Last Saturday we said goodbye to everyone at VPWA and the Children’s Center. It had been so nice to have a regular routine while traveling and the Children’s Center felt like a family away from home that we had the privilege of being a part of.
Watching The Lorax at the Orphanage in Ghana
On our final night volunteering with VPWA at the Children’s Center, we decided to play a movie for the kids. Whenever we used Auston’s netbook, they would always ask if it had movies. We unfortunately didn’t have any to show them.
Video: Passing Time in Darmang, Ghana
Creativity is key when finding amusement without tv, wifi, or our favorite pass time… drinking wine [gasp!]. Somehow we did manage without these delightful vices and of course the camera had to catch some of the moments.
Learning Twi in Ghana
In most of the countries we’ve visited we’ve been able to pick up a few words or phrases of the local language to help us get by. Twi is that local language in Accra. Try as we may, we did not pick up much Twi.
Tutoring & Homework at Our Volunteer Placement
We’ve enjoyed working on the farm and at the children’s library for Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA). While those projects are of a larger scale, oddly enough we felt like the most help we provided while at the Children’s Center was during homework time.
Hiking Outside Accra
The kids at the children’s center have been pleading with us to take them hiking since the moment they realized they could manipulate us into doing anything they wanted. Their best tactic was when they’d constantly state that the former volunteer, Scott (“he who must not be named” – as Auston and I like to refer to him), took them hiking.
Kokrobite [Non] Beach Resort
We spent our second weekend away from the children’s center to relax at a beach resort in the town of Kokrobite outside of Accra. It was laughably so not a beach resort.
Rodent Surprises in Darmang
Auston and I are hanging out in our room one day with two other volunteers when the madam of the orphanage and a few of the kids come up to our room giggling. Apparently they were very excited to surprise us with a GIANT dead rodent. It was not enough just to show us, but they also insisted I hold it. So I considered it a photo-op. From where it came and who killed it, I have no clue. I’m just glad I didn’t see it alive.
Video: Games with the Kids at the Children’s Center
Everyone finished their homework fairly early one night so we needed to create some entertainment. We taught them “Down by the Bank” and they taught us one of their clapping games.
Silly Ghana Signs
Ghana is a very religious country. Nearly 70% of the nation is Christian while Islam and traditional religion are the next most common. The widespread religious beliefs are seen comically (in my opinion) in day-to-day life among the local businesses. They have names such as His Grace Computer Systems, His Presence Beauty Parlor, Nothing But Christ Electrical Store, etc. I suppose you have to admire the commitment to their faith.