Exchanges

SOS-HGIC St Andrews Episcopal School

 SOS-HGIC St Andrews Episcopal School (www.gosaints.org)

standr3Founded in 1947, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is an independent, college preparatory school for students in pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The school has earned a national reputation for academic excellence, but St. Andrew’s understands that an outstanding educational experience isn’t limited to academics.

"While some St. Andrew’s students are math whizzes or gifted writers, others were born to paint a portrait or perform a song. Some students excel on the field or the court, while others are more at home conducting experiments in a physics or robotics lab. Some are natural leaders, while others are the glue that binds a team together. Some students long to see the world, while others want to serve in their own communities.

That’s why St. Andrew’s doesn’t stop with challenging students in the classroom. Instead, St. Andrew’s helps each student explore his or her individual interests and strengths, and then teaches students how to build on those unique gifts for success not only at St. Andrew’s, but also in college, in a career, and in life. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the place to find your inner genius, your hidden talent, or your championship season.  It’s the place to find your strength, your passion, and your own path to future success."

These are some lines from the St. Andrews Episcopal School’s website. For the last 7 years, SOS-HGIC has been involved with the St. Andrews Episcopal School in Jackson, Mississippi, in the USA. We have had three different groups of students visiting the other school within the last six years. While in Ghana, we have taken our visitors to places where they could learn about the rich culture and history of our country; our visitors are taken to see some parts of the Ashanti region, the central region and other exciting tourist centres in the country. We have also had joint community programmes with our visitors all the times they have been around and they have equally made significant contributions to our Community Service Projects. Our students and staff who have also visited St. Andrew’s School have served as true ambassadors of Africa and among other things help to correct some of the wrong notions held by many Americans about Africa especially those in the basic schools who get the opportunity to ask questions and learn from us as we also get to learn from them. We have indeed been privilege to get to know the rich culture and history of the Mississippi State. The music, museums and the people are worth identifying with. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a place to be to have such fun and education for the week and a half that we spend there.


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SOS-HGIC and Lillestrom VGS Exchange

SOS-HGIC and Lillestrom VGS Exchange

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Lillestrom Vinderegaende Skole (VGS), a Norwegian IB world school, partnered with SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College in the early 2000’s to get involved in the great service opportunities that the socio-economic situation in nearby needy communities around the school (SOS-HGIC) offered.

For the last 15 years, SOS-HGIC and VGS have collaborated through the Creativity Activity Service (CAS) programme of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Student Council’s “Ghana Committee” respectively, to raise funds in support of projects aimed at providing basic amenities for deprived communities near SOS-HGIC in Tema.

Projects undertaken in the partnership include:

  • Dedenya Village School Project
  • Aklamador Village School Project
  • Padmore Street School Library Project
  • Community 8 ,No.2 school Computer Laboratory and Library
  • The SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College and Lillestrom VGS Scholarship Scheme (to support students from these schools who pass their final Basic Education Certificate Education, BECE, but do not have the means to further their education)

    The community service projects are both challenging and enjoyable, a personal journey of self-discovery which includes experiences that are profound and life changing for students and all other stakeholders.

    As part of the collaboration, an exchange programme was started to allow students from Lillestrom VGS experience hands-on work on the projects and students from SOS-HGIC help raising funds through a Motivation day in Lillestrom VGS, Norway. Students from Lillestrom VGS therefore visit SOS-HGIC every other year, while students from SOS-HGIC visit Lillestrom in the years their students do not come to Ghana.

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SOS-HGIC – Phillips Exeter Exchange Program

SOS-HGIC – Phillips Exeter Exchange Program

SOS-HGIC’s exchange program with the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy (P.E.A) started in August 2013 with six Exeter female students visiting our college. P.E.A is an American coeducational boarding and day school in Exeter, New Hampshire, founded in 1781, with a strong tradition of academic excellence. It is among the top 5 high schools in the United States and is well known for the Harkness method of teaching.

The exchange program is of a purely academic nature and is strictly based on merit. The aim is to provide academic enrichment for students, while improving school culture and inter-cultural awareness. SOS-HGIC students who do not qualify for a scholarship can attend privately.PE2

Since 2013, 11 students from P.E.A have taken part in the Ghana Exchange, and 15 students from SOS-HGIC have attended the P.E.A Summer School. This academic year, 2 female students, Genesis Contreras and Gwendolyn Wallace have enrolled in the first year of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB1). They have taken part in the one-week orientation program for new students, started classes in earnest, and have bonded well with their HGIC roommates. Each student is also affiliated to a sporting group. They hope that this exchange program will help them step out of their comfort zone and see things from different perspectives. They also plan on getting involved in the activities of clubs and to also participate actively in community service. They will be touring some important historic and cultural sites in Ghana during the mid-semester break in October as part of the exchange, and will leave in November 2016.

 

In the following, SOS-HGIC students who took part in the 2016 PEA summer programme share their experiences:

 PEA summer experiences - Mimi

PEA summer experiences - Nadia

PEA summer experiences - Cecilia

PEA summer experiences - Isabella

 Below, please find a link to a video that Julia Jackson, one of last year's P.E.A. exchange students created, describing her SOS-HGIC CAS Fall 2015.

 

 

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SOS-HGIC & WISBY GYMNASIET EXCHANGE

SOS-HGIC -WISBY GYMNASIET EXCHANGE

Mr. Boateng and his team of ten students in Sweden.

SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College and Wisbygymnasiet School in Gotland, Sweden, established an exchange programme in 2014 to share ideas on politics, history, culture and sustainable development. On Sunday 19th April, 2015, a teacher and a group of ten students from SOS-HGIC visited Wisbygymnasiet in Gotland, Sweden. They arrived at Visby Airport at 4:00 pm local time on April 20th 2015 (Monday) to a warm welcome by Petter and Birgitta Stiernstedts (coordinators of the exchange programme in Gotland).

Activities engaged in included: presentations on history, culture and politics in both Ghana and Sweden. Excursions included tours to the rubber factory, the waste separation station, the biogas plant, the windmill farm, a sheep farm and to Visby old town. For us it was particularly fascinating to see how the church buildings and houses have been preserved. The team returned to Ghana on April 26th 2015.

The exchange programme was a great opportunity to experience and learn about Swedish culture and politics. We found it intriguing that the Swedes could trace their roots back to the ice age and equally remarkable was how the people of Gotland were environmentally conscious and contributed to make Gotland environmentally safe.

On the 24th January, 2016, 13 students and 2 teachers from Wisbygynasiet arrived in Ghana and were met at the airport by Mr. Richard Domey (Director of International Programs) and Mr. Kwaku Boateng. Some activities undertaken included presentations by both groups on pollution. They also visited some places of interest in Ghana.

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During interaction with the Principal, Mr. I.T. Ofei, they were very happy with our hospitality and the activities we planned for them. They were particularly excited about the visit to Cape Coast, Kakum National Park, and the Accra Composting and Recycling Plant. The group also enjoyed their visit the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa farm, Centre for Plant Medicine Research and the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana.

The visiting students and teachers were seen off on the 31st January, 2016 at the airport by Mr. Richard Domey and Mr. Kwaku Boateng.

We are looking forward to our next exchange visits. 

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