Lattitude Blog

By Princess

We have reached half way on the project here in Cape Coast. Looking back from where we were 5 weeks ago we have achieved a lot. So far we have successfully run the vacation classes, Free Play and Play Soccer each week. The introduction of Creative day running alongside Free Play has gone down well as the children are enjoying a variety of activities from which they can choose from. In infrastructure we have built a fence, and currently in the process of laying down the foundation for the kitchen for the centre.

This week Saturday 16th we had our clean up exercise. The first half of the clean up was the weeding around the centre, and the next half of the cleanup we went around the community picking up rubbish whilst holding placards with messages on keeping the community and environment clean. Overall the day was a success as several bags of rubbish was collected, and awareness for the Football For Hope centre was raised as more students are turning up to vacation classes because of it.

Street League has been divided into three teams managed by us volunteers; “Gye nyame”, “Abenkwa” and “Abrakadabra”. We have formed a separate team for Lattitude who will also play against those in street league. This week Tuesday Gye nyame and Abenkwa played against each other. It was a good game with the scores ending in a draw of 3:3. Thursday we had Abrakadabra play against Lattitude, Abrakadabra played exceptionally well beating Lattitude 6:2.
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Eric and Catherine’s Post!

The team woke up Monday after being with the Cape Coast volunteers all weekend. We began lessons and crèche at 9am and worked through until 12. During the time when others weren’t teaching, we met in the ICS office and planned lessons for the rest of the week, as well as comparing sunburn from the weekend. We then parted for lunch and returned to the office for 2pm. At 2 we were separated by the music festival committee into groups to discuss and rehearse our topics for the event. The topics include; safe sex, rubbish and sanitation,  menstrual cycle, puberty, and personal hygiene. We practised what we were going to talk about and how we are going to act it out. We then had our weekly Active Citizenship Day (ACD) with Gilbert and Rachel; we discussed international development and the pros and cons of Colonization, this escalated into an interesting debate about religion.

On Tuesday we again had our classes in the morning, after lunch we came back to continue preparations for the Music Festival. The football Gala event team also met to start discussing their ideas; this will be the next event after the music festival.

On Wednesday, summer school continued. we began practise for our group song performance for  the music festival. We decided to perform ‘Da Na Se’, Mercy, Rachael and Amber all had solos at the beginning of the song and the rest of us joined. The infrastructure team collected the wooden beams and metal sheets from the next village Komenda for our project in September where we build the new school roof. We all helped unload them from the truck, they were heavy, it took team work. We then all got in the back of the truck for a ride back up to the office, it was fun. We then continued on to Alex and Eric’s social where we ate pineapple, drank Sebola and played 40/40games,it takes two, and pick and act.

Thursday was Alex, Lizzie and Charlotte’s My Culture Day (MCD) where they talked through the history of Britain going into depth on the swinging sixties and Henry VIII. This was interesting as all the UK volunteers tried to sing some of the Beatles, in particular Hey Jude to the group. After this we got to celebrate Alex’s birthday! We went to his house where we enjoyed more sausages, gizzard, and of course delicious birthday cake. As well as this we danced the night away listening to classic tunes such as Teenage Dirtbag, Tonga and Aye.

As the weekend drew closer on Friday we had another team meeting where we discussed the upcoming Mid placement review in Kumasi. We then rehearsed and practised our performances again for the music festival, so by the time Saturday morning came everyone was raring to go. The festival committee kicked off organizing the morning. We all collected the chairs and assembled the gazebos at 9.30am along with collecting the instruments.  The MC’s managed to control the crowd and keep the audience interested with some on the spot performances from Jutta, Gloria and Faustina. When the churches arrived the festival was well underway. We separated each performance with a talk in between. The talks involved a song on personal hygiene, a diagram of the human body with the changes of puberty and a demonstration of the correct use of condoms. We also gave out refreshments, and leaflets on how to correctly wash your hands. We then closed the festival with the well practised performance of Da Na Se.

