As some of you know I will be traveling to Ho, Ghana for 9 weeks this winter. I am working with an organization called The Village Exchange International. I first learned about them when I traveled to Ghana two years ago.
After inquiring about volunteer opportunities I told the Founder, Christiane Milev, about R.O.C. and I realized we shared similar missions. I explained to her that I wanted to find a way to take R.O.C. international, but also work alongside another established organization and learn about other program areas. At this time The Village Exchange International was in the process of starting a program and curriculum that would be implemented in schools around women's empowerment with a focus on reproductive health. I happily jumped on board.
Over the past few months I have been working with Kofi Nyalimba who is a social worker and the head of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Department at The Village Exchange International. Kofi and I have been working on designing a curriculum based around leadership and reproductive health to teach at several different schools to girls aged 11-18.
In addition to working on the program, I have been working on putting together a cultural exchange component, and a part of R.O.C. to take with me. The idea is to start creating cultural exchange between the students I am going to be working with in Ghana and the R.O.C. high school chapters in Vermont. Every week we will be having Skype sessions with the high schools in Vermont. In addition there will be a bracelet/pen-pal campaign that will be taking place to help connect the students around the world.
This is the official blog page for my entire trip. I will be posting pictures, messages, and updates about everything including the program progress as well as the cultural exchange component.
I am so honored to be able to work with such an incredible organization and I am so excited to be traveling back to Ghana.
Stay tuned :)
P.S. Here is the link to The Village Exchange International: http://www.villageexchangeinternational.org