In joy and in sorrow under the Ghanaian sun, you can read the experiences of a research intern in eastern Ghana. A student of International Health survives three months in a local village, where she will be immersed in a traditional culture blended with Western influences. They interviewed traditional healers, visited so-called 'prayer camps', spoke with doctors and nurses and learned more about the taboos and stigma surrounding HIV / AIDS. She shares her astonishment towards traditional healing methods, describes her thoughts and concerns about the simple African life. Jacinta Aalsma has felt an attraction to Africa since childhood. The strength of this attraction brought her to Senegal, Gambia, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana. In Senegal and Ghana, she become a research intern for her study in Health Sciences as a research intern. The climate, the music, the culture-and especially the people made her feel at home. Writing is a way for her to process and share her experiences. Since the end of 2011, she lives with her partner in New Zealand.