Author Archives: Sarah From Montana

October 01

“The Baby Wrangler”

“The Baby Wrangler” sounds a lot cooler than the other titles I came up with (“pediatric logistics specialist”, “part-time volunteer assistant caregiver in training”) for my latest role as a PULSE volunteer.   I earned (self-assigned) this moniker while assisting my supervisors at a three-day training class for newly-hired Community Health Workers (CHWs). Although mothers were […]

September 10

Life lessons at Elmina Castle

To better understand the history of Ghana and its impact on modern life, any trip here should include a visit to at least one of the slave-trading sites along the coast.  I visited one of Ghana’s most important slave-trading posts, Elmina Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a few weeks ago with my friend Yaw […]

Hope for peace on August 29

As Thursday, August 29 approaches, political tension grows in Ghana.  On TV, radio and in public appearances, Ghana’s political and religious leaders call for peace and acceptance.  I have heard rumors of a mandatory curfews Thursday through Sunday.  I have been advised to stay home on Thursday and to withdraw extra cash beforehand to prepare […]

August 08

The Real World: Tontokrom

“This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a loft and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start being real.”  This introduction to MTV’s The Real World – in my opinion, the genesis of reality TV as we know it – came […]

July 24

Twi (“chwee”) School

Although the national language of Ghana is English, Twi (prounounced “chwee”) is its most widely used native language.  For many residents of the 30 rural villages of the Millennium Villages Project in Bonsaaso, Twi is the only language.  I’ve dabbled in learning many languages, but I’m determined to master at least a conversational level of […]

July 12

MDGs 101

If you’re not intimately involved in the non-profit world, it’s very unlikely that you have a keen understanding of how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) serve those living in extreme poverty.  It is an enormous and complex scene, so I thought it appropriate to provide a (very) brief backgrounder on one approach to poverty relief, the organizations […]

July 08

Ultimate Ghana Mix Tape

Before and/or during every trip I take, I make a playlist (modern-day mix tape) of songs to accompany my adventure.  The songs might be topical (“Let’s Go Surfing” by The Drums for a recent trip to Nicaragua), set a certain mood (“The City” by Madeon to get pumped up for a night on the town), […]

July 05


I visited Africa for the first time last September.  I went (with a group of amazingly cool people) to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and relax on the beaches of Zanzibar.  Words cannot express the positive impact that trip and the people I met there had on me.  Yes, I was there as a tourist, but […]