This is my third day in Ghana and finally I’ve been able to acquire a USB Modem which connects me to the internet as well as my family and friends. My experience has been everything I expected and more. In my first few days I’ve encountered a multitude of cultural differences as the bonfire I came to join turned out to be the slaughtering of a sheep and the local church service woke me up at 2 am in the morning. But besides having such cultural differences, the family and locals couldn’t have given me a warmer welcome. My brother Isaac and sister Victoria (though the bloodlines can get confusing at times since everyone is referred to as “brother” and “sister”) have been an absolute delight. Isaac, apart from being my brother, also serves as my daily alarm clock as everyday before breakfast he’ll come jumping on my bed screaming and laughing in Fante, the local language. And Victoria, well she just turned 11, so besides being a joy to be around, she can be quite annoying at times, but I guess that’s part of the brother-sister relationship, something I’ll have to get used to.
As far as activities go the family has been keeping me busy, and I even managed to get some of the villagers to succumb to some American doings. On my second day, Melissa, my host-mother, decided to take me to the market in my town, Ajumako, which happens every Monday. They sell everything there, literally everything. One stand had Gucci slippers lying right next to some Crocs, as another stand had plastic cups and tomatoes in the same aisle. Not needing anything but still inclined to buy something, I left the market with two tins of tuna and a tub of mayonnaise. The kids had never had tuna salad and probably will not again. Today, as I was just sitting around I decided to go to the Heritage Academy and play some basketball with Odoom, one of our caretakers. It didn’t take long before we had a 3 v 3 basketball game going. Or at least something that resembled it closely since it’s a new sport to Ghanaians.
Today I also found out what I’ll be doing at the school: teaching core mathematics and setting up a curriculum for the coming years. A challenge I’m happy to pursue but also nervous to do. The only type of teaching I’ve ever indulged in was tutoring a 7th grader so taking on a full classroom will be very taxing. On top of that the supplies I’ll be teaching with are limited and relatability will be slim, which will make explaining certain mathematical concepts challenging as real-life applications are immensely different.
So all-in-all I’ve had a busy first few days, packed with meeting new people and names, eating dishes I’ve never had before (cooked by the most lovely woman named Theresa, who will turn any food into a delicacy), and visiting Cape Coast, the nearest big city. As my adventure ensues I will try to keep up with my blog, which won’t always be easy since power outages are more common than having power and my internet will fall out every hour. I wish all my friends the best of luck in college with Greetings from Ajumako, Ghana. Until next time.