Blogs from Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana, Africa - page 3


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
Mum with 4Alpha!
Kumasi Market
Mona Monkeys

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

We are already two weeks into my final term of teaching in Ghana, and I already can’t believe where the time is going! It’s lovely to be back with the children and all the friends I have made here, and we’re all making the most of the time I have left… We finish our term here in early July, so there’s really only about 2 months left of my amazing and life-changing experience of teaching and living in Accra. I will be extremely sad to leave, but after a brilliant trip back to Vilanculos during the Easter vacation, I am more motivated than ever to start a life there later this year. I had the best possible two weeks with everyone there and, as always, I was welcomed back in such a way that it feels ... read more
Cazimiro and other children on climbing frame (2009)
Kito (2009)
Fernando (2009)

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra April 11th 2013

*Just so you know in advance, this isn't the prettiest of blog posts, structurally but…it’s got some pretty awesome content. International Day- Danced and Acted/ Improv So without really knowing until the day of, after getting back from Kumasi, I was going to perform as part of the international Day celebration that was being held at the University by the International Office as well as the Performing Arts Department. So not only did I dance, with some students from my dance class in front of an small but sizable audience, but I also did some acting, or in this case, for me, improv, since I didn’t know what I was really supposed to say until the actual act. JHS1- Quiz I decided to give my English class a quiz, which they dubbed to be a TEST ... read more
Female Entrepreneur Group Pic
Favorite Metal Piece

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 » 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 » 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 » Greater Accra » Accra January 12th 2013

And the Adventure Begins! So from the start, even before I left my house to board the plane that would take me half way to my final destination, I was on a roller coaster ride. One of those crazy rides that make you want to have the insane adrenaline rush but also puke just by the mere thought of getting in the line. And it’s funny, odd actually for me to even be feeling the butterflies frantically trying to escape my body; I have never experienced such a wave of emotions until now. My parents stayed with me until the very latest that they could. I know, they’re crazy, for waiting the entire hour that it took for me to get through checking in and security…airports; I’ve been through enough of them to be sick of ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra December 9th 2012

Apologies for the lack of blog entries over the last month and a half- School has been very busy, and I was also feeling a little anxious about writing another blog entry after my last one caused a little upset with one or two readers. :os I am very sorry for the way I phrased some sections of my previous blog, and I would like to stress again that it was in no way aimed at any of the lovely people and children I know in England- It was simply a personal reflection on some of the frustrations I have experienced in my teaching, and occasionally experience with some aspects of British society. I know now that I should have perhaps made this clearer, and that I could have phrased some parts of it more sensitively. ... read more
Face painting at Eswanelisha after-school club!
Starting the books on the container..
Fellow volunteers painting books on the container

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra October 25th 2012

After just over another month here in Ghana, I felt it was time for another update! Firstly, I can’t believe how the time has flown, and that I am now 7 weeks in to my teaching with only 7 to go until Christmas break when I will be returning to the UK for 3 weeks. It will be great to see everyone and catch up with you all- I am missing friends and family a lot, and can’t wait to catch up on all your news, but there’s no denying the fact that I’m going to find being back in England pretty tough after 5 months in Africa … There is definitely something unique about the African lifestyle and African people- certainly in the three countries where I have spent my time since July- and I ... read more
Morning sky from my apartment room
Morning sky from my apartment room 2
Morning sky from my apartment room 3

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra September 23rd 2012

I would like to start this entry by apologising for the lack of updates over the past three weeks… Adjusting to the life here has been exciting, challenging, at times frustrating and exhausting, but overall I am loving the experience of living in Africa and feel very happy that Accra will be the place I call ‘home’ for the next 10 months! After spending a lovely week with Florence and Sammy (the headmistress at my school and her husband), and meeting my fellow staff members at school, I moved into my own apartment on Sunday 9th September. I have a comfortable, light room and I am sharing the apartment with Barbara, who works in the office at school. As soon as I had unpacked my things, she took me out to a few of the local ... read more
The Reading Area in my classroom
The Reading Area in my classroom 2
The Reading Area in my classroom 3

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