Volunteer Shares Amazing Experience from Chevuru, India
I am a Senior at the University of Rhode Island. I have volunteered with Longitude for about a year and I just returned from an amazing volunteer trip in India! I worked in Chevuru, India every day of my trip.
Over the past week and a half I have been working with a group of PROFESA students on web design and marketing. The pilot program is a crash course on basic design concept ranging from color schemes to content. The first day we went around to small local businesses and offered to give them a web presence. At first, many of these businesses were skeptical of websites, as most of them do not use computers to run their shops. After explaining the benefits of having your business available on the internet, they were willing to give it a try.
July 2nd marked to momentous celebration of PROFESA's first graduating class. Students, their families, PROFESA teachers, and members of the Ghanaian Parliament were all in attendance. Several TV and Radio stations were their to catch the action!
This is the first class of students to graduate from PROFESA since the school received accredition in late 2010, earning them degress in their chosen areas of study.
Saturday was PROFESA's first graduation and it went spectacularly! Because it was the first time PROFESA had held an event like this, we had no idea what to expect. To our excitement and pleasure, there was a huge turnout. The room was overflowing with graduates, family members, friends, and distinguished members of the community. There was hardly room to hold all the guests that attended! The event started with the students walking in singing "Ebenesa" - a beautiful local song. Then came the cultural troupe, which was a fantastic display of Ghanaian drumming and dancing.