Fulfilling Potentials

The Keta Story

Keta, is a small coastal fishing community located in Ghana’s Volta Region. Surrounded by water bodies Keta, has experienced devastating loss and displacement due to sea-erosion. Keta is considered one of Ghana’s “vanishing villages” between 1960 and 1980 large portions of the village were literally “eaten by the sea”. While Keta has suffered many calamities it is resilient in the face of climate change.

In a Jan 2017 report, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Agency envisioned “a century of sea-level rise” with the potential that sea-levels could raise by 2.5 meters by 2100. United States’ cities like San Francisco may need to adapt to devastating storm surges and coastal erosion as soon as 2060.

The Keta story, a short-term global service program, bears witness to the costly human impacts of climate change now, not decades from now. This program gleans lessons of resilience to climate change and helps a vulnerable, Ghanaian community prevent sea-erosion by planting trees along their coastline. This is Ghana’s Climate Intervention; adults 21 and older are eligible to join us in Keta, Ghana.

What you will do

Gain Research Skills

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.

Collaborate with Local Leaders

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.

Plant Trees along Keta’s Coastline

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.

Program Details and Application

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

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Ghana’s Climate Intervention Program Sessions


10 days
  • Location: Keta, Ghana West Africa
  • Dates: January, 03- January 14, 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 04, 2018
  • Cost: $1,999
  • * Group Dates and Group Discounts Available
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Spring Short

7 days
  • Location: Keta, Ghana West Africa
  • Dates: March, 10- March 17, 2019
  • Application Deadline: February 05, 2019
  • Cost: $1,699
  • * Group Dates and Group Discounts Available
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14 days
  • Location: Keta, Ghana West Africa
  • Dates: March, 21- April 7, 2019
  • Application Deadline: February 17, 2019
  • Cost: $2,399
  • * Group Dates and Group Discounts Available
  • Apply

How to prepare

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.

Suggested Materials

Enrolled participants will receive a detailed packing list
  • For Your Work
  • Laptop
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Voice recorder
  • A camera
  • For Donations
  • Gently worn university/city logo t-shirts
  • General paraphernalia from your country
  • Polaroid camera (Pics given to interviewees)