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CARE FOR AND TEACH PRE-SCHOOL AND PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN ACCRA IN GHANA

Volunteer in a pre-school in Accra with children aged 2 to 13 years. You'll be involved in a variety of activities, such as playtime, feeding and basic teaching. You can also help them to learn basic numerical and English skills, drawing, painting, music and also facilitating games. This is where you'll help to develop their audio-visual skills from a young age.

Your volunteering provides much needed help to the staff and the children. Their confidence soars when they learn some conversational English and they socialise with volunteers from all over the world.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £695 (approx. US$865) for 1 week
£800 (approx. US$995) for 2 weeks
£905 (approx. US$1,130) for 3 weeks
£1,010 (approx. US$1,260) for 4 weeks
£105 (US$135) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Start Dates: All year round, subject to school terms - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary, but you should be an enthusiastic person who loves children.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation amd Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your Project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for children, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or short break in Ghana or Africa.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Volunteer Rebecca Durant on her Care for Children project in Ghana
Volunteer Rebecca Durant with two of the children she was caring for.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

You'll volunteer at a private school for pre-school (kindergarten), primary and junior secondary school children in Accra. The school is a mixed gender with approx 120 students and 18 teachers. The ages of the children range between 2 and 13 years.

Volunteering on this project not only provides much needed help to the staff of the school, but it helps the children in leaps and bounds by teaching them conversational English and allowing them to socialise with people from all over the world. This works wonders for their confidence and this can be seen as they progress in the school with more and more supportive contact.

Football has a huge following in Ghana and the school has a playground and soft turf (grass) so you could also incorporate some sports into your teaching. The school holds a monthly interschool games where nearby schools come together to compete in various games in a fun and informal environment.

The school also offers drama and cultural displays as after school activities which you could get involved with if you'd like to.

You'll be overwhelmed by the smiles and energy that these children show for visitors and each other – you won’t be able to resist them!

The school opens from 7am – 3pm with an hour lunch from 12pm. Your working hours will usually be 7.30am – 3pm (they rise early in Ghana, due to the heat!), Monday to Friday, with weekends off to relax or to do a bit of travelling. Usually the mornings are spent feeding and playing with the younger kids and the afternoons are spent teaching.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
Teaching is not available during school holidays, so if you're planning to participate in a placement, please take the school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project. If a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing. Dates for the school terms (semesters) are as follows:

Dates for the 2017 school terms (semesters) are as follows:
• Term 1: 10th January – 13th April
• Term 2: 9th May – 27th July
• Term 3: 12th September – 14th December

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A cute little boy in the kindergarten class on the Care for Children project in Ghana
It's impossible to not fall completely in love with this cute little boy!
The class says thank you to a departing volunteer on the Care for Children project in Ghana
The class says thank you to a departing volunteer. There were lots of tears that day!
A volunteer with two of the children she was looking after on the Care for Children project in Ghana
A volunteer with two of the children she was looking after.
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ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation will vary depending on your work location, but will either be in a family-run hostel or with a host family. This means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally live like a Ghanaian. This enables you to fully experience the local culture from the inside.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There are no internet facilities in the host family homes, but there are numerous internet cafes in town which you can use

Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long after they leave Ghana and in some cases they return to the country later especially to visit their family. Sometimes members of their Ghanaian family have even gone to visit them in their home country.

The family for the past 6 weeks, the Opuku family, have been very warming to us staying there. They've cooked up some fabulous meals and have been very helpful to us when we have needed some help finding our way around. The children at the house are fantastic! They're very keen to explore your room, and sweets seems to be very high on the list. Jonathan Childs

FOOD:
Food will be local cuisine - again this is to enable you to fully experience living as local Ghanaians do. When we arrange your placement, we will liaise extensively with you regarding both the placement and your accommodation. As always, our Local Manager will look after you well and will always be on hand to help and offer advice.

My family - Lizzie and Prince are lovely. The children are very sweet, and I feel extremely lucky to have been placed with them. The house is of a Western standard in most ways, and Lizzie's cooking is excellent. I feel a part of their family already.

