Mar 242010
 
The Joy Factor in Teaching, in the Form of 41 Birds

As I write this, tears swirl my vision and burn paths down my cheeks, while Oliver and Bernice try to soothe me sweetly with hugs.

The reality is slowly setting in for our Ghanaian family: six days from now, I will be flying far away from these people I have grown to love so much over these past three months. Oh, my brothers and sisters!

The ten million jokes we’ve [...Read More!]

Mar 232010
 
Increasing Fame For This Site! Woo hoo!

In exactly one week, to the hour, my flight will be soaring out of Accra, Ghana and into breezy Iberia. Oh, the waterfall of emotions evoked by this thought!

After three months working in this small town in Ghana, will I be simply thrilled to stride the breezy streets of Spain without small children screaming: “White woman! Yevuuu!” every step of the way? Or will I immediately collapse into a [...Read More!]

Mar 222010
 
How I Offended an Entire Class Through Cultural Ignorance

“We would like to present you with a gift,” said Madam Yvonne breathlessly over the phone, “to say thank you for teaching in our school these past three months! Please stop by our school anytime today.”

“Sounds great!” I said. So after our banku with palmnut soup lunch, and after hacking open coconuts with a machete to drink the water and scoop out the meat for dessert, Oliver and I [...Read More!]

Mar 212010
 
Marvel's Article: Taken to Prison

Article #27 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project The Day I Will Never Forget: Prison By Marvel, Age 13

As the only child of my parents, I have been lucky that my family has tried to fulfill everything I have requested of them. I am therefore a happy child. However, on December tenth, 2007, there was a day that I will never forget in my life: a [...Read More!]

Mar 202010
 
My Scariest Moment in Ghana

I sat bolt upright in bed, heart thumping, breath gasping, straining to see into the darkness in the direction of the voice.

Had it just been a bad dream? It had been such a terrifying phrase! I listened again, shaking.

Silence… Heat… The whirl of the ceiling fan…

And then suddenly, there it was again: a horrid, deep, rasp right outside my window. “I AM COMING FOR YOU,” it [...Read More!]

Mar 192010
 
Jennifer's Article: First Time at Market

Article #26 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project My First Time at Sogakope Market By Jennifer, Age 13

I was young, seven years of age, the first time my mother brought me with her to the market. When we arrived, I saw so many things for sale: tomatoes, notebooks, pens, rice, beans, pencils, shoes, bags, yams, clothes, fabrics, fish, and more!

In Sogakope, the big outdoor market is [...Read More!]

Mar 182010
 
Emmanuella's Article 2: Dangers of Fetching Water

Article #25 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Nearly Dying from Fetching River Water By Boateng Emmanuella, Age 14

First my bucket fell into the river, and then I tumbled in, too! I didn’t know how to swim, and there was nobody around to help me!

I was a girl of fourteen years old. At around ten o’clock in the morning, the water tap in my house stopped flowing, and [...Read More!]

Mar 172010
 
An AMAZING Food Secret. Try It!

Your mother will be furious at what I’m about to reveal to you. For years, she tried to turn you into a refined Etiquette Eddie or Edna, drilling in Good Table Manners and shaking her head, “NO!” at such disgusting offenses as playing with your food.

Well, what you are about to learn will topple the foundations of your Good Table Manners forever.

Here’s the secret: Food tastes twenty times better when [...Read More!]

Mar 162010
 
Patience's Article 2: An Academic Prize

Article #24 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project The Joy of Being Congratulated for Hard Work By Patience, Age 13

“Guess who is the best Information and Communications Technology student?” asked the director of YCC. Everybody was asking themselves who that person could be.

The end of the Youth Creating Change (YCC) academic year had come to an end, and so, as they do every year, YCC’s Director [...Read More!]

Mar 152010
 
Edinam's Article 2: My First Sleepover

Article #23 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project My First Sleepover With Friends By Edinam Tamakloe, Age 14

It was the sixth of March, Ghana’s Independence Day. Every year we celebrate this fine day by marching down the street and giving presents. We enjoy it so much!

After celebrating, I went back home only to find my brother and his friends asking me, “How will we celebrate [...Read More!]