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I was sent out to the small town of Ewuaso to work alongside a modernized Masai family. I assisted with the herding of the cattle, along with many others. My main job while I was there, was to learn as much as I could about the Masai. Questions were answered in the form of one of the sons, who of which I worked with to herd the cattle. He taught me about the different Masai age groups among men, as well as the value of family and the cattle. The mother taught me about how many of the Masai are converting over from indigenous beliefs to Christianity, and how many of the women are dealing with emotional issues from the polygamy beliefs of the traditional Masai. It was a very interesting visit, and I learned a whole lot. I will be going back in the future.

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Posted: August 31, 2015
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By: TimB
Age:
23

I started this trip expecting to stay with a host family. Although this isn't technically a host family it definitely felt like one from the start. We sleep in bunk beds with a room mate and the beds are very comfortable. I slept better here than I do in the states on a full size bed. The food is ridiculously amazing. I can not emphasize how much I loved the food enough. The shower /bathroom both exceeding my expectations. There is also a family room with couches that are awesome for afternoon naps/reading. I have no suggestions for improvement. Most of all I felt safe 100% of the time. This is a huge part of why it was so great to stay in this house. Like I said, the volunteer house feels like a big family. There are always people around and they are always wanting to chat /hangout /get to know you. It's really a unique beautiful experience. There is so much positive energy in the house. People constantly singing and dancing. It's impossible not to be happy here. Anyone in the house offers to help you with everything - washing clothes buying soap, anything. Again I felt super safe and comfortable - even more safe in my own home. I volunteered at the margo maternity clinic and taught sex health classes at 6 schools. The clinic was very welcoming and allow you to observe and sometimes participate in activities. I was able to observe 7 births, 4 circumcision, assist in vaccinations and blood samples visit local villages to weigh and vaccinate babies and I am just a nutritionist. They really provide a unique opportunity for people to volunteer. Franklin also organized 6 different schools for me to teach sex health classes with some other volunteers. I was super impressed with Franklin and the schools openness to us coming and instructing on a delicate subject in the religious atmospheres. 5 weeks is not long enough! I have learned so much in this short time about myself, GHANA and people in general. This really is an extra ordinary opportunity with extra ordinary people. Ghanaians are incredibly welcoming and friendly and this family is no exception. I will miss this time so much, but I am so blessed to have had it. Thank you all so, so much for everything.!!

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Posted: August 21, 2015
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10
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10
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By: Brantley
Age:
27

Sorry for my English.
I slept very well (sometimes too much), i took good showers(short time and refreshing). in Spain, people always take long showers, i learnt that water is a very important and needed resource. i have learnt to appreciate it. (same with power/electricity). the fans help so much during the hot moments and the rooms are very nice. I love the volunteers room, a place to find inspiration, to read something, to play, to share things... i regret not having taken some books and magazines and games to feed the room.
i know i wasn't an easy volunteer because of my communication difficulties, because when i am not with my friends and family i feel like strange because sometimes i could be shy or different. in spite of everything, since the very first day, i understood i was the same with the family just being the way i am. this strong and powerful feeling of love and equality made me feel like home, even better(respect,love,faith and help).
My experience at countryside was improving from worst to best. at the beginning, it was very hard. it was difficult to find my role and sometimes i believed that i was not being useful. Then i realized that African kids are the way they are, teachers and education system are the way they are and you cannot change it, you are just a volunteer. it is all about adapting yourself and giving your best then you are helping but if you try to change it or avoid punishment, you will be angry and you will be making a mistake. i miss my kids so much. i will always remember their names and their faces. i know they will also remember me, my jokes, the football games, the Spanish lessons,the magic tricks... and also my teacher and her daughter. I am writing this at 9.56pm. i have been with malaria for the whole week, i feel very weak and tired. i am sorry i wrote this fast but i really want to go and sleep. How ever i know we will be in touch and probably see each other again(in a different way). the only thing i want to say is THANK YOU for everything. And especially for making me born again. i will always remember the speech of Franklin in the room. It made me feel feel different, full of joy to start again, to give real meaning to my life. I am in debt to you. i really don't know how to say it but i appreciate it with all my heart. Thank you so much.

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Posted: August 15, 2015
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10
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10
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By: Jaime
Age:
18

The house is LOVELY. it is way more than i expected to have. Running water, fans,etc. i slept very well every night and awoke to
a delicious breakfast waiting. the shower is lovely. it never bothered me that it was cold. i loved having Captain and Adom and all the cats to see every day. i have nothing bed to say about the accommodation here in Ghana.
Everybody here was wonderful! Kristy is great at cooking(so is Mary( and she is willing to make you something special if you don't like it. All of the girls are helpful, kind and fun to be around. They've taken us to the market and the beach and have been more than willing to visit the dress shop with us on the daily.
Franklin is helpful,full of advice and has lots of connections. He put a lot of thought into helping us run a secondary project with the schools in town and without him it couldn't have happened. Every one definitely made it feel like a big family. i haven't felt home sick at all in these 4 weeks, thanks to the loving support of my entire Ghana family!
i was assigned to work at both Margo Maternity Home and an HIV/AIDS orphanage/clinic in Accra. Throughout the 4 weeks, i never had the chance to visit the HIV/AIDS clinic. Part was due to the secondary project developed by another volunteer and myself. however, I am disappointed to not have experienced it. I signed up for the HIV/AIDS program so i really could work with support and disease management for HIV patients. Though that is not to say i didn't really enjoy the projects i was doing. at the Margo clinic, i got to work in the laboratory which was great! i also developed a good relationship with the public health nurse,Mavis. She took me out to the villages with her to educate mothers and vaccinate babies. i also got to watch a few births. Mama Lu and the majority of the nurses are very nice and welcoming. the clinic got boring every so often so another volunteer and i started teaching sexual education to J.H.S students. Teenage pregnancy and STD s are very common in Ghana. This project was wonderful and extremely rewarding. Most of the students were very receptive and excited to learn. We are trying to De-stigmatize the discussion of sex. i think it has been very helpful. we reached 7 schools(almost 500 students).
i have had a great time in Ghana. it has been eye opening,rewarding, and lovely. i will miss everybody so much. the friends i have made here will never be forgotten. I love you all so much.

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Posted: August 15, 2015
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10
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By: Feutz
Age:
21

I had an excellent experience in Peru. First thing in the morning I took Spanish lessons. After that, I took a bus to an orphanage where I taught English and some math to teen moms for a couple of hours in the morning. I tutored high school students learning English in the afternoons. I also had an opportunity on one afternoon to visit a boys' orphanage where I played LEGO with them. My home stay was totally awesome. The family was welcoming and gracious and helpful. The room I had to myself was comfortable and the bathroom I shared with two other volunteers was also fine. There was always a huge quantity of food from all food groups available to eat when I wanted. The location was very convenient to bus stops and shopping amenities. After my week of volunteer teaching ended, I took lots of tours which I had arranged in advance through Global Crossroad to incredible places near Cusco as well as Puno/Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu. The transportation, tour guides, meals, and accommodation were fabulous. Communication with Global Crossroads and their local representatives was top notch. I highly recommend this agency, and in particular, this destination. I had the best time!!!

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Posted: August 11, 2015
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10
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10
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10
Age:
52

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