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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 18th 2013

Today has been another great day. I woke up at 7.30am and Mavis made me a vegetable omelette for breakfast (quite a strange choice, but I did ask for "something vegetarian"). I got to school for 9am and when I walked in, the kids were so happy and excited to see me. :) I told Lucy I had pictures on my laptop of animals I had downloaded, so that was the first thing we did. I'd get each picture on to the screen and ask the children "What animal is this?" and they would shout out "tiger!" or "monkey!" or "parrot!" and then I asked them "and what noise does this animal make?" and they'd all make the noise. Then we sang "Old MacDonald had a farm" and added in all the animals. I never thought ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 18th 2013

So tonight I had to brave the bucket shower. There is a massive vat of water in the yard with a tap on the bottom. You fill up a bucket with water (cold) and take it to the shower, where you simply fill it up with a mug and use that. Very refreshing and not as bad as I thought! I was talking to Jamal earlier and he said he would find it really strange if hot water came out of a tap. Mind you, these cold showers are nice in Ghana. The weather sees to that. I think I'd actually CHOOSE a cold shower, even if there was hot water... A lot of things about Ghana are very different from the UK. No pudding after dinner (insert sad face here), Very few street lights. The ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 17th 2013

This morning, some of us went to church. It was only a 3 minute walk from our house, and you can hear the preaching before it even starts. We wandered up there, having to cross a little river on the way, by crossing over planks of wood that looked like they were about to snap any minute.And it was about 4 or 5 feet above the water. We got there at 11am. There was me and 5 of the boys - Robbie, Gorka, Sammy, Nathan and James. The church itself was pretty much like a village hall, painted bright blue. There were purple, red, gold and green curtains draped across the ceilings, and blue chairs for everyone to sit on. When we got there, there were maybe 15 Ghanaians there, banging tambourines and swaying as the ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 17th 2013

The Beach After lunch, all of us went down to the beach for Sarah's birthday. Other than the Spaniards, and the Austrian girls, who stayed at home to chill out and go on the internet. We got a taxi to the beach (Labadi Beach) and it was 3 cedis to get in. We took in some drinks, and got a table. They have tables and chairs set up, cafe style. It was crazy for the first 15 minutes, with Ghanaians coming up to us left, right and centre trying to sell us stuff. One was selling cigarettes, 3 cedis a pack! (which is like £1). So I bought 2 packs and was a happy bunny. They were doing horse rides on the beach for 5 cedis, so I had a go! Yes, even though horses slightly ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 16th 2013

Today was orientation day. Steph, Sonja, Georgia, Meg, Sarah and I were taken into Accra byJamal. We started at Independence Square, where every year since 1957, all the Ghanaian tribes meet and parade there, due to them gaining independence from The British. We took a few photos, and Jamal pointed out the parliament house in the distance.gs Next stop was the market, and I've never seen anything like it. It was miles long and miles wide. We walked and walked and walked. So many Ghanaians, selling their wares. Fresh fruits, linens, handmade jewellery. It was chock-a-block. It's very bizarre walking through, as they grab your arm and try and get you to buy things from them. One old man walked up, tapped me on the arm and grinned at me saying "My wife!" erm....nope. Some sections ... read more

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Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 15th 2013

So after a pretty straightforward flight, I arrived in Ghana. It was pretty cool to fly over the Sahara desert - just masses and masses of sand in little dunes. Was welcomed to Ghana by a sign saying "We do not welcome paedophiles or ther sexual deviants" which made me giggle :) Searched the rows upon rows of people holding up signs, and finally spotted by name - introduced myself to Jamal, who lives here in the volunteer house with us. It was such a culture shock driving up to Teshie from the airport in Accra - so many people out and about at 10.30pm, just hanging out on the streets in front of their houses. The houses are just tiny shacks for the most part, and they look like derelict buildings. Apparently they host families ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 15th 2013

15th July I got up early this morning, about 6.30am. At 8.30am, we left for the school. We can pretty much pick the class we teach, and so I decided to go to the pre-school/montessori, as I teach older ones at home. So thought it'd be fun to try someting new! The kids in my class are 4-6 years old. When I got there, they had just started copying from the board "Africa, Oh Africa". They had to just write it out again and again and again. They learn by rote repetition and copying here. The school itself is tiny. The whole grounds are no bigger than the hall I skate in. There is a playground in the middle, and 4 or so outdoor structures dotted around it. That is it. They're pretty much falling down, ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Teshie July 15th 2013

This afternoon was good. It is a 30 minute walk to the orphanage, so we all walked up as a group. We go past a massive dumping site, like a rubbish tip. I have never seen anything like it. Rubbish, everywhere. With people burning the mounds of trash, small fires smouldering. It's really bizarre walking through Teshie-Nungua as small children literally come up to you and say "good afternoon" or "hello, how are you?" and hold their hands out for a high five. I thought it was a myth, or a stereotype from what I'd read online, but it's 100% true. As I walked into the orphanage, a small girl (whose name, I later found out, was Destiny), jumped up at me to be picked up. It was like she knew me and I was an ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra July 7th 2013

This is my final travel blog entry for the time I have spent in Africa over the past year, and I arrived at Heathrow on exactly the same day as I left last summer to begin my adventures! It has truly been a life-changing experience, and leaving Ghana was particularly sad. I feel very lucky to have been part of Alpha Beta School for the past 10 months, as well as sharing some brilliant experiences with my parents when they visited me in June- we had a fantastic trip and it was great to see more of Ghana. There is so much I will miss about my time in Accra- too much to document- but mainly the small things regarding daily life in this African capital city. The shouts of the ‘tro tro mates’ giving their ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Central » Elmina May 21st 2013

APPRECIATION I wish to express my profound out most gratitude to the the almighty God for his protection and mercy and abundant grace on us up-to date. I therefore give thanks to the Adjoa Foundation for given this opportunity of Invitation to the Netherlands. I do appreciate the effort for me so far. Start from the first day of meeting in Ghana with the sisters of Ahotokurom, and other country men. The trust that you had for me of giving the opportunity to handle the projects in Ghana. I also do appreciate for helping the ... read more




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