Gyamfi and Lauri organized an amazing trip that was meaningful and fun. It was an experience like no other I have ever had and I hope to do it again one day. I was able to get a feel for the variation of life style the great people of Ghana live and see first hand how valuable 13 volunteers can be to the remote communities we served. I encourage anyone who has even the slightest interest in serving aboard to take the leap and sign up.
Our group worked in a number of remote villages surrounding Dunkwa and at a rehabilitation center in Offinso. When we first arrived and I was informed that our goal was to assess and counsel 1,000 people I did not think it was possible. After seven work days we had seen 1,300 people. Most of my time was spent gathering vitals and addressing chief complaints. As a rising second medical student it was an invaluable experience to listen to more than 400 heart beats and lung sounds. I was able to build confidence in my clinical abilities quickly and efficiently.
Our accommodations were more than I was expecting. The first half we stayed at St. Mark’s Hospital in Dunkwa. The hospital staff was welcoming and warm. Our meals were great and home cooked. The trip to Mole national park and to Kumasi were both fun and educational. While there were unexpected delays in travel, they were always resolved quickly by Gyamfi.
The support and services went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. We were not only taken care of but we also made friends that shared their experiences in Ghana. Without the exceptional work of those involved with El Ghana I am sure I would have had a much less positive experience.