American International School - Accra

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Accra, Ghana

Founded:
2006
NICS school since:
2006
Grades:
Pre-School 4 - 12

American International School was founded in 2006, due to the interest of missionaries and expatriates living in Accra. Nestled in the suburb of East Legon, AIS’s student body represents over two dozen different countries. Founded by NICS, the school will be transitioning out of the network in June 2019.  Prospective teachers should apply through the school’s website. A ‘family atmosphere’ is the best way to describe the community of AIS with amazing support in and out of the school setting. Opportunities exist to reach the affluent expatriate population at the school with the gospel. In addition, many area ministries exist to volunteer in reaching the poverty-stricken children in the surrounding areas.

There are so many historic sites to visit as well as outings for the adventurous. The landscape varies from rocky ocean coastlines, tropical rain forests with spectacular mountains and waterfalls, to dusty, dry, desert plains with elephant, buffalo, baboons and a plethora of colorful local birds that descend on the fresh grass after the seasonal rains.

Population: 3 million

Region: Greater Accra

Preschool 4 – 12th Grade

Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. Spanning a land mass of 238,535 km2 (92,099 sq mi), Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana means "Warrior King" in the Soninke language.

The first permanent state in the territory of present-day Ghana dates to the 11th century. Numerous kingdoms and empires emerged over the centuries, of which the most powerful was the Kingdom of Ashanti. Beginning in the 15th century, numerous European powers contested the area for trading rights, with the British ultimately establishing control of the coast by the late 19th century. Following over a century of native resistance, Ghana's current borders were established by the 1900s as the British Gold Coast. It became independent of the United Kingdom on 6 March 1957.

Ghana's population of approximately 28 million spans a variety of ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. Five percent of the population practices traditional faiths, 67.2% adhere to Christianity and 23.6% are Muslim. Its diverse geography and ecology ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical rain forests.”

In general, people are extremely friendly in Ghana and you will be humbled by their hospitality. It's also one of Africa's more stable countries politically and you should be able to travel safely to all areas. But, there is real poverty and you will still attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars.

If you follow some basic safety rules, you shouldn't have any problems. Accra is actually one of West Africa's safest big cities but you do need to be aware of pickpockets and petty thieves especially around crowded areas like bus stops and markets. Ghana is generally considered to be the best West African country to visit if you're a woman traveling alone.

Accra is the capital of Ghana, on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park honors Ghana’s first president, who helped lead the country to independence. The park contains Nkrumah’s mausoleum and a museum charting his life. Makola Market is the city’s vast, colorful bazaar. Popular seafront spots Labadi Beach and Kokrobite Beach offer golden sand, endless sea, and local festivities.”

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