Pamela Jackson

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Temple University

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International Experience Summary:

During the summer of 2019, Pamela spent two months in Ghana studying at the University of Ghana at Legon. I’m her course work Pamela was able to engage in many areas of interest such as history, sustainability and social conditions. In a Social Service Delivery Systems course, she was able to engage with Ghanaian residents and learn about their experiences and the resources available that contribute to the culture. In addition, to taking these courses she was able to explore various areas of Ghana such as Accra, Kumasi, and the Volta Region and learn about the areas not only from a modern perspective but gain an understanding of the historical significance of these places as well. She was able to do this by taking tours of slave castles, and visiting museums to further her knowledge on the different social groups that exist across the country. Pamela had the opportunity to engage in learning through the experiential method by visiting and interacting with people across the country. She was able to travel to the Eastern Region of Ghana and interview the elders of communities and learn about the ways in which they have been able to provide for their communities. During daily travel by tro-tro and visiting markets she was able to analyze social differences and the ways in which her presence was received in various spaces.

Although, she had a difficult time adjusting to different social customs such as not being able to use her left hand, as a left-handed person she found ways to overcome and ensure that she was being respectful of the culture. Pamela’s life changed forever during her time in Ghana, as she was able to learn more about who she is as a person, by challenging herself to try new things and learning about the world around her and structures as well. She has gained a better so much knowledge by studying abroad and is excited about sharing her experiences with others and encouraging them to embrace the little moments; because they can be the most impactful. 

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CEE Title: Connecting Communities