Amizade Global Service-Learning in Ghana Changed My Life! Past Review

By (pre nursing, West Virginia University) for

Amizade: Ghana

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained more confidence in myself to know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I made many lasting relationships with fellow students as well as with people in our host community. I don't take things for granted anymore and want to see and help more places throughout the world now.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My overall educational experience was amazing. I learned so much more during this program then I could ever learn inside a typical classroom!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program size was small which made getting things done and being able to do specific activities we wanted to do much easier. The program administration was great and always has been. They love their country and have so much knowledge, and it shows.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved our housing arrangements. Everything was great.

* Food:

I felt like we always were eating and had plenty to eat. They always made sure we were taken care of.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Bonfire the last night, Kakum National Park canopy walk, Elmina slave castle, local church service, etc.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Our host community is very safe. We were always looked after and our health needs were always addressed.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the positive atmosphere of everyone
* What could be improved?
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do it! Take a chance, you won't regret it!