If you have stumbled on to this blog, be forewarned, my excitement will be contagious and slightly annoying by the end of this all. In approximately a month, I will be at the airport about to embark on the trip of a lifetime. Where and why you may wonder? Before I talk about all that, let me rewind for a bit.
My entire life I have always wanted to travel the globe, exploring cuisines and languages and cultures. Living in a city such as Toronto, it has been able to satisfy this appetite but nothing is better than the real thing. This summer I get to start on that path every person bit by the wanderlust bug follows by going to Accra, Ghana for a month and volunteering in a hospital. I don't know all the exact details yet but that's part of the excitement.I've never really left home for a more than a week so this will be a unique experience in my life in more ways than one. No worries - challenge accepted!
I've done all the preparations - the fiscal, the physical, and the research. Now - now its just getting there and living life as a true Ghanaian.
In pursuit of this dream of mine I have already done the following:
I hope by the end of this trip, I have made a positive impact in the lives of the Ghanaians and volunteers I meet. More than anything, I am excited to learn more about medicine, and Ghana!
Follow me on my trip with my triumphs, difficulties, laughter and everything else. Be a part of it! Comment, question and dare me along the way. ( I just may take you up on them! )
Got my hair braided and a manicure for 10Cedis!!! but while we were sitting there, a girl came in with scars on both sides of her face about 2 inches long...They said she "belonged" to someone and that's how they mark their territory. Although Ghana is a free country and I feel more safe than ever walking the streets, women here face many inequalities. With polygamy approved, they will never achieve any sort of status. Rape is not considered rape if you are married and the Osu orphange near home shut down for investigation of child abuse and it made me feel so lucky to be fortunate enough to be born in a developed country...
I came home to find my bedside table infested with ants.............. ='[ however, people here use them as a good cleaning tool! We travelled around Cant'ment to find the football field where there was a tournament of our volunteers vs ghanaians! Here we met tonss of volunteers around the world, mostly from europe though which probably means they listen to trance!!! They were blasting african hip hop and inside the building all the kids were screaming China!!! Korea!! Japan!! when they saw us. They greeted us with handshakes and plenty of hugs =) After lunch at a cafe above Koalas, we walked down Oxford street in downtown Accra and the traffic was insane! With no traffic lights you could definitely get run over. Wherever we went, people would call us "brunies" meaning white person and wouldn't stop grabbing our arms. Marriage proposals are also very very common here...everyone wants you to be their girlfriend ahahaahaha
Later at night we went with all the volunteers (15) for a goodbye dinner for Nadeen who was leaving to India and no surprise we went for Indian food! However, after walking for 20mins in the heat (even at night) it was closed and had found ourselves walking for another 20mins...I can literally feel my thighs and calf muscles tearing apart and don't forget my arms also getting ripppppped from carrying heavy buckets of water back and forth to shower, eat, drink, and use the toilet. Because we have no running water still, for showering we are allowed 1 bucket to wash (2 if you wash your hair). the water is cold and you use a small cup to pour the water on yourself. I have now mastered the ability to shower without a full sized bathroom!!
Here's an interesting article by one of our journalism volunteers placed in Cape Coast at the Central Press Newspaper!! Enjoy :)
Frances Black – Projects Abroad
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