Ghana: Food for the Soul

Last November one of my life long dreams came true, I got to go to Africa!

Ghana is where I chose, because it offered a one week program through CCS and I had heard great things about the people. This later part was so true, I simply can't wait to go back to feel that kind of generosity of spirit.

I was assigned to teach 3rd and 4th graders. I originally thought to pick that age because it was such a big class I felt the teacher needed some help. Little did I know that he was going to hand this class over to me and that I would get to take on the challenge (and I do mean challenge) of teaching these amazing, spirited, smart and loving kids.

Mia with her class

This picture is my class and I absolutely love these kids. They are so open, they wanted to learn anything I had to teach them (I suggest, if you are teaching on your adventure, you bring lesson plans and any supplies) and after only a week I left with beautifully written letters, more hugs than I could have ever imagined and even tears (them and me). Everyone at the school opened their arms to me as well and the extremely lovely owner Christina, even gave me a uniform for next time I come to teach.

Everyone involved with CCS is hugely welcoming and fun. I really enjoyed meeting the people I got to bunk with and hit it off right away and I loved getting to know everyone at Home-Base. They make sure that this is not only an opportunity to volunteer (which I love) but a vacation as well. CCS definitely keeps you entertained.

I have three young kids at home and getting away for 10 days is a big deal that doesn't get to happen that often. My trip to Ghana was just the soul food I needed.

Today, I went to my 5-year-old twins' school and taught about 60 kids -- ranging in age from 2-6 -- about Africa. It was amazing. My two favorite parts were teaching them some of the local dialect, Ewe, and that my kids got to stand in the front of the room and help their mom teach their friends about Africa.

I hope with my enthusiasm that I am teaching my kids the joy of giving back, the beauty of different cultures and the excitement of new adventures. I can't wait to take them when they are older!

Akpe ka ka ka ka, CCS. I am very proud to be of a part of this organization.

A little girl holding a bouquet of flowers

Shopping at the market

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Hi Mia, I enjoyed reading your post. My 16 year old daughter and I are going to Ghana in two weeks and will probably help teach as well. Are there basic teaching supply's you might recommend for this age group? What was the biggest challenge? Language barriers, keeping the childrens attention or teaching specific concepts? Thank you, Ann
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