Winter term course in Ghana--focus on social entrepreneurship & diplomacy

About Social Entrepreneurship & Diplomacy in Ghana

Located only a few degrees above the equator, Ghana is known for its lush forests, exotic animals, and secluded beaches. This global seminar will take place in Ghana during Winter Break, focusing on visits within the country to the following cities; Accra, Kumasi, Senchi-Ferry, Elmina/Cape Coast and areas near of the capital city. The capital city, Accra, is situated along the Atlantic Ocean and is home to a colorful coastline, bustling markets, and lively nightlife. Students will develop a deeper understanding of social life and culture in Ghana by engaging with local professionals and organizations.

Course Description
This Global Seminar will examine the evolving role of social entrepreneurship in Ghana. The academic content of this program will focus on meaningful interactions in the form of lectures, panels, site visits, and excursions with speakers from a variety of institutions in Ghana. Speakers will consist of entrepreneurs, policymakers, faculty from a variety of institutions (the University of Ghana Legon, University of Cape Coast, and Ashesi University) and public servants working in Ghana. This course will also examine private and public sectors of higher education, and youth workforce development in Ghana as an impetus for the emergence of social enterprises. Lastly, students will participate in an educational service project that investigates youth development and education within rural and urban communities and the ways in which social entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions for young people to thrive.

Housing & Meals
You will stay in shared housing with other program participants. A welcome and farewell meal, and some additional meals, are included in the program fee.

Excursions will take place in and around Accra, Kumasi, and Senchi, and illuminate the program coursework. Highlights and excursions may include Kakum National Park, United States Embassy/USAID, Cape Coast Castle Museum/ Elmina Castle and Museum, and meetings with various social entrepreneurs.

Group Flight
All program participants will be taking the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight. You will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center regarding your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed. 

Learning Outcomes
Develop independence by challenging yourself in a new environment
Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
Explore a specific topic through experiential and interdisciplinary approaches

Faculty & Staff
This Global Seminar will be led by Simone Gbolo, M.A., M.Ed, the National Director of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program, a national nonprofit organization that promotes the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service.

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Faculty and contact:
Simone Gbolo, M.A., M.Ed.
PPIA Executive Director |
Humphrey School of Public Affairs |
University of Minnesota |
Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
phone: 612-625-6944
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