Thinking back on my memories of my experiences in Ghana I get chills. I think of walking through a hostile and seeing lizards all over the floor, plantain trees, literally everywhere throughout the day, then at night the lizards would be replaced by small frogs. I had the opportunity to do many incredible things, every day there was something to do, I was able to help educate at a school. I was also able to experience the El Mina slave castle. The slave castle was a groundbreaking experience for me. While we were touring with our group, I stayed back and tried to envision what it was like to have been born during the times that people were chained, whipped, sold, raped. I would close my eyes, listen, breathe, and when I would open my eyes and see the horrifying conditions people used to have to endure. It made me focus and be thankful for the sacrifices those had made before me, people with no opportunity to grow, make a family, or get an education. It made me truly focus on what opportunities I have available to me, it made me want to put in work, it made me want spread my wings.
Also, the compassion, and open- heartedness that was shown to me by the Ghanains truly amazed me. Although many people of Ghana may think that those from the United States “have it made” many of the people I interacted with throughout the trip, ended up getting me gifts, but not just for me, for my girlfriend too.
To sum it up, Africa may have been the best experience of my life, and I am truly grateful for the impact it has made on me.