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Volunteers outside their host family home in Ghana
Caroline, Elizabeth and Suzanne on the front verandah of their host family home.
Volunteers in Ghana having a night out together
Aloysius (our Ghana Manager) and some of our volunteers enjoying a night out together.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU ... AND GHANAIAN TIME!
Like all our destination countries, the culture in Ghana is different to what you're used to. For example, the people are exceptionally friendly and helpful, with big smiles and a relaxed attitude. On the other hand, the living standard falls short of UK or Western standards. And Ghanaian time is when someone says, "See you at 10.a.m.," - what he really means is, "I'll see you sometime tomorrow" ... And then he may not turn up at all.

The pace of life is slower and more relaxed, but you'll quickly get involved in the daily life of the local people and pretty soon you'll feel completely at home - Ghana has that effect on you!

Self-reliance, independence and initiative are highly appreciated and a sense of humour when the electricity fails, or buses don't turn up, will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

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One of the children on the Preschool Volunteering project in Ghana
One of the children at the preschool - it's impossible to look at this little boy and not burst into a big smile!
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Learn to play the African Drums in Ghana

AFRICAN DRUMMING COURSES IN ACCRA:
Immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana by learning the art of African drumming! A chance to either learn from scratch or improve your technique with one of Accra’s most established traditional bands.
Prices:

  • OPTION 1: Taster Course: 1 week (5 hours over 5 days) - £35
  • OPTION 2: Standard Course: 2 weeks (10 hours over 2 weeks) - £70
  • OPTION 3: Advanced Course: 4 weeks (20 hours, over 4 weeks) - £140

You’ll learn about the instruments and diverse range of techniques, as well as the rhythms and dances associated with the various tribes of Ghana. This is a fun way to learn about the culture and history of Ghana and as most people progress quickly, it won’t be long before you’re performing with the band!

Whichever course you choose, you will be taught approximately 2 hours of theory and the remainder of the course will be practical. Those doing the Advanced Lessons will also be taught how the drums are made. Classes are taught in an open-air compound and there are normally 1-2 students per class, so you’ll receive valuable one-to-one tuition.

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Volunteers canoeing while on their gap year projects
Volunteers having a great time canoeing down the river.
Travellers' Fergus Kane walking the favour rop bridge
Fergus Kane (from Travellers UK) walking the famous rope bridge while on an inspection trip to see the Ghana Projects. EVERYONE walks across this bridge - it's like a rite of passage!

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

Ghana is a wonderfully welcoming country and the people are overwhelmingly hospitable and friendly. They love their music, dancing and socialising, and this, together with lots of glorious open African country and sunshine, contribute to making your travel adventure to Ghana very special.

ABOUT ACCRA:
Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is both big-city hectic and African laid-back. There is something else this African city has that makes up for lack of planning and fancy buildings. It is a wonderful city to experience. It is full of character, has a warm feel, is extremely friendly and feels very safe. It also has some great beaches!

It is a city that is young, wild and full of soul and here you'll sample the true African spirit. During the day, the streets are full of market stalls and vendors where you can browse and buy mouthwatering foods, colourful Kente cloth, beads, or baskets. Don't forget to practice your haggling. During the night the city comes alive with the traditional Ghanaian ‘spot’ bars and the sound of live drumming music in the warm night air. Village-specific festivals and events occur throughout the year.

Accra itself is fascinating, very different from home. Very noisy, dusty and hot, but really colourful and vibrant. Particularly impressed by the palm trees, amazing variety of little stalls and shops and the women balancing huge bundles on their heads! We've felt very safe so far - very little hassle from people, most of whom have been really welcoming. Caroline Allen – Law Placement

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

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A typical street vendor in Accra. It's estimated that 73% of the economic activity of the Metropolitan Area is made up of street vendors, who sell a range of items, from food to cloth, shoes, electronics, and more.
Lots of amazing African masks for sale at a souvenir stand!
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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

KELSEY A TREMBULAK
American
Care for Orphans and Pre-School Children in Accra

Hi Katie, I am sorry it took me so long to respond, I’ve been enjoying everything so much here it’s hard to drag myself away from it to use the internet at the local cafe!

