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June 30, 2017. I stepped onto the plane for my 33 hour journey to Ghana. I was headed to start my 6 week study abroad program in Ghana, called “Music for Global Human Development” with the University of Alberta. More information about the program can be found here.

July 3, 2017. We started with 2 nights in traffic and excitement-filled Accra (the capital of Ghana), staying with Kofi Atenteben’s family and band.

July 5, 2017. We spent the next month in Tamale (the capital of the Northern region). Northern Ghana faces many disparities compared to the South, and so this marked the beginning of our learning in development. We spent the time exploring the bustling and friendly city, participating in lectures and site visits with the University of Development Studies, visiting NGOs, and working with a group of Junior High School students for our community service learning project (CSL).

August 5, 2017. Our last week was spent in Tolon, a rural town about 30 min. away from Tamale. Here, we stayed with families arranged by the chief, experiencing Dagbani culture in a way that was not possible in the city, and working on the rural component of our CSL project.

Through this blog, I hope to share my experiences and reflections. Filled with amazing people, eye-opening learning, thought-provoking perspectives, and unforgettable experiences, I am still coming to terms with it all. I can honestly say it’s been incredible, and I feel so privileged and grateful to have had the opportunity to experience it all.

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