Ghana was the first country on the African continent to gain independence after colonization. Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, West Africa with a population of more than 2 million. It is home to over 100 ethnic groups and although English is the official language, most residents also speak at least one other local language. It is a popular destination for students looking for a unique and culturally rich study abroad experience.
This 4 week seminar aims to provide students with an analytic framework to tackle the wide variety of issues, questions, and experienc
es surrounding the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was a tragedy that dramatically impacted the history and development of many African countries, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The program is based in Ghana, a country at the center of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, giving students the opportunity to delve deeper and gain a new perspective on this dark chapter in history that still resonates strongly in the Americas today.
Classes and housing are located at The Aya Centre for Intercultural Awareness and Development, an organization designed to enhance the learning experience and cultural awareness of persons traveling to Ghana. Multiple site visits and two overnight excursions provide historical, political and social context to the material covered in the course and expose students to the topic in a truly powerful way.
The summer program is designed specifically for CAPA students. This is an interdisciplinary course designed to disrupt old assumptions, dispel lingering myths, and introduce students to the realities, paradoxes, and challenges that permeate the terrible histories of slavery in general and the socio-economic and political institutions that resulted from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in particular. Students enroll in a 5 credit seminar Myths and Realities of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and a 1 credit course, Telling the Story. For further details visit the CAPA website.
Housing and Meals
Students will reside at the Yaa Asantewaa House, a 5 bedrooms with bunk beds and 4.5 baths house. There is a 24-hour security guard and wifi throughout the Aya Centre including in the housing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided daily at the Aya Centre. During excursions, only breakfast and lunch are provided; dinner is not included.
Students make their own travel arrangements to Accra, Ghana's international airport, Kotoka (ACC), which is about a 10 minute drive to The Aya Centre. Transportation from the airport will be arranged by CAPA program coordinator in Accra.
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance (https://www.geobluestudents.com) as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.