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DAVID GRAY
British

Teaching Underprivileged Children in Accra, Ghana

         

I love Ghana and I can’t believe I’m going home in 2 weeks!  I wish I could stay longer but unfortunately I can’t.  It’s been the best time of my life so far! I am learning so much about the different cultures both at home with the family and also at the different schools. Ghana is so different from England and I thought it would take a long time to adjust but everyone has made me feel so welcome that it didn’t take long at all and once I had been here for a few days, I felt like I had been here a few months.

I’m working in two schools, one is very organised with lesson plans etc. and the other have let me get on with it and teach the children what I think is needed.  This has allowed me to get a view of two very different schools, offering very different experiences. 

Having the time at weekends to see Ghana and do a bit of travelling with the rest of the volunteers is great fun also.

Can you describe a typical day?

I usually wake up between 6-6.30am because of the noise and light.  I start school at about 8.30am but it varies day to day.  A bucket shower is the best way to wake me up then some porridge from the host family.  

I have about 4-5 lessons a day. If it is at the organised school, I must catch a tro-tro there and meet the teacher a few minutes before to get the lesson plan.  If it’s at the other school I already have a lesson plan and I can walk to the school so I just set off for either, running the obrunie gauntlet on the way.

I find it difficult to have lunch and dinner so I don’t usually have too much to eat then so I either chat with the teachers or have a walk around.  Afternoon classes finish around 3.30pm so I’m back for about 4ish. 

Some nights we will go out for a drink at one of the many spots or bars, other nights we will stay in and play cards etc. 

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