“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”
― Douglas Pagels
Some of the students being picked up at the Kotoka International Airport
The Fall 2016 students started their journey on a blank page not knowing what to expect when they first arrived in Ghana on August 15th. In their first week, they have explored some of the cultural nuances that make up the country Ghana.
On Tuesday, August 16th, the Fall 2016 students joined other International Students for the Univeristy of Ghana Office International Programmes orientation (IPO). The orientation introduced the students to the university and the activities that are available for international students students.
The IPO orientation was followed by a 3-day CIEE orientation which covered topics such as academics, safety and security, health issues, sexual harassment protocols, a Bystander Intervention Training, perceptions and stereotypes and a Ghanaian music and dance workshop.
Bystander Intervention Training at the CIEE Study Center, International House
The week long of orientation was capped with a tour of the city of Accra which ended up at Chale Wote Art Festival in Jamestown, one of the oldest districts of the capital which dates back to the 17th Century Gold Coast.
"Chale Wote" provides the platform for music, arts and dance performances on the streets. These perfromances include spoken word, graffiti murals, live street music jams, fashion, and many more.
After the festival, there was an "Akwaaba Dinner" to officially welcome the Fall 2016 students to the programme and to the country.
Madison Griffith (Tulane University of Lousiana) at the Chale Wote Festival
Some dsiplays at the Chale Wote Festival.
Classes started on August 22nd and the students are having a taste of how academic life is going to be for the next few months. The Twi Lanugage class also begun today.
There are so many activities planned in the horizon and as the semester continues, we will update you on the happenings.