It’s the latest buzzword and the theme of our South Africa program, but what is it?
Time Capsule Letter + OMG
Ghana: Children of Africa (June 11 – June 24, 2019)
We can’t believe it has already been so long since our Ghana trip ended! I can still remember the delicious red-red that we shared. Often times, it seems like yesterday that we were laughing in the rain, stomping in the mud, and renovating the classrooms in Krobo. You’re probably back in school (or starting college!) but we wanted you to know that here in Ghana we are still thinking of you and the impact we made this summer together.
Our time spent together here truly did make an impact. You should all know you left Krobo a better place than when you came. Henry and Charity’s garden will continue to be a place of shelter and community for the children you met during our first days here. The classroom and garden beds we built will stand longer after our time here is just a memory, making the environment of those sites more comfortable for the people that live there. And more importantly, the knowledge YOU gained on this trip we hope will serve you and the communities you go on to be in for the rest of your life! We now know how harmful plastic is to the environment, and some ways to reduce and reuse it in order to lessen our impact on the environment.
Another thing I can’t forget is how much fun we had together here! You guys were a huge part of making this trip so fun by being a really close knit group. We experienced Ghanaian culture by learning to dance & to make traditional batik. We also got to visit a local craft market and buy our goodies to take home with us. We also got to explore the village and see the beautiful landscapes of Ghana.
We worked really hard and also had a blast together. Whether it was playing games at night, ninja with our community members, figuring out riddles on the bus, throwing mud during service or exploring new places together- it was that much fun because we got to share it with all you guys — the 2019 GLA Ghana group!
Remember our Group’s OMG – “One Meaningful Goal” – that we created at the end of the session? We pledged to reduce as much plastic in our lives as possible and to encourage our friends to do the same? We would love to know how that is going! Have there been any changes in your home or even community?
Remember to share your personal goals with GLA too, they’d love to see how you are BEING the CHANGE back home!
Thanks for helping to make these special memories in an amazing place and good luck with all your OMG projects!!
Lizzy and the Ghana Team
“Every person can make a difference in their own way. You just have to open your eyes to realize how!”
It happens every summer. Teenagers from all over the world who are interested in studying medicine flock to prestigious medical camps hosted by universities like Penn and Georgetown, only to find themselves listening to lectures and observing procedures and surgeries that are interesting, of course, but don’t exactly facilitate active involvement. So, while these camps are very informative and exciting in some ways, they are a disappointment in others.
Dive into a Public Health Project
We’re not recommending that hospitals begin allowing high school students to hold the scalpel. For teens who are interested in pursuing a medical career, however, finding a summer program that fits both their interests and allows for active participation is very difficult.
One solution to teens and families who find themselves looking for a summer option that is more hands-on, but still related to the medical field, is to find a program that focuses on public health outreach.
These programs are usually concentrated on a specific goal for a community in need, and involve projects that teenagers can clearly contribute to. Students may be volunteering at an understaffed rural clinic, working on public education initiatives, or participating in building activities that will benefit the health of a community. And, although these programs don’t feature state-of-the-art operating rooms or award-winning surgeons, they do offer the opportunity to make a real contribution to those in need.
Global Leadership Adventures offers public-health themed programs in Ghana, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, where students complete projects like building clean-burning stoves, helping to promote healthy eating habits, teaching communities composting techniques, and working in rural community clinics. These summer opportunities are a perfect fit for teens that are interested in the medical field but want to make a broader impact and travel to experience a completely different culture. To learn more about these programs, click here.
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