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Choose your town, choose your school and choose your next adventure in Ghana with the AFS Global Choice Programme.

Ghana is an ideal place to explore fresh fruit and vegetable markets, taste the delicious fried plantains seasoned with chili pepper and ginger, and stroll busy streets in a country where the sun almost always shines. Women wrapped in colorful West African fabrics and people playing draughts (a game similar to checkers) in courtyards or cafés provide just a slice of the diverse Ghanaian people. There are 52 ethnic groups in the ten regions of this country—making it easy to find a variety of traditional festivals and ceremonies to attend.

Whether at the stadium or in front of TV, you’ll enjoy spending time with your friends watching soccer, volleyball, track-and-field, boxing, or basketball. Ghanaian dancing music is known as highlife, influenced by jazz and other Western music, played on guitars and horns.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • School Uniform
Ghana Host siblings

Host Family & Community

Most likely you will live in Accra, the cultural and commercial capital of Ghana. Your family will probably be large, with several generations living in the same home or compound. Although Ghanaians tend to be laid-back, families may be quite strict with their children. You will find a strong sense of community and great respect for the elderly. Young people refer to adults as “auntie” and “uncle” (or “grandma” and “grandpa” for older people). Outdoor dining is popular, with families cooking meals and socializing in the courtyard.

Food in Ghana tends to be hot and spicy, with ingredients like yams, maize, beans, plantains and rice. You should taste some of the street foods sold from metal bowls perched on top of the vendors’ heads. Popular Ghanaian dishes include fufu (a dough-like combination of plantains and cassava), Ghanaian red-red (beans, shrimp or prawns, red palm oil, and tomatoes), and custard melkkos (custard with cinnamon).

Ghana

Language and School

Having a good knowledge of English will be an asset for studying abroad in Ghana. You can also participate in language lessons provided by AFS, and will receive materials to study the language before the exchange. You can choose from an academic high school, a vocational or a technical school. Classes start at 7am and are taught in English, even though it won’t be a first language for most of your classmates. Your studies will focus on four core subjects: English, maths, integrated science and social studies. After school and on weekends you will be encouraged to join a volunteer project.

What is Global Choice?

Global Choice is all about YOU! And the experience you want to have. What’s unique about this programme is that you choose which area of the country you would like to visit, which school you will attend, which subjects you want to study and the adventures you will have.

Global Choice – is your opportunity to study your way, by making the choices you know are right for your education, choices that will see you studying your way to a brighter future.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Kick-start your future with AFS and discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

This programme begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations, other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations which will help you maximize your experience, cope with the challenges of navigating a new culture and community as well as gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding throughout your time abroad, and as you return to your home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family the whole way through.

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