West Africa

Seven weeks. That's how long it takes to transform 11 complete strangers into a family. Last night, at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, OGWAD 2011 officially came to an end. Eight of our nine participants family members checked in their bags and boarded their flights...

It's been a while since we wrote one of these. One month to be exact. It would be naive of us to try to capture everything the past thirty days have offered, so I'll first off refer you to Andrew Holliday's blog (http://ahinghana.blogspot.com/). He's one...

Our last update was from Kumasi. Much has happened since then. First of all, the entire group is pretty much Ghanaian by now. Finger snaps and "Chaalay" are sounds we produce on a regular basis. The road here has been long - and barely paved...

First off, title credit goes to OGWAD 2011 all-star Janaya Bennett. Epic wordsmithery. The group all arrived safe and sound in Accra on May 11, and we have since had some delicious meals (egg and bread, fried rice with chicken, jolloff rice), great conversations (thanks to...

Hello friends and family! Kelly and I arrived in Accra yesterday, and we're currently staying with our amazing friends at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. We're both super stoked to be back, and have been welcomed with open arms and open hearts by the amazing students...

Hey Everyone! Much has happened since we last blogged. We have been in Accra for over a week now. We spent our first week running around Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in the Cardio Thoracic Unit where we were able to check out the clinics in OPD, go...

Due to a failed blog attempt last weekend, this is the only (and very overdue) entry from our group's rural placement. It all began way back on July 11th when we hopped on an overnight bus from Accra. We were all looking forward to sleeping through...

The rest of the week continued with our placements at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra. We learn a lot from each other when we share surreal experiences from shadowing doctors be it at the wards...

The team can't believe we've only known each other for three days--the challenges of reaching the Upper Falls in Wli, the haggling and bartering for transport in some of Ghana's most touristy areas, and the burning of all our taste buds on the hottest jollof...

and OGWAM has eagerly taken its first step into Ghana! I arrived yesterday night, greeted at the airport by the gentlemanly Tito, a friend of our contact and good friend at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Patrick, and am currently staying at the medical students...

Hello everyone from the beautiful Upper East region! After 4 nights in Kumasi, we scavenged the Kejetia market, played some football and got to know each other pretty well. Also, we had the pleasure of not one but two nights at Cadillac, one of Kumasi's...

Hello friends and family! After long flights and trotro rides, the majority of the group has finally arrived in Ghana, and are currently in Kumasi. We spent our first night in Accra at a pretty sweet place right on the Atlantic coast. Then the next day,...

If you listen quietly, you will hear the buzz of anticipation stirring in members of Team OGWAM; from across Canada, the United States, Scotland and Nigeria, we are setting down our passports and travel visas on our desks perhaps to have them readily accessible, or...