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Going to Ghana

- Matt

(Hi, I’m Matt and I’m a new writer for Teen Travel Talk. Here’s my first blog where you can read a little bit about my current trip to Africa)

And for another crazy Cohen family summer adventure…..I’m heading off to Ghana!

Yup, that’s right. For 21 days (that’s 504 hours, 30,240 minutes, or 1,814,400 seconds for my math geeks out there), I’ll be volunteering in the village of Ho, located on the eastern edge of southern Ghana, about 12 miles from the border with Togo and about 2 1/2 hours drive from Accra, the capital of Ghana. Afterwards, we will be spending a week traveling the surrounding area (can’t go to Africa and not see the sights).

WHO IS THIS KID?

But before I talk about my trip, let me tell you a little bit about who I am.

My name is Matt and I am a rising high school senior in New York, USA. I have traveled extensively with my family throughout my life, having the opportunity to visit far-off places like South Africa, Indonesia, Hong Kong, India, Austria, and many more. This summer, I headed to Ghana for a month. I’ll be dual posting on this website and my original blog here. Volunteering, exploring a new country, and back in time to start my senior year. Not a bad deal, eh?

WHAT I’LL BE DOING

So what does one do in a remote Ghanian village for three weeks? I’ll be volunteering through an organization called Village Exchange International. I’m specifically working on their Microfinance Institute project. The organization is able to provide rural villagers with a source of credit previously unavailable to them. Using these loans, they can invest in expanding the businesses that support their livelihoods, whether that is a roadside yam stand with dreams of diversifying their business to sell plantains as well, or a family buying a second cow to double their plowing capabilities while providing surplus milk to sell at the market. Micro-loans make this all possible, while allowing low-income groups to establish a solid credit history and learn the basics of finance and money management.

If you would like to read a little more about the organization, click here.

I arrived in Ghana on July 13th and I am currently in my last week volunteering. I’ll be posting things from my blog from the past few weeks, and once I catch up, I’ll post all of the latest of my travels, and continue to post updates and reactions even when I return home.

I’m excited to be a part of this website, and I hope everyone enjoys hearing about my journey.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Matt

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