I would like to take a moment to acknowledge all of the people who made my experience in Ghana such a memorable one.
When one travels, one does not know what to expect.
Though this is part of the thrill, it can also be a source of uncertainty.
I was impressed by the kindness and camaraderie amongst the Ghanaian people, and felt this same sense of friendliness directed my way.
The same can certainly be said for the staff of PMGY.
I feel that Seth does an outstanding job of being attentive to the needs of volunteers.
I felt safe in Ghana, and felt that if there were to be any sort of emergency, that Seth and his staff would have known exactly what to do.
There are challenges in Ghana, as there are in every country. Some infrastructural issues make living in a place such as this an adjustment. I presume, however, that most volunteers expect this ahead of time.
Other than infrastructural challenges, the weather and, at times, transportation, can be of concern. I would suggest that future volunteers prepare themselves for the hottest climate they can imagine! Though transportation can feel hectic at times, I did experience very few issues in this area.
Again, these are issues that volunteers should be ready for and expect.
I did my best to do some teaching at the school- and to inform students of infrastructural issues and how to improve them. Jobs are key, because a functioning economy provides a government with means to provide for its people.
The school and orphanage can both be challenging environments, but there is plenty of room for fun.
The orphanage provides an open, flexible environment with significant opportunity to positively impact children.
I spent most time at the school. At first, I found it to be a slight adjustment, discovering my role and a balance between observation and participation. Over the course of a few weeks, however, I befriended Grace, who works with the youngest kids, Florence, and Peter, an absolutely outstanding teacher.
I feel proud and accomplished from my time at the school. I taught 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, as well as 2nd grade, and in the nursery. I took the kids to gym for some exercise. Unsurprisingly, this was their favorite part of the day.
As a final note on the school, I would like to point out that the hiring of Florence at PMGY will provide a resource for the challenge of transitioning to trying to contribute here.
Most volunteers have had nothing but praise for her.
I would like to end this recommendation by pointing out the unmistakable joy that one observes and experiences in Ghana, both from the children and the local people.
PMGY has done a wonderful job establishing a post in Ghana- their staff is communicative and helpful- and they have created a place where foreigners can feel at home.