Stern International Volunteers: Ghana

BSPA-UB 2000 Stern International Volunteers Seminar (3 credits)

SIV Ghana 2018
Students enrolled in the Stern International Volunteers Seminar traveled to the Woadze-Tsatoe village in the Volta region

As a student in this Spring 2019 course (BSPA-UB 2000), you will take a 3 credit seminar in which you will explore the role of business as an agent for social change and apply principles of social entrepreneurship to promote sustainable economic development. SIV Ghana provides a unique educational experience, combining business theory with hands-on implementation and cultural immersion in the country of Ghana. Students will study how to design and implement social entrepreneurship and volunteer projects that support long-term socio-economic development and educational empowerment.  Students will then travel to Ghana over spring break and apply their ideas and business knowledge "on-the ground" in NYU Stern’s partner Ghanaian village, Woadze Tsatoe.

Application Process & Timing (see "How to Apply" for more details)

Course Overview

BSPA-UB 2000 SIV Seminar Course (3 credits)
Stern International Volunteers: Ghana - Spring 2019
Professors Kowal & Taparia
Thursdays, 9:30-10:45am, includes one week during Spring Break when the entire class travels to implement business projects in NYU Stern’s “adopted” Ghanaian village – Waodze Tsatoe 

3 credits, counts towards Co-Concentration in Sustainable Business, Social Entrepreneurship Minor, Global Business Concentration & Public Policy and Management Minor

SIV Ghana combines a unique social entrepreneurship experience, hands-on business learning & cultural immersion in Ghana. Students will study how to design and implement social entrepreneurship projects. Students will then directly apply their ideas and business knowledge in NYU Stern’s partner Ghanaian village over spring break. Social impact projects include expanding 3 micro-businesses – a batik cooperative, a clean water business and a mango plantation - incubated by previous SIV Ghana classes, implementing educational technology and teaching business skills (accounting, marketing, management & finance). The overall aim of SIV Ghana is to promote sustainability and socio-economic growth in the village of Waodze Tsatoe, Ghana. This will be the fifth year of engagement between SIV Ghana students and the Waodze Tsatoe community.

Eligibility

  • Stern Freshmen, Sophomores, *Juniors and Seniors in good standing with Stern and the University
    • *The MULT-UB 11 International Studies Program (ISP) course is required for all B.S. in Business students, however the ISP trip is optional.
    • Since the SIV trip to Accra is over Spring Break, Juniors who are accepted into the SIV program will travel to Accra instead of traveling on ISP.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Students must be based in New York City during the Spring 2019 course term and throughout the service trip's entirety.

Travel Details

Travel Dates
  • Spring Break:Trip Dates: March 15 - March 23, 2019
    • NYU Stern will be partnering with NYU Accra. Students and faculty will be housed in hotels throughout their travels in Ghana.The trip will include historical, business and cultural experiences, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Estimated Expenses

Estimated Expenses (for which students are financially responsible):
  • A Trip Program Fee will be required of all participants. (Trip Fee: $1800)
    • Please note: Although you will be registered for this 3 credit course as part of your Spring 2019 schedule, NYU tuition and registration fees do not cover the additional program fee for the trip to Ghana.
    • *Travel scholarships are available for Stern students and will be awarded based on financial need. You must have an updated FAFSA or CSS Profile on file with NYU.
  • Additional Expenses to be covered by student (not included in Trip Fee):
    • Airfare to and from Ghana (approximately $1500)
    • Passport fees (if applicaple - approximately $75-100)
    • Visa fees
    • Vaccinations (approximately $300)
    • Personal expenses
  • To apply for a scholarship, a short statement of need (less than 300 words) will be required on the online application. 
  • Please note: Stern travel scholarships can only be awarded to Stern students.

How to Apply

Application Process & Timing
  • All interested students should complete the online SIV Ghana Application 2019
  • All applications must include:
    • Completed application form
    • Typed responses to one essay question
    • Travel Scholarship statement (if applying)
    • Color copy of passport
  • Application: all applications must be submitted digitally
  • If selected, students will be manually registered for the course by the UG Dean's office for Spring 2019.
  • Accepted applicants must secure their spot in the program by submitting all payments and contract forms to Emily Rojo at the front desk of the Advising and Dean's Office at Tisch Hall, 40 West 4th Street, 6th Floor, Suite 600 in order to be registered
Missed the Information Sessions?  Check out the SIV Ghana Info Session Presentation!

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm studying abroad this semester. Can I still apply? How is the process different?
You can absolutely apply! Please complete the online digital application and e-mail uc.international with any questions.

Should I take this course as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior?
It's up to you! Where you are in your academic career, your course loads and your summer plans are some things to keep in mind as you consider which year to take this course. Something to keep in mind: this is the only course open to freshmen with a travel component.
Last year, our students included a mix of students!

I've been accepted and submitted all of my paperwork. Now what?
Once you've submitted all of your trip paperwork and have paid your trip fee, you will be MANUALLY registered by the UG Dean's office. Please be sure you leave room in your schedule.

I'm a vegetarian. Will there be vegetarian meals available on the trip?
Yes! There is a vegetarian option available at every meal.
If you have questions about other dietary restrictions, please email Kristen Van Vleck at uc.international@stern.nyu.edu


Will I get sick from eating the food/drinking the water?
Not likely. All food on the trip is catered or from vetted/approved providers and students only drink bottled water, which is readily available to them, even on the buses.

Have a question that you don't see answered here? Email Kristen Van Vleck at uc.international@stern.nyu.edu

Student Experiences

"SIV allows you to grow personally and develop professionally. During my travels in Ghana, I was challenged to check my biases, privileges, and prejudices. I learned to solve problems in an unfamiliar cultural context, without resources typically available in the city. Most importantly, I made lifelong friends. We continue to remind each other that time on this planet is precious, and that it is our duty to use this time in a meaningful way. There is no better way to start using your life meaningfully than to join SIV."  -- Ron Yakar (BS '20) SIV Ghana Participant in 2017

“SIV Ghana for me has been more than just a class, but a true life-changing experience. This course pushed me in ways that not only have helped me grow during the rest of my time at Stern as a student, but have also helped me career-wise. Having the chance to create something that would make a tangible impact for a real community challenged me to learn more than what could ever be taught in the classroom and experience how business actually functions. I will always be grateful to SIV Ghana for giving me the space to face with my own uncertainties, biases, and fears, and for giving me the space to learn and grow from them beyond textbooks and homework. Overall, SIV Ghana has been more than just the best class I’ve ever taken, but truly one of the best life experiences I’ve had.” -- Sofia Cortez Padilla (BS '20) SIV Ghana Participant in 2017

Contact

Kristen Van Vleck
Assistant Director, International Exchanges and Special Programs
NYU Stern School of Business
Undergraduate College
40 West Fourth Street, Tisch Hall, 6th Floor
Suite 600, New York, NY 10012
uc.international@stern.nyu.edu

Questions? Contact:
Asst. Director Kristen Van Vleck at uc.international@stern.nyu.edu
Prof. Kowal at rkowal@stern.nyu.edu
Prof. Taparia at htaparia@stern.nyu.edu