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-The Global Leadership Adventures HQ Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 22
Students got safely to their homebase at Krobo, in the eastern region of Ghana! We are very excited for what is to come, especially being able to spend more time with the kids from Krobo and learn all about the culture of Ghana.
Most of us traveled for long hours so by the time we got to home base we just needed a good rest so we can wake up fresh for our first full day tomorrow!
Lots of love from Ghana!
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 23
Our first day in Ghana marked a great introduction to a new environment and a wonderful opening experience. At dawn we woke up nice and early and got acquainted with our Home Base and mentors, as well as a brief introduction to one another. We began the day by touring the village, where we met the locals and saw where we would be working. Meeting the townspeople was a enjoyable and eye-opening experience: how could we have expected people to be so excited at the sight of foreigners?
After, we went back for lunch and took a break from the heat. It started to rain later and in this time we met some children from the village and had a great time playing and interacting with them. The time flew by and we were saying our goodbyes just an hour later. We headed in for dinner and after, new Group Leaders would be announced and assigned for the next day.
To end the night, we started our mentor group meetings, where we would discuss our experiences and thoughts of the day. Today, we brought an object that was memorable to us and discussed it with the rest of the group. After, we took showers, and headed to bed, exhausted and recharging for the next day.
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 24
The group started the day this morning with delicious omelettes and French toast. We left around 9:30 for the botanical gardens. We saw many new plants and trees. The tour guide really tried to immerse the group and let us touch and smell many of the plants.
We got to see where many famous historical figures planted trees in the park. At the end of the tour, we got to eat some very tasty chicken and rice with tomato sauce. At the end of dinner, we got to discuss a major political issue in Ghana, oil drills. The group leaders, Meghan and Chris, then handed the torch over to tomorrow’s group leaders, Sofia and Jacob.
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 25
Today was an amazing day for the Ghana program students. We started the day with a delicious french toast and cereal breakfast. Then it was off to the local church for the Sunday Service! We joined the people of the village in their worship by singing, dancing and marching around. After the service we returned back to home base for a tasty traditional Ghanaian lunch. Fried plantains with red bean stew and white rice.
After lunch we were visited by a seamstress and her team, for a personal fitting so we could purchase some custom tailored West African clothing. After the measurements were taken, we all got dressed to head out to Asitey Park to play with the village children. After hours of running around, dancing and playing ball, we walked back to home base to enjoy dinner which consisted of flavourful chicken kebabs and stir fried spaghetti. Lastly, after dinner our group got together to plan our service for the next few days. Lesson plans were created, and construction ideas were introduced.
Today was certainly a busy day! We can’t wait for tomorrow!
Now, group leaders Sofia and Jacob will be passing it on to Hayden and Riley.
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 27
Written by Sage and Olivia
Today was a packed day, after a filling breakfast we headed over to the local school and started clearing an area that past years have worked on to make a conference room for the Staff/Teachers. We moved brick, shoved dirt/debris and plants out of the walled structure. We then changed to get ready and teach the primary school children. Groups of 4 were assigned grades 3-6 and we were all able to teach English through games, songs, and activities. After a long day of hard labor, we hit the park to burn some energy with the children, and then walked home. Although our day was very full, we still has a special someone to celebrate.
Today is Ericas BIRTHDAY! We were eating a delicious cake, when Henry announced that we were going to visit the QUEEN MOTHER of Krobo! We loved to hear of the many accomplishments she had as well as the many roles (hats) she plays (wears) within Krobo. As a Preschool principal, bank manager and leader over her people. After making many memories, and having lots of fun, it was time to close our eyes, and shut of the lights, in order to have another eventful day tomorrow.
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 28
Written by Arden & Alexandra
Today marked our official halfway point of the trip! We started off breakfast with french toast and omelettes. Afterwards, we headed to the school to continue our service project. We started the cement floor today, mixing cement with water and getting started on laying it onto the mud. At 10, we headed towards the classrooms to continue teaching with our assigned class ranging from grade 3 to grade 8.
After we finished teaching the kids we were lucky enough to get to go back to our home base and enjoy a hearty lunch before a crafts market came. We were able to pick out many different things ranging from paintings to bowls to bring back home as souvenirs. Something that we have been able to enjoy on the daily here is going to the local park to play with kids of all ages and this is how we wrapped up our night here in Ghana.
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 29
Written by Anika V.
We started the day with a very good breakfast that included all of our favourite foods so everyone enjoyed it. Then we walked to the school to do some construction on the floor and then we taught our classes until 12. We then went home and ate lunch which was red red and rice. We all took naps then got ready and went to our host family houses and learned more Krobo. Right after that we all went to the park and played with the kids until 6. We came home and ate dinner. We had a cultural musical event which was very lively and everyone danced. Very fun day.
Note to families: You may have already read the June 30th post earlier today. We’ve added in a new post for July 1st, but we’re leaving the jump link here for any families who haven’t read the June 30th post yet. 🙂 -HQ Staff
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 30
Written by Ava & Esther
We had a late start this morning, so we started off with teaching. Then we came home for lunch and had a little nap before we did Batik making. Batik is a traditional Ghanaian fabric that is stamped with wax to create patterns, dyed, then the wax is washed off. Everyone got the opportunity to pick out their own stamp pattern and use it on their own yard of fabric. We finished off the day with a guest speaker, Mr. Kofi. He is a Ghanaian historian, and he taught us all about Ghana’s traditions.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 1
Written by Clara
This morning, after a good breakfast, we left, with our bathing suits on, to the Sajuna beach resort. We all enjoyed the sun by playing volleyball and swimming in the swimming pool. After a delicious chicken with rice, we had the chance to go on a boat tour on the beautiful lake. At 2 pm we got back in the truck and drove to a beads market. We all got some very beautiful bracelets made out of typical Ghanaian beads. As soon as we arrived at the Homebase it was time to go to the park to play with the kids. We ended the day with an interesting discussion about what we could do in our home country to be the change.