Amizade Global Service-Learning is still accepting applications for our course in Ghana over Winter Break (December 27, 2008 – January 10, 2009). This two credit course through West Virginia University offers a critical exploration of community development and intercultural exchange. Participants will visit Ghana’s famous Cape Coast and contribute to building the first public library outside of the capital city of Accra.

Our local partner organization, Peace and Humanity Foundation, will guide our work in rural Jukwa, and share their experiences working in community development in Ghana over the past several decades. The program fee of $1,826 provides food, lodging, and an onsite staff person, cultural and recreational activities, and a contribution to our community partners, but excludes airfare. Visit our program website to learn more.

Applications are also being accepted for our Spring 2009 Andean Semester based in Cochabamba, Bolivia. This semester abroad offers an invigorating combination of Spanish language learning, local service, and an understanding of the history and contemporary politics of indigenous movements and development in South America. As a Bolivian semester student, you will have the opportunity to experience both the urban and rural aspects of the region through field trips and excursions to regional cities, Inca ruins, and local festivals.

Home stays with local families allow for deeper language learning and comprehensive understanding about local life and culture in beautiful, sunny Cochabamba. Over the semester, students will earn 15 academic credits in History, Spanish, and Political Science offered through West Virginia University. The program fee of $8950 provides all accommodations, academic credits, on-site staff, and recreational activities, but excludes air fare. Please visit our program website to learn more about this exciting opportunity.