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We woke up in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region, and set off to explore some of the history and culture of the Ashanti people. First, we went to a traditional home in Besease, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We got some information from a professor who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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On our way to Kumasi, we stopped in the village of Asisiriwa for a day. This is my home village, where I lived for seven months in order to build a literacy center alongside the community--an ongoing project that the students got to help with. We started off by going... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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After we changed our first excursion to Cape Coast and moved it to Sunday, Saturday became a free day. Many of them wanted to see a beach, so I took a huge group to Bojo Beach about an hour and a half west of Accra. It's a private beach owned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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My group arrived at Christah's School of Excellence on Friday and were warmly greeted by the children. One of the teachers approached me and said, "Today we're doing some play and exercise for an hour and a half." That turned into a whole hilarious aerobics class where the students jumped... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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The students in session 2 were split up into two groups with two different service destinations. Steve's group went to Future Leaders down in Teshie and my group went to Christah's School of Excellence in Madina. It's a private pre-school, taking kids from 3 months to 6 years. Those in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Yesterday, we took all of session 2 on a tour of Accra, the capital city of Ghana. We saw a lot of sights, from Flagstaff House, where the president lives, to the bustling Makola Market in the city center. For the first time in the chaotic city, we let the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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We left early Friday morning for the village of Asisiriwa in the Ashanti Region. This is my "home" village, and I got to show the students the literacy center I've been building here alongside the local community. Asisiriwa has a population of around 2,000 people, mostly cocoa farmers. There's a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Sunday was our free day, so I took the kids to Bojo Beach about an hour west of Accra. Many of them had been hoping to see the beach, but the beaches in Accra itself are...less than pristine. Bojo Beach is actually an island accessed by boat across a small... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Early on in our time together, I asked the students what they knew about Accra (the capital of Ghana) and--to my surprise--most of them knew more about Cape Coast, the old colonial capital. About 90% of them had been hoping to see Cape Coast Castle while they were in Ghana,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Friday was an exciting day because we had service, but no class in the afternoon. We arrived at the school ready to pump out a day of one-on-one teaching with the kids and found that they--apparently--have casual Fridays. The students were all in their street clothes having a dance party... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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We started the "service" side of our Service & Leadership course here in Ghana, and what a week it's been so far. We are volunteering as one-on-one teachers with underprivileged kids who would otherwise be unable to attend school. The place is called Future Leaders and is run by a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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First, let me apologize for taking so long to post something on here. Between the power outages and the lack of wifi in the country generally, getting connected has been very difficult. Now that we are beginning a routine, things should be much less hectic. It seemed like we were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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