We’re back with another bucket list that will have you living your best study abroad life! This time we’re telling you about the 12 things you will not want to miss when you study abroad with USAC in Accra, Ghana.
Life we’ve said before, While we never think you should tie yourself to a “must complete” bucket list, we definitely believe in knowing the best experience to have in and outside your study abroad host city. That’s why we’re taking the hard work out of bucket list building for you. Let’s go to Ghana!
1. Meet locals through a Ghanaian Buddy
The best way to get to know the city of Accra and feel more comfortable abroad is to take advantage of USAC’s opportunity to have a Ghanaian buddy. We’ll connect you with a local student who is looking to interact with international students and they’ll take on the role of helping you feel at home in Ghana.
2. Get exercise in a traditional Ghanaian Dance Class
The culture of dance in Ghana is something unlike anything else in the world. Each ethnic group has their own traditional dances and there are dances for all occasions. Take a traditional Ghanaian dance class for some fun and exercise.
3. Learn how to cool local cuisine in the cooking workshop
Ghanaian cuisine is starchy and saucey. It may take a while getting used to, but once you’ve discovered how much you love the cuisine you’ll want to take advantage of USAC’s cooking workshop and learn how to make the dishes themselves. This is especially true seeing as the local outdoor market is located right behind the living accommodations.
4. Shop the outdoor markets
Speaking of outdoor markets, this is the place to go for not only fresh produce, but goods, souvenirs, and a general good time. The Resident Director, Abby, will give you a lesson in bargaining (since it is a way of life in Ghana), and shopping the markets is a great way to meet the locals and hear their stories.
5. Explore Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Located in downtown Accra, you can spend some time exploring this memorial park which houses the body of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah. Dr. Kwame was a Ghanaian politician and revolutionary and the first prime minister fo Ghana.
6. Participate in a service learning opportunity
Accra is one of only two USAC locations where you can participate in a service learning opportunity. Participating in service learning differs from volunteering in that there is a conceptual component that will be addressed in a traditional classroom setting and that is then complemented by experiential learning in the community through various projects. Service learning while abroad is a great way to become more familiar and involved in the host culture, and to make a difference regarding some of the challenges that the local community may be facing.
7. Give back to the community through volunteering
Take advantage of the unique opportunity to experience Ghanaian culture and society through volunteer opportunities in a variety of settings. You will be introduced to topics such as social services, HIV/AIDS, deviance and correctional services, poverty faced by children, and women’s rights.
Participate in the following free field trips
8. Ankobra Beach Resort & Nzuezo Stilt Village
Included in your program fees you’ll travel to Ankobra Beach Resort via Takoradi and Axim and have a chance to relax at one of the prettiest beaches in Ghana. The second day is spent at Nzulezo Stilt Village, a small village on Lake Tadane in the western region of Ghana.
9. Ada Beach and Shoreline Excursion
You won’t want to miss this chance to visit the stunning shore and coastal areas at one of Ghana’s beautiful beaches near the fishing town of Ada.
10. Cape Coast Slave Castle and Kakum National Park
During this field trip, you’ll visit the Central Region’s Cape Coast to see the rain forest of Kakum National Park and brave the suspension bridges. You will have a guided tour of the historic slave castles and enjoy the pristine beaches and beautiful views along the coast.
Take advantage of optional tours
11. Kumasi – Northern Ghana
This tour explores Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city and home of the Ashanti Kingdom. You will visit the Manhyia Palace Museum, the Cultural Center, and various studios of the brass makers, potters, batik makers, and drum carvers. You will also see demonstrations at three famous Ashanti craft villages—Ahwiaa, the woodcarvers’ village; Ntonso, the home of Adindra; and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village. This tour is a small additional fee but well worth it!
12. Volta EcoTour – Mt. Afadjeto and Tafi Monkey Sanctuary
This tour takes you to the highest mountain in Ghana, Mt. Afadjeto, where you will hike and swim in the Wli waterfalls and enjoy time at the Tafi Monkey Sanctuary. The second day, you will visit Akosombo Dam and the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Volta, which provides electricity to all of Ghana as well as some neighboring countries. En route back to Accra, you will visit the Shai Resource Center for another nature encounter with baboons and birds and visit the caves of the Shai Hills where the indigenous people of the area hid during the Asante wars.
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