One of the most rewarding and memorable trips I’ve ever taken was my volunteer trip to Ghana for 3 weeks. I applied to a volunteer program (United Planet) through my university and ended up interviewing to get placed in Chile or Ghana. I was a little scared of going to Ghana because I had no clue what to expect! I put my first choice down for Chile because it seemed like the safer choice. I’ll be honest…I was a little afraid of going to Africa! However, when they told me I was going to Ghana something inside of me switched and I got an overwhelming feeling of excitement. I was going to conquer a silly fear and experience a third world country and love it.
It ended up being one of the best experiences of my entire life. I explored a large part of Ghana and ended up building a kindergarden school volunteering in Sokode, Ghana a tiny tiny village outside of Ho, Ghana. The chief of the village even greeted us with a welcome ceremony and let us stay in his brother’s concrete house.
I got my hair braided (took 8 hours!), met all of the locals and did a homestay, learned to make banku, touched a wild crocodile, carried dirt and water in a bucket on my head and babies on my back, fed monkeys, partied with the locals and learned to make palm wine. It was like nothing I’ve ever done before and I was fascinated every single second.
I’ll post more on Ghana later, but here are some of my favorite pictures from Sokode, Ghana.
Welcome to the Traveling Spud! I’m Katie, a 29-year-old from Idaho who quit her marketing job in San Francisco, California to travel the world for a year. After a trip around the world, my heart chose Idaho. I'm addicted to outdoor adventures, photography and inspiring others to get out of their comfort zones and cross experiences off of their bucket lists. Let's explore together! Read more here.