Global Community-Engaged Learning Programs

Serve & Learn Abroad

Adanu’s Serve and Learn Abroad programs provides students and other volunteers with exposure to Adanu’s community engagement model and development projects. Since 1997, Adanu has been facilitating volunteer and study abroad programs that provide participants with the opportunity to immerse themselves in other cultures, learn, serve, and discover Ghana.


Adanu staff and community members interact and learn with U.S. volunteers and study abroad participants. Adanu’s leaders and community members fully participate in each element of the program, giving participants first-hand access to Adanu's projects and its stakeholders, providing invaluable, real-time cross-cultural insights and experience.


We use a Community-Engaged Learning approach to plan and implement all activities with volunteers and students.


Adanu Online Global Community-Engaged Learning Program

Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, traveling abroad may not be possible now. We hope to quickly return to normalcy so that you can make it to Ghana one day soon. You will be ready and well prepared to travel when the time comes!


In the meantime, we can help you develop cross-cultural skills, engage with Ghanaians, and build your global network through virtual mobility. This online Global Community-Engaged Learning program uses synchronous, online learning methodology. The program includes:


  • A complete introduction to the concept of volunteerism vs. service-learning
  • A comprehensive overview of Adanu’s community engagement projects and framework
  • A remote introduction to Ghanaian culture including communication skills, practices, and reflections (facilitated remotely by Ghanaian leaders from Adanu)
  • An inside look into the local economy, history, educational system, and business practices by meeting with leaders from diverse organizations throughout Ghana. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with communities via live virtual tours, collaborative discussions with local students, cooking lessons, and survival workshops


The program and technologies will be coordinated by Friends of Adanu, Adanu's USA hub organization based in Seattle, WA. The program's virtual facilitation team is comprised of:

Nicole Webster

Ph.D. Associate Professor
Youth & International Development Penn State University

Remote Facilitator

Jean-Paul Sewavi

Office for Education Abroad Michigan State University

Program Administrator

Remote Facilitator

Richard Yinkah

Founder and Executive Director of Adanu

Mypa Buckner

Director of Adanu Operations

Additional Information

Other Program Offerings

In addition to Adanu’s Serve and Learn and Online Global Community-Engaged Learning programs, they offer:


  • Faculty-led and custom programs: Destination study, academic, itinerary and logistics development, flexible and transparent pricing according to budget
  • On-site services: Coordination of all program elements (guest speakers, workshops, meetings, site visits, cultural immersion, research project, service-learning projects, etc.) and logistics, risk management and 24/7 health & safety support
  • Customized undergraduate research placements
  • Customized internships



Adanu is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. Our pricing is competitive, based on number of participants, program length and elements selected. Pricing is all-inclusive which covers meals, lodging, and full-time guide.