I am having the most amazing time here in Kwabenya, I can’t thank you and the whole team at Travellers enough for allowing me to have this amazing opportunity. Lizzy, my host mother (whom i now refer to as "Ma", or "Ma Lizzy") is wonderful, as are her children. I couldn't have asked for anything more, she is so sweet and kind, I never have to ask for anything because she is always offering. She and her children made me feel extremely welcome since the day I arrived (after sleeping for many hours!) - the children danced and sang for me, then took me around the town. They always hold my hand and smother me with hugs and lots of love. I am so happy. Two of the children even refer to me as their mother! I feel so lucky to be here with these fantastic people.

At first it was difficult to get used to the heat and intense humidity, the way everyone runs on "Ghana time" (i.e. usually late) and the somewhat scary experience of riding in a crammed tro-tro. But I have adjusted faster than I ever would have expected, I have already come to love the way they see the concept of time; not constantly trying to squeeze so much into one day, or worried and anxious that they will be late. Instead they see time as it is, just a number to better label where the sun is. They live every day to the fullest, taking everything as it happens in stride. I am not sure I will ever get used to the way things are in America again.

Everyone here works extremely hard in the constant heat all day, yet they are happy. They have very little but always do the right thing, I always hear the phrase "You are invited" whenever someone sits down to eat near me. Their lifestyle is something everyone can learn from, it shows in their faces and actions how content they are with life; they age very well, so well I find it hard to tell how old anyone is.

Once I got over the initial shock of the way the teachers are allowed to treat the children (hitting with either a wooden stick or their hand), I was able to really immerse myself in the teachings, and although different from what I know and am used to, it is effective and the children are happy as ever. This experience (even though I’m only a few weeks in) has not only made me more grateful than ever for all the opportunities I was given growing up, but it has, and I am positive it will continue to, teach me something new about myself every day. I feel myself growing as a person in every way possible.

I am forever in debt to these unbelievably amazing people (although i know they do not see it that way) and to Travellers. I only hope that one day I can repay the favour and send Lizzy and her family plane tickets to come to America, and show them the hospitality and love they have showed me.

Thank you so much for giving me the means to do this. Thank you again!

DIANA ELLIS
British
Care for Orphans and Pre-School Children in Accra

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.

REBECCA DURANT
British
Care for Orphans and Pre-School Children in Accra

'Imagination is the key’ is the motto at the Preschool Academy, located North of the Capital, Accra, in a large town called Dome - where I chose to volunteer for two months in October and November 2009. As far as I am aware, all schools in Ghana have a motto. Among others were ‘Kingdom Occupiers‘ and ‘Success is key’. Call me biased but my favourite has to be ‘Imagination is key’. One does not have to be successful in life to bring happiness and rewards, but a little imagination can be potentially valuable, certainly more exciting without putting a price on it. I practiced a little imagination, which in turn led to taking initiative and it has been very rewarding.

I am delighted to say that ‘Auntie Eunice’ (founder and head teacher of the Academy), gave me the inspiration to want to make a difference to this school. With the encouragement from the other teachers and her family, and the financial support from Travellers Worldwide / British Gap Foundation and the generous contribution from my own dear friends, we managed to give the Academy a full cosmetic face lift for want of a better description amongst other benefits to the children and the development of the primary school.

It was instant friendship with Auntie Eunice and the other teachers - my first full day at the school as an assistant was Tuesday October 6th. Two days later after having spent time in the classroom with these gorgeous children, I was in Accra, at the main central market buying essential reading books amongst other materials after I had expressed that I wanted to contribute a small way with my own funds. Before I knew it, 8 weeks later, I was saying goodbye on Thursday, November 26th flying home. Just where did the time go?

School starts officially at 07.30am but some parents will drop there children off extra early if they are working in the city. The school officially finishes at 14.00 but the parents come to collect their children anytime between 15.30 and 18.30.

[Auntie Eunice] is a pretty remarkable character to admire! And she still blesses us everyday with her warmth, boundless energy and laughter! I feel privileged to have met such a person. I have travelled in other parts of Africa, the world in fact but only on excursions, never as a volunteer. I came away with a new perspective on life. I was raised without taking anything for granted but even so, I now appreciate the western lifestyle much more than I ever did before. Having electricity constantly is a good example! (Even when I worked in the middle of the Sinai desert for 4 years, we did not always have electricity nor water but that inhospitable environment was actually easier to live in than Ghana sometimes).

