Christina Welsh - Bridge Year Ghana
I was born and raised in Surrey, England, along with my three sisters, although my parents are American. I attended a private English school and travelled around much of Europe because of the close proximity. I moved to the small town of Weston, Connecticut, in middle school and have remained here ever since. Sports have been a major passion of mine; some of my fondest memories of high school come from my volleyball and basketball seasons, and many of my teammates are close friends. I have been involved with several community service groups in my school: UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, Key Club, and the National Honor Society. In my free time I hang out with friends, listen to music, and watch many, many tv shows and movies. I am undecided about my major, but hopefully my Bridge Year experience will influence my academic track at Princeton. I also hope that my time in Ghana will pop the small town bubble experience of living in Weston and expose me to the real world, challenging myself and what I think I know. I am so grateful and still cannot believe how generous Princeton is to sponsor such an enriching opportunity!
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Posted Jan 24, 2012
During our Bridge Year Orientation in Princeton, we were given an article called "Intercultural Communication: A Current Perspective." To be honest, I briefly skimmed the handout at the time, but stumbled upon it recently. It argued that the crux of intercultural communication is in how people adapt to other cultures. Bridge Year is focused on cultural immersion; it is all about adapting to other cultures.
Posted Jan 16, 2012
The Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC) is a not-for-profit, independent, non-partisan, research and advocacy organization set up to advance and protect human rights in Ghana. Established in 2008, the mandate of the HRAC is to deal with these issues by providing free legal assistance to needy individuals, communities, vulnerable groups, Most-Risk-Populations and institutions. Within the human rights field, the work of HRAC primarily focuses on three main areas; research, advocacy and the provision of free legal aid services.
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Posted Oct 19, 2011
I have now been in Accra, Ghana for more than one month. Over that time, Ghana has slowly, very slowly, started to become the norm. I think of it as my world now. When I wake up, I expect to see chickens and goats roam the characteristic red dirt roads, someone carrying 30 pounds of plantains on their head, stores with religious names such as “God is Great Dry Cleaners,” and men climbing through the window of the tro-tro during the mad rush.