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Ramapo College - Ghana: African American Relations
Accra, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring Break
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The African American Relations with Ghana-Travel Program

Program Overview

The African American Relations with Ghana-Travel Program is a component of the Topics course entitled African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490) 4.0 credits. To participate in the Ghana Travel program students must be enrolled in the Topics course - African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490) for the Spring semester.  Students enrolled in the course will participate in classroom based learning at Ramapo College over the course of the Spring semester and travel to Ghana during Spring Break 2018. The course will provide students with unique opportunities to travel and explore the vibrant and diverse country of Ghana, often recognized as the most stable democracy in Africa. Participants will witness some of the primary sites of the country. In partnership with the Aba House in Accra and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, students will engage in cultural and service learning activities. Students will work to achieve the following goals and objectives:

The goal of the African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490) course is designed to provide an opportunity for Ramapo College students to learn the service, culture and society of Ghana by engaging in classroom discussions and by participating in impactful international community service.  The course will be offered as a Hybrid and provide a balance of academic research, community service, and cultural exchange. Students will meet in person once a month on campus for two hours and travel to Ghana during Spring Break. In Ghana students will reside, work and conduct research at KNUST in Kumasi and the Aba House, an educational service facility located in Nungua, a fishing village in the major city of Accra. Participants will complete an intense research project and impactful community service at the Cross Cultural Collaborative center- housed at the Aba House in Accra. Cross Cultural Collaborative, is a non-profit educational organization that promotes cultural exchange and understanding.


  • To enhance the student’s identity and self-awareness as it relates to the African Diaspora;
  • To engage students in the process of academic research and impactful and community service in Ghana a developing country; and 
  • To identify topics of interest for further research on Ghana.

Course Overview

All participants will be enrolled in a 4-credit course - African American Relations with Ghana:  Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490), taught by Professor Karl Johnson. This course will be taught over the entire Spring semester and be part of your Spring course load. This is a 400 Upper Level African American Studies course which will require permission of instructor for registration.

Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1 (Thursday, 08 March 2018)
  • Overnight flight to Ghana.
Day 2 (Friday, 09 March 2018)
  • Arrival to Accra, capital of Ghana
  • Aba House Orientation
  • Niangua Walking Tour , Part I?
Day 3 (Saturday, 10 March 2018)
  • Community Service Project
  • Niangua Walking Tour, Part II
  • 1/2 day Adinkra or Kente Cloth Weaving Activity
Day 4 (Sunday, 11 March 2018)
  • Breakfast at Aba House
  • Tour in afternoon
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Center/Pre-arranged Lunch (at own expense)
  • Nkrumah Mausoleum Tour
  • Jamestown Walking Tour
  • Artist Alliance Gallery and Shop                  
  • Pre-Arranged Dinner in city (at own expense)
Day 5 (Monday, 12 March 2018)
  • Travel to Kumasi, Ashanti Region
  • Community Service in morning
  • KNUST University
Day 6 (Tuesday, 13 March 2018)
  • Community Service in morning
  • Manhyia Palace
  • Kumasi Cultural Center
Day 7 (Wednesday, 14 March 2018)
  • depart early for Cape Coast
  • Cape Coast Slave Castles
  • Kakum Park
Day 8 (Thursday, 15 March 2018)
  • Elmina Slave Castle
  • Cape Coast Beach
Day 9 (Friday, 16 March 2018)
  • Community Service Project-Paper/Book
  • Going Away Fiesta with Vendors! 
Day 10 (Saturday, 17 March 2018)
Depart Ghana for the U.S.


$2900 per student

Cost includes: round-trip international airfare, most meals, accommodations, entrance fees to all tourist attractions, entry visa to Ghana and comprehensive international health & security insurance.
Cost does NOT include: 4 credits (part of your Spring course load); some meals, U.S. airport transfers, vaccinations and personal expenses. 


Date Items Due
October 17 Application Deadline
October 30 $500 deposit
November 27 $1200 and post-acceptance documents
January 26 $1200 Remaining balance

For more information

For more details, please contact Dr. Karl Johnson at or Dr. Deirdre Foreman,

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