Our ICS group singing DaNaSe at our Music Festival health awareness event

Our ICS group singing DaNaSe at our Music Festival health awareness event

On Sunday we visited the beach to rest and reflect on the week we’d had, and the weeks we have to look forward to.

Cat and Eric

Teaching and football in Abrobiano!

Most activities of the past week had been teaching in our summer school and football training session for the upcoming match between the Abro team and the Cape Coast team.

On Monday, 4th August 2014, we had our Summer school teaching as usual and Active Citizenship Day later in the evening led by Fuastina and Alex on the theme International Development. Together   we defined it and looked at the Millennium Development Goals and their level of progress so far. We ended the day’s activities with football training.

Active Citizenship Day in Abrobiano

Active Citizenship Day in Abrobiano

Tuesday, we continued our summer school teaching, football training in the evening, peer education and met 8PM at the office where we celebrated Faustina’s birthday. There was playing of games, taking of soft drinks, music and dancing till about 11pm.

Wednesday, we had our teaching sessions in the summer school, soccer training in the evening, peer education and met later in the night at Eric and Alex’s host home for Mercy and Charlotte’s social night. There were coconuts for everyone to drink, the social night ended with a movie watching till mid night.

Thursday, summer classes went on as usual, the external committee went to Cape Coast to get stuff needed to host our co volunteers from Cape Coast and we had our My Culture Day in the evening which was presented by Sarah and Gilbert. They talked about  Dipo rites of the people of Krobo land, Sarah dressed up as a Dipo girl and they took us through the activities  that take place during the performance of the rites, from the announcements  to purification  and sitting on the sacred stone as well as training the girls to become responsible  and good wives etc. We ended the day’s activities with football training.

An art lesson in the Abrobiano Summer School

An art lesson in the Abrobiano Summer School

Friday, all volunteers  including team leaders joined the community for a general clean up which took place between the hours 7am and 8am.The clean up exercise was followed by our normal teaching in the summer school and a team meeting later  in the evening, we talked about adding health aspects to our normal teaching, and we had updates from the health and safety  committee , community liaison committee, external affairs committee, infrastructure committee, event planning committee and over view of all upcoming events and reminding of volunteers of the roles they play.

Saturday, the group met early in the morning to continue with the arrangements for the hosting of the football event between the Abro and Cape Coast group. We set up canopies, arranged chairs and organised the field for the football match. The Cape Coast team arrived around 11AM they received a warm welcome from the Abro team. After resting for a while, there was a football match between the Abro ladies team and Cape ladies  team which ended with a lone goal in favour of the Abro ladies team. This was followed by the much awaiting match between the men side.  Unfortunately, Abro team lost by three goals to nil. This was followed by presentation of medals to the teams, lunch with soft drinks then we met later at the bar where we enjoyed drinking and dancing to music, from there we carried on the enjoyment to the sea shore where we had a bonfire night.

The Abrobiano men's team!

The Abrobiano men’s team!

Musa and Lizzi

Hannah’s Blog post

While in Abrobiano we also had the opportunity to visit the beach for a small beach party. After an afternoon of chilling at the beach, drinking from coconuts and swimming in the sea we all went back to our separate host home for the evening for dinner as well as to get ready to meet for an evening social event.

Everyone’s evening started differently but for me I found that the opportunity of living in a complete different setting from cape coast was new and exciting for me. After settling in and meeting my new host family for that night the other volunteers I was staying with and I sat down for dinner.

After a nice dinner we got ready for the evening, the evening consisted of a night at the bar for a few drink and some dancing.

After the bar we headed back to the beach for a night bonfire. We sat, sang and chatted for hours amongst ourselves which was the perfect time to get to know some of the Abrobiano volunteers (UK and In- country volunteers) as well as continue conversations with the cape coast volunteers as well.
After a few hours us volunteers started to make our individual journeys back to our host homes.
I enjoyed my brief visit to Abrobiano as it made me more appreciative of the things I have as well as gave me the opportunity to experience living life in their conditions.

