Mar 252010
 
Agnes's Story: Being a Forced Child Laborer

You are about to read the story of Madam Agnes Appiah: a remarkable woman who endured years of forced child labor in her youth, and went on to found and direct Living Faith School and Home for orphaned and deprived children in Ghana’s Volta Region.

All photos accompanying this article are from an academic competition held this week at Living Faith.

Here is Madam Agnes’s story in her own words.

“I was [...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 122010
 
7 Straight Months of 'Round the World Travel!

The clock strikes midnight in Ghana, and all of a sudden I have officially been traveling around the world for SEVEN months!

Ten minutes ago, I was lying abed here in Sogakope: my eyes darting through the darkness, our rooster neighbor prematurely crowing outside, sweat gumming my limbs, tiny bugs crawling over… and my mind racing about how this journey has evolved.

It was nearly midnight but I couldn’t resist slithering to the [...Read More!]

Mar 092010
 
Sick and Reflecting During Long-Term Travel

Yesterday I had a freakish fever that sucked all the strength from my limbs and reeled my head with a dizzy swirl.

I tried to eat but couldn’t. “HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO ME?!” Millicent the melodramatic cook wailed.

“It’s not personal, honest!” I croaked out while Millicent sniffled back tears.

I tried to help John teach Cross-Culture class, but after five minutes of drooping in a fetal position on a plastic [...Read More!]

Feb 282010
 
Couchsurfing Instructions, and a Ghana Beach!

If you’ve got a good head on your shoulders and a good internet connection, you can stay for free, safely, in the houses of kind people all around the world! How? Couchsurfing.org.

For some of you, this article will be a review of a global trick you already know well. For others, however, this may be a thrilling new insight into budget travel!

As we proceed through the steps of how to use [...Read More!]

Feb 272010
 
Hannah’s Article: Mount Afadjato

Article #12 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project Climbing Mount Afadjato, My First Mountain Ever! By Edor Hannah, Age 12

As we trudged up, up, up, the tallest mountain in Ghana, I became so tired and sweaty that I nearly wanted to turn back. But I needed to see what the top of the mountain looked like! It was my first mountain ever.

The original name for [...Read More!]

Feb 192010
 
My First Ever Interview, and a Party!

Three quick and lovely announcements:

1. If you have not already browsed over to the Sharing Travel Experiences site, here’s an easy link to my first ever online interview! Fame! Glory! Yay! Read.

2. Don’t Millicent and I look cute all dressed up for Valentine’s Day?

3. If you live anywhere near America’s East Coast, don’t forget that Saturday, February 20th, is the Ghana Fundraiser Party in Hartford, CT! [...Read More!]

Feb 132010
 
Patience’s Article: Cape Coast

Article #3 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project The YCC and BSV Educational Tour to Cape Coast! By Patience Amekudzi, Age 13 “Only students with perfect attendance can compete for a spot in the YCC trip to Cape Coast,” the Director told us.

I was thankful that I had attended school each day, so I was able to advance to the next round in the Cape Coast trip competition: writing [...Read More!]

Feb 032010
 
How to Get a Custom-Made Dress for $15

Want a custom-made dress for just $7.50 for the fabric and $7.50 for the sewing, making a grand total price of just $15 U.S. dollars?

Just follow these simple steps!

1.) Fly to Ghana. (Don’t forget your visa and your vaccinations.) I told you this would be easy, right?

2.) Trot over to the nearest hectic, madly bustling outdoor market you can find.

In Sogakope, this market (pictured to the upper [...Read More!]