In my last week, when all we set out to achieve was complete, Auntie Eunice called me Angel Becca. Irrespective of whether you are religious or not, that is quite a touching compliment no? I certainly took it that way. We laughed and argued over who was the bigger of the Angels. I told her she won hands down after all she has achieved having built her own ’Academy’ from scratch!

The Host Family:
I was blessed yet again when I met my host family. Sister Lizzie as I called her and her 5 children were all so obliging and lovely. My goodness, as soon as I arrived two of the boys were carrying my 30 kilo suitcase between them and showing me to my room! I could not have asked for a better service at a smart hotel! Lizzie was very sweet and only ever aimed to make me happy!

One of the reasons I chose to live with a host family as opposed to a hostel with other volunteers was so that I could quickly learn and understand the Ghanaian lifestyle. This I accomplished after my first week there. The fact that I did not come across any volunteers did not worry me at all as I was so well looked after by Lizzie and so busy with my projects at Uniqueen. I could not have been happier! I was blessed to be given the opportunity to accompany Lizzie to her church on two occasions. Definitely an eye opener for me as it was for the locals who saw me wear a traditional African dress bought by Auntie Eunice in appreciation for achieving what we did. Alleluia!

A story I shall never forget was when I showed the youngest child a photo of me shimmering across a rope in an obstacle course I took part in a couple of years ago. There was only blue sky in the background of the picture. She, being 6 years of age asked me if I was on my way to see Jesus? I laughed out loud and smiled at her. (Isn’t innocence wonderful? You cannot put a price on it!) I grinned and thought to myself, I sure hope not. I would like to do a little more living down here first of all please!

Another story which really touched my heart was when I brought back a pizza with me from the city. It was a ‘buy one get one free’. I did not think anything of it and just offered it to them and I could not have predicted the excitement that one ‘plain cheese’ could have brought. The icing on the cake was when I heard that the older boy of 15; he saved his piece and took it to school the following day and even the teacher asked if he could have a bite!!!! Watching them all, it could have been Christmas day! For those of you that enjoy pizza, remember this story when you next eat a slice!

I loved the day to day Ghanaian lifestyle - jumping in the tro-tro on my way to school. Every day brought something new. I experienced both taxi operating systems; the ‘drop’ that we are familiar with and the ‘share’ taxis. A shared taxi is as you might guess, is like taking a tro-tro with people you do not know but heading in the same direction. My first shared taxi was a little different. I had treated myself to a taxi on one occasion (all of 60p instead of 10p in a tro-tro but still, it was a treat). Two women got in the taxi just before I was due to get out but we were held up in a traffic jam. They must have been in their early 20s. They asked me if I was happy and if they wanted to make me happy. (They must have been in recovery mode from a party I imagine but I did not smell alcohol on their breath). After I had acknowledged them I kept a low profile for the remainder of the journey which fortunately was short! Totally harmless people though.

On another occasion, I took a shared taxi to Accra with two young businessmen. They were polite and respectful. I did not have any reservations about sharing a taxi with them. They were most inquisitive about my own background and how different Europe is from Ghana….

Even though I am always careful of course wherever I travel and to whom I talk to, I like to make an effort and greet the locals. Some of the faces that I saw in the mornings on the way to school and afterward work I would stop and talk to. In some respects, I felt like the local lady Vicar, waving to someone, or just saying hello even if not stopping to chat. I did make an effort to speak the local language of twi, but I did not get further than the ‘greetings’ depending on the time of day and asking how someone was and ‘thank you’. I liked to make an effort and was never put off even when they laughed at me, so I just laughed with them!

Nearly every evening, or when it was possible, Auntie Eunice would accompany me down to Atomic Junction. We would normally wrap up the day’s events or discuss what the following plans would be. A couple of times I would greet somebody by their first name. This surprised Auntie Eunice as much as anyone especially if she did not know them. It was wonderful!

