September 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm (Africa, Ghana, Travel)
Tags: Northern Region, Sandema, Tamale, Upper East Region
This morning I awoke to crashing thunder and harsh winds. It was raining so hard it came through the hotel room’s bathroom ceiling. Check out time was noon so I snuggled under by two yard with my book. I had enough time to wait out the storm.
My mother always said “Rain before seven, shine before eleven.” Although it was not yet shining at eleven it was no longer raining. Since I was eager to get to Sandema to see my friends I decided to take the chance it wouldn’t rain again before I got to the station.
The tro was almost full which is lucky because we would probably leave the station within the half hour but unlucky because I had to sit in the back seat. People and luggage were piled in the seats and aisles. The aisles were hardly wide enough for a child let alone a this broad hipped woman with her two bags. Thank goodness Ghanaians are helpful. The other passengers sent my bags to the back seat while I navigated over the bags, boxes and cases in the aisles. I crammed my backpack on the floor between my feet and held my green L.L. Bean bag on my lap. There was no room under my seat or the seat in front of me to stow my bags.
At first I was excited; I was going to enjoy every minute of my last trip to Sandema. Then after about 45 minutes it was no longer exciting. My back hurt, my butt hurt, my knees were locked into position and my right side was 10 degrees hotter than my left because the person in the seat next to me was squished up against me.
After one hour and fifteen minutes I longed for the cushioned wide seats of the STC bus I had taken from Kumasi. But alas I was bouncing in the back seat of a tro tro. Just as I thought I couldn’t take it any longer we reached the outskirts of Bolga. Thank God it was only a two hour trip this time.
I alighted at the station and zoomed the last 45 minutes to Sandema in the relative comfort of a share taxi and Metro Mass Transit.
Sandema Here I Come!
August 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm (Africa, Ghana, Peace Corps)
Tags: Cape Coast Slave Castle, Kakum National Park, Portia, portraits, Rofina, Tourism, Travel, West Africa
In August I traveled up north for my last visit with the Kampusi’s and my other friends up there. After my visit there Portia, Rofina and I traveled south to my site and then on to Cape Coast. Below is a slide show of photos I took of them on this trip. More about the trip to follow.
August 24, 2011 at 11:37 am (Africa, Ghana)
Tags: Kumasi, Public Art, Traders, Wesleyan Methodist Cathedral, West Africa
I visited Kumasi one last time and took these pics. I always loved the brick Wesleyan (Methodist) Cathedral in Kumasi – so happy I could get some photos. In most cities in Ghana the traffic circles are great places to find public art. The man standing on the lion’s back depicts a Ghanaian proverb or story but I don’t know it – Yet. When I do I’ll share. Last some street shots of vendors and traffic. And last the Military Museum up near the clock tower and Opoku market.
Wish you all could have been here with me!
August 13, 2011 at 1:26 am (Africa, Ghana, Peace Corps, teaching, Volunteer)
Tags: Elliot Bawing, English, Essay contest, Winners, Writing
How ICT(Information and Communications Technologies) Tools are Making the World Smaller
Left to right – Elliot, Vincent, Cahteriner, Dorcas
The invention of computers has contributed to the world becoming smaller. This is because computers help us to send and receive messages. Now a days, people hold the world in their hands. The computer also helps us to get to market our business on a network called the internet. You can also make video calls and chat with anyone from a different continent.
Also, the introduction of mobile phones have made the world smaller. Someone will ask why? this is because the mobile phone is also an easy way to access people all over the world. You can also send text messages and make a video and take pictures of people you like. You can us the mobile phone to browse the internet and for entertainment such as music, listen to radio etc.
The invention of the video cameras has also united the world and also helped in making the world smaller. The video camera takes pictures of people and loved one. It also stores videos of the past like the late Kwame Nkrumah and the independence of Ghana and Nelson Mandela of South Africa. The camera also passes videos and pictures through a wireless connection. And this helps to make the world smaller.
The introduction of radio has also made the world smaller. This is because the radio helps to transfer information all over the world. You can get information about what is going on at another country. You can share your views on matters concerning you or your country or other countries like Cote d’voire and the Libya crisis. And also for advertisement and listening to music.
