Ensign Global Leaders High School Summer 2022 Information Session

January 1st – Priority Deadline and February 1st – Final Deadline

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Ensign Global Leaders High School Program offers high school freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity for a four week academic learning abroad trip in Ghana with a stop at the University of Oxford and London, England at the end of the trip. This program is a unique academic opportunity full of fun, exploration, and learning for students with the option of earning three college credits.  Students will be immersed in a unique culture and new challenges that allow for growth and leadership development. The program provides the opportunity to engage with local communities, work closely with Ensign Global College and University of Utah faculty, and create memorable experiences. This experience provides students with a new perspective that will enhance their future educational and professional goals.

WHEN: June 4 – June 29, 2022

WHERE: Ghana, University of Oxford and London, England

HOSTED BY: Stephen C. Alder, PhD 

Please message Annie Smith with any questions or inquiries regarding student programming and experiences.

Community Engagement

Our projects are focused on health and economic development in Ghana. We aim to create capacity within communities to create sustainable solutions through innovation entrepreneurship and partnerships.
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Excursions expose students to a range of different experiences and enable them to gain a sense of the wonderful country of Ghana. These expeditions explore health and economic development, history, art, and wild ecotourism as we delve into the culture and appreciate everything that Ghana has to offer.
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Ensign Global Leaders High School Program fees include airfare, accommodations, in-country travel, international health insurance, program excursions, and most meals for Ghana and the University of Oxford and London. We have structured different payment plans to accompany all participants.
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Student safety is our highest priority.
We provide a safe and secure environment to promote learning and growth.

Learning Opportunities

  • Get first-hand project experience, including developing a deep understanding of complex global problems
  • Gain valuable leadership experience
  • Develop solutions through innovation, entrepreneurship, and capacity-building
  • Work one-on-one with faculty from University of Utah faculty based in Utah and Ghana
  • Enhance your college application
  • Optional college credit (3 hours)
  • Expand your horizons, travel, and gain new friends from the US and Ghana
  • Learn how to engage as a global citizen

Participant quotes

I am so happy I got the opportunity to go on this trip. I would strongly encourage anyone who is able to go on this trip go with an open mind and know that what you expect is almost never what you get. Being able to help with important studies leaves you feeling like a crucial part in something bigger. You will have stories and memories that last a lifetime.

 – Elizabeth

Talking to the villagers and actually learning about the concerns that they face was my favorite part about the fieldwork.

 – Maggie



Community Engagement
• Orientation and introduction to community engagement
• Overview of Health 2 Go
• Eight days of community engagement, field work, and clinic visits
• Community engagement readings, journal prompts, and follow-up discussions

Cultural Exploration
• Accra Arts Center, custom clothes, and bead markets
• Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
• Elmina Slave Castle tour
• Kakum canopy walk
• Palm oil processing
• Queen mother campus visit to discuss Krobo tribe and Kpong history
• Traditional food making demonstrations and tasting
• Mt. Yogaga and Shai Hills resource reserve hiking
• Mango grove, tilapia, and maggot farming tours
• Local High School visit to learn traditional drumming and dancing
• Traditional bead making demonstration at Cedi Beads
• Ghanaian fabric factory tour
• Volta Dam tour and snail research discussion
• Shea nut processing tour
• Eco-tourism development discussion at Mole National Park
• Wildlife and natural resource exploration with Zaina’s walking and jeep safaris
• Larabanga Mosque visit
• Journal and book clubs for assigned readings

​Leadership Development
• Leadership workshops and project development
• Presentation development and competition
• Community and Health clinic visits
• Group celebration
• Journal and book club for assigned leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship reading topics

• Five days of academic, history, and cultural excursions through the lens of prosperity
• Oxford Walking Tour, Christ Church Cathedral, Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum
• History of Science Museum, Museum of Natural History, Pitt Rivers Museum
• Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Green Templeton College, Saïd Business School
• Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Victoria and Albert Museum, John Snow Pub
• St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey
• Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle
• The British Museum, Tate Modern

*Itinerary is subject to change

Interested in college credit?

The University of Utah is offering high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit through the High School University Program (HSUP) for participating in the Ensign Global Leaders High School Program. The optional three-credit-hour cost will be in addition to the trip costs. The cost of three credit hours through the High School University Program is $15 (Resident Undergraduate Cost is $1,956.87, for a savings of $1,031.60).

Stay tuned for future application dates!

Program Leaders

STEPHEN ALDER, PHDPresident, Ensign Global College
Executive Director, Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity
Special Advisor for West Africa Programs
Office for Global Engagement
JILL STEPHENSON, MPADirector of Student Experience & Global Programs
ANNIE SMITHCoordinator, Administrator Program