Volunteer in Ghana – Coastal Community Aid
Ada Foah, Ghana
Having been back in the UK for a week I am already missing Ghana so much that I am looking at flights to see when I can go back! I left for Ghana shortly after the conclusion of my first year at university travelling from Newcastle to London then flying to Accra via Lisbon which was the cheapest route at the time.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by Natasha my supervisor at the Coastal Community Aid project who quickly became my friend. Me and the other two volunteers were taken to Agu Hostel for the night before taking a very uncomfortable Tro Tro (1980s Hyundai minibus) to the town of Ada Foah.
We were then picked up by boat and taken to Maranatha Beach Camp, my home for the next three weeks. Upon arrival, we were greeted individually by the staff at the beach camp who were all fun loving, laidback locals who really envisage the heart and soul of the people of Ghana.
Soon Monday came and my first day in a Ghanaian primary school I was greeted by a barrage of children all hastily wanting to touch my pale Northern European skin. After a couple of introductory days I took my first class which was initially quite difficult and overwhelming but as the days went by I became more and more comfortable in the position.
It is really fulfilling when you see a student finally get something you have been trying to teach them right.
For example, I taught their class on how to tell the time on a clock face. After most of the class not understanding for 20 minutes, slowly, one by one, it started to click for them. It was a great feeling for me because not only did I teach them a skill that they are going to use for the rest of their lives, but also because I specifically remember the lesson when I learnt how to read clocks. Hopefully they remember theirs too. I would recommend volunteering in Ghana to anyone. – Richard