I left Abrobiano with a new and better perspective on life as well an experience that I ( and I know the other volunteers) would not forget.

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By Hannah Marshall

This week has been very exciting with the visit to Abrobiano during the weekend. During the weekend, we had a football match between the cape-coast volunteers and the abrobiano volunteers which was very exciting. It was a football match for the ladies and the men ,in which the men won by three goals to nill and the ladies were down by one goal to nill. I thought that, it should be a one-one goal for the ladies but the referee being bias he did not accept the which was to draw the game, and with the guys game Oliver scored the first goal which was very fantastic. Afterwards Lukman gave out the last and the wining goal. The next day on our way back to cape-coast we visited the Elmina castle, which we all had fun but unfortunately Frank didn’t take his ID card along. BY GIFTY ANNOR DANSO

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How Volunteering Helps: Emma Sutton, Fiji

Emma and Students

One of our volunteers Emma Sutton recently returned from her Lattitude placement at Lautoka School for Special Education in Fiji. We caught up with her to ask a few questions about her experience:

What roles and duties did you have?

I took the role of IT teacher as the school had recently had an IT suite donated. Despite the new IT suite, not many of the teachers knew how to use the computers so not only did I teach the students about the computers, I also taught the teachers. I taught every class in the school once per week for half an hour. The lessons varied depending on the age and ability of the class. Some of the younger classes just learnt how to use the mouse through paint, while others learnt about Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. The teachers counted on me to try and fix anything technical as well as teaching IT, setting up projectors and using the internet to find information.

I also taught Art and Craft. I saw each class once a week again for Art lessons. These we just fun lessons for the children. All of the children loved this lesson as it was relaxing and enjoyable for them, a break from the intensity of their other lessons. Each week I taught the classes how to make something different.

In addition to teaching IT and Art and Craft I assisted with Sports lessons. I took the role of Sports teacher for a few weeks while the teacher was off sick where I taught netball and athletics. I also assisted with the swimming lessons each Friday, going into the pool with the children, supervising them and teaching the younger children how to swim. I was also given the responsibility of assembly one week where I had to speak on the subject of perseverance and determination.

In addition to this, I assisted children with their homework in the hostel in the evenings. I mainly assisted with basic maths and the alphabet. I also participated in activities with the whole school such as the celebrations of Autism Day, Holi, Easter and the visit of the Attorney General to officially open the school’s IT suite. I was given the responsibility, as the IT teacher, to speak to the Attorney General about the school’s IT programme and how it could be improved.

What were your goals and did you achieve them?

In my application form I listed my main goal as gaining valuable insight into the cultures and lives of people in other countries in order to improve my knowledge and perspective of the world before going on to study International Politics in University in September. I feel this goal was achieved with my voluntary work in Fiji because I learnt about the culture there, not just that, it also taught me how two completely different cultures are now intertwined. Being in Lautoka city, I saw a lot of both the iTaukei and Indian cultures, how they have both been accepted and have now created a unique Fijian culture. I was made aware of the tensions, political and social, Fiji has dealt with in the past, and this insight can only be beneficial for my course.

Another of my goals was to gain greater independence in preparation for the future and University life. I feel I achieved this goal as I managed to find my way around a completely new place. I lived in a country with people I’d never met before arriving there, for three and a half months, which is a great achievement in my eyes as before volunteering in Fiji I found it very difficult to hold conversations with people I didn’t know. This has definitely prepared me for university as I hoped, as I will be meeting many new people there. I also believe I gained greater independence from the fact that my volunteering partner, Becky was visually impaired and needed extra assistance to find her way around, which I managed to provide. I managed to find my way around the town and work out where we had to go for the both of us as it was not possible for Becky to do this.

I also hoped my experience in Fiji would help my personal development and lead to a better understanding of myself, which it did. I now have a better understanding of what I want to gain from life, and what career I wish to follow.

