The UMES Richard A. Henson Honors Program is offering an international experiential learning opportunity to Ghana January 3 -13, 2024.  We are partnering with Sunyani Technical University to learn issues facing the Ghanaian community through service learning and an academic project.

Experiential learning provides opportunities to think, reflect and to become exemplary global citizens, and therefore, has been a critical component of the Honors Program.  We recognize that the world is changing:  the immense social, medical, technological and environmental challenges facing humanity in the 21st century is influencing the fundamental nature of ensuring success in communities across the globe. This is an opportunity learn how to create and implement change in future communities — Join Us!

Ghana Information Session Video


Tuesday, April 11 · 6:30 – 7:00pm:

Thursday, April 20 · 6:30 – 7:00pm

Friday, April 21 · 3:00 – 3:30pm

Monday, April 24 · 6:30 – 7:00pm

Wednesday, April 26 · 8:00 – 8:30pm

Tuesday, May 2 · 6:30 – 7:00pm

Enrollment & Payment Schedule

  • Application Deadline: May 5, 2023 with $250 deposit
  • Balance will be charged to student’s account October 15, 2023

Cost:  $2,500

Deposit $250

Scholarship Award: $1,000 (for those who opt to take a course in conjunction with the trip)

Cancellation Policy: University of Maryland reserves the right to cancel this trip for any reason, without penalty. If the course is cancelled, UMES will make a full refund to applicants including the deposit unless some funds have already been spent.

Our Adventure – The Itinerary

Our itinerary will be filled with places to explore including Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast.  The Ghanaian culture is rich with much history.  We will learn from the Ashanti about weaving cloth and visit Kumasi’s marketplace.  We will also go to other national monuments as well as visit Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castles called the “Gates of No Return” where Africans were held before being shipped and sold in America.  This itinerary is tentative.

Day 1  Depart US/Arrive in Accra, Ghana
Depart/Arrive Sunyani, Ghana  
Day 2-5Service Learning Project at Sunyani Technical University  
Day6-8Arrive in Kumasi – Activities
Kintampo Waterfalls, Fiema Monkeys Sanctuary, Manhyia Palace Museum, Cultural Centre and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to visit the Komfo Anokye Sod  
Day 9 Arrive Cape Coast – Activities
Elmina Castle and Kakum National Park
Arrive in Accra in the Evening  
Day 10Accra Activities
Nkrumah Memorial Park, Independence Square, James Town, Lighthouse, Makola Market, and W.E.B. Du Bois Centre
Depart from Ghana for US in the evening

Travel Requirements


  • 6 – 9 weeks from when received by the State Department
  • $130 for regular service
  • Princess Anne Post Office or US Department of State



  • Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers visiting Ghana over the age of nine months. (check with your insurance carrier to cover costs)
  • There are some other health risks travelers to Ghana.  Malaria is present in the country as well as typhoid and cholera.


Please complete both forms. The International Service Learning (ISL) Registration form is a Google Form and will be sent directly to the Honors Program Office. The International Travel Deposit Form should be downloaded and taken to the Student Accounts window in the Student Development Center, 1st Floor.

Scholarship Information

If you are a non-Honors student, you will need to apply for scholarship funds. Application link is below.

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