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Internship Day 1

Internship Day 1

Tuesday morning, the 14 of us still standing, after some questionable pizza last night, lined up outside our house for a picture as if we were attending our first day of school all over again. I was incredibly nervous and had no idea what to expect at the first day of my internship at the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR). As the bus pulled up to a quaint building with the ARHR sign, my nerves started to settle. I walked in and was greeted by Mary, who showed me my desk and introduced me to the five or six others in the office. After a quick tour I was handed a stack of infographics and flyers to read and that was that. The office was preparing for a presentation so there were limited opportunities to ask questions and I had no idea what to do. After making my way through the 12 pamphlets on my desk, I decided there was no better time to lean on the advice of those who have been here before and make myself useful, so today was dedicated to research. I found out an incredible amount about the organization and others with similar missions to increase sexual and reproductive health worldwide. This organization has had an incredible impact in Ghana and is now pushing to take on a more holistic mission to provide universal access to health care by 2030. I was absolutely amazed by the work these people have dedicated themselves to and the national impact of their advocacy programs. I was also faced with the facts behind the need for this organization and the many barriers that exist in Ghana in regards to sexual health education, women’s empowerment, reproductive health rights and health care. Though I may not know exactly what my role here will be, I am excited to be at a place that is making such a positive difference in Ghana.