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International Students Welcome Durbar



Dance Celebration at the Durbar for the International Programs Office 20th Anniversary

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#WeekofCelebration: Jubilee and International Student Hostels Hall Week

This past week, I celebrated the founding of ISH, my dorm, which is better known as the International Students Hostel.


Ebony greets the crowd of students before diving into her hit single "Sponsor"

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This past weekend I went to the Volta Region with my roommate and a few other friends. There are 10 official regions in Ghana, and this is the third I’ve been privileged to visit.


Lake Volta Suspension Bridge 1

Lake Volta Suspension Bridge Which Connects the Volta to Accra

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#KumasiContinued: On Traditional Techniques and Modern Arts

While in Kumasi I was also able to visit two historically relevant cultural sites, the Bonwire Kente Village and the Ntonso village.


Photo 1 Yemi with Her Personal Hand stamped Adinkra Cloth    Photo 2 Our Adinkra teacher with a cloth stamped by all CIEE Fall 2017 participants

Me with my personal, hand-stamped Adinkra cloth (left).  Our Adinkra teacher with a cloth stamped by all CIEE Fall 2017 participants (right).

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#Kumasi: The Land of the Asante

Hello there!  This week, I went out of the 15-mile radius that I usually occupy in Accra.  Over the weekend, I went to the south of Ghana to explore Kumasi, the capital of the Asante region and grew even more intrigued by Ghanaian culture.


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Something I believe I will be saying for the rest of my life is: I am an experiential learner.  Being an experiential learner means that a course or experience is most useful to me when I am within the environment where I can reference and pull from the lessons of the classroom.  In this instance, I decided to study abroad in Ghana during my senior year of college.  Most wouldn't, sometimes I wonder if I should have.  Be that as it may, I am here.  When thinking about how best I could make use of my four months in this very calm and historically relevant West African country, I knew that I also wanted to be a member of the workforce.  The best way to do that given the options that were presented to me was to apply and secure an internship.  I believe that working for a Ghanaian based institution will show me something that my classes cannot: how people collaborate here, how morning traffic works, how human beings operate outside of the university setting, etc.


Yemi ever ready to tackle her internship

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 This week was full of firsts, with Monday being the first day of class!



 The University of Ghana CIEE Fall Class of 2017


At the University of Ghana, undergraduate courses are called lectures, the quintessential aspect of every college experience.  I had high expectations for lectures, my first week of classes did not go as smoothly as I had hoped...

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#ConcentrationCoordinationConfidence - Arts in Ghana

It's been one quick week in Ghana.  My first 10 days in Accra have served as a quick start to four months of orientation.  On Saturday August 12th, my program and I took a tour of Accra, which is both a region in Ghana, a business district, and the capital city.  One of the most comforting things about this West African country isn't just the pace of life, which is calm and refreshing like Mississippi sweet tea, but also the smoothness of the paved roads, a physical sign of development, and the consistent caress of breeze flowing in from the Atlantic Ocean.  During the tour of Ghana's capital city, we made pit stops at The National Theater, The Military Hospital, Macola Market, and the Aya Center for Leadership and Development.  There was quite a bit of walking which gave us an opportunity to familiarize with the geography of the city.



Street Walkers - Mid-Afternoon in Accra

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After a whirlwind of anticipation - wrapping up a summer internship on Monday, going home to Boston on Tuesday, and running errands and packing on Wednesday - I finally found myself standing in Terminal E of Logan International Airport.  My passports and carry-on in hand, I waved goodbye to my family numerous times until I finally passed through security.  Ahead of me was an almost 12-hour flight to Paris and subsequent layover before my second flight to Ghana.  Behind me were loved ones curious and nervous about how my semester in West Africa would take shape.  

There I was in the middle of thousands of travelers.  There I was crossing oceans.  There I was, #GoingGoingGhana...

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