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UC Student Organization Plans Spring Break Service Trip to Ghana

The trip exemplifies the mission of the University of Cincinnati African Students Association.

Date: 2/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Dottie Stover

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati African Students Association (UCASA) is planning a spring break service trip to Cape Coast, Ghana. Five UCASA members are planning the trip in partnership with ProWorld, an international service organization.
UCASA President Kayla Iheukwu
UCASA President Kayla Iheukwu

Students will be volunteering in pre-kindergarten classes and assisting children with their homework and daily lessons. The group will also provide the schoolchildren with school supplies.

“I look forward to creating a custom project that will fit the needs of students. Plus, I’m looking forward to learning from the children,” says UCASA President Kayla Iheukwu, a fourth-year psychology major from Columbus, Ohio.

The trip supports UCASA’s goals of encouraging volunteer and study abroad experiences in African countries while promoting educational, social and cultural awareness.

“This is a significant trip for the African Student Association because this is the first time we’ll be traveling to Africa,” says Iheukwu. “As we work toward fulfilling our mission of working toward the advancement of Africa, this trip shows how we are accomplishing this mission, one step at a time.”

Nicole Jenkins, program coordinator for UC International, will accompany the group of undergraduates on the trip in support of UC International’s goals of mentoring students and encouraging them – through service learning – to build on their education outside the classroom.

The group departs Cincinnati on March 16 and returns on March 24.