Ghana Trip Summer 2016 Care and Community Project

My dual heritage, one of which is Ghanaian, gave me a real desire to experience first hand the culture in Ghana and to give back to a community there.  
The two-week Care and Community Project was based in Akupem Hills, where I stayed with a host family of four - Mercy, a fifty year old woman, her two grandparents and her house staff Michael who ran a local chicken farm.  During the two weeks we were based in Mampong School, where we repainted their primary school building.  In the afternoons we were based at Evergreen Primary School, where we accompanied a class of four to six year olds assisting with reading, writing, ‘lively’ activities and nursery songs. 

As well as volunteering, I also explored the culture of Ghana with visits to the botanical gardens, cooking lessons, dancing and drumming as well as seeing the locals’ impressive craftsmanship in the wood and bead market.  I also gained a significant understanding of the history of the country and its role in the slave trade.  

Throughout the trip I learned valuable life lessons which, as a result, made me more appreciative of the life that I lead and enabled me to realise how fortunate we are.  Also that giving back to others is rewarding and beneficial to all parties.

I would love to extend great thanks to Minerva for their sponsorship and support of this trip to enable me to contribute in this way to supporting communities in a third world country.

Aaliyah Arnold
(Head of College 2015-16)

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