Gabriel

Gabriel

This summer I decided to spend five weeks volunteering in Ghana with Lasallian Developing World Projects. The thought of venturing off to West Africa with eleven other students I didn’t yet know absolutely terrified me, but after a lot of thinking and talking to others, I decided to jump headfirst into this crazy adventure.

When I first arrived in Ghana, I felt homesick, but with the support of my group, I began to settle in and enjoy Africa. We were based in the village of Kaleo, near Wa, in the Savannah region, and our task was to help build accommodation for nuns, who were soon to be teaching in the school next door. Working in the heat every day was tough, but with good music and company it was also fun! We made mortar, plastered door frames and formed water chains for the local builders.

I gained a huge sense of independence: walking into the town on my own to buy provisions; being cautious of health worries such as malaria; cooking for 10 people. It benefitted me personally in so many ways, whilst giving me the rewarding knowledge that I was helping a less privileged community. The local people we met were so welcoming and friendly, making us feel at home all the time, and we made many friends from whom it was so sad to part!