The invention of television has also contributed to the world becoming smaller. Someone can ask how? This is because the television sends news live in your room. You can even see your favorite personalities interviewed right in front of your eyes. The 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP was shown to you right in your room as if your were at the place. You can even market your products on the television.
All the above points contribute to the world becoming smaller. Now you an get access to anything you want because the world is now in our own hands.
Form 2 (Grade 8)
Elliott is one of my favorite students in this class. He came the second term and his desire to learn made him stand out the first day he was here. He came to me and asked for notes for the two weeks he had missed. His essay also reflects some of the things Werner and I talked about in the class but I was impressed with his inclusion of world events like the Libyan crisis and Cote d’voire. He was one of the few students who tried to write a summary paragraph. Last his handwriting is neat and easy to read. Because mine is so terrible I always admire neat handwriting and as a teacher I love it when I don’t have to battle with the handwriting to understand the concepts written down.
August 11, 2011 at 9:39 am (Africa, Ghana, Ghanian culture, teaching)
Tags: Education, English, Winners, Writing Contest
Glodies Traditional Restaurant
Left to back – Werner, Derek, Eric Mintah, Francis
Right to back – Dorcas, Catheriner, Vincent, Elliot
Through the computer we can have easy communication because we can chat with our pen pals, relatives etc. A digital camera helps us to send pictures of ourselves, perhaps the person we want to communicate with has forgotten us. News – people communicate on the radio and this is how they do it. Maybe a radio presenter wants to talk to an M.P. (Minster of parliament) he/she will communicate through the radio.
We can share experiences through the radio, for example. A radio presenter will bring out a topic then he/she will give a telephone number. Everyone will call and bring out his/her opinion about that topic. Through the DVD player we can share our experiences. Maybe new album is out. We can express our ideas on television. A question will be asked and maybe I will call and answer it and win a prize.
Radio can help us to spread information in a fast and easy way. eg. maybe my brother is lost so I will go to the radio station and tell them my story. They will make an announcement for me. A printer can also help us to spread information through the newspaper, magazines. The more people that buy them the more the information is spread. Television also helps us to spread information through the news.
Form 2 (Grade 8)
I was very happy with Dorcas’s essay. It is by far the best essay I have ever had from a female student in Ghana. Yes her grammar, spelling and sentence construction need some more work but her ideas were completely original. She really thought about how ICT(Information and Communications Technologies) tools can make the world smaller.
Although she didn’t have an opening and closing paragraph like we talked about in class she did use her outline well. She had three areas she wanted to discuss – easy communication, shared experiences and fast spread of information.
August 9, 2011 at 9:34 am (Africa, Ghana, Ghanian culture, Peace Corps, teaching, Volunteer)
Tags: Education, Eric Mintah, Essay contest, Vincent Nyadedzer, Winners, Writing
ICT Tools are Making the World Smaller
ICT(Information and Communications Technologies) Tools have helped us to communicate more easily. Chatting through the compute allows us to chat with people all over the world. Through the use of ICT tools now you can send emails on the computer to another person in USA. You can also use the computer to send pictures, videos and music to your friends. If has made the world smaller because you can even communicate with your friends and family even when they are not close to you. Through the mobile phone you can also communicate with your friends if they are outside the country.
Eric Mintah, Vincent Nyadedzer
They have also helped us to share experiences. Through the use of satellite you can watch the world coup together even if your mom and you are not in the same country or if you are far away from the host country. You can even get information from on the radio of what is going on in another country. At the same time if our mom or dad is in another country they will also get the same news. The the use of these things the world is becoming smaller.
ICT tools have helped speed up the spread of information. Through the use of the internet you can send information to people when something has just happened. But in the olden days you would have to write a letter on paper, walk and give it to the person. Through eh use of phones you can send messages to your friends outside the country. But in the olden days you needed to walk before you could give the message to the person. Through the use of a PA system it allows people to know what is going on in the town if a person is far away. Today the world is in a computer age because the use of computers, radio and phones are everywhere and this has made the world smaller. Even now if you are holding a phone or sitting bet side a computer the world is in your hands.
ICT has effected my life because now I can talk on the phone to someone and feel like I am physically talking. These tools have also made my communication very easier and faster.
