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Ghana Study Abroad

"They keep saying ‘Medase, Medase- thank you, thank you’ to us. They’ve opened our hearts and our passions to a world we didn’t know about." - Janaan Decker, Frederik Meijer Honors College Student Services Coordinator


Each year Grand Valley students study abroad in Ghana, where they work with children rescued from slavery in the region’s dangerous fishing industry. The students also study the management of non-government organizations.

"This program is very, very, unique," said Allison Stephens, a Grand Valley alumna who participated in the program. "The main focus is the elimination of human trafficking, primarily in children."

International studies like this give students cultural understandings and bring diverse perspectives to Grand Valley. Despite the benefits, students are often deterred from studying abroad by the related costs. "A lot of students just simply don't have the means of going," said Janaan Decker, Frederik Meijer Honors College student services coordinator. "This would be a way to provide and to give this opportunity to all students across the board."

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