My last post warned of an impending adventure. Now that it has come and gone, I'm excited to share the details of that great adventure with you. Since I was a young girl, I’ve wanted to volunteer in an orphanage in Africa. I did not know when, how or exactly where I would do that, but it never left my mind as a priority and I was finally able to make this a reality.
After a lot of research, I decided to register with Projects Abroad in a “care” capacity in Ghana. There are many companies out there organizing similar experiences, but Projects Abroad emerged at the top of my list for a number of reasons. Not only do they guarantee that you’ll volunteer in the capacity of your choosing, but accommodations are arranged with a local host family and placement dates are entirely flexible. I chose Ghana because I feel that there is a great need for help of this kind in Africa and I wanted a rural experience well off the beaten path.
As you can imagine, a trip of this nature is fraught with emotion. Combined with the expected challenges of travelling in a developing country, I wondered about what I would witness at the orphanage, I questioned my ability to make an impact, I pondered what the family I was staying with would be like and how I would fit it. And if that weren’t enough, the Ebola crisis in West Africa worsened in the weeks and days preceding my departure.
Now that I am home safe and sound, I have the luxury or reflecting on all that I learned through this unique circumstance. In the mean time, I am very thankful to be healthy, surrounded by loved ones and living in a country that is stable and prosperous.
Stay tuned for much more to come.