My final goal was to give something back to the world. I know I am very fortunate to have had a good education that is ongoing, where many children in developing countries don’t have that same chance. My goal was to help at least one child with their education. I knew that even if just one child learned something from me that it would be worthwhile. I know very well that I achieved this goal, because I managed to teach every child how to use a computer. Before I started teaching there some of the children could not use a computer or even know what to use it for, however, when I left, every child in the school could use a computer for basic tasks.

One of my pupils in particular showed great improvements while I was volunteering there. A girl named Kaye with Down’s syndrome was unable to use a computer before I got there; in fact she found it very difficult to communicate and show any kind of emotion with people. However, I was able to show her how to use mouse and a computer. She can now use paint on the computer and also work out how to set it up. She even started showing emotion and smiling more after she learnt about the computers. Her class teacher said she had shown more improvement in the three and a half months I was there than in the whole of the previous school year! I definitely feel that I made a difference to the education of the students of Lautoka School for Special education through my IT lessons.

Indian Holi Celebrations Joana, Shameeza, Luisa

Would you volunteer overseas again?

I would absolutely love to volunteer with Lattitude again in the future; I had so much fun, a brilliant experience that I will never forget! I also feel quite content that I have actually made a difference to people’s lives and education. I couldn’t thank Lattitude more for the wonderful experience and support provided; I really hope to volunteer again someday!

ICS in Abrobiano!

 

The ICS volunteers had a very exciting week in Abrobiano this week! We started the week with an Active Citizenship Day on diversity and working together, held by Sarah, Amy and Fati. The girls spoke about how we can define diversity, identity and discrimination and gave out paper to find out how these topics were viewed by the volunteers. Monday was also a busy day for the Summer School Coordinators: Amber, Sam and Fati, who were busy organising the opening of the Abrobiano Summer School. Drawing up a timetable, making posters and delegating roles were all something that the coordinators had to arrange and the other volunteers were soon to join in the preparations for Tuesday’s grand opening. The volunteers also began training hard for the big football match against the Cape Coasters, who were due to arrive in Abrobiano in two weeks to defend their title.

Tuesday started with a bang! All the volunteers were up bright and early to make sure the Summer School started smoothly. Amy, Fati, Musa and Catherine were all marching through the community, reminding the children of Abrobiano that the Summer School’s opening was today. At the same time Sarah and Alex made similar announcements over the Abrobiano loudspeaker system. Back at JHS (the Junior High School here in Abrobiano where the Summer School classes were to be held) the rest of the volunteers were busy arranging 400 children into the 4 designated classes: red, black, white and grey (the colours of ICS and Latitude!). The day went smoothly and soon all the kids were in the classrooms and the registers were being noted, with the ICS volunteers introducing themselves as future teachers. To end the day, the kids were taken on the field to play games, such as 30/30 and Seven Up, which was great fun for all! As the children returned to their homes at midday, all the volunteers felt satisfied that a day, which had the potential to be chaotic, ran rather smoothly, with a greater turnout than any of us expected!

Summer school energiser!

Summer school energiser!

So it was with a great sense of optimism that Summer School classes started on the Wednesday, with English, Math, ICT and Art, all on the curriculum. It soon became clear, due to a greater than expected turnout, that our Summer School needed a kindergarten and, as such, the Summer School Coordinators were soon back to the ICS office drawing up a timetable in order to staff our two new kindergarten classes.

After first day of Summer School, on the field with the students

After first day of Summer School, on the field with the students

At the end of our first day of the Abrobiano Summer School, the volunteers found time to relax at Amber and Jutta’s social night. The girls decided to host a bonfire night outside their house, with snacks and drinks for all! The evening soon moved on into games and dancing, with all the volunteers and Team Leaders playing a game of Jack, with Fati being chosen as the unlucky first ‘Jack’! It was great fun for all and a great chance for all of the volunteers to unwind after a hectic yet rewarding day of making the Summer School run smoothly.

