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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
This program is cancelled for Winter Break 2020




During this Winter Break internship, students will work directly with Ghanaian NGOs to provide assistance to women and children who have been victims of sex and child labor abuses. Through a Fall Session C 3 credit course with a local internship and program abroad in Ghana in late December, students will attain a skill set that will allow them to be both advocates for such victims as well as prepare themselves for a work world that addresses these important needs.

Quick Facts

  • Dates: December 13 - 23, 2020

  • Early Pre-Spring application deadline: August 17, 2020

  • Travel to Ghana, West Africa and bask in the sun

  • Live in a fishing village, intern with Challenging Heights safeguarding children who have been trafficked by working with the School and the Women’s Empowerment Center

  • Earn 3 credits in fall semester

  • Visit Cape Coast Slave Castle, Kakum National Forest and Reserve and Canopy Walk, Charles Beach, and Turtle Watch

Space is limited.  Apply early!

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


On a Boat

Location Details

Winneba, Ghana is a fishing village of the Central Region of Ghana, West Africa.  With a population of over 60,000, it serves as a port town.  The town not only has a rich musical tradition boasting several renowned musical groups, but it is also home to the University of Education, Winneba.  It is known for the Aboakyer deer-hunting festival in Winneba and its New Year fancy dress carnival/masquerading festival.  

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. US citizens will need a visa for this program.  Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Junior status or higher

  • Must complete 55 hours or more as an intern at a local (Arizona) site as part of the JHR 584/IAS 484 Internship course during fall semester  

Fall Internship placements are currently being vetted


For fall semester, students will register in ONE of the following courses:

  • JHR 584: Internship: Human Trafficking (3 credits)
  • IAS 484: Internship: Human Trafficking (3 credits)
  • JHR 484: Internship: Human Trafficking (3 credits)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Fall semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  


Course Format

The 3 credit course will be taught during the Session C Fall 2020 semester (August - December).  It is a hybrid course, with an online component and three in-person/Zoom meetings
Tuesday, August 25,  Tuesday, October 6, and Thursday November 19, 2020 from 6:00-8:45 PM


Kids at School


Faculty Directors

Dr. Duku Anokye
Akua Duku Anokye is Associate Professor of Africana Language, Literature, and Culture in the School of Humanity Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS), and Director of the New College office of Interdisciplinary Global Learning and Engagement (IGLE), A sociolinguist, Dr. Anokye’s research focuses on African Diaspora orality and literacy practices, folklore, discourse analysis, and oral history with a specialization in Ghanaian culture, religion, storytelling, dance, along with issues of social justice and human rights. 

Office: FAB N301A (West Campus)
Mail code: 1251
Phone: 602-543-6020

Bandak Lul
Research Project Director, ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR)

Duku Anokye

Bandak Lul


Windy Bay Hotel Room

Program Housing

Students will stay at the Windy Bay Guest House in Winneba, less than 2 miles from the Challenging Heights Headquarters.  Breakfast is included, and other meals are available at a nominal cost.  Transportation will be provided by Challenging Heights daily as well as for excursions away from Winneba to places like the Cape Coast Slave Castle and Museum and Kakum Forest.  Great spots to eat are very accessible and fun entertainment in the evenings to relax from the work during the day which includes assisting teachers, planning events, and learning the ropes at the Women’s Empowerment Center.  

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Ghana, individuals with mobility disabilities will find that most buildings and transportation accessibility is difficult. Many streets are unpaved or not well maintained, and sidewalks are not prevalent, individuals in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking face challenges. People with mobility disabilities may encounter discrimination. Faculty certainly would be willing to strategize potential roles for interested students.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Ghana, under the law homosexuality is illegal and same-sex partnerships are not condoned. There have been numerous reports of harassment and violence based on sexual identity. Ghana struggles with ongoing discrimination against LGBTQIA communities. Students who identify as LGBTQIA should exercise caution in how and to whom they discuss issues related to sexual orientation.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Ghana, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Winter Break 2020 is $1,910.

Program Fee includes: Housing, daily breakfast, some group meals, in-country transportation, site visits and cultural excursions, internship placements, faculty support, and international health insurance.  Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, airfare to and from Ghana, ASU student fees, most meals, passport and visa, personal independent travel, miscellaneous items, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Opportunities for Funding

  • There are a variety of funding sources including the GPSA, and scholarships through the JHR MA degree program. Please contact Julie Murphy Erfani, Director of JHR, for more details. 

  • There is a $500 scholarship for students in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Deadline to apply is TBD. For exact deadline and more information see the IGLE Travel Scholarship page.  


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.