ErinCraig's Travel Journals


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Erin's adventures in Ghana

Many people have asked how they call follow my experience in Ghana. I'm hoping this blog will be a good way for everyone to read about my journey.

Chicken Nachos....a little slice of heaven :)

Ghana Cape Coast, Ghana  |  Sep 21, 2012
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Two nights of exciting soccer matches and I just might be a fan :) It's really cool watching the games on huge screens with so many excited fans. Last night we watched Real Madrid and Manchester, tonight was Chelsea and Juveves  (I spelled that completely wrong). It's really fun to be part of the excitement. Makes me miss watching Ohio State and Boise State football games. 

Tuesday night was family night at ProWorld. Alex and I made delicious chicken nachos. They were definitely a big hit. We went way over our budget but it was well worth it. I will post some pictures. The only thing I missed was sour cream. If you've ever seen me eat mexican food you know I absolutely cake on my sour cream. The reason we went over budget was because of the price of the cheese. A small block which might cost us 3 dollars at home, cost 12 cidis here.  It's extremely hard to find dairy products here. I haven't had any milk since I got here. People eat bones to get their calcium here. One night Nana started eating the chicken bone and I thought he was messing with me, then I saw my host family eating the entire fish...bones and all. I'm not sure I could do that. I told Nana that if he ever comes to America he will have to go to BWW and try their bones :)School has gone pretty well the past few days. I'm getting really comfortable with my small group. I'm not in KG2 which is the very first class I helped with. I already know most of the students and they listen to me really well. They love learning english and math so I'm happy I get to have them during that time. They definitely need the one on one attention. We colored again today, but I tied in a spelling and coloring lesson. They had to identify the color of the color pencil, write it out, spell it and repeat. Then I gave them a coloring activity sheet. It was a color by numbers. We again, they had to read the color, spell it, and then pick it out of the pile. It was a lot of fun and I could definitely see progress. Tomorrow I'm going to take play-doh. I'm going to use it for math. We are still practicing numbers. I'm going to let them making counters out of the play-doh. I'm hoping they will enjoy it. I was supposed to go into Cape Coast with Kate and Ali today but plans fell through. I'm hoping tomorrow I will be able to purchase items for the school and maybe even some books. I talked with the headmaster today about possibly having the drumming and dancing group do a perfomance at the school next Thursday. It will be may last day. I also talked to the director of the group and he said he would do it for 190 cedis. That means that each volunteer would need to donate about 28 cedis. I'm going to talk to them about it tomorrow. Not sure if they will be willing but we will see. That's only about 15 US dollars. I think the children would really love it and I'm sure that most of the children probably haven't had many opportunities to see a performance like that. We will see :) It's just after 9 and I'm ready for bed :) Goodnight! Love and miss you all :) XOXO

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