Blogs from Ghana, Africa - page 7


Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra March 16th 2013

It has been a busy, but successful month at school, and I really can’t believe we only have a week and a half until the end of this second term! The children have been working hard for various monthly tests, and also completed their end of term exams this week, so next week we are going to enjoy getting started on our class project; making volcanoes and creating lava! The children are particularly excited, as they don’t often have the opportunity to be really creative and ‘hands-on’ in their learning (mainly because of limited resources and the structure of teaching at the school), so it will be great for them to get a bit messy and make paper mache etc! On the 1st March we launched the celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the school. It ... read more
The Montessori Nursery children dancing at the 25th Anniversary Launch celebrations
The Montessori Nursery children dancing at the 25th Anniversary Launch celebrations 2
The Montessori Nursery children dancing at the 25th Anniversary Launch celebrations 4

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Legon March 11th 2013

This past week was a relaxed week due to not going to my internship and having Wednesday, which is normally my full day of classes off because of Ghana's Independence Day holiday. Without doing really anything significant this week it ended up being a great week for my body to decide to get sick. I was sick when I woke up on Monday morning. I had the shivers and was sweating more than I normally do. I had a headache and my stomach hurt. It was definitely not a good day for me. So while thoughts of the possibility of me having Malaria flew through my mind... I just ignored it and tried to tell myself that sleep would cure me. The next day I felt 10 times better, still had a few symptoms but I ... read more
Painting the Beads
Clay Kiln

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Legon March 7th 2013

Firstly, I would like to apologize on how late this post is. I would mention about why I haven't written until now, but then I'd be taking away all of the writing material that I need for next week's post. Therefore, getting straight down to business, this is how my week looked summed up. 1. I saw Zebras... I know, I know, I don't really understand it either... but I did, there were four of them at some "company" that I went to visit on Wednesday. The company, while not really a business yet, but more focused in the R&D side of things was founded by some man who ran for president a few years ago...and whose daughter is now the prime minister something... ?? Overall, to be honest, I'm not quite sure what was going ... read more
Cult Religion?
Wooden Stereos
Wooden Medical Robot

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Legon February 25th 2013

This past week my "Maame (Mommy) Instincts" kicked in and my photography skills (with the help of instagram). As everyone says, pictures say a thousand words... so while I tried to write captions under all of the pictures, use your imagination, because trust me, the week was not only of smiles, there were tears and upset faces all around because that's exactly what all maames see on a daily basis. So I'll just do a quick recap to let you get straight to the photos: 1. I failed at teaching my first English class...structure of the classroom is not the same. While I wanted to me more interactive with the class, I was interrupted by the teacher to just read from the book, word for word...After that first attempt, I just continued to observe from my ... read more
Learning Colors
Reading as a Class

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Legon February 18th 2013

My internship, which I had stated previously, was what I would be counting down each day until the last, could have been seen as a small part of my stay here, if I were to ignore what was happening and just be in the school environment versus actually living within it. Instead, I have decided to do the adult thing, and take everything I witness at my internship as a learning experience of the Ghanaian culture. So with that decided, my internship with not only be a huge part of my time in Ghana where I will go happily there, well that is after morning assembly (where most of the caning is done in public) but where I can understand the future generation, with not only a business mindset, of consumer mentality, but on the level ... read more
The Wedding Ceremony
Family Photo
The Confetti


Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra February 17th 2013

I am sorry for the extreme lack of travel blog entries since I returned to Ghana in January- It has been a very busy start to the new term and the weeks are flying past! There’s a lot of work to fit in to a short space of time this term, and I really can’t believe we’re half way through and already enjoying a four day weekend for mid-term break :o) A few weeks ago, we celebrated ‘Founder’s Day’, which is a day to celebrate Sammy and Florence’s birthdays as well as to give them thanks for founding the school. This year is also the 25th anniversary of Alpha Beta school and college, so it’s great to be part of such a special year here! Despite working long days again to stay on top of the ... read more
African dancers
Florence and Sammy accepting their gifts on Founder's Day
My birthday- Me with Akosua, Genevieve, Gabriel, Divine and David

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Legon February 13th 2013

My eyes are hallow, empty without the life and happiness that they had just yesterday. My host mother saw me yesterday evening when I returned home and merely said, “I see that you’ve cried, your eyes tell that you have felt pain, what happened?” Having cried for an hour straight earlier in the day, only a few tears were left in my tear ducts as I retold my day, I had not been the one who had to endure physical pain itself, but had been a witness to it, a bystander to what I felt was wrong. With the crack of a stick, I learned that I was powerless. I have been so privileged to be told that “I can do anything that I put my mind to,” “If I can dream it, it can come ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Legon February 11th 2013

With my luck, week 3 started with a visit to the University of Ghana's Public Hospital... as I twisted my ankle on my way to register for the traditional dance class. Ironic, I know. After going through the typical system of an outdoor hospital and telling myself that I was totally fine, as I looked at my swollen foot. I was sent off with a $1 (USD) icy-hot cream and $10 (USD) 2-angles x-rays. So, as I got back onto campus with my U-Pal, Atsu (pronounced: "Ah-choo", like from Robin Hood Men in Tights...but actually means twin in Twi) I went and registered for the dance class. So I had one class registered and set at the University, I was still waiting on one more, but for some reason out of the hundreds of classes being ... read more
Baboon 1
Baboon 2

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra January 28th 2013

This very morning I almost stepped on a dead, squashed into the ground, teenage chicken (that in between what’s considered a chick and a chicken). I started to laugh hysterically as soon as I looked down just in time before getting dead chicken on my shoe. It was a sad sight to see but not the first or the last. At that moment, it was just the most shocking thing to wake up to on my walk to the University. It takes 30 minutes to walk from my host family’s house to the North gate of the University and then another 10 roughly to get from the gate to the CIEE office, but I ended up getting a ride from a faculty member at the gate. So far, my class times have not been posted, even ... read more
Host family's house
Bridge by the Dam
Shai- Hill Reserve

Africa » Ghana » Western » Tarkwa January 27th 2013

Our second week in Tarkwa was spent taking the VPA system live and ironing out any issues as they arose. I tried my first “Local” meal on Friday and it was an interesting experience. My Lunch consisted of a starch called Fufu and a Fish and Beef Soup. Fufu is made by boiling starchy vegetables like cassava, yams or plaintains and then pounding them into a dough-like consistency. We spend our Friday evening at the rec-club playing pool and enjoying some drinks. The original plan on Saturday was for us to go out with Gert and Heidi again but that did not happen as Gert was called into the Plant to sort out some issues. As Andre van de Laar joined us only on Monday he did not get to go to the beach with us ... read more
2.Pool Rules
3.Tarkwa Pool
4.Lunch At the beach

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