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Throughout my life, this one question has always been at the forefront of my mind when trying something new. As I have moved from place to place, joined new teams and organizations this question would always format itself in one of two ways. How will I make friends? What if I don’t make friends? Naturally, after I accepted the position to be a part of the Humanist Service Corps family and live in Ghana, I began to wonder how my life would look living in a place and adapting to a culture I knew almost nothing about. I would stay awake trying to picture everything about what my new life would entail. Of course, my favorite question had a huge presence during this time. But this time the question took a slightly different form. I wondered how my friendships would differ from those I’ve made working in Philadelphia and Los Angeles or if they would differ at all.

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By Hannah Austin, HSC: Ghana Volunteer

Over the years, I have worked to help people of all ages, from a plethora of backgrounds, situations, and worldviews. I have been an educator, a caretaker, and a friend. I have worked in three different countries and cultural contexts, and in many different levels of involvement. Though I have learned many lessons, and hope to continue learning, how to best support those around me, I would like to take the time to discuss one of the biggest lessons I have learned from my experiences: Meet people where they are. Everyone you meet, work with, work for, and serve is a human just as you are. They have their own past, their own personality, and their own struggles. If we are to be effective, we must approach these people with an open mind, patience, love, and creativity. And this mindset really goes beyond work to how we interact with anyone in our lives. This mindset must be a focus for the people we directly serve, for our peers, and even for how we treat ourselves.

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By Jude Lane, HSC Ghana Volunteer

The new volunteers for our third Humanist Service Corps team have arrived in Yendi, and orientation has begun. After introductions, Baako Alhassan began their training with Dagbanli language lessons. Lukeman Domba then facilitated a session detailing the history of the Northern Region of Ghana, land demarcation of Ghana, and cross cultural differences. In this photo on the left, Lukeman is finishing his lecture on the land divisions among ethnolinguistic groups in Ghana.

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