Neeta Patel - Bridge Year Ghana
I recently graduated from Highland High School in Blackwood, NJ and am positively thrilled to be living in Ghana for the next nine months. I have a passion for traveling, experiencing new cultures, and eating delicious new foods (all of which I will be doing shortly!). I am also looking forward to doing some meaningful work abroad, and extending the impact of my service to a global level. In high school, I became very active in many community service projects, including volunteering as a Teen Leader in my local 4H community. When I have free time, I enjoy playing my flute, reading, cooking, and bike riding. I expect that my stay in Ghana will change me, although I am not sure exactly in what ways. I do hope this journey will broaden my mind and open up new possibilities for my studies at Princeton in the coming years.
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Posted Jan 24, 2012
Nana, my one-and-a-half-year-old brother, said my name the other night. "Akos!" He also managed to put together the sounds for Yoni's Ghanaian name, "Attaaa..." Of course, he is only beginning to speak words now as we prompt him to mimic them after us. I wish I could stick around long enough to hear him say them on his own (and associate them with the correct people!). We will soon be departing for a one-week orientation in Kumasi, the second-largest city in Ghana, before moving to the village.
Posted Jan 04, 2012
During the first four months of BYP, I am volunteering at New Horizon Special School in Osu, Accra, Ghana. New Horizon is one of the few schools in the country for kids with special needs. Mrs. Salome Francois, who is currently the Executive Director, founded the school in 1972. Her daughter, Helen, who is still a student here, was her inspiration in building this facility.
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Posted Oct 19, 2011
When someone tells you to prepare to be unprepared, you don't actually do that...at least I don't. I thought I was equipped to conquer the world. I thought I was overprepared, in fact. And then when I finally got to where I was going, when I met my destination face-to-face, only then did I understand. Before the confrontation, I learned all about culture shock from books and articles and orientation sessions, but I didn’t have a clue of what I was about to go through until it was happening.