This Engineering Service Learning program gives students experience in humanitarian engineering concepts and practices in a real-world setting in Kpando, Ghana and is open to students studying Engineering, African American and African Studies, and City and Regional Planning.  Students going on the winter break trip take an Autumn Semester class in which they learn about the humanitarian design process and the nature of development work as well as Ghana’s culture. While on the trip, Ohio State works with their in-country partner, UnITED (Unifying Neighbors Through Education & Development), to address issues brought up by community members in Kpando. Students work with UnITED and the community to plan and create innovative, sustainable solutions for housing, community planning, water systems, and more. On some days, students also have to opportunity to go on various excursion trips to places such as the Ghana PermaCulture Institute Home, a canopy walk, and Elmina Castle in order to experience and learn more about the culture.

For questions about the trip, please email Resident Director Dr. Greg Bixler at