James Scott


James Scott

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi September 16th 2014

Greetings from Ghana!! It's been a while since my last update; I've been incredibly busy with the voluntary work as well as lots of travelling at the weekends! In the week after returning from Mole, I was able to visit the Kumasi Children's Home where the care volunteers work. The living conditions in the orphanage were very basic with several children in a simple dormitory room, and shared bathrooms between 20 or so. This visit was a surreal and somewhat overwhelming experience as the younger children there were all desperate to be carried, and the older ones were desperate to play. As well as the endless pleas for attention, a few fights broke out among the older boys during our time there which was a bit unnerving. Despite these few outbreaks the children there were, for ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi August 26th 2014

What a time I've been having so far, done so much in so little time and looking forward to seeing and doing loads more! On Tuesday 12th there was no outreach work, instead Anambe taught the new volunteers how to carry out the different tasks such as the manual blood pressure checks and the hepatitis B tests. We met at the Projects Abroad office in Patase, (about 20 minutes by tro) where we spent an hour discussing our personal reasons for choosing public health and what we thought were the main benefits to conducting community outreach work such as this. It was agreed that just allowing people to make an informed choice about their health situation was one of the most important things we could do. According to Anambe, the majority of people in Ghana are ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi August 11th 2014

Hi all, first time I've had wifi since I arrived so here goes! After arriving in Accra and spending one night at 'Pink Hostel' I was met by Joe, one of the Projects Abroad (PA) staff at 6am to take the bus to Kumasi. The 'VIP' bus proved entertaining especially as there were a few local films being shown which were hilarious to say the least! Arrived in Kumasi where I was met by Gabby, the PA coordinator for the area, who would take me to my host family. The family are lovely, the parents are Eva and Sammy were so welcoming and hospitable, and their two children, Eben (3yrs) and Happy (9months) are absolutely delightful! I have been given the title of 'Uncle' to the children and Eben in particular has taken a shine to ... read more

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