Gone to Ghana: My African Adventures

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May 20th 2014
Published: May 21st 2014
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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 still African languages spoken as well. I'm interested in hearing how the English spoken in Ghana is different having merged with those languages. I've done a lot of research on the country, culture, and where to go, but of course the best way to learn anything is to be immersed with it. I can't wait to experience the waterfalls, butterflies, canopy walks, elephant and monkey sightings, but most importantly I can't wait to meet my students and help them obtain the education that every child deserves to have.

If you want to join me in my adventures look for more entries after I arrive Africa on June 8.


22nd May 2014

Can't wait to hear more
Hi Laurel, Looking forward to following you on your adventures in Ghana.... Hugs, Liz and Brad
24th May 2014

Wow Laurel! We are very excited for you and can't wait to hear all about your impressions of Africa. You will make a big difference in the lives of your students, just by being you and sharing your big heart with them. Hope we still have a chance to talk by phone before you depart.
5th June 2014

Excited for you Laurel
It's exciting to think that you are just about to Africa. I'm thinking about you and hope you have time to write this blog! Way to go.

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