On Thursday, the volunteers were treated to an interactive ‘My Culture Day’ hosted by Jenny and Catherine. The girls attempted to give both the UK and Ghanaian volunteers an insight into UK geography, in order to help everyone understand the vast array of accents among the UKV’s.  Jenny and Cat drew up a map of the UK, showing both the hometowns of all the UKV’s and various landmarks across the UK such as the famous Big Ben in London and less well-known landmarks such as the Eden Project in Cornwall. The session soon moved into a Q&A, with Gilbert enquiring why so many of the UKV’s dropped their ‘t’s’ while talking (pronouncing water as wa’er). The session was very informative as both the Ghanaian volunteers and the UK volunteers walked away knowing a bit more about the UK.

On Friday, we had our weekly team meeting hosted by Victoria and Kweku. At the end of the meeting, a teacher from a local school came to talk to the volunteers about different teaching methods, how to work better as a team and how to engage with the kids. All the volunteers left the meeting with a greater understanding of teaching methods and could plan lessons for next week with much greater ease.

Overall, it was a busy but exciting week in Abrobiano, everyone contributing in a unique way. Although the Summer School took up the main chunk of our week, the talks from Jenny, Cat, Fati, Amy and Sarah were all great achievements. We are all excited to see what next week has in store.

Woche Zwei und Drei

Hallo Zusammen!

Die Zeit vergeht so schnell! Seit drei Wochen bin ich nun hier und fange an mich richtig einzuleben.

Mein erstes Wochenende hier in Neuseeland verbrachte ich in Tauranga/Mount Maunganui. Einer der schönsten Strände Neuseeland ist gerademal eine Stunde von mir entfernt. Um an ihn zu gelangen, muss man einmal über die Kaimai Ranges fahren. Das ist eine Bergkette im Norden Neuseelands. Die Kaimai Ranges bestehen vor allem aus Dschungel und bieten sich für Tagesausflüge, Spaziergänge usw. an. Ich werde sicher ein anderes Mal über diesen Nationalpark mehr erzählen, sobald ich ihn besucht habe.
Zurück nach Tauranga. An dem Strand angehängt ist ein “Berg” namens Mauao. Ihn kann man besteigen oder einfach nur wie Beth, Zac und ich es gemacht haben, eine Runde um “The Mount” laufen.
Danach habe ich mein erstes Sushi gegessen!

In der Woche vom 28. Juli bis zum 1. August hatten wir hier das “Intermediate Sports Camp Auckland” am Start. Es kamen 5 Schulen mit insgesamt 7 Teams nach Totara Springs. Diese Teams treten in insgesamt 30 Sportarten gegeneinander an, dazu kommen verschiedene Abendprogramme, dabei bekommt jedes Team Punkte für Sieg und Fairness. Am Ende werden dafür dann Preise verteilt.
Am ersten Tag wurde ich beim Schwimmen eingesetzt, da wurde man teilweise ganz schön nass. Die darauffolgenden Tage war ich Basketball-Scorer. Zusammen mit einem weiteren Helfer kontrollierte ich, ob die Schiedsrichter richtige Entscheidungen trafen und vermerkten alle wichtigen Entscheidungen. Mittlerweile weiß ich, dass es eine richtige Entscheidung war Basketball in der Schule zu wählen, die Kenntnisse von damals waren sehr hilfreich.
Zwischendurch half ich beim Spühldienst, “Supper” (eine Art zweites Abendessen) und verschiedenen Tätigkeiten und Spielen aus.
Ein Highlight für mich war die sg. “Cheersnight”. An diesem Abend präsentierten alle Teams einen Jubel/Anfeuerungs-Ruf. Dabei wird meist die Schulgemeinschaft vorgestellt. Man sah zwischen reinen A-Cappella Rufen bis zu Tanzvorführungen alles.
Am letzten Tag half ich, die Urkunden zu verteilen. Danach ging das große Aufräumen und Umbauen für die nächste Gruppe los.
Am Abend half ich in der Kinderkirche aus. Hier gibt es für die Kinder als erstes immer Fish&Chips und dann geht es los mit singen und spielen. An diesem Abend lernte ich eine Amerikanerin und einen weiteren Deutschen kennen, die beiden besuchen hier im Ort eine Bibelschule. Mit Ihnen werde ich im laufe der Zeit noch mehr unternehemen.