Vincent Nyadedzer Kwabena
Form 2 (grade 8)
Vincent comes from a middle class home. He has had access to computers and internet in his home for a few years. He’s very good with computers and taking a special computer class with my counterpart, Eric Mintah. Vincent listened well in class when I invited Werner for a discussion of how ICT tools helped him to stay in touch with his family and know what is going on in Germany. His essay reflects some of those ideas.
August 5, 2011 at 9:16 am (Ghana, Ghanian culture, Peace Corps, Volunteer)
Tags: Ago Catheriner, Education, Essay contest, Winners, Writing
In the ancient days, our forefathers used to walk to send information to others and also travel by foot but today dues to technology we have a device called the computer that is making the world smaller eg. Email, and chat. Another things is that there were no cars so our forefathers would walk a long distance to deliver and listen to messages. But today we can chat on the phone, and computer. Another thing is the mobile phone. Scientists have discovered mobiles that have made our life easier and faster. Now people can move from one place to another country. Also people can call their cousins in another country, anywhere in the world.
Information is a fact that we learn. In the past years there was no radio in the world so people didn’t listen to the news. Later, if you wanted to listen to radio you would have to go to a far place where people have gathered – with the kings and queens. Another thins is the P.A, system, if people gathered they needed to speak loud so that all will hear them. So they used a machine called a P.A. system. Furthermore one thing about the P.A. system is that like out dooring people uses for loud music and add radio. There was no television in the world before so our fathers could not watch television but now we can watch television from all over the world. Another means is that people will be in a far place watching a football match this is played in another country and we can also see it. All these beautiful things mean that ICT(Information and Communications Technologies) is making the world smaller.
Ago Cahteriner (Girls Head Prefect)
Form 2 (Grade 8)
Cahteriner attempted to do a compare and contrast essay. Although she didn’t hit the nail right on the head I felt she did a good job for her first attempt at such an essay. She is a quiet studious girl and yet she managed to win the position of Girls Head Prefect in the elections this spring. Prefects help run the school and serve in various posts such as, Dining Hall Prefect, Grounds Prefect, Games Prefect and the Head Prefects (boys and girls).The Head Prefects manage them all.
August 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm (50+, Ghana, Ghanian culture, Travel)
Tags: Adome Bridge, Atimpoku, Eastern Region, Tourism, Volta Region, Volta River
The first time I saw Adome Bridge I was on a Peace Corps bus traveling to Ho from Accra. We turned a corner and the bridge came into view. I was stunned by the silver suspension bridge against the dark green and azure blue background of the sky and forest. After my boat ride on the Volta I tried to capture the bridge in all it’s glory.
I googled the Adome bridge and discovered it was first used in 1957. We share the same birth year!
August 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm (50+, Ghana, Ghanian culture, Travel)
Tags: Atimpoku. Aylos Bay Resort, Eastern Region, local canoes, Tourism, Volta River
I wanted a boat ride on the Volta River. It seemed like a 4th of July weekend kind of thing to do. The Dodi Princess left out of Akosombo but I had mixed reviews on the experience. The trip was 6 hours long and the boat would stop on an island for 1 hour. A BBQ lunch was provided. This sounded like a perfect way to spend a day. Then I read my guide book and it said that the music was obnoxiously loud. Then a PCV and a German volunteer said the same thing. Well I could stay on campus and hear obnoxiously loud music for free! I didn’t need to pay 30 cedis for it.
My second plan was to hire a local canoe. The taxi driver tried to talk me into the Dodi Princess and so did a receptionist at the Adomi Hotel when I went to ask if they had a boat. So I decided to go to Aylos Bay Resort. Have breakfast and ask them if they had any boat rides on the Volta.
I struck gold.
The breakfast was good and the environment lovely. It was so lovely that after my boat ride I stayed, wrote and had a coke. And they had a canoe and someone to paddle it for me all for 10 GHC.
Check out a few pics from that trip.
July 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm (50+, food, Ghana, Ghanian culture, Travel)
Tags: Atimpoku, Eastern Region, Tourism
In Atimpoku I saw three resorts and there maybe more. I visited Aylos Bay because I heard you could eat on a shaded platform on the water.
My first course, pineapple. I had a good breakfast. I think the presentation made it taste better.
The view from my breakfast table.