AEE 499H: Global Perspectives for Intergenerational Living and Learning: Ghana. This course meets during the second half of Spring 2021 semester on campus at University Park, and travels in May to South Carolina and Ghana.

Program Summary

This new course is designed to introduce students to how people across the globe live, learn, value and care for one another while embracing treasured cultural traditions. Intensive travel and learning experiences occur in the 2021 Maymester, first in Charleston, South Carolina and then in Ghana. Students will work with faculty, senior volunteers, and professionals engaged in innovative intergenerational (IG) programs and practices at the local, national, and international levels. Penn State faculty leaders for the program are Profs. Matthew Kaplan from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Grace Hampton of the College of Arts and Architecture.

During the second half of the spring semester, students will take a 2.5-credit course on campus in which they will be introduced to the IG studies field, go on site visits to local IG programs, and engage in experiential learning activities with local older adult volunteers engaged in IG programs. The travel component will be an additional 0.5 honors credits.

The trip begins with an intensive 5-day learning experience in Charleston, focused on the history and culture of the Gullah/Geechee people and Low Country-West African connections. The next 11 days in Ghana will include multi-city visits, including Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, and Yendi. There will be immersion experiences through cultural visits and events, and meetings with village elders and community leaders to learn about their unique environmental, social, political, and economic circumstances.

Learning Outcomes

  • Through an IG lens, learn about lifestyles, family life, community support systems, and cultural identities of people living in Ghana.
  • Learn about innovative IG programs taking root around the globe to enrich the lives of individuals, strengthen families, build communities, and promote cultural continuity.
  • Learn about culturally significant places, foods, values, and arts in Ghana.

Eligibility

This course is open to all students with priority given to Schreyer Scholars in all majors and non-Schreyer majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Estimated Costs

The estimated costs for this program include transportation to Charleston to start the program, 0.5 credits of Penn State summer tuition and fees (varies by residency and other factors) and an estimated program fee of $2,250 (includes airfare from Charleston to Ghana and back to Washington or New York, lodging, in-country transportation, and most meals). The final program fee will be determined in early December 2020.

Additional costs include a Ghanaian visa, required or recommended vaccinations/medications (including yellow fever vaccination), and transportation from the U.S. return airport to your next destination.

Application Process

Apply for this program by November 1, 2020 by sending a one-paragraph statement of interest to Dr. Matthew Kaplan and Dr. Richard Stoller.

International Programs

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106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

International Programs

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106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802