Hello from across the pond! It’s been a while so I figured I’d throw my thirsty followers a bone. Life here has drastically changed since I last updated you. The peacefulness that I naively perceived as ~boring~ when the students weren’t here has been replaced with the interminable buzz of 300 elementary and middle school deaf students.
School opened about 6 weeks ago so we have lots to catch up on. I’ll rewind to the beginning. In the beginning God created heaven and Earth… In the days before “the first day of school” I didn’t understand why there wasn’t that preparation bustle that happens at the end of the summer in American schools. Aaand thenn the first monday came and I suddenly understood. The students are the ones who prepare the school here. I think about 15 students showed up at first day. Aaand they cleaned. As the week dragged on and more students continued to trickle in, I realized I wouldn’t be teaching that first week. Soo the teachers use it as a week to catch up with each other and plan their lessons, andd the students scrub every inch of the school. I think that’s what they call a win-win? A Symbiotic relationship?
Ok so the first week the students prepare the school. And the students know that’s the game plan.. so most wait until week 2 to show up. Smart kids. (Not sure what the other 15 kids are thinking..) for my school real classes started the second week. This is totally dependent on the school. Some of my friends (which I have ok) at different schools didn’t start til the 4th week. It just depends on your location, headmaster, students, access to buildings, etc. I’m technically teaching creative art for Primary 4, 5 and 6. However since school has started I’ve taught primary and middle school art, Basic Design & Technology, Information Communication & Technology (The assumption that all Americans are technologically saavy might be my demise), religious and moral education, math, aaand English.
^^ First week of school – playing 7-up a timeless classic
^^ compared to 2nd week of school
Students are still trickling in and were approaching.. I believe week 7? My classes generally have 20-30 students in them. 20-30 is a hectic number of teenage Deaf students but we manage… That is if you consider a classroom on the constant brink of turning into a good old mtv dance off managing. Oooh my god my students like to dance. Which actually works to my advantage because if they behave we do dance off Fridays.
^^two students rehearsing for the dance off – not messing around.
So apart from setting up So You Think You Can dance Ghana, one of my first projects upon school starting was helping raise awareness for the HIV club. (The school with the best HIV awareness gets a lil prize $$) so i made I made ribbons and posters for the school. Ok ok my students helped me… Omg fine! I showed 2 students how to make the ribbons and left them to their own devices but what would you do if you had free laborers right at your finger tips! Sooo I delegated my excruciating ribbon making task to these girls…
And then delegated my poster making task to cous
^^thanks cous very helpful
Other than Teaching I spend most of my time cooking, thinking about food, shopping for food, resolving middle school girl conflicts, hanging out with other teachers, helping my students with their homework 👍, etc.
The market is something I am slowly getting th hang of. Haggling for a white girl like myself is generally more difficult than for the average Ghanaian. I know, its crazy! Despite my bronze tan the market women can still tell I’m not from here and assume I probably don’t know the going rates… Which is still very true.. however im learning from my Deaf co workers and think i may be getting somewhere. Only thing is the whole market thinks I’m Deaf… Don’t blow my cover.
^^heres my most recent haul. My favorite part of the market is what happens when people return for their trip to the market. They like to lay their food out and brag about how little they paid for everything. ( Aaand then laugh at me for how much i paid.) But it’s fine.. I’m just very invested in stimulating the economy here.
The number 1 question I get from home (other than “oh you’re still in Ghana..?”) Is what food I eat. I’ll do whole post on thay someday.. i know I shockingly have a lot to say on that topic.. In the mean time I’ll fill you in on my most recent accomplishment which is living without a fridge – I am aable to keep most of my food from spoiling by reheating it every morning & evening. A little tomato Tang never hurt anyone ~ except for maybe my bowels~. Howeveerrr After a few too many run ins with the neighborhood bad boys (turns out I’ve been supplying food for entire colonies of aants for months now..) I came up with this sweet ant free zone for my food. (Martha Stuart best watch her back)
^^ a lil DIY moat around my castle of groundnut soup (I think martha calls this one “pot floating in water”) Ft the evil dragon that guards the outside … Lol just kidding cous is useless.
Let’s seeee what else to tell you… Oh! I’m also a part time hair dresser now. Always good to have something to fall back on for when PC decides they’ve had enough of me.
^^ that moment when you finally find your calling in life!! 🙌🙌
^^lol no idea why I was allowed to do this
Alrighty i tbink thats all ive got for you for now! On the docket tonight is devouring this kenkey 👍👍 (ghanas favorite fast food – fermented, mashed, balled, and cooked corn with fish and ground pepper, onions and tomatoes) aand finish washing my clothes 👎👎
^^ kenkey 🤤
^^ my forearms arent sore yours are!!! (As always, sponsored by Crocs)
Suzy & cous