Shopping Spree for the school
It was an absolute delight to go on a shopping spree with Auntie Eunice! So much nicer to share the joy of it all especially as she knows what is necessary for the children and materials to buy at the best price too! As a volunteer, we are encouraged to buy crayons, pencils etc. For those that are in a financial position to buy some goods for the school, wait until you are on location! It is much more fun to go shopping with a teacher and it is much cheaper too. We can get twice as much with Ghanaian prices! A 50 kilo bag of rice I purchased provided the school lunches for a month, feeding circa 35 mouths, cost approximately £30.00.

My biggest contribution to the actual Academy was building a playpen. It soon became apparent that we needed to improve the facilities for the younger ones and ease the pressure on ‘Auntie Tina’, responsible for the crèche so that she could concentrate on some of the other youngsters without worrying about the adventurous crawlers amongst the party! The colourful playpen was quite popular and some of the parents expressed their admiration. A head teacher from a different school made a special visit with a carpenter as she wanted one made too. I was not aware of this at the time but I was delighted to hear it!

Generous contributions from well-wishers
Within my 3rd week there and falling more in love with Uniqueen Academy than I thought possible so early on, I decided to approach Travellers Worldwide, asking for financial support. I practised the principle “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”. Well, we got and we got again!

Auntie Eunice and I prioritised what Uniqueen needed most and a list was sent. Within less than 24 hours I was able to share the wonderful news that Travellers would contribute the sum of £400.00 to the specific items that we had requested. My contact at the UK office, Katie, emailed me and followed it up with a welcoming phone call! This makes such a big difference - especially as a failure of electricity supply does not allow us internet access!

An additional £800.00 from a small party of good friends was also sent. On reflection, one of the reasons why I think there was such a terrific response within a 3 day turn-around between asking for donations and receiving them, is that as I was physically there to oversee the projects and monitor the roll-out. Perhaps that is why I received such a magnificent response…

I gave myself a deadline of 7-10 working days for the respective projects to be completed before my set departure date from Ghana. I had several meetings with Aloysius (Travellers’ rep) and we had his full support all the way! We accomplished the following; Two Uniqueen advertisement / direction boards - professionally designed and erected; one at the main junction and the other closer to the school, additional reading books were bought that were essential, paint for the exterior walls to make it more attractive, colourful artwork with a wooden sign reading “Welcome to Uniqueen Academy” was mounted by the principal gate, at least a 6 month supply of blackboard chalk, another 50 kilo sack of rice, additional smaller food and cooking items including charcoal, cleaning materials, repairs to Auntie Eunice’s freezer (when preparing meals in advance for the children), bags of cement, a full truck of sand, another truck delivering stone, iron rods (the latter three for the ongoing development of the primary school), overall workmanship and an official school mobile.

It might not seem a tremendous amount but when the budget is tight and one is spending a lot of one’s own money and trying to accomplish a lot in a short time frame, the challenge really is on! Thank you again on behalf of Auntie Eunice as well as myself for your contributions! It really has made a significant difference.

Lessons Learned
When you get a quote for a job to be done, multiply it by two at least. To be even safer, multiply it by 3. I learnt the hard way but the results were appreciated by everyone so I don’t begrudge it but I am still the wiser. It was also my choice to travel less and put my money towards the Academy. If I had to do it all again, would I change anything? No, not a single thing.

‘Ghana’ time
I am laughing but I don’t know if I could ever really get used to this. We are warned about the ‘tro-tro’ (public transport) that might arrive in the next hour or next week or alternatively, if you set a meeting for 09.00am, expect them an hour later and you will not be disappointed. Also, set deadlines three days earlier than what you need so that you have a safety net to play with and constantly constantly, put pressure (in the nicest and diplomatic of ways) to those that are working for you.

I set myself my own challenges and loved every minute. I was as much out of the classroom chasing people who were involved in our projects as I was in the classroom, either changing nappies, dressing them, tying shoelaces, singing a nursery rhyme, laughing and cuddling the children, wiping the chalk from their faces, helping them write the alphabet or their numbers.

The biggest challenge was on my last day though, having to say ‘goodbye’, or rather ‘see you soon’. I thought I was prepared for it but I was a long way off! I don’t think one can ever be prepared for that. I’m playing the glad game though, I’ll be back at the Academy!

“Angel Becca”