Global Expeditions: Ghana, 2016
In March of 2016, thirteen students left the comfortable confines of their American high school existence for the unfamiliarity of Ghana, West Africa. Explore the galleries below to see what happened during their unforgettable trip. Rollover the images to read the captions and learn more about Operation Wisdom's unique youth travel program, Global Expeditions.
Gallery 1: Preperation
What makes Operation Wisdom's Global Expeditions different from other youth travel programs? A lot, starting with the preparation that students undertake prior to departure. On-line forums, cultural awareness seminars, field trips to local medical warehouses, and Skype visits with Ghanaians -- all Global Expeditions students go through an extensive learning curve before they ever step foot on African soil.
Gallery 2: Central Region (Days 1-5)
The first part of the trip brought students to the Central Region. These days served as an introductory of sorts as Operation Wisdom students met with a variety of organizations (One Love Foundation, S.A.B.R.E. Trust, Hoops Care, and Challenging Heights) to learn about a variety of global issues (poverty, sanitation, human trafficking, and education) and a variety of Ghanaian customs and cultural norms.
Gallery 3: Volta Region (Days 7-12)
The middle part of the trip was spent at Roots Yard in Peki, Ghana. Here the focus was on community development, experiential learning, and discovering the "power of one." Among other things, Operation Wisdom students participated in community service at a local primary school, learned what it's like to be a Ghanaian farmer, and collaborated with a local high school to learn about renewable energy.
Gallery 4: Eastern Region (Days 13-15)
The trip ended in the same place that the program began nearly a decade ago - Kitase, Eastern Region - at Wisdom Academy. The focus in Kitase was on education and reflection. Students got an opportunity to visit classrooms, teach prepared lessons, and take some of the students on a field trip. Most importantly, however, students began planning what they would do with the knowledge and connections established during their 15 days in Ghana.
Gallery 5: other Images from Ghana
In between serving and learning, students found time for some leisurely pursuits. Check out the best-of-the-best from the 2016 Global Expedition photo album below.
Gallery 6: The Return
Like many youth travel programs, Operation Wisdom's Global Expeditions are labelled as service-learning trips. Unlike many youth travel programs, however, the service does not truly begin until students are back home. It is there, where familiarity and resources abound, that students are able to use their new-found knowledge and their global connections to make a difference in a way that is beneficial to everyone - themselves, the host country, and the global partners.