Study Abroad

Each year, a study abroad opportunity is offered to LEAP students across the country.  This summer, experience life in an African village! Travel with LEAP and ThisWorldMusic® to Ghana, West Africa and learn traditional African dance, drumming, music, and art at the world-renowned Dagbe Cultural Institute & Arts Centre.

Located in the scenic coastal village of Kopeyia, the Dagbe Institute’s rigorous instruction and authentic natural surroundings make for an experience unlike any other. In addition to taking intensive classes with local artists, LEAP students will have the opportunity to visit open-air markets, observe and take part in traditional village ceremonies, and interact with local residents.

In the capital city of Accra, the group will visit a drum maker’s workshop and be treated to a private performance and master class at the National Theatre with the acclaimed Ghana National Dance Ensemble.

The group also visits Ghana’s unique cultural heritage sites, including The Centre for National Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial, and more.

ThisWorldMusic's UMass-accredited Ghana program is open to the general public. For LEAP students, the Ghana Study Abroad program meets the Senior Project requirement and/or a LEAP Elective.


National Dance

DATES: July 10 – July 21, 2019 




Ghana Group of 5 photo


Course itinerary to include:

  • traditional dancing, drumming, singing, and craft making in the culturally vibrant village of Kopeyia
  • participation in and observation of local festivals, ceremonies, and community celebrations
  • exclusive tour of a master drum maker's workshop
  • private performance and masterclass at the National Theatre with the world-renowned Ghana National Dance Ensemble
  • lodging at the scenic Afia Beach Hotel in the capital city of Accra
  • shopping at the Centre for National Culture, the largest outdoor crafts market in West Africa
  • sampling of local Ghanaian cuisine

Brad Anderson


Gillian Devon



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