** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Share your skills and your heart in a Ghanaian Orphanage for two weeks before exploring a country rich in African historical and cultural sites. Visit the slave castles, markets, pristine beaches, historic cities, diverse villages and the verdant rainforest with the canopy walk at Kakum National Park. Participate in local festivals and enjoy unique African cuisine. Experience Ghanaian culture first hand in an authentic community experience: living with a host family during a “homestay” while engaging in service to others and contributing to the educational development of local children.
EEX 4742 Narrative Perspectives on Exceptionality: Cultural and Ethical Issues (3 credits)
AFS 3251 Environment and Cultural Study of Africa (3 credits)
After landing in the Capital City of Accra students will spend two weeks at an orphanage in the Central Region of Ghana. Weekend excursions will take them to local areas of interest. The final two weeks of the program will be spent traveling throughout southern Ghana visiting places like Cape Coast, Kumasi, Obuasi and Kakum National Park.
Two different courses will be offered through the Service Learning in Ghana Program:
EEX 4742 Narrative Perspectives on Exceptionality: Cultural and Ethical Issues
(3 credits) A Capstone/Gordon Rule course!!
And AFS 3251 Environment and Cultural Study of Africa (3 credits)
Credit Type - Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.
How to complete the REQUIRED Course Approval Form:
Upload your completed form to the Course Approval Form Questionnaire.
Program Cost 2018: $3,451 + tuition ($1,040.34 for both courses, $520.17 for one)
Accommodations (shared occupancy), Airport transfers to housing
Meals during first two weeks of the program
Transport Passes in each city
USF-provided sickness/accident, emergency medical insurance
All excursions and tour fees
Passport/Visa fees (if applicable)
Meals which are not including in program
Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
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Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.
Health and Safety
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
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Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
US Department of State, country-specific information for Ghana. Please click here.
All participants are responsible for reserving and purchasing their own international transportation to Accra. Once the program has reached its minimum enrollment and is confirmed, Julie Ficarra will provide students with a suggested flight itinerary and further information about how to plan for their arrival in Accra. Please feel free to contact Julie in Education Abroad for further information when needed.
All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport, or a valid passport from their country of residence. It is the responsibility of non-U.S. program participants to learn visa requirements and obtain their visa before travel.
During the first two weeks of the program students will be staying at or near the orphange. There will be a 1-2 night homestay in a rual village near the volunteering site.
During the duration of the program while students are traveling throughout Southern Ghana they will stay in hotels.
Faculty and Contacts
Dr. Elizabeth Doone currently coordinates the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program serving out-of-field teachers. She also coordinates the field placements for final interns in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Combining her interests in teacher education and partnership development, Dr. Doone works closely with the surrounding counties recruiting and training master teachers who serve as both university supervisors and mentors for our final interns and MAT students.
Dr. Doone graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then served two years in the United States Peace Corps teaching both math and English at Akrokerri Teacher Training College in Ghana, West Africa. Her interest in teacher development began in Ghana as she followed her students to the village schools observing their teaching and providing feedback. Her teaching experiences include a residential program with Eckerd Families Youth Alternatives working with delinquent and adjudicated youth as well as those labeled EH and SED. She earned her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. She has worked as a behavior specialist in Pasco County, and with a variety of projects involving Migrant Farm Workers including AmeriCorps. Dr. Doone’s research interests include teacher development, mentoring and technology as well as non-traditional strategies such as the use of therapy dogs.
Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez
Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez is a cultural anthropologist and an Associate Professor of Africana Studies. Her research interests include: feminisms in Africa and the African Diaspora, community ethnography, the critical intersection of gender, race and class, and community-based programs for urban youth.
Dr. Rodriguez has conducted a range of anthropological projects and has published articles on issues related to gender, race and class issues, including women’s anti-poverty activism. Her research on women and microenterprise development was partially supported by the Women’s Research and Education Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2000, Dr. Rodriguez co-directed a project on the impact of the Federal HOPE VI program on women and children in the U. S. public housing system. This project was funded by the National Science Foundation and the USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities. Dr. Rodriguez has also conducted extensive research on programs for youth in low-income communities, including research on the Youth Opportunities Movement in Louisiana and Florida. She was also the PI of a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a project on after-school programming in local communities. Dr. Rodriguez was also a co-PI on the “Central Avenue Legacies” project, an ethnohistorical exploration of Tampa’s African-American history.
For general questions about study abroad programs:
USF Education Abroad Gateway Office
Marshall Student Center 3301
Phone: (813) 974-5474
Gateway Office Hours:
Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Questions pertaining to the in-country academic program, course or credits:
Dr. Elizabeth Doone
College of Education
Office: EDU 402-O