Written by Shelby Vogl
Taking the opportunity to volunteer abroad can be frightening to say the least. Leaving the comfort of your own home and stepping out into the unknown can be unsettling but from my experience, totally and completely worth it. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to Avanna Aikens, a student who decided to take a leap of faith and volunteer with AOH Global Programs. Talking with Avanna gave me an idea of what it is like to volunteer with AOH Global Programs and how rewarding it can be.
What program did you participate in? When did you go abroad?
I participated in the service learning program in June of 2017 for a month. During this time I gave presentations about health topics depending on the age group I was talking to. The topics could be about hand washing and tooth brushing, malaria, and STDs.
Why did you choose to go abroad with AOH Global programs?
They are partnered with my school. There was a range of different countries that I could pick and I chose to go with AOH Global Programs because I had always wanted to go to Africa.
Can you tell me about one of your best memories that you had while you were abroad?
I liked building relationships with the students. I still keep in touch with them through Facebook messaging.
How did volunteering with AOH Global programs change your view of the world and yourself if at all?
It did. The first time I went abroad was in high school for a mission trip. After that trip I was still undecided with what I wanted to do. After going to Ghana, it made me want to do more international work.
What would you want a prospective volunteer to know about volunteering with AOH global programs?
It’s a great experience, and not one that you could get with a lot of other study abroad programs because at AOH you can connect with people and form relationships and get involved in the community. You form significant relationships with those you work with.
Would you recommend AOH Global programs to your family and friends?
Yes I would.