Das erste Augustwochenende habe ich in einer qualmenden und nach faulen-Eiern-riechenden Stadt verbracht. Die Stadt heißt Rotorua. Sie ist auf heißen Quellen erbaut. Überall qualmt und brodelt es. Aus Kanaldecken, Löchern im Park und Seen. Zum Glück sagen viele hat es geregnet, deswegen war der Geruch nicht zu stark.
Zuerst haben Beth und Zac mir die Stadt gezeigt, bevor wir in einen Quellenpark gegangen sind. In diesem Park gibt es überall Schlammlöcher und Seen, aus denen es kocht und dampft. Es ist unglaublich wie warm das Wasser ist. Es kocht! Südlich von Rotorua gibt es einen noch größeren Schwefel-Wasserdampf-Geysir-Park, den werde ich ein anderes Mal besuchen.
Am Ende gab es noch mein erstes Extremsporterlebnis! Wir sind auf an einen Berg bei Rotorua gefahren und sind dann mit Kart-ähnlichen Wagen den Berg hinuntergefahren. Das war ein Spaß und teilweise ganz schön gefährlich. Die Kiwis haben es nicht immer so mit Sicherheits-Absperrungen.
An diesem Abend bin ich nur noch ins Bett gefallen.

Vom 4. bis 7. August hatten wir eine Schulklasse beherbergt. Wir haben mit dieser verschiedene Gruppenaktionen durchgeführt, welche die Gemeinschaft und das Vertrauen zu sich selbst als auch zu der Klasse stärken sollen. Ich wurde in meinen ersten Aktivitäten, wie Teamrescue, Teambuilding, Top Town (einer Art Stationenlauf) oder der Hydroslide (einer der drei Wasserrutschen) trainiert.
Zudem half ich nötige Arbeiten an anderen Aktivitäten, wie das Entfernen von Vogelnestern aus der Kletterwand oder dem Kleinkinder-Spielplatz säubern.
Am Abend des 5. August durfte ich mit Emma (einer Kollegin) in das Kinderturnen. Es hat total Spaß gemacht, wieder in der Turnhalle zu sein. Alle Trainer waren froh, dass ich helfen konnte. Die meisten Trainer sind nur Eltern von Kindern und haben eine Art Aufgabenblatt. Diese Aufgaben bzw. Übungen führen sie dann mit den Kindern durch. Denn die einzige “richtige” Trainerin kann keine 40 Kinder gleichzeitig beaufsichtigen.  Da war ich genau richtig. Ich zeigte den Eltern wie sie richtig Hilfestellung geben bzw. gab den Kindern Tipps wie einiges leichter geht.
Das Schöne am neuseeländischen Trainingssystem ist, dass es hier das sg. Levelsystem gibt. Ohne dieses wäre ein Training mit 40 Kindern kaum möglich. Die Kinder beginnen mit Level 1, dort gibt es für alle Geräte verschiedene Kraft, Ausdauer, und gymnastische Übungen und turnerische Elemente. Alle drei Monate werden die Kinder getestet und steigen, wenn sie gut genug waren, in das nächste Level auf, usw… Alle Kinder mit dem gleichen Level werden zusammen trainiert.  Es war faszinierend dabei zuzuschauen, wie die neuseeländischen Übungen aussehen. Ich werde auf alle Fälle dem Turnen noch mehrere Besuche widmen.

