Ghana

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on the Children of Africa 3 week trip in Ghana! There is so much to say! GLA gave me an opportunity I never thought I could have at this young of an age. I was able to make a difference in peoples lives, at the age of 16! Like anyone would be, I was nervous at first! I mean who wouldn't be, but as soon as i stepped foot into Ghana i was overcome with excitement! Me and the other students on my flight were welcomed right away at the gate by mentors from GLA! Throughout the first few days we were introduced to all our fellow students and our mentors we would be living with for the next 3 weeks! Then things really got started! I started brick making! And teaching! and going on excursions! it was beyond amazing! I fell in love with it all! The people who i lived with, that the first day i called strangers, I now called family. Everyday i got to meet new people, try new things, and learn new amazing things! Because of this trip, I am a better person, I try new things, and i view things with a different, more positive eye. I would not trade this trip for anything and because of this trip it made me realize i want to volunteer in my future more.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on the Children of Africa 3 week trip in Ghana! There is so much to say! GLA gave me an opportunity I never thought I could have at this young of an age. I was able to make a difference in peoples lives, at the age of 16! Like anyone would be, I was nervous at first! I mean who wouldn't be, but as soon as i stepped foot into Ghana i was overcome with excitement! Me and the other students on my flight were welcomed right away at the gate by mentors from GLA! Throughout the first few days we were introduced to all our fellow students and our mentors we would be living with for the next 3 weeks! Then things really got started! I started brick making! And teaching! and going on excursions! it was beyond amazing! I fell in love with it all! The people who i lived with, that the first day i called strangers, I now called family. Everyday i got to meet new people, try new things, and learn new amazing things! Because of this trip, I am a better person, I try new things, and i view things with a different, more positive eye. I would not trade this trip for anything and because of this trip it made me realize i want to volunteer in my future more.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on the Children of Africa 3 week trip in Ghana! There is so much to say! GLA gave me an opportunity I never thought I could have at this young of an age. I was able to make a difference in peoples lives, at the age of 16! Like anyone would be, I was nervous at first! I mean who wouldn't be, but as soon as i stepped foot into Ghana i was overcome with excitement! Me and the other students on my flight were welcomed right away at the gate by mentors from GLA! Throughout the first few days we were introduced to all our fellow students and our mentors we would be living with for the next 3 weeks! Then things really got started! I started brick making! And teaching! and going on excursions! it was beyond amazing! I fell in love with it all! The people who i lived with, that the first day i called strangers, I now called family. Everyday i got to meet new people, try new things, and learn new amazing things! Because of this trip, I am a better person, I try new things, and i view things with a different, more positive eye. I would not trade this trip for anything and because of this trip it made me realize i want to volunteer in my future more.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Over winter break, I participated in a 3-week public health internship in Dodowa, Ghana assisting the nurses of the Shai-Osodoku District Hospital by weighing and vaccinating children 0-24 months at child welfare clinics and administering first-aid (treating malaria, ring worm, cuts/sores, etc.) to school-aged children during school and orphanage visits. I really enjoyed this project because it was very hands-on. I really felt like I was learning a lot about public health outreach in a developing country, all the while giving back to the community that was helping me learn these lessons. The experience has motivated me to pursue a nursing degree upon college graduation.

I stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Armah and their four children. The family took very good care of me. Despite frequent community-wide power outages, the accommodations were adequate and comfortable. I also very much enjoyed meeting and spending time with fellow volunteers from across the world, and traveling independently across southern Ghana on the weekends.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 12, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
8

Comments

We're very glad to hear you enjoyed your project in Ghana! I am sure the patients you helped are very grateful for your help and service. Good luck on pursuing your nursing degree and your future endeavours! We hope to see you back in another one of our projects!

Projects Abroad

When I was looking for a program to go abroad with I was recommended to look into Projects Abroad. I was taking a semester off and was looking for a program that had internship opportunities as well as volunteering. Specifically my time in Ghana, I was able to work on a microfinance project which worked with my school schedule, and I was also able to be a volunteer on a teaching project at a local school.

During my stay there every thing was easy and well organized. I loved the support from the staff and always felt very secure. I enjoyed my time in Ghana with projects abroad and would love to use this program again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 11, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Comments

We are very happy we were able to fit into your school schedule and work out the project you were looking for! We would love to have you back in another one of our programs soon! We appreciate all your help in Ghana; thank you for trusting us!

