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Institution: Brown University 
Country: NJ, USA
The experience I had with Blue Med Africa was unlike any other. I came following my junior year of High School and was greeted by Richard and a wonderful and caring team. Immediately I was exposed to the gently and compassionate Ghanaian culture as I partook in local foods and experienced outdoor markets.

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Institution: University of Richmond
Country: VA, USA
Give, and You Will Receive – Rosie Compton
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” – Luke 6:38

I volunteered with Blue-Med four years ago, but my experience in Ghana is one that still resonates with me today. I went with my close friend Molly Claybrook who learned about Blue-Med while searching for volunteer programs with a focus in medical care and outreach.

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My Experience as a Volunteer for Blue-Med Africa in Ho, Ghana
My summer started off by going to Ho, Ghana, and volunteering with Blue-Med Africa during the course of three weeks. We had medical supplies and a van that helped Blue –Med Africa complete its mission: the mission to reach out to communities in the Volta Region that would not otherwise be able to get to the hospital for healthcare or that otherwise would not be able to afford it.

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As I spent the last few days working rigorously with Lee and Erica to accomplish our goals for our project in Ghana, I found I did not have much time to write a blog post. After many hours of labor by both the volunteers and the orphans, I am pleased to say, “Mission Accomplished!” Before leaving for the airport in Accra, I stood alongside Noble, the hardest working of the orphans, admiring what had become of a small patch of overgrown grasses and weeds. Somehow, we could not believe our eyes. The eyesore that had been present only 3 weeks ago had transformed into a garden the children were proud to have helped create.

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Today was our last day of work in Ghana. Tomorrow, we will make the trip from Ho to Accra, the capital, where we will fly out of Kotoka International Airport. It was a very sad day for Crystal and I, as we are so sad to leave. We have had such an amazing time here and find ourselves wishing that we could stay forever! For our final day, we decided to make our final visit to the Children's Ward at Ho Municipal Hospital. When we arrived at the hospital, we were surprised to see just three children admitted. One of them was a four year old girl named Gloria, who had convulsions that were thought to be caused by severe malaria. She was recovering and she seemed very restless. I brought her dinosaur stickers, which she promptly placed on her leg.

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Hello my name is Thomas Bull and I stayed with Blue-Med Africa for a month during the summer of 2010. This was the summer between my second and third year of the graduate medicine degree at the University of Southampton. I was looking to experience medicine in a completely different context, as well as increase my clinical confidence prior to commencing my clinical rotations in third year.

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My name is George John Williams. I could ask for a better home-stay. Blue-Med Africa is a fantastic organization. The host family was superb. It was obvious that they really cared about us. I enjoyed each and every moment I spent in Ghana.

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