Here is our complete team for the first session.
June 18, 2017-
After what seemed like countless hours of traveling, we all eventually arrived here in Ghana. Some of us arrived earlier in the day, but most of us got here closer to midnight. One of us ended up flying in Saturday due to delayed flights.
On Saturday after breakfast we began our day with orientation and various games. A local seamstress came into our home and talked to us about Ghanaian fashion. She then took our measurements and we headed out to the market to buy fabrics, which she will eventually turn into pieces of clothing of our choice. Later in the afternoon we made our way down to the local park to play with all of the children. They quickly warmed up to us and we all spent several hours playing various games. Playing at Asitey Park soon became a unanimous favorite activity among the group. We ended the day with a bit more orientation and team building.
Today we began our day with delicious pancakes, sausage, fresh mango, local organic peanut butter and honey and oats. After that we walked to their local church, where we participated in many songs and dances. Everyone was very welcoming and at the end of the service they even prayed for all of us and our mission here in Ghana. The whole experience was beautiful and inspiring. After several bowls of peanut butter soup, chicken and rice (and vegetarian options) we learned how to batik, which is an art form where one can design fabrics. (You stain the fabric with hot wax and then dye the whole thing.) Shortly after, though interrupted by rain, we once again returned to Asitey Park to play with the kids. After dinner, Henry led us in some songs, dances, chants, and stories at a bonfire. We were then able to buy different snacks from a convenient store that came to us.
We are having lots of fun in Ghana and all of the group has become close. Be on the lookout for more blog posts about our upcoming adventures!
Rachel and Victoria
Getting to know you games
Going to the market in the ‘CoA Krobo’ Family Van!
Finding the perfect fabric pattern and colour.
Just a few of the bolts of fabric to choose from!!
Walking home from church
Our fabulous Kitchen staff!!
The art of Batik!
Playing with the children at Asitie Park.
The photo after GLA students danced in the rain!! (Soaked and Happy)
Finishing up Batik even in the rain.
Here we begin with wood and work our way up to a large jug half filled with water.
Our teacher Francis is an expert!
Watching our elementary school play soccer against another school.
Attending classes at Krobo Girls School
On Sunday, we spent the day at Sajuna Beach Resort and made a stop at the bead market on the way home. The following day, we made bricks in the morning & enjoyed the afternoon shopping for souvenirs. Later, we visited our host families for the last time and played at the park. That night, we had a guest speaker speak on business women of Ghana. On Tuesday, we taught in the morning and took classes at the Krobo Girls School that afternoon. The night was spent listening to cultural stones & dancing. Wednesday our last day, was spent teaching at the school and packing our belongings. Additionally, Jackie, the seamstress, brought us our clothing we ordered. Later we visited the park for the last time & enjoyed a slideshow that showed the past two weeks. The past 2 weeks have been unforgettable & none of us are quite ready to leave. Tomorrow, we depart for home but will say one last goodbye to our village friends at the nursery & school.
-Rachel & Victoria
Teaching and Learning at Asitey Elementary School
Playing with bubbles at Edmon Nursery
Good bye hugs to our GLA students from the students of Asitey Elementary school