Volunteer in Africa with
Sem Fronteiras Charity Org.

I felt extremely lucky to be able to experience Ghana the way we did

My trip with El Ghana was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I had the chance to see how people live on the other side of the world. I was able to use my knowledge and medical training to help the people of Ghana’s rural villages receive medical treatment and education that would not be available to them under normal circumstances. The trip was very overwhelming at times, I have never lived like the people of Ghana live. But thankfully, we were blessed to have an amazing leader, Agyapong Gyamfi, to guide us through all the culture shock we experienced. Gyamfi was kind, patient, and protective of us at all times. He was aware of all of our needs, and was extremely accommodating to our adjustments. I felt extremely lucky to be able to experience Ghana the way we did, but to also have some comforts of home. The trip was overall positive, and it had been life changing for me, and some of my peers who were also on the trip. I hope to continue to participate in mission trips, and I would love to be involved with El

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Ghana in the future. The work I did in Ghana was the hardest I have ever worked. We spent 2-3 hours a day on a bus traveling to small rural villages in the jungles of Ghana to reach our patients. When we arrived to the villages, we set up small clinics with four different stations that each villager passed through. The first station was a registration and vital signs. The person also reported their chief medical complaint at this time. Next, they went to the dental station where they had their mouths assessed. After the oral assessment, each person was given a recommendation on their oral care, and was also given a toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouth wash. The last station was first aid. At first aid, each person’s ailment was assessed further. They were given medications when applicable and referrals to hospitals when necessary. Our accommodations were fantastic. Although it was difficult getting used to limited electricity and water, I know that we were very lucky to have what we did. The meals were wonderful. We were able to experience some of Ghana’s native dishes, but we were also fed food that we were very comfortable eating. I have no complaints about our leader, Gyamfi. He was 100% supportive and welcoming to us. He always made sure we were taken care of in every aspect of the trip. He went above and beyond for us, and this was evident every single day of the trip. I could not have asked for a better person to show us his country.

Posted on August 29th, 2013