AThorson's Travel Journals


  • 30 years old
  • From Wisconsin, United States
  • Currently in Singburi, Thailand

My Ghana Experience

This journal will be a glimpse of my experience volunteering in a preschool in Ghana.

One Week Down!

Ghana Cape Coast, Ghana  |  Nov 09, 2012
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I have been in Ghana almost a week now and I have almost forgotten my life back home.  I am becoming very comfortable here and adjusting to all the differences.  Tuesday, after I wrote last, we went out to dinner on the beach at sunset.  It was beautiful. The power went out half way through dinner so we ended up eating in the dark. I got home and the power went out there as well.  It was a very noisy night of goats, dogs, and people sweeping at 5am.  I woke up very tired.  I have to get up at 6:30 to get to school at 7:30 and I work until 3:00pm.

School has been going very well.  The teacher gives me many opportunities to teach. I had some kids draw the Ghana flag for me on the board and I drew our flag for them. They have work books to practice reading but a lot of the sentences are written poorly and have many mistakes.  It has been very hard to get used to how the school is run.  Teachers are able to answer their cell phones in the middle of class and free to go and talk to other teachers during class.  At lunch time all the teachers gather in one room while the kids have lunch on their own.  The teachers have been so welcoming and I have had a lot of fun getting to know them. 

Last night I went into town to go shopping. Everything is very cheap but I could empty much bank account there.  I already have plans to go back tomorrow.  I went to bed at 8:30pm. The heat here takes a lot out of you. You never feel clean and are always sticky from the humidity.  Today Roz and I were taken to the canopy forest tour.  We were suspended over the forest hundreds of feet on rope bridges.  It was probably one of the coolest things I have ever done.  I am excited to share pictures with you.  After that we went to lunch at a place that is supposed to have crocodiles swim up to it.   We only saw one but it was out on an island.  I am back at the Proworld house and will be doing my “check-in” interview about my first week.  I have only good things to say and am interested to see what the next week will bring.

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    lydia wrote: Mon Nov 12, 2012
    Hi Andrea. Just as a longshot, my old pen pal was named Bill Benstil. He also spoke Fante so he might have grown up in the area. He is about 60 years old now and was a teacher. Hope you are having fun!
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    Dennis Beauchene wrote: Fri Nov 9, 2012
    Suspended hundreds of feet over the forest - I don't think so. Sounds like you're enjoying yourself! Stay away from the crocs.
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    Wendy wrote: Fri Nov 9, 2012
    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! What a great experience. I so wish Joe could have made the trip with you. I have enjoyed reading your posts and can't wait to hear all about your time there once you return home. Take care and enjoy yourself!
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    Annie wrote: Fri Nov 9, 2012
    Sounds like you are having a very fulfilling and interesting experience. Can't wait to read more! And hear more when you get back. Stay safe. Love you.
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