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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra July 28th 2014

July 28, 2014 Yesterday was a crazy day. Some of the volunteers took the kids from the new orphanage to a beach. We cooked food for about 6 hours and then we packed it all up in 2 taxis and met the kids at Sango Beach. We cooked them spaghetti (with extra vegetables) and fried chicken. We also cut up a ton of fruit. In all we served food to 44 people. Despite all the work that went into the crazy morning and early afternoon seeing the children enjoying the food was so worth it. They don’t always get complete meals like that, so whenever we cook them food we try to have protein, carbs, and lots of nutrient filled fruits and vegetables. The kids had a blast at the beach! Some of them got covered ... read more
Ebenezer on Uncle Max's shoulders
Getting dirty
Starting the race

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 21st 2014

July 21, 2014 I know it’s been a couple weeks since my last entry. These last couple weeks have been insane at the house with people constantly coming and going. The house is literally overflowing with people. Currently there are 33 volunteers with Dream Africa. Jamal finally moved out of the house to his own apartment where he finally has some privacy. That gave us another room with beds and another room was just finished outside, but even with those two rooms (eight more beds) we’re still struggling to find enough beds for people. There are so many nationalities represented. There are 4 Americans right now, quite a few English, a group of Northern Irish, 6 Spanish, French, Japanese, Swedish, Ethiopian, Greek, Italian, Austrian, Swiss, Italian, and even a Nigerian. Most people aren’t staying very long ... read more
Big Milly's beach
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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 7th 2014

July 6, 2014 Where the river meets the sea…that’s Ada Foah. My first weekend trip was quite interesting. A friend of ours has a place on Ada Foah, which is an island between the Volta River and the ocean. Some of the volunteers stayed at Amos’s house, and the rest of us stayed at a hotel with huts on the beach. We were celebrating a volunteer’s birthday, which was on Saturday. Those of us staying at the hotel had to take a boat back and forth, which for someone like me who likes boats and water was fun. However, that wasn’t the case for everyone. I was glad that there were 4 other Americans with me on Friday to celebrate the Fourth of July. We had fun telling everyone what we do to celebrate our Independence ... read more
Fishing boat on the Volta River
Boat on the Volta River
Jamal in his life jacket

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie June 26th 2014

June 26, 2014 During my class at Faith the other day there was a distraction in the back of the class. Apparently the bench had broken and the two boys were trying to use their shoes to hammer it back together. These schools have very basic supplies and furnishings, but those still break and need to be replaced. It’s important for the children to have a working classroom. Dream Africa has quite a few projects and Jamal works so hard to keep them going. I may have only been here for 2 and half weeks, but I’ve fallen in love with these children and want to do everything that I can to help them succeed. I’ve already talked to Jamal about some ideas I’ve had that could help with fundraising. Currently on the DACF website there’s ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie June 19th 2014

June 18, 2014 Yesterday Jamal took me and the other 3 new volunteers on orientation. He took us into Accra and started the day at Black Star Square, which is a central part of Accra and where Kwame Nkrumah led the revolution of 1957. Jamal told us about the political history, and said he would invite us all back when he was inaugurated President of Ghana. After that he took us to Jamestown, which is a poor neighborhood that has remained a traditional fishing community. Jamal told us that he’s tried on several occasions to start a school in Jamestown, but he hasn’t been successful due to the parents not receiving education and not understanding the value of their children being educated. Next we went into the Accra markets, where Jamal got us Burkina (a cold ... read more
Black Star Square
Black Star Square
Black Star Square

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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie June 17th 2014

June 17, 2014 Most of us just got back from a late night at the orphanage. We took dinner and brownies over to the children and stayed to watch the World Cup game between the US and Ghana. When Ghana scored the tying goal Jamal and the children went insane. I seriously wanted Ghana to win the game, and I’m not sure if Jamal believes me or not. However, for someone like me who is very proud to be an American and takes pride in my loyalty I knew that the US and I didn’t need that game. For that one moment of the game and seeing how that brought those children, who have so little, to life was truly a life changing moment. In one week these children and this country have stolen my heart. ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie June 14th 2014

June 12, 2014 Watching the world cup with Jamal and the volunteers: Brazil vs. Croatia. Jamal is a huge football fan. One of the projects he started with Dream Africa is football (practice and games) for boys and girls. For those who don’t know Ghana has one of the premier football teams in the world. On Monday Ghana plays the US. Jamal has already teased me about that, but I told him since I’m in Ghana I’m a Black Stars (the national team) fan. I led my first class today at the fishing village and I feel like the worst teacher ever. However, I know that’s not true and after I talked to another volunteer and Jamal they helped me feel better by reminding me that it was my first day alone. It just made me ... read more
Volunteer House
Volunteer House
Peace and shoe pile

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie June 11th 2014

June 11, 2014 I haven’t had my orientation yet, but I have been to some classes. Yesterday I went to one of the schools (Faith) and the fishing village project. Today I went to the new orphanage. The children are so warm and friendly. I have never had so many people fascinated with my hair and skin before. I haven’t taken pictures yet but I will. Faith is a very rustic school. The school is so basically built that the classrooms are almost like big barn stalls with benches and desks. The fishing village is really cool. It’s a school set up in an alley right by the ocean for any of the children who wants to go to class. It starts at 4:30 P.M. and goes till dark, which is just after 6 P.M. in ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie June 9th 2014

Welcome to my African adventures. After a whole weekend of bus rides, plane flights, and airports I got to Ghana extremely tired. The hot humid air hit me the moment I stepped of the plane and since then I’ve been constantly sweating. It took a bit of help but I eventually found the Dream Africa Care Foundation people at the airport. One of the other teaching volunteers came to pick me up. Samantha was very nice and helpful and told me a lot of stuff in the car. The ride in the car (without seatbelts) was over bumpy roads that had recently weathered a storm; June is the wettest month here. When I got to the volunteer house there was a power outage, which happens a lot here, although Jamal turned the generator on after that. ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra May 20th 2014

I'm getting ready to spend a year in Ghana. I'm getting packed for my adventures while simultaneously packing up and moving out of my apartment. The first leg of my trip is to Hanover, NH to visit with my Grandmother. Then on June 7 I will be flying across the Atlantic changing planes in Istanbul before making my way down to Accra, Ghana. So what am I doing in Ghana? I've signed up to be volunteer teacher with the Dream Africa Care Foundation. I will be lead teacher and because I have a degree in Early Childhood Education they told me I was guaranteed to have a preschool or early elementary class. In case you're wondering, English is the primary language spoken in Ghana. It's the only former British colony in Western Africa. However, there are ... read more




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