Hi Everyone! For those of you who don't know what I've been up to lately, I am currently finishing up classes at the University of South Carolina for the summer, then will have earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Marine Science, while also completing the course requirements for a pre-PA pathway. I am looking to celebrate this accomplishment by immersing myself into a volunteering program in Ghana, Africa that will better my understanding of a medically underserved, rural international environment. This is something I have wanted to do for years and I am thrilled to have been accepted into a program for this that gives me this opportunity.
The Medical project is through a well-established program called International Volunteer HQ. The program that I would be participating in aims to help small, rural communities in Ghana that are deprived of access to basic healthcare and essential medicines. There is a shortage of trained medical professionals that work in these communities and there is a constant demand for people that are able to assist these people. During my time in Africa, I will be placed in a smaller, rural clinic and I will be working directly with the local staff with providing the community as much medical assistance as I can. This organization provides hands-on, eye-opening learning experience that fosters authentic connections between the volunteers and the members of the community. This experience will provide me with invaluable knowledge of another culture and I can't think of any other post grad trip that would be more rewarding than this one.
Being a college student for the past four years, I am not in the best position financially to make this trip happen. Although the program provides living accommodations, I have to pay for my flight, travel insurance, vaccinations, background check, transportation to and from the airport, and any money for food and other necessities while I am there. I will be fundraising as much as possible until I plan on departing for the trip on August 1st, 2019. This trip is truly an experience I dream about and any donation at all would be the best graduation present I could ask for. If you have any questions about this experience, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy talk about it with you. Thank you all for your time and consideration in donating to this experience for me!