Students Without Borders is a WUSC and CECI program that enables Canadian university and college students to participate in exciting, volunteer learning opportunities in South America, Africa, and Asia.

This Girl’s Mini Guide to Ghana

Lights out in Tamale also conveniently meant that every laptop died soon after today

Lights out in Tamale also conveniently meant that every laptop died soon after today

A month and a half into my mandate, I think I know what I’m doing, now.
Here are the things I’ve learned that you’ll need:

[] Toilet paper
[] Hand Sanitizer
[] INTENSE Mosquito Repellent
[] Flashlight
[] Fan(yogo/ice/choco)

(I hope that most of these things are self-explanatory)

Ghana has definitely been an adventure.. It could only be so; travelling to a new country, living alone for the first time, having to pay ridiculous amounts of money for teeny tiny blocks of cheese..

There are comforts that I lived with in Toronto that are I only noticed when they were gone. Things like recycling, sidewalks and ice cream are all common to Canadian’s lives; but they aren’t so common here. The thing that Ghana has taught me the most is to be adaptable. My comforts still exist here, but have different faces; recycling to me now means giving empty water bottles to ladies in town, and sidewalks are found in the trust that I’ve learned to have for Ghanaian drivers. Ice cream is still ice cream but is just packed in 30 cent 500mL bags of homey goodness.

The best part of my mandate has been travelling around. From Tamale to Bolgatanga to Mole to Kumasi and back I’ve seen some of Ghana and how different each place is. If you leave your fears behind in your backpack and leave your heads clear for adventure a weekend can take you even further from home.