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GHANA STUDY ABROAD – SUMMER 2019 – Music, Dance, Ceremony & Tradition in the Ashanti Kingdom (Laney College/College of Alameda)

July 23 - August 7

1) ONLINE APPLICATION/$1,000 Deposit (Deadline March 24, 2019): Register Here – Please select: GHANA (July 26-August 12, 2019) Music, Dance, Ceremony & Tradition in the Ashanti Kingdom – Andrea Lee (avlee@peralta.edu) – Please contact instructor if you need an extension on the deposit deadline.

December 8, 2018 from 3:00-4:00pm at Laney College (Room D-100) – Register Here

January 26, 2019 from 3:00-4:00pm at Laney College (Room D-100) – Register Here


Financial Aid Checklist for Study Abroad – Apply online at FAFSA.GOV for the 2018/19 application period


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Laney College – Dance Study Abroad (Dance 7) 5 Transferable Units – Required
AND Choose one or both of the courses below:
Option A) Intercultural Communications (Comm 6) 3 Transferable Units (College of Alameda)
Option B) African American Studies (AFRAM 30) 3 Transferable Units (College of Alameda)

DATES: July 23 – August 7, 2019 (17 LAB days in Ghana) Required: Students take full lecture in USA: June 17 – July 24, 2019

COST: $3,850  includes r/t airfare; accommodations; 24/7 guides/security; guest instructors, administrative fees abroad; daily breakfast; all field trips/excursions; ground transportation (air-conditioned modern bus; tips; course materials abroad. 

Additional Expenses not included (paid separately): Travel insurance, immunizations, visa fees, unforseen air-hikes or increase in airfare due to late payment, passport (if you do not have one already), and enrollment fees. Students should carry additional $500 for spending money.


UPDATED; $1,000 Deposit (non-Refundable) due March 24th if you have not submitted a deposit already!

December 3rd $500 (non refundable) – Extension request may be made to avlee@peralta.edu

January 3rd $685 (non refundable)

February 4th $685 – 50% refund of $685 ($342.50) if cancelled before March 1, 2019 at 11:59

March 4th $705 (non refundable)

April 3rd $600 (non-refundable)

May 3rd (Final Payment) $675 – 50% refund of $675 ($337.50) if cancelled 60 days before trip by May 27, 2019 at 11:59

If entire amount ($3,850) is paid in full before February 4, 2019, refund amount would be $680 if cancelled before March 1, 2019 at 11:59 or $337.50 by May 27, 2019 at 11:59pm.

No Refunds will be provided after May 27, 2019 at 11:59pm.

All cancellations must be sent in writing via email to Drew Gephart at dgephart@peralta.edu and Andrea Lee at avlee@peralta.edu. Cancellations are effective on the date and time they are received. A student must still submit their cancellation in writing to receive a refund, even if they miss a payment deadline. Deposit and cost of flight are non-refundable.

$500 Deposit and Recurring Payments made by check to “Linden Travel”, subject “Ghana Study Abroad”, and turned in person to Andrea Lee at the Department of Dance at Laney College (contact her at 510-833-8950 or avlee@peralta.edu to arrange)

Please include copy of passport with deposit payment.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Drew Gephart (dgephart@peralta.edu) / 510-587-7834 and Andrea Lee (avlee@peralta.edu) / 510-833-8950


Why Study Abroad in Ghana?  Find out by clicking on our Video Q&A below.

What does Ghana sound like?


Music & Drumming in Ghana


Everyone is relaxing at the village, enjoying the music and dance, followed by a demonstration and class. Location: Elmina, Ghana

…..feel like?


Canoe arrival


The last canoe arrives. We are carrying school supplies to deliver to Nzulezu, a village on stilts. Location: Western region of Ghana

…taste like?


Cooking lessons in Elmina Ghana


This is “Cooking lessons in Elmina Ghana” by Andrea Vonny Lee on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Move like?  (No– you do not have to be a dancer… check us out!)


Community go…Ghana get-down


Students and faculty learning together~ a beautiful, intergenerational and educational experience. 2018 Ghana Study Abroad with Laney College and College of Alameda. Featured…

What does sharing look like?



Greetings to the elders and community


After our welcome into the community, the elders and community members listen to our mission. Speaker: Dagnachew Sibhat, 2017. Mr. Sibhat is now the current Associated Student President of Laney College (2018-2019).

What if I am a vegetarian or vegan?




OMG Ital!


The best vegan vegetarian spot in Ghana–Assasepa! And the drinks–fresh hibiscus ginger; passion fruit; guava; sorrel– goodness + healthiness = smh

And for all of the reasons below!


Villages…cultural festivals…history of Pan Africanism…instrument-making…dance performances…shea butter making…historic slave dungeons…rainforests…canopy walks…hiking…canoeing…storytelling…language…oceans…chiefs…palaces…schools and universities…faculty and student exchange opportunities…kente weaving…African American repatriation center..wood carving…agriculture…year-long study abroad opportunity with University of Ghana and University of Cape Coast…textiles…W.E.B. Dubois Center…Kakum National Rain Forest…Volta River…Slave Dungeons in Elmina and Cape Coast…Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum…transferable academic units…mangos…coconuts…avocados…pineapples…plantains…black-eyed peas…fresh fish/chicken/goat/prawns…jollof rice…AFRICAN CULTURE…global education

Journey to Ghana Panafest

All students participating in this program will need to complete the following:

  1. Pre-Travel Information Form
  2. Enroll in the course associated with this program
  3. Check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you are eligible for Aid and review this Financial Aid Checklist for Study Abroad
  4. Apply for Scholarships through the Peralta Colleges Foundation
  5. Read and sign Study Abroad Assumption of RisksWAIVER AND RELEASE AGREEMENT, &  STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT
  6. Apply for a Passport (if you do not have one already – Check expiration date on Passport as well)
  7. Read our Pre-Departure Handbook
  8. Register with the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
  9. Attend mandatory pre-departure orientations
  10. Obtain proper immunizations as listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website


July 23
August 7
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Accra, Ghana + Google Map