Kirkwood Community College's CCS Adventure in Ghana

Is it June already? A lot has happened since my last blog post in September 2013.

Kirkwood Community College completed a campus-wide application process for the Cross-Cultural Solutions program. We selected seven outstanding students and one faculty member from the English Language Acquisition (ELA) Program.

Counting me, there are nine of us making the journey from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Hoehoe, Ghana. Our group departs a little over two weeks. We’ll be volunteering from June 28 to July 13. We’re also traveling in conjunction with our partner school in Calgary, Canada, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). SAIT will be sending two students and one faculty along with us on the program. We’re looking forward to this additional cross-cultural opportunity to work aside our neighbors from the northern hemisphere!

Elmina Castle, Cape Coast: Ghana, West Africa
Elmina Castle, Cape Coast: Ghana, West Africa

Here in Iowa, we’ve been meeting since March 2014 to prepare for this marvelous experience. In preparation we’ve talked about culture, geography, arts/culture, women’s issues, music language and service learning. Students have completed a research project which included an oral presentation and paper. We’ve also done a lot of activities to build teamwork and understanding among each other. We feel ready to go, but of course, we each have some nervous anxiety about the experience.

You can follow our experience on our class blog: http://kirkwoodghana2014.blogspot.com/

local market in Ghana with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Jamie, Courtney, Rene and McKenzie at local market

local children in Ghana with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Ryan "kicking it" with some local children

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