Girls Leading Our World and Boys Respecting Others 2018

Last month, PCVs held a Girls Leading Our World and Boys Respecting Others (GLOW/BRO) camp. This time the Northern and Upper East regions combined forces and 64 Junior High School (JHS) students (34 girls, 30 boys, 14 deaf students) came together for a week to learn about leadership, gender equality, careers, health and hygiene and…

Third year’ing

Like with most things, there is only so much one can prepare, set reasonable expectations and hope anything will turn out as planned. I had been thinking about extending my Peace Corps service before my first year was even over and developed the third year post during my second year. I also kept daily track…

Homegoing

I cannot remember when or who made the existence of the book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi known to me. But it was soon after it hit the shelves in 2016 because it was an instant success and I have been waiting for over a year to read it. The story begins in 18th century Gold…

Living with electricity

  I have now been at my new site, Poblacion,* and therefore new house, for almost two months. I now live alone in a big house with three bedrooms, a kitchen, a porch and a large living room. I am even hooked up to the grid. I have ceiling fans and multiple sockets. This is…

Why is Peace Corps still in Ghana?

This week marks Peace Corps 57th anniversary. On 1 March, 1961, President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10924, establishing the Peace Corps (PC). In August of the same year, the first Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), teachers, arrived in Ghana to start their service. Peace Corps has been operating in Ghana for 57 uninterrupted years, having arrived…

Catastrophe

Warning: This is not a happy post. Essentially, I have had at least one cat for the duration of my service. I got Iceni in January 2016 and she is the first pet I have ever had. I kept her indoors for about a week to get her used to the place, learn it was…

New Ag is IN!

In mid December of 2017, the newest Peace Corps Ghana group of volunteers were sworn in. I was fortunate to have been one of their four Peace Corps Volunteer Trainers (PCVTs) as they are also the latest agriculture group. The three other trainers were PCVs Eric, Hannah and Philip – all part of the Dirty…

Ghana see my Best Friend – Part 3

Guest Blogger: Gloria L. May 20: Back on the tro! I had a window seat! We were on our way to Mole National Park to (hopefully) see some animals. The tro took us to Larabanga and then we took a taxi to the park, checked in to our bunk-bed room (20 cedi) grabbed lunch, and…

Ghana see my Best Friend – Part 2

Guest Blogger: Gloria L. May 16: We made it to the Tamale bus station and then got a line taxi to the Tamale Peace Corps Office. A line taxi differs in that you only pay 1 cedi, and the driver can pick up other passengers to fill his car along the way, it’s X cedi…

Ghana see my Best Friend – Part 1

Guest Blogger: Gloria L. May 13 – May 26: 13 amazing days spent headfirst immersed in a culture so different yet somehow so familiar to my own. Ghana was great. I landed in Accra on May 13 – overjoyed to see my bestest friend in her new environment. The last time I had seen Maria…

Ghana Stay Another Year

It is official. Well, sort of. I am extending my Peace Corps service by one more year. It is official in that I was offered (and accepted) the agriculture sector Peace Corps Volunteer Leader (PCVL) position. These sector PCVL positions are new to PC Ghana but not to PC itself. On the other hand, it…

Jumana

Death happens. And it happened two weeks ago while I was away at a training I was helping lead. I found out upon my return to Macondo. It was Jumana, a little girl and daughter of one of my counterparts. I had just seen her a couple weeks prior and she was her usual self:…