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.
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.