Ghana

Located along the Gold Coast of Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana is a country of incredible historical and cultural significance, and vast ecological resources. Settled in the 16th century, Ghana was a key player in the African slave trade, making the infamous Cape Coast Castle and slave dungeons in the country’s capital of Accra significant historical aspects of this destination. The natural beauty of the sub-Saharan country of Ghana can be well appreciated by exploring its Wli Waterfalls, located within one of West Africa’s few-surviving tropical rain forests. The Shai Hills Game Reserve of Ghana is home to the original wildlife of central Africa, including antelope, baboons, monkeys, and many bird species. In the southeastern region of Ghana, Ghana’s hydroelectric Akosombo Dam serves as the origination point for Lake Volta, the world’s largest manmade lake. The people of Ghana and its unique, thriving culture can best be experienced through homestays in local villages. SAS field programming in Ghana offers opportunities for pre-arranged homestays, treks through the Accra plains and neighboring nature reserves, pottery-making and kente-weaving with villagers.  SAS also offers the opportunity to incorporate service projects at local schools and orphanages into this Ghanaian experience as well as the rare chance to receive a traditional African name in an official naming ceremony.

Source: CIA Factbook

Fast Facts

  • Language: English
  • Population: 25,199,609
  • Government: Constitutional presidential republic
  • Currency: Ghana Cedi (GH₵) (GHS)
  • Capital: Accra

Things To Do in Ghana

  • Service Project at the City of Refuge
  • Participate in a drumming and dance workshop with the renowned Afrique Dance Ensemble
  • Visit the Cape Coast Castle and Slave Dungeons
  • Meet the Market Queen and Chief Fisherman in Winneba
  • Community Service Village Project: Atomkwa Community
  • Hike in the Kakum National Park and enjoy a performance by the Bamboo Orchestra