Home of Cross-Cultural Solutions Volunteer
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
17Trip End Jul 21, 2012
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"If it is yellow, let it mellow…
if it is brown, flush it down."
Poem about it, huh? I thought it’s phunny…and gross
We have bunk beds with nets covered to keep mosquitoes away. So far I only see 2 or 3 mosquitoes. I had 2 bites and hope I don’t get malaria! I’m still takin’ anti-malaria meds everyday and even when I return to the U.S., I need to continue takin’ ‘em one more week. And take blood test for it, too, to make sure I don’t get it, accordin’ to my travelin’ nurse. It’s my 4th day here, I’m feelin’ OK. Just sometimes I have headache. No runnin’ stomach. Knock the wood!
We have Ghanaian cooks, cleaners, and drivers that take us to placements where we volunteer and to other places such as market, bank, and drummin’ & dancin’ show. That’s why I (and donors) paid for the volunteer program, but also for meals, transportation, travel medical insurance, and room. The meals I had were delicious and also sometimes spicy! Everyday we’re served with rice and chicken but they add different flavors and ingredients to ‘em. For instance, one dish is called azidetsi (chicken and peanut soup) along w/ banku (maize with cassava). Ya dip the banku in the soup but it doesn’t have much flavor
Mawusi (in Ewe language) or Gerard (in English) is my interpreter. He goes with me to Volta Skool f/t Deaf where I volunteer, activities provided by the CCS (Cross-Cultural Solutions) program, and different places. I’m blessed to have him ‘cos I’m only deaf in the volunteer group. I was told dat the program never had a deaf volunteer and they learned a lot how to meet my accommodations and needs. I hope in the future more deaf peeps will join in the CCS program. The volunteers are eager to learn sign language from me as I teach ‘em some basic signs. Two of ‘em know some signs. One of ‘em and I are the older ones in the group. Most of ‘em are from the U.S. and one is from Ireland. Some of ‘em volunteer at skools, hospitals, banks, and clinics. I wuz impressed when some of ‘em asked me how my placement went. A good-natured group!
Next blogs will be town of Hohoe and Volta School for the Deaf. More pictures in my Facebook. This blog takes forever to upload the pictures.