Blogs from Akrokerri, Ashanti, Ghana, Africa

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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri May 24th 2010

5/23/10 A thousand apologies. I know it’s been a really long time since I posted last, and my only excuse is that I’m getting lazy in my old age. Here is a quick rundown of what has happened since I last wrote. We had end of term exams, my parents came to visit, there was an all volunteer conference, it was my birthday, I had my close of service conference, chose my COS date (my last day as a Peace Corps Volunteer), started the third and final term of school, my project to put bars over the windows and doors of the computer lab is almost finished, and we’ve been frantically planning for the STARS conference next week. I could leave it there, but I think I’ll elaborate a little bit more on some of the ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri March 13th 2010

3/12/10 Lately I’ve been slacking when it comes to updating my blog, and as a result I have also been slacking on my responsibility as a Peace Corps Volunteer to achieve the third goal of the Peace Corps. For that I am sorry. Most of you probably don’t know this, but when the Peace Corps Act was passed in 1961 it outlined three goals for the Peace Corps, and these three goals are: 1. To help people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women. 2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served. 3. To help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans. In other words, it is my responsibility to share my experiences in Ghana with Americans back home ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri February 2nd 2010

2/1/10 Hey everybody, how’s life? Life in Ghana is busy but wonderful. Most importantly, we have started the second term of the school year. I am proud to say that during the first week of school I actually held classes. That might not sound like a big deal to you, but at Asare Bediako SHS in Ghana, that is something to be commended. Last year, I was lucky if I was able to hold class by the third week of the term. During the first week I’d estimate that over half of the students had reported to school. New form 1 students are still reporting to school so I still don’t have a set register for all the students in my classes. I should note that we still don’t have a headmaster, but at this point ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri January 2nd 2010

1/2/10 I guess I should start off with Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Or as we say in Twi, Afehyia Pa! Before I get into what Christmas and New Year’s Eve was like, let me talk about the end of term at school. First off, we still don’t have a headmaster at the school, but we’re use to it by now. At the end of term staff meeting, we met the District Director of Education for first time, and he is technically the acting headmaster, but he is never at the school so it’s more of a title than anything. Since I was only able to teach the Form 1 students for 4 weeks, I only gave them a short class test at the end of the term. There isn’t even a register of all ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri December 1st 2009

11/30/09 Hey everybody. I know I haven’t written in a while, so I’ll get right to it. As you can imagine, a lot has happened in the last month. Most importantly, I’ve finally started teaching the freshers. The term freshers, is the Ghanaian equivalent to freshman in that it refers to the form 1 students. On the down side, the term is basically over since this is revision week and end of term exams begin next week. Since the form 1s have been here for less than half the term they won’t have any end of term exams so I’ll be able to teach them through revision week and hopefully through the exam weeks as well. It looks like I’ll get 4 or 5 weeks of teaching in to the form 1s this term. We still ... read more

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Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri October 30th 2009

10/30/09 I know it’s been a while since I posted on the blog, and I have a lot to tell you about so I’ll be as concise as possible. For starters, I still haven’t begun teaching and we still don’t have a new headmaster yet. Progress is being made on one of those issues though. The form 1 students have finally started to report to school. This week was mid-terms, so hopefully the form 1s will have orientation next week after the break. It looks like I’ll get 4 to 5 weeks of teaching in this term, which is the same I got last year. There has been no sign of a new headmaster, but things are coming along nicely without one. There have been a few inter-house sporting competitions over the last couple weeks, but ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri October 10th 2009

10/9/09 How’s it going everybody? I’m doing great incase you were wondering. This past week has been pretty relaxed. As I mentioned last time, I’m teaching the form 1 students again and they aren’t at school yet so I didn’t teach this week. This week we did receive the list of students placed to our school though, so that’s a step in the right direction. They haven’t given a date for the form 1s to report to school yet, but it should be within the next two weeks. In reality, I’ll probably start actually teaching after the midterm break. Along the lines of people not yet at school, the new Headmaster still hasn’t arrived. I’m not sure if GES (Ghana Education Service) has failed to hire someone yet, or if the person is just hesitant to ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri October 1st 2009

9/30/09 Hello again everybody. I know it’s been a long time since I last posted anything on the blog, but I’ll fill you in on everything important that has happened. As most of you know, I was able to fly home for Sarah and Anthony’s wedding. Congrats, you two. Welcome to the family Anthony. I hope you know what you got yourself into. It was great to see all my family and friends. Thank you to everyone that made my trip home as enjoyable as it was. It’s hard to believe that I’ll be home for good in about 10 months. Traveling back to my site was LONG to say the least. When I got back to my school in Akrokerri, I noticed a couple important things. The first thing I noticed was that the pump ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri August 15th 2009

8/14/09 Hey everybody. I hope it hasn’t been too long since I wrote last, but there hasn’t really been any breaking news from my end of the world lately. When I wrote last, I was in the middle of marking exams. I am proud to say that I buckled down and got all my exams marked by the end of the term. Unfortunately I wasn’t done with all my school work when I finished actually marking the exams. Then, I had to go through all the exams and add up the scores from each question to get the total score for the theory section. Then, I had to enter all the scores into the computer so I could calculate the finals grades for all the students. Thankfully I was able to utilize excel and the fill ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri July 26th 2009

7/25/09 Alright, I know it’s been a long time since I posted on the blog, but I’ve been busy shaking hands with the President so you’ll have to excuse me. I guess I’ll start with my experience with the President since it is definitely the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in the past few weeks, although seeing Harry Potter in a REAL theater was a close second, but I’ll get to that later. As many of you know, President Obama made his first visit to Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa after going to Russia and the G8 summit in Italy. His visit to Ghana was less than 24 hours and he made no public address. A couple years ago when President Bush came to Ghana he had dinner at the U.S. Ambassador’s house and 10 ... read more




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