Volunteer in Africa with
Sem Fronteiras Charity Org.

Those children stole my heart instantaneously

To say that going to Ghana was the best decision I ever made would be an understatement. From the moment I stepped off the plane, I never wanted to leave. Going through Elghana was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It was so nice to have someone (not just someone, but someone as amazing as Mr. Gyamfi!) meet me at the airport and assure that I had a safe place to stay, saw a little bit of Accra, and then made my way to my destination. Learning the ropes of Ghanaian transportation took a bit of practice, so I felt so comfortable having someone from Elghana help me around.

Everyone I encountered in Ghana was so friendly, warm, and hospitable. The only times I felt even remotely uncomfortable was because of the degree of attention I received for being an “obruni,” but even that was never negative – I just stood out because I looked different! I was placed at an Orphanage. I loved my town because it wasn’t too big of a town, so i quickly learned my way around. At the same time, it was big enough that I still had access to several banks, an internet care, etc. As far as the orphanage goes – those children stole my heart instantaneously. How wonderful these children are, despite having endured hardships no child should ever have to endure, is just remarkable. They are so loving, grateful, and just plain fun that it is hard to ever leave them – even if it’s just to go home and sleep for the night! I just love them with every ounce of my soul, and have missed them terribly every day since I left.

My host family – Mr. Peter’s family – was just great. They were very welcoming and helpful, and I highly enjoyed the time I spent with them. The living arrangements were more than comfortable and they made me feel like a part of the family (except of course when they were speaking Basari(the local language which they spoke) and I couldn’t understand them! 🙂 ) The food there was terrific and I always had far more than enough (and definitely the best fruit I’ve ever tasted!) The weather was fine. I was there during the rainy season, so sometimes the rain got a bit cold, and I definitely learned to carry an umbrella with me, but otherwise it was perfectly pleasant. The heat was not at all unbearable as I had expected it to be, and the mosquitoes weren’t all that bad either! All in all my experience was absolutely incredible.

Posted on June 18th, 2012