The Role of Students in Development

I’ve been busy. That is the easiest way to explain why it took me until the end of my internship to describe what I’m actually doing here. But the more honest answer is that I am reluctant. Even a brief mention of my “internship abroad” leads to a gush of compliments.  Sentiments of sacrifice, helping…

Oh Togo

Oh Togo, how do I describe thee? Dilapidated euro-chic… your perfect highway asymmetrically flanked by crumbling colonial memories and football-speckled beaches. But the ghosts of France live beyond their traditional restraints. I can see them escaping in the breath of ubiquitous smokers. They feed me baguettes sold on street corners, sweet yogurt for breakfast, and…

Defining Moments

Joy: Full-bodied, full-spirited wrestling on a grassy knoll overlooking the beach. Laying on your back panting at the sky after agreeing to a draw. Noticing your shorts are completely dirty because, well, you played in the dirt. Simplicity: Standing naked with a bucket of water. Helplessness: Knowing nothing you do will make the sick, softly crying baby feel better in…

To FOMO on a shooting star.

On a particularly clear night, Daniella and I decided to do some star-gazing. I had earlier identified the perfect spot: the roof of a partially constructed two-storey building (I trust all the weight bearing parts were in place…). On the walk there I sarcastically wondered out loud if there were any new deep insights to…

On Slavery and Broken Promises

On Sunday we visited a slave castle in a nearby town, El Mina slave castle. It is a fascinating structure: the oldest European building below the Sahara, housing the first Christian chapel in Africa outside of Ethiopia. It was initially used as a trading post (Ghana was once known as the Gold Coast), and later…

Life’s pace

I often hear that in places like Ghana, the “pace of life” is slower. But it’s not because people here are lazier, or just walk and talk slower. Allow me to demonstrate: It all started with a trip into town to buy some skirts. Not for me, for the other two girls. Though secretly wearing…