Alumni Spotlight: Kate Belser


Why did you decide to volunteer abroad with GHEI in Ghana?

At the time, I was a junior in college and heard about the program through an organization at Cornell called, Cover Africa. I have always had a passion for volunteer work and this seemed like an amazing opportunity. I was a biology major and aware of the devastating impact that malaria continues to have around the world. This seemed like the perfect blend of my interests.

Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.

We were very busy, which was great! Once I arrived in Humjibre, I could not get enough of the work! I loved every minute of it. We would wake up around 7, have breakfast and prep for the day. Then we would work for four hours. Lunch came after and was followed by another four to five hours of work. Dinner was served and then afterwards we prepped for the following day. In the evening we had time to explore Humjibre and connect more with the community. This was a highlight of the trip as well because we were able to immerse ourselves in the lives of those we were helping.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Yes! I will be attending medical school in the fall and my dream is now to practice primary medicine in developing countries. The exciting and unique aspects of developmental work struck a lasting chord with me. It really is a partnership. In fact, during my stay, it was the partnership and flow of ideas that GHEI had already formed with the community that time and again impressed and inspired me.