Accra Day 2 – Thursday -12 Jun 08

Today I found out how grouchy and tired I was yesterday by the contrast in my mood. I must have been exhausted on Wednedsay. Today we met the different PC Staff members and learned all about what they do. PC hires may local people to staff the offices. The APCDs of ecducation have worked in the Ghana education system for years and bring those skills and knowledge to the PC.

We also talked about our two quests. Accra quest on Friday and Vision quest Saturday through wednesday next week. Friday we go out in groups of three to explore Accra and use a tro tro. Tro tro’s are minibusses. They travel within cities and between cities. On Accra quest each gropu is given three things to do or places to visit and we must get there on our own. I am psyched. I want to by the Ghana equavilent of Ice Cream, a 2 yard piece of cloth and another hankie as well as my vision quest assignments.

I will be going to the north region for vision quest. Find the Mole Game Preserve,on a map near Tamale, and I will be somewhere near there. Most people will go on vision quest on their own but I get to go with Andrew, another PCT. I am excited to go to the north because if I am not stationed up there I may not get up there again. Ghana may be the size of Oregon but travel time is as if it’s the size of Texas. Vision quest is for us to see a PCV at home, at work and at play. We will have some specific tasks to complete while there.

Today was a much better day. I had more patience. I wasn’t dead tired. I absorbed much more of the information that was presented.

I had a nice talk at supper with Grace, our training manager, and Rachael a PCV who is helping with training. We discussed about building relationships in Ghana and how the greetings in Ghana are part of that relationship building. We also discussed the role of women in Ghana and America. Grace Ghanaian, Rachael has lived here a year and I am brand new to this culture. I learned so much. I will share more maybe a blog entry or two on the role of women but my battery is dying so I’d better bring this to a close!

I head to bed toniht with much more optomism, hope and courage than last night but still as I finish this time reflecting on my first few days in Ghana i still say

ah glorious bed!

-vc

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4 Comments

  1. Kat said,

    June 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Hang in there. I was told the hardest part of my Peace Corps experience would be to get through training. It was.

    We just wandered Accra on our own on the weekends. I remember climbing into the trot tros and trying to remain a bit modest in a dress. We managed to find our way round, and I was the victim of an attempted purse snatching my first weekend. I thought it exciting.

    I was stationed in Bolga, 100 miles north of Tamale in the days before sub offices. We in the way north loved our postings.

  2. Danielle said,

    June 19, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I find it fascinating to hear about your experiences there and bits of information about how the peace core operates!

    Enjoy your vision quest.

  3. April and Dawn said,

    July 8, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Vicky,

    Dawn and I are on the phone together and we just read your blog from the time you left. How exciting to read about all that has happened and your reflections! We will keep up with you this way. I called your mother yesterday for her birthday and she filled me in on your calls. I think she was really happy to hear from me and she sounds great. She said she promised not to get sick or do anything stupid before youget home! ;)Dawn and I sent you cards right away after we saw you and hope that you have received them. Doil said you have gotten one from her! She said you are loving it! I hope you continue to have amazing advetures. Drink it in for all of us!

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    July 8, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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