This is a research-oriented program led by AOH staff certified in human subjects research from CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). This program is ideal for students as “degree requirements in undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs often require students to conduct or assist in human subjects research (CITI 2017).” Participants will receive a basic overview of ethical principles and guidelines they must follow for protecting human subjects. Participants will conduct interviews and administer surveys to learn how sea-level rise has impacted this community. Participants will collaboratively compile their results and develop an avenue to share the Keta Story.
This field-based program collaborates with development practitioners and local Ghanaian leaders. Due to AOH-PWG established community relationships participants have a unique opportunity to work alongside Ghanaian professionals and traditional leaders including Assembly-persons and Environmental Health Officers of the Keta Municipality. Trained local professionals and participants will plant and maintain trees along the Keta coast line.
According to the Rain Forest Action Network, forests and tree plantings help buffer against increased emissions that come from the burning of fossil fuels; which contribute to our warming planet. Planting trees along Keta’s coastline will also help this mitigate erosion due to a rapidly rising sea. AOH-PWG participants will collaborate with Keta’s local government to plant 1000 trees during this short-term program.
What’s Included: Airport Pick-Up and Drop-Off, Group Housing and Meals, In-Country Transportation, 24-hr Emergency Staff Support, Human Subjects Research Training, Project Materials, Community Engagement, Language Lessons, Optional Travel Insurance through INext, Cultural Excursions and Activities. *Not Included: Airfare and Visa
Participants have a great opportunity to contribute their knowledge and creativity to ensure this project is successful. Knowledgeable participants may contribute best practice tips for conducting interviews through translators. While Ghana is English speaking, most interviewees will feel more comfortable speaking their local language, Ewe. Participants may contribute their ideas for the best knowledge sharing platform to disseminate our learning: an article in a local paper, on-line blog or newsletter? Lastly, participants should have previous experience working in groups and ready to produce a collaborative group project with a short deadline.
Really organized. As a leader, I didn’t have to arrange anything. You made it all easy for us. Everything was really organized very well. It was a great package.”
I learned so much on this trip, about the world and myself!”
I loved interacting with the staff onsite! By the end it was much more like a family than a professional interaction. Everyone worked well outside of “normal” work hours which meant we were well supported.”