Volunteer Testimonials

Read about GHEI's Summer Serve & Learn programs from a few of our past volunteers!

“I would absolutely recommend this program to a friend, stranger, anyone. I have learned so much about Ghana and myself. I have been able to experience things that I never would have if I had never came here. I met extraordinary people who I hope to keep in touch with. This is a great program that anyone, especially those interested in public health, should look into.”

 

     - Marisa Capuano, Malaria Prevention 2013

      (now Community Health Evaluation Program)

"I had a vague understanding about development work before coming to GHEI: The development work I knew about focused on people from developed countries coming in and providing what they thought the community needed: giving people items and building infrastructure. 

 

My time at GHEI has given me a deeper understanding of how it is possible to do development work well by fully engaging the community.  This is effectively done with the local staff and taking ideas for programs from the community.  My time at GHEI showed me the challenges and barriers, along with the benefits of development work. Specifically related to the Girls Empowerment camp, I will take forward a deeper understanding of the important but underplayed role of women in Ghana, especially in rural Ghana." 

- Teresa Rust, Girls' Empowerment 2017

"My time here solidified my understanding of working with communities, community integration and change. I witnessed how social inclusion can have a massive positive impact on a community and the malaria prevention session showed me how a successfully implemented sustainable community development programme works."

 

     - Helen Baleng, Malaria Prevention 2013

      (now Community Health Evaluation Program)

"My time here solidified my understanding of working with communities, community integration and change. I witnessed how social inclusion can have a massive positive impact on a community and the malaria prevention session showed me how a successfully implemented sustainable community development programme works."

 

     - Helen Baleng, Malaria Prevention 2013

      (now Community Health Evaluation Program)

"I enjoyed learning from the girls beyond our lessons in the classroom. It was great to cook local dishes with them, learn Ghanaian games, and to visit their families. These activities supported the idea that we have much to learn from each other. There is such a great need for us to unite our efforts in direct action to improve our global community, and I feel deeply privileged to be able to help in some small way."

 

Susan Choy, Girls' Empowerment 2012 & Malaria Prevention 2013 (now Community Health Evaluation Program)

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