While I was In high school at Providence Catholic in New Lenox, my cousin traveled to Ghana and spent an entire summer working with children in an orphanage. His stories reminded me of the promise I made to myself only a couple of years before.
Now, it is my turn to travel abroad. Studying abroad was always something I knew I would like to do, but the program I have been accepted into is so much more than just travel.
About My Service Trip:
The program I have decided to be a part of is a 7-week service trip affiliated with the Non-Governmental Organization called Challenging Heights. GVSU sends 15 students to the coastal city in Ghana called Winneba, through the Grand Valley Ghana Honors Service Learning Program.
Each summer the students work with Ghanaian youth at the Challenging Heights Hovde House. The Hovde House is the first point of refuge for rescued children, offering a transitional home for holistic rehabilitation, survivor support, aftercare, and love! Hovde House holds up to 60 children, ages 5-18, and provides counseling, preparatory literacy programs, health care and human rights education before being re-integrated into their families.
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