tHE CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

The mission of the Cultural Exchange Program is to connect and unite the African Diaspora with the people of the African continent, through educating and exchanging knowledge on culture, music, arts, history, food and religious beliefs.

The purpose of this program is to facilitate a healthy mutual exchange between both cultures. The Cultural Exchange is a three (3) semester program that allows students learn from one another. After students, have completed the, after they have completed each semester they then will be qualified to teach what they have learned to the next set of people coming into the program.

The program will enroll students from the United States and immerse them into the culturally enriched world of Ghana, to explore its fine arts, music, literature and tradition. In turn, Ghanaian hosts will learn from students of the Diaspora, who share their experiences of western society and technology. The program also highlights the understanding that we share expressions, nuances, gestures, train of thoughts, and subtleties which symbolically and culturally bind us together.

Between the United States and The Republic of Ghana this cultural exchange program aims to explore the various commonalities and differences of both cultures.

There is no greater experience than that of the human experience, one is never truly alive unless one is connecting. We share precious moments which we will undoubtedly cherish for a lifetime. As people, we look for similarities, yet are drawn together by unique and distinct differences. This helps us to define our world, and our understanding of it. In essence, it unveils our misconceptions and stereotypes, and brings us closer to the realization of a deeper human experience.

The program provides a journey that encourages students to evolve as they embrace each other’s most quintessential qualities to create a new reality which will be beneficial, rewarding and self-gratifying, for the individuals, their respective communities and the whole at-large. The opportunity to learn from one another with mutual regard and respect for each other’s cultures, will have a lasting impression upon their minds and open then up to a new network of friends, colleagues, mentors, teachers and other community members.


who can apply

The Cultural Exchange Program (TCEP) is specifically designed for those who intend to uplift, empower and benefit Africa and its people, Ghana and the people of the diaspora. This in effect is a spiritual sojourn to connect, share views, ideals and values to improve and promote growth in the areas of life, health, education, knowledge and technology. The program is intended for individuals 18 years and older, however there are Young Adult (12-17 years) and Family packages available as well.


how to apply

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COST

The program costs include semester fees, classes, tours, room and board, and round-trip air fare.

Adult: 18 years old and older - $3,500

Young Adult: 12-17 years old - $3,000

Family:  Discount based on family size

*Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify


For those students who may need financial assistance, volunteer scholarships are available to apply for.

Once accepted into the program, you may invitation to the course will be decided upon completion of a 2000-word essay in which students will have to demonstrate why they feel that they are suitable for this course. Remember this isn’t merely a holiday this is for people that are serious about Africa and its development and those who want to see a change within the continent. All these aspects will need to be clearly demonstrated and outlined within your essay.

We will accept the best 10 submissions into the scholarship programme. Five (5) students will receive a full scholarship and five (5) will receive partial scholarships.  In return, students are expected to volunteer with the organization for a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 20 hours per week for the duration of the program.             

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


COURSE OUTLINE

The course will cover a host of subjects. As a participant of the cultural exchange program you will live, eat and sleep as many people do in Ghana. You will need to learn about the people of Ghana, the various languages spoken amongst its people, their customs, arts, literature, points of interest and cultural attire.

 Semester 1

Gathering information about your surroundings

Connecting and engaging with people is one of the most significant aspects of this program. Most people in Ghana speak English, so don’t be afraid to approach and/or connect with someone. Carry a note book and talk with people on your daily travels, such as people at local store, your host family, people at various locations, and your course mentors. This Module is designed to test your ability in collecting information and conveying it to your tutors and fellow students. We will be looking closely at how you collected this information and the methods in which you used to obtain and record it i.e a notebook dictaphone etc. You will also be asked the following questions:

1.    What was it that initially attracted you to the cultural exchange programme?

2.    Explain 3 key features that you have in the west that Ghana could easily adopt to make improvements within society. Explain what it would take to implement these ideas and if it's something which Ghana would find practical?

3.    What tools would you use to encourage people to take up more healthier life styles as health is quite a major issue amongst some of Ghana's poorer members of society, and how would you make this appealing to the young and the elderly?        

 

Semester 2     

The history and philosophy of Ghana in relation to the people of diaspora.

This module is dedicated to discovering the rich history and philosophy of Ghana. You are to use the information accessible to you such as the internet, books and speaking to the elders on the subject. This will not only give you an insight into the subject but will also assist you in understanding its people. Within this key module, you will then have to explain how this ties you in whilst living in the west.  We urge you to pay very close attention for this is not solely speaking of our kidnaping into the triangular trade. You need to articulate and demonstrate how this personally effects you living in the west. You will need source material to clearly define your points as well as factoring the arguments for both for and against, as not everyone believed that they are from the continent thus it will be up to you present both views and explain which one you lean more towards. This is a very important module and will require immense research along with detailed descriptions. From post traumatic symptoms amongst our people to the social inequities that we face in the west. Ultimately this will define you and your views of Ghana.   

 

Semester 3

The challenges and problems in which Ghana faces and what you feel the viable solutions are.

For this module it will require you to draw upon your experiences of living in a western country to now living in an African or third world country. What challenges do you see for example how is Ghana going to improve its infrastructural development issues? What techniques will it need to employ, how can Ghana tackle this with viable solutions. You will need to clearly demonstrate what you have observed that will contribute towards viable improvements. What challenges have western counties encountered and how did they overcome such obstacles?

What skills do you have? What could you contribute to Ghana how would you be able to help? Do you have a profession in which you feel would be of benefit to the country in any way? If you don’t have a trade that’s fine but you will need to demonstrate any ideas that you feel would help.

In this module you will be free to explore or highlight any area in which you feel Ghana could improve. This doesn’t mean that you will simply issue critique without solution which would ultimately mean that you haven’t fully grasped the very essence of this module.

 

End of Program Summery       

Everything that you have learned on this programme you will need to be able to demonstrate that you can, not only articulate it but teach it. As ultimately the future lies in your hands.

Ghana is one of the few countries on the continent which has a legal framework in which it welcomes people of the diaspora to come and experience what life is like in Ghana. The aim is to get this programme as either an additional option in universities or an access to degree programme in which will encourage the Ministry of Education in Ghana and The U.S. Department of education to makethis an open and viable option on  national curriculums in both countries.

We feel that this perfectly ties into The Ghanaian immigration Act of 2000 Section 17, Part B.    

We welcome you to  support our cultural exchange programme between our two beautiful countries of The United States of America and The Republic of Ghana.