August 12, 2019

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April 8, 2019

Night Shenanigans

Our time in Ullo started in the night. After multiple days of traveling and only interacting with the travel team members and Zack, I was not expecting the excitement that we arrived to. As our van started down the main road of Ullo, children started running after us, one by one, and surrounding the vehicle as we took our first steps in the community that would wholly capture our hearts. They grabbed our

April 2, 2019

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March 28, 2019

Food in Ghana

When in Ullo the travel team was spoiled with Memena’s cooking. Memena is a daughter of the chief and lives in Accra. She travels north to Ullo every winter to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for the ISU-EWB travel team. Ghanaian food consists mainly of starches and chicken. A rice dish is typical at every meal, with jollof being the most common. Jollof is a staple in Ghana and is similar to what

March 25, 2019

Returning to Ullo

Being a member of the travel team to Ullo is a once in a lifetime opportunity; I was  fortunate enough to experience it twice, as a part of two travel teams. Still, each experience was a unique and remarkable adventure. I have spent a lot of time in Ghana, I have seen a lot, and I will never forget the things I have learned. As I left Ullo this year, it was hard
From Accra to Ullo Ghana is about the size of Minnesota and, as a person who has driven the length of both, I can tell you besides their size, they don’t have a lot in common. Especially in December. When  landed in Accra, Ghana, it was 8 am local time, so we had a full day ahead. The warmth and sunshine of the tropical, coastal city was a welcome change after leaving the

February 23, 2018

Ghana Project Update

  During our first implementation trip, we set out with three objectives: Drill a borehole to supply 1500 high school students with water Conduct pumping test to evaluate the performance of the pumping yield Involve the community by creating a committee for the project management The newly drilled borehole yields water, but a little under our target. After the travel team left Ullo, they met with a local water distribution design company to

February 18, 2018

Needs or wants?

So… Uh.. No toilet paper? Upon arrival to Ghana, I quickly learned not to expect there to be toilet paper in public toilets.  Still, I was surprised when I went to use the bathroom on the flight from Tamale back to Wa and there was none.  That was one place I was really expecting to find toilet paper.   No, this isn’t a chronicle of my Ghanaian bathroom experiences.  Instead, this is a

December 7, 2017

So… How was Ghana?

     It’s such a funny thing when friends and family ask me about my trip to UIlo. “Oh my goodness! How was Africa?! That’s where you went, right?” My usual answer is simply, “amazing.” But every now and then someone really looks at me asks about my experience. That’s when I tell them to pull up a chair. There is no passing way to describe the world in which I lived, even

March 2, 2017

From My Perspective

  Ullo is a small town in the Upper West Region of Ghana, approximately 6000 miles away. Traveling there requires two 8 hour flights, a 1 hour flight, and about 8 hours of driving on roads that are, let’s say less than ideal. By the time I reached the community it was dark, I was exhausted, and even a little bit nauseous. But the second my feet hit that dusty ground, I felt