Ghana Service Trip
Dr. Julie was first introduced to Ghana, and their desperate need for dental care, when she traveled with Global Brigades and Denison University students as a volunteer dentist. She joined her son, Nick, who was the organizer of the student-led volunteer service trip to the coastal region. Later she went on to volunteer again in Ghana through Refugee Outreach Club, by providing dental services and eventually joining their board.
Today, Summerwood Dental Brigades (SDB) has partnered with Refugee Outreach Club to provide ongoing dental services to Ghana’s Volta region. She has since built strong relationships in the area and has earned the blessing of the Paramount Chief.
“We are greeted by the locals with an African welcoming ceremony where they’re dancing with hot pots of oil lit on fire on their head,” explains Dr. Julie. With 10-12 student volunteers per trip, SDB provides an intimate experience for the students to be exposed to the local culture. This includes home visits to those patients who can’t travel, for a truly immersive perspective of the region’s lifestyle. A regular team of in-country directors, along with the SDB board, provide continuity and consistency for students with each trip, and always keep an emphasis on safety. While Ghana borders many violent countries, the Volta region is a historically safe locale. The local support team helps provide guidance on safety awareness and security.