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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Amanokrom, Ghana; Awutu Breku, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Kumasi, Ghana; Mampong, Ghana; Mole National Park, Ghana; Suhum, Ghana; Takoradi, Ghana; Tutu, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer, Summer (June-July)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission 06/15/2022 07/21/2022
NOTE: Acceptance into this program is on rolling basis.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Academic Level(s): Graduate, Undergraduate Sponsor: UGA
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Participant Selection: Highly competitive
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Instruction: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Lecture, Service-Learning, Site Visits/Discussion
Classes With: U.S. Students Taught By: Guest Lecturers, UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: FACS Academic Area: Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition, Global Health, Health Promotion, Health Promotion and Behavior, Human Development and Family Science, Nutrition Science, Public Health
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 9 Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Homestay, Host Family, Hotel/Hostel
Adventure Sport: None
Program Description:

Ghana Service Learning

UGA- FACS- Ghana Service-Learning

Student feeding baby

The Ghana Summer Service-Learning is designed as a practicum encompassing observations, hands-on practice and lectures in nutrition/dietetics and health issues in Ghana. This program focuses on immersing students into a different culture and environment through educational travel, nutrition and health screenings and education, hospital observations, book discussions, active participation, lectures, field trips to cultural events and community dwelling in Ghana. Community-based nutrition and health screenings are used to provide service to communities and to improve student understanding of the health seeking behaviors, while the hospital observations provide insight to the health delivery system in resource poor countries like Ghana. These nutrition and health issues will be studied through the prism of resource limited and/or countries with emerging economies which have a much challenged healthcare system.

Click here to read blogs by past participants about their experience in the Ghana Service-Learning program.

Program Location

Ghana Service Learning

Ghana provides the perfect backdrop for this type of learning environment. Ghana boast of some of the most diverse and remarkable natural and cultural resources and practices in sub-Saharan Africa including national parks, coastal areas, rainforest, traditional festivals and unique indigenous cultures and history. Pre-departure assignments and orientations, and in-country orientation and reflective essays are required (refer to the Course Requirements section in this syllabus as well as the itinerary for details). The course meets requirements for UGA experiential learning and can be used for electives depending on student major.

The Ghana Summer Service-Learning experience will provide students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the perceptions diverse cultures have about food and nutrition, and their health. Students will also have the experience of observing and working with malnourished children and their mothers at a nutrition rehabilitation clinic. Students will also observe and conduct counseling sessions for different disease conditions under the direction of a registered dietitian. This Service-Learning will use the individual talents of each student and apply them to specific activity or project within selected communities in the Eastern Region, Greater Accra Region, Central Region and Western Region of Ghana.

Contact Information

Dr. Alex Kojo Anderson
100 Barrow Hall 
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Phone: 706-542-7614

Academic Program 

Courses Offered: 
FDNS 5710S/7710S - Study Tour in Foods and Nutrition
FACS 5950/7950 - International Study in Family and Consumer Sciences
FDNS 4580/6580 - Special Topics in Foods and Nutrition

Program Itinerary

Week One:
Date Activity Location
June 17th    Arrival of Students Ghana – Kotoka International Airport, Accra
June 18th     Arrival of Students/Tour of the Akuapem Ridge, Accra Akuapem North District
June 19th   Day-off  
June 20th  In-country orientation Accra Metro Health Directorate, Accra
June 21st   Travel to Mole Mole National Park
June 22nd  Tour/Safari at Mole National Park Mole
June 23rd Tour Larabanga Travel to Kumasi Larabanga/Kumasi
June 24th Tour/excursion to Manhyia Palace and other interests in Kumasi
Travel to Mampong

Week Two:
Date Activity Location
June 27th Community Work Senchy Area
June 28th Community Work Suhum Area
June 29th Community Work Takoradi Area
June 30th Community Work Takoradi Area
July 1st Independence Day/Community Work Takoradi Area
July 2nd Travel and tour of Cape Coast Castle, Elimina Castle, Kakum National Park Cape Coast
July 5th Day-off Open for Student Activity

Week Three:
Date Activity Location
July 4th Children’s Hospital Accra
July 5th Children’s Hospital Accra
July 6th Children’s Hospital Accra
July 7th Children’s Hospital Accra
July 8th Children’s Hospital Accra
July 9th Day off Open to Students
July 10th Day off Open to Students

Week Four:
Date Activity Location
July 11th Ridge Regional Hospital Accra
July 12th Ridge Regional Hospital Accra
July 13th Ridge Regional Hospital Accra
July 14th Ridge Regional Hospital Accra
July 15th Ridge Regional Hospital Accra
July 18th  Travel Back to the United States  


Students are housed in community housing with a host family during our community and hospital work. We only stay in motels during excursions and other touristy activities. The Program provides breakfast and dinner as group meals covered under the program fee. Students are responsible for their lunches which is not covered under the program fee.

Program Costs

$3,600, which includes housing in the community and hotels, breakfast and dinner each day provided through the program (except for weekend off), field trips, admission fees to selected cultural and tourist events, facility user fees, honorarium to guest speakers and in-country program staff, medical and general supplies for community nutrition and health screening, and ground transportation. (The program fee does NOT include visa fee, airfare, tuition, or fees associated with tuition.)


Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
1 2 3 4
Accessibility and quality of health care:
1 2 3 4
Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
1 2 3 4 5
Academic quality, appropriateness of workload:
1 2 3 4 5
Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
1 2 3 4 5
Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
1 2 3 4 5
Arrangements for and quality of meals:
1 2 3 4 5
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
1 2 3 4 5
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
1 2 3 4 5
Value of the program in relation to the cost:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Madeleine Isabel Williams, Summer 2018 Participant
I never felt unsafe. It was amazing that we could go anywhere in Ghana and feel as though we were locals.

Olivia Nicole Ellgass, Summer 2017 Participant
It's hard to put a price tag on a priceless experience like this, but if I had to then I would say that it was definitely worth every penny. If one could have seen the grin under my surgical mask while I helped deliver a baby by cesarean section or heard me saying "this is the greatest moment of my entire life!", then that might help someone comprehend just how valuable this trip was to me. And on top of that, I am extremely grateful to have received two generous scholarships that helped make this experience possible, regardless of the cost.

Ashley Brooke Adams, Summer 2017 Participant
Housing was so nice!!

My words of advice to students considering this program is to keep an open mind. Ghanaian culture is very different from the culture you are probably used to; the environment is also very different. Be patient with yourself if you find that you are not adjusting very quickly to the new environment; seek out the support of your peers who are also going through the trouble of trying to adjust. You are all in the same boat. You will really be immersed in Ghanaian culture. Always remember to be respectful and polite. Some things may not make sense to you, but it is a different culture. And people have different ways of responding and going about things. You will be forced out of your comfort zone many times.
     — Florence Urum, Summer 2017
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