Going to Africa and getting to know the culture had always been one of my dreams.

It was one of those dreams that seemed so near and so far at the same time that, when I put my feet on Ghanaian soil I could not believe it had actually come true.

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When I arrived, it was amazing to realize that everything I had seen on documentaries or the news on TV was all both, real and really impressive. Living in Koforidua made me appreciate everything I have at home, in Spain, the hot showers, the washing machines, the advanced technologies, the shops, the clothes and life in general. Although my time in Ghana will always be remembered as one of the best in my life, I must say that generally speaking the place where I live is much more developed and that is something that, in broad terms, we should certainly appreciate more.

Fiona Martinez Faherty

The staff that works for uVolunteer made my stay really comfortable as well as pleasant. I was able to visit famous places around Koforidua and also to make my wish come true, which was to teach the Ghanaian children and at the same time learn from them. I learnt people should try to share everything they have, life is warmer and more agreeable if you offer what you have, to those not only you most love but also to the ones that have nothing to live on.

I also learnt customs I was never taught at home such as praying at assembly and before meals, etc. Their culture was something that made me think as it was very different from mine but nonetheless important.

I think volunteering with all such generous and non-prejudice people has made me open my mind and reaffirm the saying “Money can help towards happiness but does not guarantee it 100%”.

The showing of affection, respect, friendship, generosity, just to mention a few was so widespread that it was hard to believe that all these things could be found altogether in one place at the same time.

Volunteering in Koforidua for Ghana uVolunteer Network has been a memorable experience thanks to the organization that planned my vacation but also thanks to the people that live here and make it easier for the “brownies” to feel as they were at home.

By Fiona Martinez Faherty

At the end of my program, I left this report for uVolunteer. I hope it helps future volunteers have a good understanding of the uVolunteer program. I've also allowed uVolunteer to give out my email address to those interested in asking me questions about my trip and the uVolunteer program.

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