Projects Abroad

After an extensive amount of research, I think that Projects Abroad was the best organization that I could have chosen to go through to volunteer abroad. The thing that attracted me most to this organization was the amount of options I had to choose from on places to go and projects to choose from. I ended up choosing a medical mission in Ghana and I could not have been happier.
The process leading up to my trip was exceptional in the amount of help, support, and information projects abroad provided me with.

When I got my location, I was so grateful in how welcoming the staff was. They always made themselves available to me and the group I volunteered with. I knew that if I ever had any concerns that getting support would be so easy. One of my favorite things about the Projects Abroad staff was how protective they were of the volunteers. It was easy to see that they truly cared about us and wanted us to feel safe and have a good time.

I had the most amazing experience in Ghana and I know that I have Projects Abroad to thank. They made the whole process easy and provided me with so much support.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 28, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I truly wish there were words to adequately describe just how incredible my 3 week trip on the Ghana : Children of Africa program. It was without a doubt the best 21 days of my life. The experience will change students more than they could ever imagine and they will without a doubt never be the same.

My expectations going into the trip were extremely high, but they were more than surpassed. Everything about it was seemingly perfect - the service (teaching & building bricks), cultural activities, housing, food, and workshops. The relationships built are lifelong relationships- the mentors were insightful and more personable than I can describe and the bonds formed with them and especially with the other students are unique in the best way possible. Our group became a family very quickly and to this day they are still some of my greatest friends.

I cannot emphasize enough how highly I would recommend a Global Leadership Adventures trip. The growth that takes place inside of every single person is unimaginable until one actually experiences it. Every high school student NEEDS this experience (although they might not realize it beforehand).

Check out this video I made from my trip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPxi4mRNVWk

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 16, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Approaching the end of my college career, I wanted to do something exciting and volunteer abroad. Choosing Projects Abroad was the best decision I have made in my life. The people of Ghana were truly warm and welcoming and helping those in need has changed my life forever. I volunteered at orphanages, leprosy camps, hospitals and community out reaches. The work you are doing for them will pay off once you hear how grateful they are. They truly give you all their blessings for doing simple medical check ups and it is a real eye opener. I will for surely be returning within a few years with the same organization.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 14, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Global Leadership Adventures is an absolutely amazing program which I would highly recommend to everyone. This past summer, I traveled to Ghana and had a fantastic time. I learned so much about the Ghanaians and their culture. The majority of our time was spent with the kids. We taught them at school in the mornings, followed by playing with them at the park for a few hours in the afternoon. We ate delicious foods, learned how to cook, and gained an insight on the Ghanaian culture. We were told old Ghanaian stories, spoke some words in Krobo, and even how to dance. Some days we went to the market, or to a local church. Other days we went hiking, explored waterfalls, and cruised down the Volta River. Overall, it was an adventure that I will never forget. I highly suggest for anyone interested to look into going on a trip with Global Leadership Adventures, as they won't regret it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 11, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

