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Monday, October 3, 2011

A is for "Abetifi"

Sunset; I hope to get better pictures for later
By God's grace I have arrived at my site. Okay, let me tell you a background story about my current location. Upon receiving acceptance from IFESH, I was assigned to at College of Education in the Western Region. Mid-summer, in July I believe, I was reassigned to Abetifi, in the Eastern Region. I was very excited about this change because Abetifi is closer to the capital, Accra; it is also not too far from my family's town in Kumasi. A lot people put the fear of God in me because apparently, Abetifi sits on top of a mountain. I think it is the second highest inhabitable town in Ghana. Some family friends commented that the drive the mountain was crucial; the mentioned boulders falling and the lack of road ramps. Not true. It is actually a bearable ride to the top. And absolutely scenic. The best of all is that the weather is lovely. We get a nice breeze all day and the evening it is considerably cooler. I have a few sweaters so I'm fine with that.
I've already ventured into town to buy food and household items. My school has spoiled me though, I have absolutely everything that I could possibly need in my bungalow. It's quite cozy and welcoming and I'm very satisfied.
Classes have commenced but I won't begin working with students until later. I was introduced to the whole school at this morning's assembly and that was.... interesting. They cling to your every word and hoot a lot when you spill out a little twi. I was beside myself with nervousness but overall, I think they are really friendly and I am going to enjoy working with them. For the record, IFESH works with teacher training colleges, now known as colleges of education. So my students are twenty-something year olds; I will not tell them my age however:)
What will make this assignment easier is having a roommate. Andrielle is a Peace Corps Volunteer from Philly; she will be teaching IT at the college. She's been in Ghana for 4 months already, longer than I have ever been on my previous visits. I will profile her later!


4 comments:

Chinye said...

Mabel! Wow, you're really in Ghana! Congratulations! I can't wait to keep up with your journey :-)

Ama Kyei said...

@ Chinye- Yes, i'm really here! lol, I can't wait to see where this journey takes me, tag along! How did the language training go in FL?

Zainab Sankoh said...

I can't wait to see what goodies you'll bring back for me from all the places you'll visit! I know you got me lol!

Ama Kyei said...

You know I got you! Lol, I miss you much!

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