Jenna Smith, daughter of James and Paula Richards of Minden, began her new life in Africa when she first became a volunteer in 2009.
“I had always wanted to volunteer, for as long as I can remember,” Smith said, adding, “I had always wanted to commit a lot of time to it.”
While attending Georgia State University, she researched volunteer work and learned that “it’s kind of hard to do.”
Short-term trips usually require the costs to be covered by the individual, rather than the organization. On average, expenses are $2,000-4,000, which pays for housing, food, and other necessities during the stay, but prices can fluctuate depending on the length of the trip, the project, and other variables.
When Projects Abroad, a United Kingdom-based organization which sends volunteers to 30 countries worldwide, gave a presentation at Georgia State, Smith took notice.
“It was always a dream to go to Africa and volunteer,” she said.
After graduating with a degree in Sociology, she left for Cape Coast, Ghana, where she lived for the next three months. Upon arrival, Smith faced many of the same struggles that volunteers have when adjusting to a new country, a new culture, and a new way of life.
Read the full article in the January 2nd edition of the Minden Courier!