YES Abroad 2012-2013
In my experience, Americans, myself included, have a deep understanding/belief of what is right and just. We feel extremely awful and have a very deep reaction to anything that seems unfair or unjust. We have been inculcated with the idea of injustice as a deep atrocity. When witnessing anything one feels is unjust, then we are taught from a young age that one should take a stand to right the injustice. This is not a bad thing in my opinion, but I had previously never thought about how it could be seen as a very imperialistic thing and make one seem like you consider yourself morally superior. This really got me thinking since what I view as right and wrong as well as the idea that one must stand up for what is right is so ingrained into my psyche that I am afraid that I will seem as a moral imperialist.
Other than a myriad of workshops in a freezing conference room, we had one day of great excitement. Given, I overestimated what we were going to be able to do but it was still nice. We went to the Ghanaian Embassy with the Ghanaian students who has been hosted in the US this year through the inbound part of the YES program. It was great to meet some Ghanaian students and we were suppose to be able to listen to the Ghanian Ambassador give a speech and eat our first traditional Ghanian meal but we had to leave for the State Department so alas, we missed hearing him but we were able to shake his hand at least.
All of us in the Ghanian Embassy
The architecture inside the embassy was so awesome.
Going to the Ghanian Embassy
Tara Sonenshine, the Undersecrtary of State, is seated in the middle on the right is the guy who is in charge of YES Abroad.
The group of us who are going to Ghana in the U.S. State Department.
The room we were in at the State Department was so awesome it had translator things:) Yup, that's my hand, when my mom saw this picture she told me I had a very attractive hand. Boy, do I love my mom. <3
My Awesome Roomie and Ghana Buddy, Emily
Oh, and Sabine and I were so excited that we finally got our free shirts. At the ISPE they asked for our shirt size so we assumed we were getting shirts but alas, we did not then. At the ISPE, we had discussed our love of free shirts and desire for this one in particular, and were overjoyed to receive this shirt.