Project: Ghana in the Metro Spotlight

Western students hope volunteering abroad will start domino effect

By John Matisz Metro London

Next week, six Western University undergrads will embark on an eye-opening experience.

“It’ll be like preaching to the choir a little bit,” Alexandra Braun-Woodbury, 22, said, “but it’s definitely still a reality check.”

Braun-Woodbury and a handful of peers — Ashley Hassard, Michele Ivanisevic, Joanna Arniotis, Kristy Race, and Elyse Golian — will touch down in the rural town of Frankadua, Ghana, on May 1. They’ll stay in the Sub-Saharan African nation until the end of the month, volunteering at a local elementary school and orphanage.

“Of course we want to educate ourselves, but this is mostly about inspiring others.” — Ashley Hassard, Western undergrad

Since the globally minded group is made up of some aspiring teachers and a few sociologists/economists, it’s not a total shock they’re set to fly overseas.

What is perhaps surprising is that they don’t want recognition for conducting a month-long good deed. Instead, they want you to join them.

“Of course we want to educate ourselves, but this is mostly about inspiring others,” said Hassard, a 21-year-old Toronto native.

Although there are humanitarian programs at the university, such as Western Heads East and Alternative Spring Break, Hassard and company opted to go through International Volunteer Headquarters.

The decision, she said, will give them some more freedom and chance to really connect with the community.

“You have to have a bit of an adventurous streak,” Hassard added in regards to what it takes to volunteer abroad.

Ivanisevic, who will be volunteering internationally for the first time, is anxious to work with African children. “They’re the future of Ghana,” Ivanisevic said.

For travel-obsessed Braun-Woodbury, it’s taken a while, but she’s finally valuing time spent overseas. “It’s a completely different experience,” she said of helping complete strangers in a foreign country. “When you travel just to travel, you feel a little lost. You can take away a lot more from something like this.”

To follow their journey, visit

Project: Ghana is Brescia Bold!


We at Project: Ghana are very proud to be featured as ‘Bold Women’ on Brescia University College’s website!

Brescia is Canada’s only Women’s University and is affiliated with Western University, the third largest university in the province.

It is such an honour to have the support of such a wonderful, proud, and BOLD community!

Check out our incredible interview with Paige Ackerman here:

With only a week until take off our amazing volunteers are working tirelessly, finalizing last minute details, and preparing for the trip of a lifetime!!!

Warm Wishes!

Project: Ghana presents… Stretch Your Stress Away

Are exams stressing you out? Join us in the Brescia Auditorium at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 12 to enjoy a 1 hour Yoga class instructed by certified Yoga instructor, Cristin Campbell and a chance to win some awesome door prizes! BYOM (Bring your own mat). There will be a limited supply of mats to borrow!

Price is $5, which includes the class and 1 ticket to enter for the door prizes.
Additional ticket for $2 or $5 for 3 tickets.

All proceeds will be going to Project: Ghana to support community development in Ghana.

You’re “Ghana” feel a lot less stressed after this!

We hope to see you there!

Project: Ghana’s New Online Donation!!!

Thank you so much for absolutely everyone who has been so helpful and supportive donating time, funds, and encouragement!!!

Due to popular demand we have set up an online donation page where you can donate directly towards our international efforts in Ghana!

Absolutely any donation is really appreciated!
To donate to Project:Ghana via PayPal just visit us at:

Pennies from Heaven drop off locations in Sarnia!

More Pennies from Heaven drop off Locations is the Sarnia


Come bring your spare change to the Mooretown Sports

Complex and Ali Baba on Exmouth Street to support Project:


Mooretown Sports Complex: 1151 Emily St. Mooretown (outskirts of Sarnia)

Ali Baba Pita Wrap: 415 Exmouth St. Sarnia

If you are in Sarnia stop by these locations to drop off your spare change!

Thanks so much!

Bottle Drive!!!!!!!!


Hey Everyone!

Have we got an event for you!
Your favorite girls from ‘Project:Ghana’ are at it again, and this time we’re bringing you a bottle drive!

Help us raise funds for our upcoming service learning trip to Ghana this May by donating your empty bottles, cans, cartons, caps, and kegs!

We’ll even come and pick them up from your door!

The bottle drive is going to be going on from April 1st 2012-April 30th 2012 and is taking place in both London, Ontario as well as Toronto, Ontario!!!

So save up your empties, and let us take them off your hands for you!

For more info or to request a pick up please contact any of our lovely volunteers:

Kristy Race: 226 678 1738
Ashley Hassard: 226-919-4847
Andra Braun-Woodbury: 226-268-1915
Michele Ivanisevic: 519-851-2646
Elyse Golian: 519-630-2971
Jo Arniotis: 416-716-2143

Thanks so much and…Happy Spring Cleaning!


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