The time I spent in Ghana was by far the most amazing experience of my life. The people I met, the culture I experienced, and the things I was able to see are simply unparalleled.
Volunteering has always been a passion of mine and I know how much help many of the children all over Africa need. I began conducting research on a large number of companies and organizations that supported trips to some of the different countries in need. Eventually I landed on IFRE (Intitute for Field Research Expeditions), and the country of Ghana. I was glad I picked IFRE for their reasonable rates and good reviews. But I was even happier that I picked Ghana for that was truly what made my trip so unforgettable. The Ghanaian culture is one of open arms and great appreciation for the little things in life. During my entire three months there, there was never a time I felt I was in danger. Even with being present during the largely spread Ebola scare, I always felt secure in Ghana. There was constant attention and security surrounding all of the countries boarders and they were able to successfully survive the epidemic without a single case of Ebola ever reported. I especially loved the community of Kasoa, which is where our home base was located. All of our neighbors were always willing to lend a helping hand with any questions or confusion we might have had. I still remain in contact with many of the locals that I became close to during my time there. I miss them all very much and look forward to being able to visit them again in the future.
A large piece of the success I felt in Ghana was actually due to some extremely sad circumstances that were not initially expected. Upon arrival I had the privilege of meeting another volunteer from the United States named Iris that had already been living in the volunteer house for nearly 2 months. We had both come to the area to work in a couple different local orphanages, but luckily that is not the way it worked out. Before my arrival Iris and another volunteer Kaitlin, who had left shortly before I had come, were exploring with some doctors and had discovered a different orphanage nearby in the small village of Bentum. This orphanage was small and off the radar of any large companies sending volunteers, but was in obvious need of help.
All 17 of the “orphaned” children were very dirty and poorly taken care of but they were still able to show such strong love and intelligence towards us volunteers. As time went on we had begun to notice many little things about the kids that made us concerned. They almost always seemed to be sick and had many open and infected wounds and sores on their bodies. They all wore the same pieces of clothing nearly everyday and never seemed to be cleaned. It became apparent their clothes were not being washed and the kids were not being bathed. We started observing their meals and noticed they only got a small handful of the same food everyday for lunch. When the owners of the orphanage or adults were not around the children expressed hunger told us they were rarely given anything for breakfast or dinner. The more we observed the more we noticed the fear the children shown whenever the adult owners of the orphanage were present. During this time I had been hosting an online fundraiser for the orphanage through my friends and family back home. The original plan was to build the orphanage a small sustainable farm on the property, so they would have a continuous supply of nutrition. But as we noticed these concerning factors we decided as a group of volunteers to hold off on the money and wait to see what played out with these kids. We knew from the bottoms of our hearts that this was not where they belonged.
Eventually through various other experiences we were able to meet a doctor who agreed to travel almost 2 hours from his home to personally come visit and examine the kids. He concluded that nearly every one of them was malnourished and suffering from blood diseases and/or malaria. Out of the goodness of his heart the doctor worked with his colleagues to donate medicine for all 17 of the children to begin getting better. However, we noticed over the next week that each day when we visited the medicine did not seem to be getting to the kids from the adults like it was supposed to. There was many times during this process that contacting the local police or social services was a big question for us. But these organizations work very differently in Ghana then they do in the states and unfortunately face a lot of corruption.
Then one particular day after being there a little over a month, it all came to a big breaking point. The group of 4 of us volunteers that were currently present in the house at that time had decided we were going to travel to the capitol of Ghana that day and work with some higher up forces in social services. But while everyone was getting ready, I went into my room and began praying for a sign on what to do. Something strongly pulled me that day and while the others travelled to Accra as planned, I went Bentum and took two brothers from the orphanage to visit their sick sister that was in another hospital a few hours away. That day I was given an unexplainable overwhelming feeling from God that, that is what I was meant to do. I took along MaryAnn who was the caretaker for the volunteer house. She spoke many of the local dialects and was able to help translate what I did not understand. That day at the hospital changed everything. The boys mother was there and with MaryAnn by my side this time, she was able to translate everything.
It turned out that all 17 kids were actually all from another nearby village, and all of their parents had the impression that they were simply away at boarding school! After a lot of tears and talking it was decided that the kids needed to be taken from the orphanage. The next day we began using some of the fundraised money as we gathered some of the children’s parents into large vans and set out together to retrieve the kids. As we rescued the kids that day there was so much more that was truly revealed about the way they had been treated. The couple who ran the orphanage had been passing the kids off as orphans and taking money from volunteers around the world, but the kids were not seeing any of it. Meanwhile he had told their parents they were taken to a special boarding school that was just being started up.
Because the children had been gone from their homes for over a year and their families were in a very poverty stricken area. We as volunteers agreed to take all 17 of the kids to live with us in our volunteer house for about a month. Giving the parents time to workout their situations so they were better prepared to take care of the children upon getting them back. During this month we each worked very hard with the kids, re-teaching them how to brush their teeth and bathe twice a day, and do their laundry. We also began working to get them back to health through balanced nutrition and proper medicine. Then shortly over the next month the children began to return home to their families. We constantly visited and checked up on them, as well as going with some of the parents to check out local schools in the area that the children could attend. In the end we were able to get all 17 kids happily home to their families while also starting an organization to continue funding their schooling through our local family and friends back in the states.
While this experience was one of great trial and sadness, it was also one of great happiness and strength. It might not have been the experience I had initially expected for my travels to Ghana, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I think that was actually the biggest lesson I learned through it all. To step out of your comfort zone and always fight for what you know is right, while trusting God every step of the way.
I am so thankful for the accommodations Mr. Franklin Kweku-Akpokli provided for all of us volunteers during our visits. That was definitely a key piece to saving those children and bettering the lives of all of the families involved.
I absolutely loved my visit to Ghana, it is nearly all I think about and I cant wait for my next opportunity to return.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Aug 27, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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