YFI Ghana: Empower Up! 2020 dates: July 18-August 4, 2020

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About Program

Youth Futures International strives to provide empowering and inspiring opportunities that will instill self-confidence, sound leadership characteristics, and maximize potential while being immersed in the culture of a program’s host country and community.

To provide high school and college students with an international service learning experience in Ghana, West Africa and to increase their knowledge of international public health issues while improving leadership, public speaking, and organizational skills.

Your focus area as a YFI participant will also be to serve as a mentor to girls ages 13-19 rescued from the sex-trafficking industry, provide educational, recreational, and community based leadership development, and be a part of a place of healing for our girls in transition from the streets back to a healthy and safe environment!

Program Highlights
  • Full community access
  • Peer to Peer programming
  • You are the leaders, yet mentor supported
  • Full access to community elders and Chief
  • Serve as mentors with the YFI 'Safe Haven' transition center to girls ages 13-19 rescued from the sex trafficking industry.

Program Impact

High School programs and volunteers ages 15-18
College programs and volunteers ages 18-24
Graduate School and Professional level volunteers as accredited and no age limit

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Yes, I recommend this program

Loved it

My experience with this program was awesome. I met so many genuine people, learned a new culture, tried so many new foods, and gained a lot of knowledge about public health. I really miss all the people I met and their kindness. It's really cool to get to go into classrooms and teach about important public health issues. It's a great learning experience for the material you have to learn to teach and visiting the local hospitals. Not only do you get to teach, but you are also a tourist on the weekends. I visited the Kakum National Park where there is a canopy walkway which is a once in a lifetime experience. My biggest regret was not brining enough summer clothing. The only time I got mosquito bites (which I'm allergic to) was at night. Be sure to prepare as the director tells to you to. She knows best!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Ghana experience

I had a great time being a part of the YFI community in ghana. It really honed my public speaking, teaching and group callaboration skills. I learned so much from the other members of the group (including the Ghanaian cohort) and I still keep in touch with them to this day, three years later. I had no issues with safety. One thing I remember so vividly is that I accidentally dropped my passport somewhere in the dark on the final day of our trip. Someone thankfully found it and returned it to me completely intact. I really enjoyed the time I spend with my host family. The host mother’s name was Lydia and she was a midwife. She showed me and my partner all around the local medical clinic which was right in front of my house. It was quite the experience to see the differences between the medical care and technologies offered here in the US compared to in Ghana. The people were so welcoming and nice. I couldn’t say anything negative about the experience!

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Life Changing Experience

There are not words to describe the impact that this program has had on my life. YFI is a truly unique program in that it is an immersive partnership between two communities--the YFI team and the Ghanaian team. I have participated in the YFI Ghana program 3 times (2010, 2011, and 2014). I can confidently say that YFI changed the course of my life. As a result of the programs I participated in, I developed a worldly vision that ultimately led me to change my career path to education. There is something really special about staying with a host family in a Ghanaian village. The villagers take time to share their lives and culture with YFI program participants. I learned some words in a few of the many languages spoken in the region from local teenagers and kids. I learned how to cook different types of Ghanaian food from my host family. I learned about many local traditions and customs that opened my eyes to different ways of living. There is a strong community feel, as the villagers gather together for community forums and celebrations. If you are lucky enough to participate in this program, expect to return to your home country as a changed person! It is an incredible experience that will teach you a lot about the world and others around you.

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