Anton's time in Ghana
Anton volunteered on the music programme in Ghana from October to December 2013
I had a fantastic time in Ghana and while it was a long time I was there, it went unbelievably quickly. I was teaching in 3 different schools and taught in the church every weekday. I also managed to play in church a couple of times! All the children were so motivated and ambitious learners and they progressed quick, I felt a bit guilty leaving after all their commitment!
I was surprised how much I enjoyed Takoradi and the local area, it's a beautiful city and I was shown all corners of it. I think my favourite experience of it was going to the beach there at 6am to see it bustling with people running, swimming, playing football and just socialising. The beach near where I was staying, 'Paradise' was too one of my favourite places and enjoyed taking the children there and teaching them to swim. I had only planned to go once or twice, but every weekend they asked to go again!
I had a fantastic time in Ghana and while it was a long time I was there, it went unbelievably quickly.
I don't think any amount of preparation could have prepared me for travelling on a tro tro. I landed at around 8pm and set off with Ebenezer to travel the width of the country. Tired and confused I was so overwhelmed travelling on the small, hot, speeding bus, finally arriving at the orphanage at around 3am! After some training and lessons on how to stop, say where I was going and how much to pay, I was confident on getting them myself; by the end I managed to travel to Takoradi by myself at night to meet up with some volunteers I had met out there!
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