Am Donnerstag wurde ich dann in Archery (Bogenschießen) und Flying Fox trainiert! Flying Fox ist eine lange Seilbahn. Im Camp führt sie über einen Fluss und durch den Wald. Es ist ein unglaubliches Gefühl mit ihr zufahren! Wie der Name schon sagt, man glaubt, daß man fliegt.
Am Nachmittag ging es auf eine Art Betriebsausflug für das komplette Instructor-Team. (Am Ende sind wir zu sechst gewesen)
Wir sind in ein benachbartes Outdoorcamp gefahren und haben dort die Giant Swing und den High-Rope-Park ausprobiert.
Die Giant Swing ist eine überdimensionale Schaukel. Man wird in eine Art Socke gelegt und dann mit Hilfe von vielen Helfern ca. 20 Meter hoch gezogen und dann wie in einer Schaukel angestoßen. Es ist ein unglaubliches Gefühl und ein Adrenalinkick.
Danach wurden wir in den Hochseilgarten des Camps geführt und haben dort so einiges ausprobiert. Wir haben festgestellt, einen Handstand zu machen, während man einen Klettergurt trägt ist keine allzugute Idee.

Freitag, den 8. August 2014 werde ich glaube ich nie vergessen. Das ist der Tag an dem ich zusammen mit vier weiteren Personen die zweitlängste Wasserrutsche Neuseelands geputzt habe! Wir haben 4h für die untere Hälfte gebraucht, am Ende wurden wir von den Büromitarbeitern unterstützt.
Am Ende der Rutsche angelangt war die Euphorie von manchen Putzern wortwörtlich nicht zu bremsen und so wurde das Feld von hinten aufgerutscht. Was bei manchen Helfern zu längern Weh-Wehchen und bei mir zu einem überdehnten Handgelenk führte.

Dieses Wochenende lass ich ruhig angehen. Ich bin mit Courtney im Kino gewesen und werde noch etwas entspannen, bevor es in die nächsten zwei Sportscamp-Runden geht!

Liebe Grüße

Leonie

 

P.S.Hier findet ihr eine kleine Fotogalerie der letzten Wochen.

Cape Coast Blog Post by Fergus

This week Oliver and myself started the street league lessons, finally! We were assigned to teach them both life-skills lessons and ICT lessons. However out of the centres 16 computers, only 3 work, so they are no longer able to have the ICT lessons! Life-skills lessons look at all aspects of life from hygiene and the environment to CV writing and looking at possible ways to get the participants back into education or employment! This week’s lessons covered the Ebola Virus, pollution and then personal development. The lessons were then followed by training from two top Ghanaian coaches, Joe Carr, the former international goalkeeper who won the African Cup of Nations for Ghana in 1982, and Coach Adu Sackey who gained his coaching credentials at Feyernoord in Holland! The two coaches really put the Street League participants through their paces, testing them to their max, and organising two teams to pit them against each other in a friendly. This week we were also able to start on our main infrastructure project, to finish off the kitchen area that was started by the last rotation! This week we aimed to have the trenches completely dug ready to lay foundations for a raised seating area. After some debating we convinced the centre staff that us English volunteers were fully able to use a pick axe and a spade, we were able to work efficiently as a group and got all the trenches dug- a success for the English! Next up for the kitchen project is to actually lay the foundations, then make a start on getting the seating area cemented over!
By Fergus WalshInfrastructure

Street League

Cape Coast Blog Post by Marvin

This week has been one full of great and exciting activities. We had a field trip to see three beautiful places in Cape Coast. First was a stop at the Kakum National park where we had tour through the rain forest walking on the canopy, it was lovely viewing he forest from the top of it. The next stop was at the monkey sanctuary where we learnt some facts about different species of monkey and also had the chance to play with some of them. Our last stop was at Hans cottage where we were to some crocodiles. Unfortunately for us the crocodiles wouldn’t come out of their ponds because the weather was not favorable for them, but that notwithstanding, we had a photo shot of only one out of about 40 crocodiles in the pond.
Our learning day was very interactive and educative. Oliver and I did a presentation on governance and the participants were very happy about some of the facts they learnt about the UK government and the Ghanaian government.
By Marvin Mettle
Fergus + Monkey

Kakum

Learning Day