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DIANA ELLIS
British

Volunteering to Care for Orphans and Pre-School Children Project in Accra, Ghana

         

I really enjoyed my time in Ghana. The longer you stay in a placement the more you get to know the children. I have been back home for two weeks and desperately miss their welcome in a morning that I would get from the children. They would wait for me behind the gate and as I opened it, shout aunty Diana, then rush to meet me. I would have children hanging off my arms, legs and neck!!!

The education system is very formal out there. I would help the teachers in the morning with ABC's and numbers, then I would make the afternoons fun.

The teachers would help me as they were also interested in doing the activities themselves. For example, just simple things like drawing a fish on some paper for them all to colour in, pass the parcel, etc.

The children have never had a present before. I bought a bag of lollipops locally and wrapped them up in newspaper. With a mobile phone for some music we played the game. Even though I explained what to do, the first 2 children didn't know, but by the end of the game they all knew what to do. As I can't draw a donkey I drew an elephant to play pin the tale on the elephant. The picture was attached to a blackboard and all the children had a turn to be blindfolded to stick on the tail. Even the teachers had a go.

The next time the blackboard came out they all asked if we were going to do the donkey game!

I also taught them all new nursery rhymes and jingles which the children learned really quickly and it was nice to hear them singing the songs in the classroom. The teachers wrote them down for future reference. I think this shows that you don't need lots of expensive equipment, you can improvise and the children still had a great time. I traded my ideas with other volunteers and vice versa. 

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