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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Health, Human Services, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange

Mission: A.S.A.P. (Americans Serving Abroad Project) Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and education of deprived, resource limited rural communities in Ghana Africa. We accomplish this goal through short term mobile healthcare mission trips and a concurrent vulnerable children's program. We believe that change comes with positive human interactions and a sharing of culture, knowledge and understanding.

Results: To date our teams have served over 3500 individuals

Target demographics: deprived rural communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1000 individuals

Geographic areas served: Ghana, Africa

Programs: a free mobile healthcare clinic to give health exams, screenings, treatment and education with an emphasis on women and children. We also run a vulnerable children's program to provide educational and recreational supplies, education regarding health and hygiene practices, and inspiration to stay in school.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kaelyn T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are interested in being fully immersed in Ghanaian culture while providing life saving health care then ASAP is the avenue for you. I have never felt as fulfilled as I did while on this mission. The rural areas we visited were in desperate need of medical attention. We also spent time educating locals on how to care for their health in our absence. They were very receptive to our topics which included water collection and storage techniques, wound care, nutrition, and many more. In partnership with Sem Frontierras, we visited schools who participated in our literacy project. If you are looking for a non- profit you can simply sign up with and travel with, this would not be a good fit. We were personally involved in fundraising for the medications we needed for villagers, preparing the educational presentations, and researching medical conditions and treatments we could potentially see in that environment. In my opinion, because of my involvement in those areas, I was better prepared to handle the "culture shock" and felt more fulfilled as a human and healthcare provider.

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ruprachl Thank you Kaelyn for all your hard work and contributions you made to the ASAP Team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was amazing partnering with ASAP to bring college students to Ghana for a service trip. Lauri was extremely accommodating throughout the whole planning process and made sure that we were mentally prepared for the trip way beforehand. I can truly say the trip was a life changing experience. Hearing the stories of the ghanaian people, alone, was inspiring. Everyone was so happy although they were not living and working under the best possible conditions. I couldn't have felt more safe with Gyamfi and his team. I'm sure the group I traveled with would agree. You could clearly see the values and mission of ASAP present in every single part of the trip. Our orphanage visits, going into the villages to educate people about prevalent health topics, visiting cape coast slave castle and even learning how to cook fufu gave us a taste of everything. I learned, I taught, I served, and I had a blast! -Mitsuka

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ruprachl 04/11/2017

We are so grateful for your service and it was a pleasure working with you guys! We hope that the members of the team will continue to partner with ASAP in future trips as we strive to "Be the Change"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very lucky to be able to go on ASAP mission trip to Ghana this March. Thousands of Ghanian children and adults were able to be seen by providers - some for the first time in their lives. I was touched by every single story that I had heard, and every smile that I saw. I would recommend this trip to every single person who ask.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer with ASAP was truly the experience of a lifetime. From setting up mobile health clinics in local villages to experiencing the local culture through immersion events, it truly leaves your perspective of the world forever changed for the better. Every day left you with a sense of purpose and accomplishment, whether it was helping relieve sore muscles for villagers or simply taking pictures with the local children, you always went to sleep each night with a smile on your face. It was a quick 2 weeks, and I can't wait to go back with ASAP again in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of traveling with the ASAP team this March. It was an unforgettable two weeks as we were able to provide medical care to thousands of people in need. The people of Ghana were so welcoming and appreciative of the care and supplies we had to offer. I would definitely recommend this trip and I plan on returning to Ghana on anther trip with ASAP!

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ruprachl 03/28/2017

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to helping those in need! We hope you can join us next year!

edeloff

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a senior member of the ASAP team both in experience and age , this third trip to Ghana was as memorable and rewarding are ever. Whether the group is 12 or over 20 in number we are able to touch and be touched by the people we served in Ghana. Everyone , medical and nonmedical , have an important role to play. The experience puts in prospective how blessed we are and the importance of giving back. Looking forward to the 2018 trip !

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ruprachl 03/28/2017

You are such a valuable member of the ASAP team. Your continued support and hard work are so much appreciated. We would not be the same without you.

