ACC – NYI

Sunyani Airport
Sunyani Airport

I had a great time with my cousins and friends in Accra, and it was time to head to Dormaa Ahenkro for my last two weeks in Ghana. This is where most of my family originate in Ghana. 

I went there to visit family and volunteer at House of Hope International School, being a teaching assistant and teaching English and Maths to my class (year 2), Adonai Class. 

Adonai Class
Adonai Class
House of Hope Int. School
House of Hope Int. School

I enjoyed teaching at the school, the children in Adonai class were very smart and they were such a lovely class to teach. One thing that did struck me was what the called me… 

Madam. 

Bearing in mind I’m 19 years old! *hides face* That name made me feel like I was 60 years old! Nevertheless I soon accepted my title as ‘Madam’ in class. I’m used to kids calling their teachers ‘Miss’ since I did when I was in school and that’s the way we do things in England. But things are different in Ghana, which did take some getting used to!

We went on a trip to the Monkey Sanctuary on my second day and it was really fun. We saw Mona monkeys and feed the bananas (Pictured).

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The children feeding the monkeys bananas
Learning about the Mona monkeys
Learning about the Mona monkeys

I also visited the Palace in Dormaa Ahenkro, where my Grandfather, Osagyefo Oseadeayo Nana Agyeman Badu I was the former chief before he died in 1998. The current chief wasn’t at the palace when I went to visit, but it was still a great experience learning about the cultural practices and how it is still embedded within the culture to this day.

The Dormaa Palace
The Dormaa Palace
My Grandfather's royal footstool
My Grandfather’s royal footstool

Dormaa was full of surprises. I was invited to the local radio station called Dormaa Fm to talk about my experiences of the town, life in England and my time volunteering at the school. It was an honourable experience and I got to speak a bit of Twi (the Akan Language) on air! (I’m still trying to speak Twi fluently but I understand the language very well)

At Dormaa Fm
At Dormaa Fm

To conclude, Dormaa was a great experience, much quieter than Accra, but nevertheless, I still enjoyed the tranquility of the town, meeting family and volunteering at the school. I’ll definitely be back 🙂 

Tiffany x

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A bit of office work at the school
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The Ghana sun burnt me!
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My class
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On duty in the playground

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