GHANA EMOTIONAL TIMESBy the time this goes to print and gets online I will have departed Ghana. It’s becoming very emotional for me. It’s very difficult to imagine my life not in Ghana. This has been my home for two and a half months, with all the scholars, all the volunteers that have come and gone, and now school is on break so some of the scholars have even gone home which is very sad. Also I will miss the locals that have made my experience here feel like I wasn’t away from home but just the opposite.

On July 24th the Ghanaian President died at the time of 2:00pm at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra. We heard the news of the death of the president when he was going for a checkup. It was a shock to me and the whole country. I heard the news about the death of the president when I was coming back from school. I was very sad to hear the news because he was my favorite president in Ghanaian history and he was the first president in Ghanaian history who died while in power. He was 69 years old and he was a very successful person in life. Everyone respected him a lot because of the great things that he did for the country before passing away. The night of his death we watched the Ghana news to verify if the death of the president was true. The news was true and the Ghanaian scholars and volunteers at Teach on the Beach were in shock of the news. I personally didn’t even eat that night. One week of television shows were only for the president and the things that he did in his life and while he was in power for three and half years before passing away.

Aside from the sad news of our president dying, Teach on the Beach hosted a community action meeting featuring the topic of education. It was lead by the volunteers, the scholars, the assemblyman and the community. It was a meeting all about the after school program we run and how we can help the community school. The meeting was on Sunday, 29th of July at the chief’s palace. William (director of Teach on the Beach in Ghana) and the Busua assemblyman were the two people who were in control of the meeting. William briefly told the community what we do at the after school program. William and the volunteers explained how one issue we are facing is the fact that there are no teachers in some of the classes and how it can be solved. The assemblyman said that next semester he is going to talk to the teachers in the school about why they don’t show up to class. The last words came from the parents about how education is the key to success so they are going to make sure that their kids go to school every day.

We decided that we would like to share with everyone what we have learned from one another during this experience.

What I learned from Ross was that he is a generous person because he always helps me with my homework. He also asked me whenever I get home from school how school was. I also learned from Ross how to be confident in explaining topics at school.

What I have learned from Ben is to enjoy life at all times, to play hard, and to work harder. He has been a great host to me, and a wonderful friend. Working with him on his homework, helping him study for tests, and building the basketball court with him I’ve seen him grow a lot. He has more determination on his projects around the house and if he has a deadline he makes sure it’s done.

I would like to publicly thank everyone who has helped me not only with fundraising but also with their thoughts and prayers. Avalon Missionary Church and my mom who pushed me and helped me with the thought process of the idea of staying in Ghana for two and a half months. I can’t thank her enough. Also, my grandparents, all of my aunts and uncles, family and friends. This has been an experience that I will never forget.