My Favorite Memory: at the special school when all of the students started singing and dancing for me one morning
I was surprised that….the whole culture was laid back and relaxed (the afternoon was always a time to just rest)
The most difficult thing I experienced was….seeing children get caned. They don’t do it at the special school, but i still saw mothers in the community caning their kids.
My best received lesson… To get away from the fast paced life once in a while and enjoy time that you can spend with others (especially children). Its rewarding in so many ways, and you feel refreshed playing games that you played when you were younger rather than constantly checking your phone or facebook or worrying about work.
Tip for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
As far as things to pack- clothes that you dont mind getting dirty, wipes, and hand sanitizer (i never use so much in my life!). For donations- the children at the home like to have books read to them so those are always good, and all the kids love to play soccer/football, so definitely some soccer balls (they go through them so fast). Good sightseeing- we went to the monkey sanctuary- about 45 minutes away- which was really awesome (no place in the US would let monkeys sit on you while you feed them bananas), and Wli waterfalls. Its about an hour and a half away and its probably good just to stay at a holtel in wli for the weekend. We hiked to the upper falls (about an hour and a half hike) which was super challenging physically, but the upper falls was so worth it!
Personal Paragraph (Testimonial):
I had an amazing time in ghana. Looking back i wish i would have gone for longer than two weeks. The people there are super nice (of course you got people asking for money and things that you had) but everyone greeted you when you walked down the street, and asked how you were doing. If you attempted to speak to them in their language (ewe) they loved you! Teaching at the special school was also a great experience. The teachers there are very helpful and gave me an hour everyday to teach whatever lesson i wanted to teach the students (there were 13 of them). And the students were so well behaved and happy all the time! In the afternoon, going to the home was always fun. It was sometimes overwhelming when you first walked in but i always enjoyed reading to the kids or playing ring around the rosy! Overall i did not encounter very many hallenges and really learned a great sense of community from the Ghanaian.
How would you rate your experience working with the ABV staff, both in the USA, and in-country?
excellent- whenever i had a question staff responded almost immediately. When i got to ghana they also called to make sure that i was doing ok, and that i didnt have any issues.
How would you describe your accommodation ( ie: host family, on-site, shared housing etc)
I stayed with a host family. They were so good to me and the other volunteers staying with them.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Amy Volunteer Abroad in Volta Region, Ghana