- Group:Lingfield College
- Age:17-18 years old
- Group Size:18
- Project:Care & Community
In June of 2018, a group of 18 of us from Lingfield College travelled to Ghana, although we had no idea what it would be like, we tried our best to prepared for what we knew was going to be an amazing trip. Having our vaccinations was the first step to getting ready, once we had our first one the excitement began to build. Projects Abroad played a big role in preparing us, sending one of their team who had been to Ghana before helped us to understand what the country was going to be like, we learnt a bit about the culture as well as learning some basic words in the local language, Twi. This made it easier as we had some idea of what it would be like when we arrived, so we faced a much smaller culture shock.
What we did
During our time in Ghana we spent time working with children, building facilities and exploring the country. Our morning were spent making cement to plaster the walls, although intense we worked with builders from the local village to show us how to do it. To make the mixture to plaster the walls, we worked in pairs to carry the soil, and then from there, using our shovels, we poured water and began to mix. The mornings were physically demanding and tough, but we always worked as a team and even sung our favourite songs to motivate us.
In the afternoon we were divided into groups to teach the children at the school, this was the highlight of everyone’s trip. Spending time with children who have near to nothing but are so truly grateful and happy was the most amazing feeling. We were also able to help the children develop their English as well as giving them an insight into Western life, which they all enjoyed.
When teaching we were given a different subject each day such as numbers, letters, food etc. In our groups we had to plan our lessons, we tried to include games as well as ensuring they were getting as much learning as possible. One of lessons was on the subject of food, we got the children to discuss their favourite foods which included Yams and Plantain, and we then compared this to our British favourites. They thoroughly enjoyed learning all about Christmas Dinners, many of them became very intrigued by 'Pigs in Blankets' even asking us to make them some. One of my highlights of the trip was teaching the children British nursery rhymes and songs, they loved the Hokey Pokey and Heads and Shoulders. We also showed them games that we had played when we were younger, watching them have so much fun as well as seeing their singing become clearer because their English was improving made me feel as though we were making a difference.
As a school we had done lots of fundraising, bake sales, home clothes days and even games like sponge the teacher. This made it possible for us to buy the children new equipment for the school, we had also bought them hundreds of shirts, bracelets and teddies from England to give to them. We used all of the money we had raised, and the equipment we had brought, to host a sports day with them. We played Netball, Volleyball and Football and it is safe to say the Ghanaians were much better than us. Leaving the children was the hardest part because we had formed such lovely relationships but leaving knowing I had helped them in some way or another made it easier.
During the weekends, we were able to explore Ghana, we spent time feeding alligators, visiting beaches and overall getting a feel for the culture. We were also able to expand our own education through visiting the Slave Trade in the Gold Coast. It was both shocking and sad to walk around the slave trade, however knowing it was something so important to Ghana and their heritage was enough for us to want to see it.
Projects Abroad made our trip run smoothly and gave us a sense of security if anything was to have gone wrong. They matched us with the perfect Host Family, Reverend Emmanuel who provided us with a 'home away from home', not only this but we had other staff accompanying us such as Eddie, Nat and our leader Richmond who were always there for any extra support we may need. Our trip to Ghana made me realise why so many people who volunteer in other countries describe them as 'life-changing'. It was an unforgettable trip that I will remember forever, and it has definitely been the highlight of my whole school experience and I could not encourage people to go enough.
- Lucy Clark
If you would like to learn more about our Care & Community Project in Ghana then please click here.
If you would like to learn more about our Care & Community Projects then please click here.