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Rating: 5

Having the opportunity to travel with ASAP twice has been just the most wonderful experience. I think 10 minutes into the first informational meeting I was totally sold that this was the group and the mission for me. We were a group of mostly strangers but by the time we came home the friendships were life long. Living ,eating ,riding countless miles in a bus, learning our strengths ,talents was such a gift. Working in a developing country ,learning about a culture totally different requires an open mind ,patience and an acceptance of humanity . Our job involved setting up clinics in remote areas. We never had the same situation two days in a row - setting up the clinic in a school ,under the trees or an unfinished church. The supplies we took varied from trip to trip . Learning to make do is part of the process. Our patients were always thankful we took interest in them and were able to help. My job was dispensing medications and giving a nutrition lesson [on trip #2]. ASAP has the best support in Ghana - our safety is never an issue . I am so looking forward to my third trip in 2017 !

Meghan25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to say I was apart of the ASAP team for the trip to Ghana this March. It was the most amazing, enlightening, positive experience ever. I have so much respect for the president, Lauri, and her commitment to the team and helping those in need.

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ruprachl 03/28/2017

Loved having you on the team! Thank you so much for your help and for touching the lives of so many.

Alissa9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember receiving the email inviting me to go on this medical mission trip. I immediately knew I had to go. I was excited beyond belief to be going overseas to help people who basically lived in a different world than what I'm used to. It was a great and humbling experience, and the people of Ghana taught me just as much as I taught them. If anything, I learned more than they did. As a nursing student about to graduate, I believe this was one of the best ways I could start my career, and really find my roots. This trip reminded me of why I chose this profession and I will never forget it. Serving hundreds of people a day was such an amazing time. This trip was the best decision of my life so far. The only thing to top it would be going back again. A.S.A.P. is an amazing program and I am forever grateful for all that they do, and I am proud to say I am a part of it.

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ruprachl 03/28/2017

We are the ones who are grateful to you and all the other volunteers for your hard work and devotion to making the world a better place. Thank You!

Annie58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At first I was nervous about going on a mission trip to Ghana. After speaking with a close friend who had done a trip with the ASAP group before, she assured me I would be safe. The trip was life changing and a lot of fun. We were able to help nearly 3,000 people in need. The founder, Lauri, is very passionate about what she does and is the backbone of the entire trip. I highly recommend that anyone thinking about participating in one of the trips does so. It is a one of a kind experience that will benefit many in need and open your eyes to the world.

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ruprachl 03/28/2017

Your positive attitude, compassion and love for life was such a wonderful addition to the team. Thank you so much. Hoping you can come with us again and again!

Victoria81

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Rating: 5

This March, I had the privilege to travel to Ghana with the ASAP team to serve the deprived rural communities of this nation. It was through the set-up of mobile healthcare clinics that we were able to reach thousands of people in need, especially women and children. Through this experience I was able to both make a positive impact in the lives of others as well as be forever changed myself. The passion that the founder has for the vision of ASAP and the people of Ghana is contagious. I would recommend this to anyone looking to help make this world a better place! Can't wait to continue working alongside the ASAP team.

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ruprachl 03/28/2017

You were such an asset to the ASAP 2017 team. Your caring and love for the children of Ghana was an inspiration. We hope you will continue on many more journeys with ASAP! Thank You

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ASAP is the true opportunity to "Be the Change you wish to see in the world!" This was my 3rd trip with ASAP to Ghana and the second time that I brought my daughters with me. It has been life trnsforming for my girls and myself. We have had the opportunity to serve the Ghanian people who do not have access to health care while also learning from them about what is truly important in life: family, faith, love and community. I would strongly recommend this experience to anyone who has a desire to help others while learning about this rich culture.

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ruprachl 03/28/2017

ASAP is so blessed to have you on our team. You and your family bring so much joy to the children of Ghana. Hoping you will join us for many more trips!

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Rating: 5

ASAP experience- My experience began quite by chance. I had always wanted to be apart of mission work but felt it was not possible as a mother of four and two careers that I had responsibility for.
What I discovered was not only was it possible, but honestly and truly life altering. ASAP provides exceptional care to those most in need in very rural areas of Ghana where healthcare accessibility is almost non-existant.
I was so moved by this experience and those I shared it with that I brought my two oldest daughters with me on my last mission this June. I am forever grateful to be apart of this opportunity to help such grateful people.