Life changing opportunity! March 10, 2016

By (Knox College) - abroad from 12/07/2015 to 12/21/2015 with

ThisWorldMusic: Traveling - Study in Ghana: Music, Arts, Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to learn dancing and drums, learn about the language, the food, and batiking!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt that there was a lot of interaction at Dagbe, but mostly with male instructors. I know customs are different but it would be interesting if we found more women to connect with while there.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I had so much fun and was able to learn so many things. I met amazing people. There were so many opportunities to learn from locals and try new things.

Finances

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Less that 30 dollar US
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Most meals were pretty big so splitting meals with a friend was a great way to save money and try multiple dishes.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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?
  • Rainforest
  • Learning the language
  • Batik printmaking
* What could be improved?
  • More time at Dagbe if possible
  • Watching more dance/drum performances
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think I was pretty well versed about the trip honestly. I spoke to other students who had gone on the trip in the years before.