Intern in Cape Coast, Ghana
Contagious Happiness and Dancing
Ghana is in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, a few degrees north of the equator. Ghanians in Cape Coast are eccentric, outgoing, passionate beings who are genuinely happy about you choosing to be there — a collective energy that’s certainly contagious.
Reduce Poverty through Sustainable Microlending Programs in Ghana
Develop, implement and evaluate business training, microloan and financial literacy programs to increase sustainable financial independence among individuals and community groups. Interns will also shadow field officers and conduct client interviews.
Research and Educate on Honey Production and Stingless Bees in Ghana
Collaborate with a stingless bee center to assist with research, training, eco-tourism and biodiversity education in schools on stingless bees and honey production.
- Environmental Conservation
- Cape Coast, Ghana
Promote Public Health and Environmental Awareness in Ghana
Interns will work with organizations serving youth and adults to organize and evaluate educational and interactive public health initiatives addressing common health issues in Ghana, such as STDs, HIV/AIDS, malaria, hygiene, and family planning practices.
- Public Health
- Cape Coast, Ghana
Interning in Ghana
Ghana is extremely hot and humid, which influences a little more comfy/cool business casual. All social classes value a clean-cut look when going out into town, work or school. The concept of time is very different here. Interns are expected to be punctual for community meetings, but expect others to be late - sometimes 30-60 minutes. “I’m on my way,” means “I’ll be there in half an hour.” In Ghana, age hierarchy is out the window! Ghanians value the contributions of young people and consider the assistance of foreigners to be credible, as they view their education and privileges to be immeasurable to theirs.
Live Like a Local
Had you visited for a short vacation, you’d be missing out on the immersive experience interning in the Cape Coast offers those staying for the long haul. By the time your program ends, you’ll have adopted a happy-go-lucky attitude and danced more than you’d like to admit. Here are some tips to get you started living like a local.
- (Summer) Hot, Humid
(Winter) Warm, Rainy
- English, Fante
- Ghana cedi ¢
- Drop Taxis, Shared Taxis & Tro Tros
Drop taxis are private and can be pricey. To hail one, stand at the edge of the street and point at the road. Cape Coast has a system of shared taxis that are much cheaper. Simply point in the direction the shared taxi is headed to get picked up. Then there are tro tros — a 9-13 person van that operates like a shared taxi.
Things to Do
Further in from the coastline is the Kakum National Park, a rainforest packed with thick and tall evergreen trees. If you’re not afraid of heights, a wooden suspension bridge provides access to the forest canopy where you can view hundreds of bird and butterfly species.
Useful Phrases in Fante
Oatsay den? / How are you?
Medaase / Thank you
Mepa wo kyew / Please
Sah! / Dance!