Ghana, Madeline

Madeline Worked as a Teacher in Ghana


Taken from Maddi’s blog

My Month-iversary with Ghana!
Posted on March 2nd 2013

Well it’s been a month today since I arrived here in Ghana and we’re still going strong. I’ve fallen in love with this place, the people and the culture.

It really is the little things I enjoy most here. Like the way the toddlers in the crèche react when they see me first thing in the morning, how walking through the school I can be sure to have a student holding my hand, the ‘hellos’ from every person I pass on the street, spending time on beautiful beaches with wonderful people, the way one year old Salome has started to mimic everything I do, having discussions with people about the difference between Ghanaian and Canadian culture, having teachers try to convert me to Christianity (trying but failing), being taught Fante and watching the kids laugh at the way I pronounce words, talks with precious little Graciella who is so very insightful for being only seven years old, trying to hand wash my clothes in a big basin till the kids feel sorry for me and take over, making my way through the crowded market which is I’m pretty sure the largest maze ever, getting recognized by people I’ve never seen before, how much joy a single ball or a skipping rope can bring to the students, trying the different foods which sometimes I hate and other times I love, always being on Ghana time which means that things can wait not everything needs to be done now (basically a glorified way of saying Ghanaians are huge procrastinators- so I fit right in), the willingness by complete strangers to help you. it’s the over all happiness and love radiating from this place that I enjoy most.

Yup, Africa definitely has my heart now :)

My friend Macy!
Posted on March 25th 2013

There is a road I walk up and down quite often which has a whole bunch of huts along it (really, which street doesn’t?). One night on my way home I was walking alone and went to buy some bread at one of the huts on this road. I went to pay with a ten which the woman didn’t have change for (happens often, so it’s best to have small bills and change). I said I would just leave it then to which the woman protested and insisted that I take the bread for free. Fine example of the incredible generosity that comes from many Ghanaians. Since she wasn’t letting up on me taking it, I took the bread knowing I’d be coming back to pay her.

I went back the next day with the 2 cedis. She got sooo excited to see me again! We chatted a bit and found out her name is Macy. She expressed that she wanted to be my friend and I agreed. That was maybe a month ago and since that day, every time I walk by I stop and talk while she holds my hand. I’ve told her all about teaching and what I’m doing here.

A couple weeks ago, a few days went by where I hadn’t been down the road to see her. When I finally came, oh you should have seen the look on her face! Not impressed with me! She said 3 days was too long for me not to come around. At first I thought ‘uhh sorry.. didn’t know my mom was in Ghana’ but then she explained why. She expressed that if I don’t come around for a while that she starts to get worried about me and that she is always thinking about what could have happened to me. I found it actually really nice that someone I had just met cared so much about me. She made me promise that when I didn’t come around that I was being very careful and taking care of myself.