Tuesday, September 4, 2012

2013 Team Application due Thursday

Don't forget that the 2013 team application is due on Thursday, Sept 6. Thanks for your interest in R4G and we look forward to reading your application!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2013 Team Interest Meeting

**Updated to reflect that meeting is on Thursday, not Wednesday!**

Dear Interested Students:

Thanks for your interest in REACH 4 Ghana! We invite you to come to the 2013 Team Interest Meeting, on Thursday, August 30, at 12PM in Sanger 1-067. We have a presentation, video, and time to answer all of your questions! Looking forward to seeing you there.

If you already know you want to apply, click on the link on the right side of the R4G home page to access the application.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Week 2 Update

Thanks again for supporting our trip! We've made it safely back to the States and here is our second update for you, written by Charles:

June 30

Woke up early to tour the lovely countryside north of Ho, which started with a stop at a monkey conservation area that had been established with the help of a
Canadian to create a sustainable source of income for the local village and to preserve the monkey population. We all took turn feeding the monkeys bananas and hearing about the local history from the guide. Next, we stopped at War Plant Mountain, which is the tallest mountain in West Africa. Every member of the team made it up the 2905 foot peak, despite the steepness of the hill and how crowded it was. Afterward, we went to a beautiful waterfall, Wli Falls, that was another short hike. It was the most pristine waterfall that I have seen and we were told it was also a “highest in West Africa”. Making it back to Ho, we were all exhausted and happy with the day of exploration.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Week 1 Update

Dear Family and Friends,
Thanks for your support of our trip.
We have had a great first week! What follows is a day-by-day account of our trip so far by Charles Opalak.

June 20th

Wednesday evening, the group met at the Accra airport and travelled to the hotel with Lilimed personnel.  Jan, however, was delayed due to losing her passport in Oslo, but assured us she will be arriving the next day.  Everyone was in good spirits and our hotel was quite pleasant despite the lack of running water in some rooms.  After a dinner of rice and chicken the team retired to prepare for an early start to travel to Ho which will be our operational base for the trip.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

In Ghana!

We have been in Ghana for about 5 days now and we are serving and learning a great deal! Matt and Varun will hopefully be gathering reflections from us throughout the trip and helping us post and send email updates during our time here. Thanks to everyone for their support, as everything we've worked towards during the year is now coming to pass. More updates to come.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Thoughts on the "brain drain"

First of all, thanks to all who came to the fundraising dinner on Saturday night! We had a great time and hope that you did as well. Thanks also to Dr. Ansa for delivering an excellent keynote address.

I wanted to offer some thoughts on the so-called "brain drain," which we began discussing a little bit at the dinner during Dr. Ansa's Q&A. As a disclaimer, I'm not an expert on this issue, nor have I done any research on the topic. Allison and I have, though, had a few first-hand discussions about the topic during our time in Ghana.

For those who were not present at the dinner, I'll give a little background. "Brain drain" is defined by Wikipedia as "human capital flight" or more specifically, "the large scale emigration of a large group of individuals with technical skills or knowledge". . . read more.