For Social Change Program Particiapnts
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about the trip
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from and share with girls who are aspiring social change leaders just like you.
Students who have completed Create Change’s Social Change Diploma are eligible to participate in an 18 day volunteer trip at its operation in Tamale, Northern Ghana. Students will travel with an experienced professional, and will work side-by-side Create Change staff to implement its programs in the areas of Girls Education, Rural Community Development, and Social Enterprise.
Through this program students will gain first hand experience working in international development, where they will solidify their skills as they put their learning from Create Change’s Social Change diploma to use.
Students have the opportunity to work in collaboration with Create Change staff, and the hundreds of young women who participate in Create Change programs. Throughout the trip, students get to personally witness the impact of their efforts are having on girls' leadership and people living in extreme poverty.
Students will arrive in Accra, Ghana’s capital, but will travel to Tamale where Create Change's head office is located. Tamale, the largest city in Ghana’s north is home to over 350,000 people. Students will divide their time between meetings at Create Change’s office, field visits (including high schools, rural communities and training schools), and their accommodation at Create Change’s Field School. Learn all about Northern Ghana by heading to our ‘Northern Ghana’ page.
All students who have completed Create Change’s Social Change Diploma are eligible to participate in the Ghana Youth trip. Once students arrive in Ghana, trip costs are completely covered except for personal items they may wish to purchase. For expenses that are not included (see below), there is a possibility for students’ to fundraise for them. Students should contact Create Change for more information on fundraising for additional costs.
3 meals per day
Flights to Tamale
what's not included
Flights to Ghana
Medical/ Travel insurance
Personal items/ gifts
Students will stay at Create Change’s Field School, a social space constructed to facilitate a new set of social relationships that foster capacity building and cross-cultural knowledge exchange.
Field School is located just outside of Tamale, West Africa’s fastest growing city. Located in a residential community, aptly situated only a few minutes drive from both Tamale’s town centre as well as impoverished rural communities to provide participants with access to the many sides of life that make up Northern Ghana.
The Field School facility has been built with both functionality and convenience in mind. Field School was designed with local knowledge and materials to create a unique look. It is simple and modern, and incorporates many traditional African elements.
The grounds also boast several comfortable outdoor spaces, including an outdoor eating area, as well as outdoor spaces that can be used as both collaboration spaces or areas for people to find solitude and reflect.
To offer guests as much comfort as possible, Field School is connected to municipal water and electricity but also has a backup generator and large reserve water tank so we can provide consistent water and electricity.
Although Northern Ghana is among the safest regions in West Africa, guests safety is a priority. The building itself sits within a gated compound with 24- hour security, proper exterior lighting and burglar-proof windows and doors.
Day 1 - 2: Arrival
Arrive in Accra, sleep in Accra. The next morning, fly to Tamale, Northern Ghana. Get an orientation with Create Change staff. Settle into accommodations at Field School.
Day 3 - 6: Girls Education Programs
Prepare career/personal development workshops based on topics studied throughout the Social Change diploma. Travel to senior high schools where Create Change runs leadership programs. Deliver workshops and hold coaching sessions with Create Change Ghana leadership students. (note: depending on Ghana school schedule workshops may be held at a different location).
Day 7 - 8: Leisure Days
Day 9 - 11: Rural Community Programs
Prepare lesson plans for literacy clubs in partnership with Create Change Ghana work experience students. Travel to rural communities where Create Change runs literacy programs. Assist work experience students to deliver lesson plans.
Day 13 - 16: Social Enterprise
Learn about Ghanaian cuisine through participating in cooking classes led by our culinary students. Hold personal/career development workshops and coaching sessions for culinary trainees.
Day 17 - 18: Departure
Fly to Accra. Have lunch and tour the Accra Art Centre. Dinner at the famous Papa Ye restaurant in Osu. Fly back to Canada.
Enjoy cultural entertainment and learn about Ghana culture. Get a day tour of the Tamale market. Reflection discussions and goal setting for the remainder of the trip.