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This program seeks to shift the discourse around global volunteerism in a small way by asking critical questions and offering students service-learning opportunities that are deeply embedded in conversations on identity, power, privilege, access, race, gender, and global ethics. Field experience opportunities are available in public health, human rights, gender equity, and education.
So many of us are moved to help others because we care about equity, social justice, gender equity, and human rights. We want to assist others who may not have the same access, resources, or opportunities we might enjoy, and feel passionate about contributing to a better world. While this helping spirit is indeed wonderful, let's also take some time to ask critical questions about the politics of our good intentions and what help and care mean to different people. These discussions are more important than ever in our complex and increasingly unequal world. Every year though, thousands of Western students go abroad to volunteer and serve in less-resourced communities without any conversation on who we are, what we're actually doing, and the broader implications of our actions. This program seeks to shift the discourse in a small way by offering students service-learning opportunities in Ghana that are deeply embedded in conversations on identity, power, privilege, access, race, gender, and global ethics.
In partnership with two well-established NGOs in Accra, Ghana, this program offers field experience focused on public health, human rights, gender equity, and education. UW students will collaborate with local community members, gain experience in rural contexts, better understand process-oriented ways of change, and consider what social change looks like through different people's eyes. Alongside field experience, we will partner with local Ghanaian college students and enjoy excursions to different parts of the city and region. We will also hear from people who work in the Accra area, including a feminist blogger, photographer, writer, and model. Throughout the program, students will also be reflecting on the broader contexts of help and care, what it means to work in a community that is not yours, and the responsibilities of having more than many others, both abroad and at home.
Students will be housed in the "Volunteer House" run by the NGO with whom we are partnering, as well as homestays in the community.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
No prerequisites or language requirements. Ghana as a whole is not ADA accessible by any means.
5 UW Quarter Credits
CHID 473: Identity, Critical Travel and the Global Politics of Help and Aid (5 credits) I&S, Diversity
This course will introduce students to the literature of critical travel studies, identity formation, and the global politics of international help and aid. We will read and discuss texts, screen films and engage in community conversations with our Ghanaian hosts and partners.
Learning goals include:
—increased familiarity with the broader social dynamics of our actions —increased familiarity with theories of identity and social difference —increased familiarity and comfort discussing issues of identity and social difference —familiarity with theories and issues of culture, travel and globalisation. Students will be assessed via short writing assignments and creative projects.
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
Food (about $10-15)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019
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UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.
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