Alex's Ghana Service Blog
Winneba

We have arrived in Winneba and it has been an eventful three days. I have seen a scorpion and we had a fight to the death. Fortunately, I was the victor. I helped pull in a fishing net. It was really hard work. I don’t think we moved the net at all. We had orientation for our service site. I am really excited for the weeks to come.

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A picture of some of the crew helping pull up the huge fishing net.

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A picture of some of the crew helping pull up the huge fishing net.

I am still having having a great time here in Accra. I have been playing “football” with the locals, learning about NGOs, and becoming fluent in Fante. Well, the fluent part is not really true. I have met a lot of great people here and they are awesome to be around. The living conditions are unique but it just adds to the experience. Today I was taking a shower and in the middle of my shower the water turned off by itself so I had to wait about three minutes until I could wash the soap off. The culture here is very different than in America. The Ghanaians are very community oriented giving a comforting feeling to those you interact with. Africa is nothing like I thought it would be and I only could have found this out through this experience.

We are in Ghana and it is spectacular here. We have spent the last two days taking in the sights and experiencing Accra. The food here is great. Yesterday, we went to the ECOWAS games which are the olympic trials for track and field for west Africa. We also went to a market in downtown Accra. The merchants there are crazy. There will be 5 people trying to sell you different things all at the same time. We also saw where the first president of Ghana was buried. It is an amazing burial sight even though we only saw it from the outside. I had my first African mango and it was delicious. I am having an awesome time. Today we start classes and I am excited to learn about the country I am staying in for the next 7 weeks.

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