • New Experiences in Ghana

    July 21, 2012

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    Ghanian market

    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...

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  • Akwaaba

    July 19, 2012

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    Akwaaba

    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.

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  • We're Here!!

    July 18, 2012

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    Kafiya, Tiffany, Courtney and Avalon waiting to go through secuirty 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. Our group’s movement through security was kind of slow going...

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  • Meet Ghana Blogger Courtney Hernandez

    June 30, 2012

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    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.

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  • Meet Ghana Blogger Ariel Davis

    June 27, 2012

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    Ariel Davis head shot

    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.

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  • Meet Ghana Blogger Kamaria Carnes

    June 19, 2012

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    Meet Ghana Blogger 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.

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