Highs and lows, so emotional! Past Review

By (Communication and Media Studies., Berea College) - abroad from 05/07/2012 to 06/06/2012 with

Berea College: Accra - Traveling to Ghana: African Music and Literature

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The slave trade. And slave history. The connections between Africans and African-Americans.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of Ghana- Legon
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

We talked about hair a lot. I enjoyed the music part but the literature discussions were definitely lacking.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I liked that our documents were secure and the money exchange was easy. Our administrator of the trip did not seem professional, especially during our lectures when he was present. I was a bit disappointed in him although he is a funny guy.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Thank you for making sure we were taken care of in this area. I am aware there is not much you can do when on a budget, but most days we had water running in our facility or there was a place where we could get it in a bucket. MUCH appreciated.

* Food:

The food was great and spicy!Had to alter my taste buds. But the chicken was great and the plantains were my favorite. I was also happy we got fresh fruit with every meal.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt we could have been more integrated. A lot of it was just our group going around and I would've liked to spend days just immersed. Although we had some great culture invites, with the ceremonies, I feel we could have gone out more in the cities and whatnot.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had traveler's diarrhea, or so I thought, and I was given Cipro every once in a while by our administrator of the trip. I was not told that I needed to take it every four to six hours. When I came back, I went to the doctor in Florida and was told I had an intestinal parasite called endolimax nana.

* Safety:

I felt safe.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

I balanced my budget reasonably. The biggest bust was buying a traditional mask and gifts to my host family in the village.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 600 in total.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't buy everything you see your first week!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Slave castles
  • Culture
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • To not force people that aren't religious to pray over the food.
  • More professionalism.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The impact of the slave dungeons.