With my time dwindling down, I have experienced so many things during my journey in Ghana. I had the pleasure of going to the hometown of some of the scholars last weekend to the city of Kumasi. Kumasi is a massive city with a population of over 2 million people. It is in the Ashanti Region and it is the capital of that region. Kumasi is a very historic place and very rich in culture. I went to Kumasi with Emmanuel Duah, Mackenzie Kneller, and Kris Andorfer on a four-day adventure. On this trip I got to experience a lot of positive things about Ghana, but also some negatives. I got to see how everybody in Ghana is very friendly and very helpful. They always want to make sure you are alright and that you know where you’re going. I also experienced the struggles of traveling in Ghana. The road system here is very poorly maintained and it takes a long time to go a distance that is easily traveled in the U.S. From Busua to Kumasi the travel time took seven hours, but the distance is only about 170 miles. Still, it was a great trip and I got to see many of the historic sites that are part of Ghana’s history. We went to museums, the market, and even a zoo!
The basketball court is now finished with the help of the mason, the scholars of Teach on the Beach, and the volunteers. It was very difficult to build a basketball court in the rainy season because it is always raining! Because of this, the concrete could not dry very fast and we had to pick a sunny day to pour it. The forms were really hard to put down because the dirt always sank when it rained, so we fixed it every time that the rain stopped. We spent about a week fixing and re-doing the forms and the leveling because there was so much water on the court. We were thinking that we should put another layer of concrete down so that the court will be smoother. We also need to fix some of the spots where concrete is chipping away. All in all, the surface makes playing basketball much easier and now our court is a popular spot for the whole village.
Ever since I became a part of Teach on the Beach, volunteers have been part of my family. They are the ones who I see in the house and work with in our after-school program. The volunteers are kind to everyone in the house and they always help with house projects. Seeing people go out of their way to help others has made me a great person by making me want to help my fellow Ghanaians. What I learn from them is that they encourage you to work hard and also help those who need your help.