May Term 2013 — International Youth Work - Ghana

SWK3880-01/SWK6880-01  Travel/Study: International Youth Work – Ghana
3  semester hours

This course will provide students with a hands-on experience in understanding youth work in an international context.  Prior to leaving for Ghana, students will gain a solid understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and to cross-cultural considerations in working with children.  The students will have the opportunity to work with children in Ghana; in this context, students will be working at their sites Monday-Friday for four-six hours a day. Volunteer site options include: orphanages and schools.  Students will be treated as interns and have the opportunity to work directly with children at the community center as well as shadow social workers investigating breaches on children’s rights.   On the weekends, recreational activities will be planned. The course objectives include: gaining an understanding of international youth work; learning about the social service and education systems in Ghana efforts; gain experience working with youth, who have experienced psychological trauma in an international context, and learn how to advocate for them; learn about the culture and traditions of Ghana; and learn about international children’s rights perspective in youth work.


Consent of Instructor.


Dr. Jeffrey Bulanda, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Course dates/times

Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in addition to meetings during the spring semester

Trip dates

May 19–June 1

Trip costs

$2,800 to include airfare, board and lodging, ground transportation, weekend trips in addition to undergraduate tuition of $1,470 or graduate tuition of $1,725. Students must obtain visas from the Ghana embassy at an additional cost of $60.