Going to Africa to volunteer with children has always been on my bucket list. During the school year, I made the decision that I was going to accomplish this dream of mine and I started looking up different organizations online. I have traveled abroad before for different volunteer/mission trips, but I had always gone with a group either from school or church. This time around, I had no local groups that I could join in with, so my goal was to find a reputable organization and to just go for it!
During my search, I happened to stumble upon a Facebook post from a girl who had traveled to Guatemala with me for an Alternative Winter Break trip in college. She posted a scholarship link to IVHQ. It was perfect timing with my decision to try to make my African dreams come true, so I applied for the scholarship.
I, unfortunately, did not win the scholarship, but I did start to look more into the organization. After seeing all the programs IVHQ offered, reading the reviews, and seeing the lower fees compared to other organizations, I committed myself to IVHQ! From there, I looked at the different countries in Africa that had programs and decided (based on the videos) that I was going to Ghana!