SEMESTER AT SEA STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM JOINED BY SHERIFF GHALE EN ROUTE TO FIVE-DAY EXPLORATION IN TEMA, GHANA
[February 9, 2012]—More than 700 students, faculty, and staff of Semester at Sea® (SAS), the premier shipboard program for study abroad, will dock in Tema, Ghana at 8:00 a.m. on February 13, 26 days into their 105 day academic voyage around the world. The MV Explorer is the state-of-the-art passenger ship that Semester at Sea has outfitted as a traveling university.
Sharif Ghale, the versatile Ghanaian reggae musician from Tamale, has joined the voyage as an interport lecturer. Ghale boarded the MV Explorer in Manaus, Brazil on February 3rd and is spending 10 days educating students on Ghanaian music and performing nightly for the community. Students have the valuable opportunity to talk one-on-one with Ghale as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean and even play music alongside the famed artiste.
While in Tema, students have the opportunity to participate in a drumming and dance workshop with the Afrique Dance Ensemble, build with Habitat for Humanity, and visit the historic slave castles of Cape Coast. Eighteen Faculty-Directed Practica will take place in Ghana, ranging from a service visit to the City of Refuge orphanage home to a tour of the Bamboosero Bicycle Company. These faculty-led programs offer SAS students the opportunity to explore a class topic with their professors and extend learning beyond the classroom.
Semester at Sea is a global study abroad program that traces its roots to 1963. Participants, who hail from more than 250 U.S. and international universities, circumnavigate the globe aboard the 24,300-ton campus of the MV Explorer, attend classes in a closely knit environment with an international faculty, complete fieldwork and travel while in port, and receive course credit from the University of Virginia, the academic sponsor.
The spring voyage departed Nassau, Bahamas on 19 January 2011 and will travel to international destinations including Roseau, Dominica; Manus, Brazil; Tema, Ghana; Cape Town, South Africa; Port Louis, Mauritius; Cochin, India; Singapore; Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam; Hong Kong, China; Shang Hai, China; Kobe, Japan; Yokohama, Japan and Hilo, Hawaii before returning to San Diego, California on 2 May. This is the 108th voyage of Semester at Sea.
Over the years, Semester at Sea has achieved a number of significant milestones, including groundbreaking visits to countries such as the former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Cuba, and Myanmar, and participants have met with prominent leaders including Fidel Castro, Anwar Sadat, Indira Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, Corazon Aquino, Sidi Mohammed, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela.
For more information on Semester at Sea, please visit our website at www.semesteratsea.org or call 1-800-854-0195.
• Web site: www.semesteratsea.org
• Spring 2012 voyage: http://www.semesteratsea.org/current-voyage/overview/
• Tour the ship: http://www.semesteratsea.org/our-ship/overview/
About Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea® is a premier global study abroad program based in the United States. Since it began in 1963, more than 45,000 college students and lifelong learners have participated in the program, which travels more than 60,000 nautical miles around the world each year. Over its 45-year history, Semester at Sea has made 99 voyages and has achieved a number of significant milestones, including groundbreaking visits to countries such as the former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Cuba, and Myanmar. Participants have met with prominent leaders including Fidel Castro, Anwar Sadat, Indira Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, Corazon Aquino, Sidi Mohammed, Mother Teresa, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela.
About the Institute for Shipboard Education
The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tracing its roots back to 1963, the Institute administers the multiple-country study abroad program Semester at Sea as well as Enrichment Voyages, a Lifelong Learning Program, and the Forum on Global Engagement. The mission of ISE is to educate individuals with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world.