Limited to 55 participants; 30 WSU students/Alumni, 8 Faculty/Staff Advisers, and 17 Community Members. Individuals will be selected for this trip in the order they sign up and pay their deposit.
This WSU Service trip consists of three main components:
1) Construction & Building Sciences
Using plans inspired by Weber State students and developed into working construction drawings by architect, Troy McOmber, you will be assisting locals in building a new school! The GMAD children are currently learning in a converted chicken coop.
The children at GMAD have been rescued from forced labor trafficking or abandonment. These children have been brought to GMAD
2) Medica/Health Professions
GMAD has been organizing and hosting medical missions in Ghana for the last four years. Due to the pandemic there are many in Ghana awaiting life changing surgery, in an attempt to keep up with the staggering demand there will be back to back missions in October. There is work to do in December; specifically pre and post operative care, medical screenings in nearby villages, physicals and prepping our medical clinic for future surgical missions.
3) Social Work
We have two top-notch social workers. You will have an incredible experience accompanying and learning from Solomon as he goes into near by villages, doing work and community outreach among the most vulnerable in Ghana. Or assisting Peter as he primarily works with the children at the GMAD shelter.
Students will receive (3) college credits for the trip and can choose between credit in Building Design & Construction, Nursing/Medical Lab Science, or Geography/Social Work.
Sample Itinerary for your trip:
December 11--Depart to Ghana
December 12--Arrive in Ghana, visit the Art Market in Accra, go to GMAD
December 13--Service day
December 14--Service day
December 15--Service day
December 16--Kakum National Park canopy walk, tour slave castle, Cape Coast Coconut Grove Hotel
December 17--Play on the beach, cultural class at Global Mammas, drive back to GMAD
December 18--Service day
December 19--Sunday---Kids and culture, optional church day
December 20--Service day
December 21-- Fly home (Depending on flights—-could go to art market this day instead of 1st day—-this is probably preferred)
We couldn’t be more excited to have this come full circle and have WSU come to Ghana to help finish the construction of the new school. You will be staying on GMAD’s 5 acre campus in volunteer housing, this is also where the school is being built. We are confident that you will enjoy the inclusive, hope filled, and jovial atmosphere at the GMAD home.
COST FOR THE TRIP: student cost $3,058, community member cost $3,495
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Round trip tickets to Accra, Ghana
- Lodging at the GMAD home in Ghana
- Meaningful service opportunities
- A night in Cape Coast with meals and transportation
- Entrance fees to Slave Castle, Global Mamas workshops and Kukum National Park
- T-shirt and water filtration bottles
- Airport pick-up and drop-off and other transportation within Ghana
- Travel insurance (for students)
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Passport and visa
- Immunization and malaria medication
- Spending cash for snacks and buying souvenirs at the Art Market
Here are some links to up-to-date Ghana travel advisories.
We encourage you to check these out before traveling to Ghana.
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs