Miles Arntzen (left) plays the boba drum accompanied by his instructor, Elike.
Over the years, one of the things I’ve loved most about leading the ThisWorldMusic/UMass Amherst Study in Africa program is getting to know the participants. Sure, studying African music and dance is a thrill, but it’s the people, not just the rhythms, that stick with me long after I’ve returned.
On the most recent winter study abroad trip in Ghana, West Africa, we had a seminary student from Indianapolis, Brent Walsh, who, as luck would have it, turned out to be a professional photographer. And who studies abroad in a place as visually stunning as Ghana without bringing along a camera?
Here are 5 highlights from Brent’s inspiring photos, each representing a different aspect of what it’s like to study in Africa. READ MORE →
Participants on the ThisWorldMusic/UMASS summer Study in Ghana program. Pack smart, stay happy!
With the ThisWorldMusic/UMASS summer 2012 Study in Ghana program on the horizon, I thought I’d share some packing tips we give trip participants. Although a standard packing list is easy to come by, these 10 lesser known items are must haves for anyone planning to study in Ghana: READ MORE →
Hard to believe fall is already upon us. With winter close behind, I’m looking forward to warming up in Ghana this January!
Our latest trip offering, the Winter Drum and Dance Field Study in Ghana, West Africa (January 2-14, 2012), is the perfect way to learn West African music and dance while getting to see the world. Check out the video below, then go to the online application on the UMass International Programs Office website. There’s also more info here.
Fun article in the NY Times today about Ghanaian ex-pats in New York City carrying on the tradition of boisterous funerals from back home in Ghana. Interestingly, it notes:
The funerals have become such money makers that the pretexts for them are sometimes a bit thin … A New Yorker, for example, might hold a party for a cousin’s niece’s husband who died in Ghana, even if the two had never met and few of the proceeds are intended for the family back home.
Makes one wonder if the business model is traditional as well! While we’re on the subject, here’s an oldie but goodie from 2009 of ThisWorldMusic/UMass in Ghana student Mike Thacker cutting a rug with some friendly locals at a village funeral…and the crowd goes wild!
The new TWM/UMass in Ghana promo spot is UP! Hailed by the New York Times as “a feast for the senses” (okay, that’s a lie) and “better than being there” by National Geographic (also a lie), the 2nd edition of our virtual tour has been updated with exciting new Africa footage (truthbomb!), along with testimonials from educators that crossed the pond summer 2010 (ka-boom!).
Not one to stand in the way of a PR juggernaut, I’ll be presenting this Friday, November 19th at the Massachusetts Council for International Education’s annual conference (list of member organizations here), where I’ll be promoting the trip and talking about the exciting field of global continuing education, all with the help of an all-star cast of TWM/UMass in Ghana alumni. More on that to come.
Click play to enjoy the sights and sounds of Ghana!