Kelly's Experience Page
Ghana was an amazing experience! The Ghanaian people as well as the country
of Ghana were wonderful. The people themselves were so friendly and warm.
The country itself was simply beautiful. It was very humbling to see how they
live there lives with not much compared to our culture that is surrounded by consumption.
Talking to many to the people was interesting because they were so interested in
learning about our culture it seem just as much as we were interested in learning
about theirs. All of the activities that we did while we were there were so
interesting as well. We show two different slave castles that were very powerful.
One was named Cape Coast Castle and the other was named Elmina Castle. See
the dungeons that the slaves were kept in and the way they were treated was horrendous.
Also the tour-guide, at the Elmina Castle told some horrific stories about the treatment
of woman that was very powerful. One of the most beautiful things that I saw
was the views from the slave castles of the fishing village of Cape Coast.
It was something that I will never forget. The next big thing was the Campy
walk. Walking feet above the rainforest and hearing the sounds of elephants
was a very memorable. The next more powerful experience was the home-stay
in Ho. Having the experience to hang-out and be a Ghanaian for the day was
amazing. Also visiting the school kids was very fun, the school kids sang me and
others a few songs and then we taught then how to do the itsy-bitsy-spider, it was
so cute. The only problem was the food, yes the food was a lot different then anything
I ever have tried, and the preparation that goes into the cooking is eye opening
as well. The food was so different because it so fresh, and they just eat
different things then us Americans eat, for example, the stew that was made for
me one day contained vegetables, cow skin, cow bones, fish, and crab. The
stew was served along with banku, which was a doughy sustenance that was used to
dip into the stew. Another thing that really stuck me personally is how close
the families are. The families that I stayed with ran a restaurant, and everyone
in the restaurant helped, even the 21/2 year old boy. The idea
of the whole extended family was so close-knit that it seemed like I had not connection
with my extended family. On the journey home, thought about the trip as a
whole. It was amazing the see how little some of the people had but still
how happy they were about life, they do not know about all of the things that we
have in our society that makes it very corrupt and that every society does not need
to be like ours. If I ever get the chance again I will definitely return to
Ghana or even another part of Africa.