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UGA - FACS - Ghana Service-Learning Program : Testimonials (Accra)

The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Final Reflection Questions
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Program Testimonials
The most significant take-aways for me are that I feel a much greater sense of worldwide community and that I have confidence in my choice in medicine as a career field. By working at community health clinics and getting to know people in Ghana, I feel like I became a part of their world, and I would love to practice medicine outside of the States because of it. Working at Ridge Regional Hospital and observing different medical procedures gave me confidence that I can stomach watching surgery (and that I even enjoy it!). I also learned how to live outside of my comfort zone, and this made me grow immensely as an individual.
— Nicole Bisel, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Program Testimonials
Experiencing Ghana taught me that there is no "right way". Every culture and people have their Way which is right for them. It is not up to us (foreigners) to decide what is right and wrong for people who have a completely different way of life. I really appreciate that perspective being presented to me because I had always felt that way but could not really put it into words. Now my thoughts have been confirmed and I know for certain that the way I do things is not the way everyone else does things and that is okay. There is really not right or wrong, it's all about what works for you as long as you are not causing harm to others.
— Aniya Hamilton, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Program Testimonials
Ghana is a diverse place with distinct customs and cultures, and Africa is even more diverse. You can't refer to a specific city in Africa simply as "Africa" because there is no way you can accurately describe that specific place by identifying it simply as a piece of a continent. Also, pristine facilities and abundant supplies are luxuries that most of the world lives without.
— Madison Rudnick, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Program Testimonials
Living in Ghana for a month was like living in a completely new world for me. For the first time in my life I was a minority and that is a feeling that I can't even begin to describe. Ghana was a huge reminder that life in Athens Georgia is just a minscule part of our huge world. I needed that reminder because it revealed that there is so much more opportunity and experiences in our world that I haven't even let myself consider.
— Lauren Tinkey, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Program Testimonials
There were so many important lessons I learned from this trip, but two of my most important take aways were to step out of your comfort zone to truly get involved in the things you love and to never take what you have for granted. This trip challenged our group to try new things and how to adapt to a completely new and unusual setting. It was the first time I was subjected to life in a developing country, which I believe made me value the little things I have in my life and taught me how to not be afraid to meet new people and try new things.
— Anna Murphy, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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If you are on the pre-medical track, I would highly suggest this program. Be prepared to be elated by all that these incredible Ghanaian people have to share with you. It's the most valuable experience.
— Rachel Cleypool, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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DO THIS PROGRAM! Best decision I've made in my life so far. SO rewarding. Make sure to do your research on the country of Ghana before and go in with a positive attitude. Be ready to take in every experience possible.
— Jenna Reinhart, Summer 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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This experience made me realize that I'm passionate about the preventative side of medicine as well as the treatment side, so I'm now considering obtaining an MPH before starting medical school (or doing a dual MD/MPH program). I also had the opportunity to shadow in fields of medicine which I had not experienced before, like surgery and NICU. Overall, this trip gave me a taste of the career field I've chosen, and I'm more excited to go into medicine now because of it!
— Nicole Bisel, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
Program Testimonials
This program offers so many opportunities for career exploration and self-introspection and observing surgeries and questioning physicians helped me discover new interests I didn't realize I had.
— Madison Rudnick, Summer 2016