The University of Washington’s five-week summer program in Ghana was cut short in 2007 after a myriad of complaints from students and parents. An inquiry revealed that the 17 kids who traveled to a remote village were not given adequate food or medical care. The students also complained of bats in their rooms, irrelevant lectures and being compelled to strip at a shrine. The university ultimately found that the professor selected to lead the group handled the entire trip, including the concerns the students voiced, very poorly. The school awarded each student $2,500 in compensation upon their return.
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