5 and a half weeks down, 12 and a half to go. I was hoping I would come here and uncover my hidden talent for blogging, that’s definitely not happening. I’m terrible at this. So since I’ve done such a horrible job up until this point, I’m going to overcompensate and make this as overly detailed as possible.
Last weekend was supposed to be our first homestay, where we spend a few days with an urban family and learn more about Ghanaian family life. Well, to make a long story short, it didn’t work out as planned so Sara and I had a lovely weekend with the dorm to ourselves. We discovered the joys of pirated DVDs and stocked up. I’m officially watching more TV shows and movies than I ever did back home.
I’m in my third week volunteering at the Osu Children’s Library Fund, deceptively located in Nima not Osu, and finding it bittersweet. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings I work with the adult literacy class and officially have my own student. She is probably in her mid-twenties and the very definition of dedicated. Last week when I first sat down with her we started from the very top, with the ABCs, how to say each letter, what a capital letter looked like opposed to the “small” ones, and how to write both. This week when I sat down with her she only got hung up on a few and let’s be honest ‘g’ and ‘j’ are tricky. I’d been debating whether or not to bring up the ABC song, thinking that it might be demeaning to an adult to be learning a children’s song, but I caved yesterday and decided to try it. The Ghanaian culture is one that revolves around music and dance and while she was laughing a bit while singing she immediately caught on and had the tune, and was able to remember ‘q, r, s ‘ after one round.
The days I spend with the kids are quite another story. I’m struggling to come up with ideas for classes to teach that would keep them engaged, challenge them, and require as few supplies as possible. There’s two of us from this program who volunteer and Scott and I have been going in as a team until we figure out a plan for what to do. I really want to come up with a brilliant idea that will create a lasting impact on this organization that is trying to do so much but my idealist side is failing me.