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Almost 7 weeks done and finally I’ve gotten round to writing another blog post. The last few weeks have been full of ‘ups and downs’ mainly due to illness from both myself and megan. Being ill makes it harder to keep everything in perspective how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and makes that scary and inevitable feeling of homesickness come how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar up. But the good thing is that there’s ways of dealing with it and it passes. I tried to write a blog post two weeks ago how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar but it was pretty bad because of the mood I how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar was in, I’ve saved it and it’ll be funny to read back in a year. It’s strange thinking back to only two weeks when today, typing this, I feel totally at home in our room. I think having a good support system around you is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the most important thing. I received letters for the first time today and this how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar was a massive boost and is a link to home how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar unlike any facebook message. Not only support from home helps but the support and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar friendship I have from megan is something that I appreciate how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and feel lucky to have. And of course the other volunteers here in ghana as how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar well.

I think what I didn’t realise about a year away with project trust is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that it’s the small moments that make you the happiest and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar most appreciative of either the culture, people or your partner (please don’t read this megan). The last few weeks have been made up of moments how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar like these.

Last friday we visited our friend keli who is a how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar farmer/musician. He speaks in an american accent, he says this is because of how much western music how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar he has listened to. He has a lot of plans for his farm, he wants to build an art centre and library on how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar his land and would love us to be involved in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the construction of it. This is so exciting and I think it’s more exciting purely because of how enthusiastic keli is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar about the idea and his motivation to make something worthwhile how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and use his skills to benefit others.

We had sally and sarah to stay at our project how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar last weekend and despite a rough night of illness we how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar all powered through and spent a nice day in hohoe how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar where they introduced us to a ghanaian street food stall how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that sells THE BEST meals. Their company is always a highpoint because I love hearing how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar all about their project and how they’re getting on.

Last week I ventured to school by myself since megan how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar was bed bound so each evening we had something fun how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar planned. Most memorable was a makeover session which turned, predictably, into a beyoncé sing along and then tragically into an how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar adele sing along (no offence adele).

One night we both couldn’t get to sleep and were just lying there listening how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to the fan go round and round so we just how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar said no to sleep and had a midnight movie session how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and watched spirit, emotional. I’m also very proud to say that megan is now how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a true harry potter fan, and as soon as we’re back in the UK we will go to the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar harry potter studios to make her an expert.

Since megan was absent from school this concerned a lot how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of the teachers as they look out for us to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar make sure we are getting along well with all the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar new things that a new culture brings. The head teacher and secretary came to visit our house how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and megan one evening. They suggested that they should pray for megan which involved how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a lot of hissing and asking god to rid us how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of illness and fear. Because of how strange the situation was we didn’t know what to do with ourselves.

At school itself the best moment has been when my how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar primary 4 class presented the songs they have been making how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar up about metals and non-metals to the class. This type of learning through group work and creating things how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar themselves is something they are not used to since they how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar normally just copy notes. They were unsure what to do when I told them how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar I wanted them to make up their own little presentation how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar but the results were amazing and I loved seeing how how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar proud of themselves they were.

More recently we have purchased a ton of the colourful how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar ghanaian material which we have taken to the seamstress who how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar will magically turn them into dresses, trousers and tops for us. Ghanaians are always so beautifully dressed so I am very how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar excited to see the results.

On sunday we went to the orphanage on our weekly how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar pilgrim to go to church with them. When we arrived they were all dressed in their sunday how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar best but the children told us no we’re not going, luke is going to america. I didn’t know what to think and didn’t really understand what they were talking about. We were then told by mama, the owner of the orphanage, that luke had been adopted and was getting picked up how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar at any moment by his new parents from america. A taxi pulled up and his new mum and her how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar father walked up to us all and hugged luke. The enormity of what was happening was something me and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar megan couldn’t even start to process since it had all happened how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the space of 10 minutes. Luke who had grown up in this orphanage in ghana how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar all his life would be in the USA in a how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar few days, living in his own house, going to a new school, meeting new people and living in a culture that he how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar doesn’t even know exists. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a big, important moment in my life. For both luke and his new mum it is life how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar changing and it was just by chance that we got how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to be part of it. Rachel, his adoptive mother, has visited many times so knows luke and the orphanage how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar well so I am sure that in the future he how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar will be back to visit.

This week a group of around 40 volunteers who are how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar age 15-18 from england came to ve-koloenu to build the new orphanage. I didn’t realise that the orphanage are getting removed from the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar building they are currently in so without the new building how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar they would have nowhere to go. The company that has organised the school trip is called how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar venture force. The work they are doing is definitely invaluable. The volunteers make brick for 4 hours in the day how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and then for the other parts of the day the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar visit other schools and tourist attractions. We were lucky enough to be invited to go to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar wli (pronounced vlee) waterfalls with them by their expedition leader tim. Wli was awesome and we were so excited to go how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar since we’d planned to go last weekend but couldn’t because of being ill. It has been so nice to have their company over how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the past few days. Small groups of the volunteers came into my primary 5 how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar lessons to do a bit of paired reading with the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar boys.

This week has totally flown past, each day disappears (in a good way) when we are teaching. One lesson is an hour long, there are 5 periods in a day, a 15 minute break and a half an hour lunch how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar break. I teach on average 4 periods a day which gives how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar me a free period to get to know the other how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar teachers in the staff room. Eric (P2) and lucky (science) are both so excited about the idea of us teaching how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar them to use the laptop, I have already shown lucky how to type on word. None of the teachers have ever used a computer before how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar so watching their faces while they type is priceless. I showed him the basics like backspace, spacebar and caps lock and then let him type for how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar half an hour or so. This was the result:

Seems like a bad party. In ghana eating is a very sociable event. Whenever we go into the staff room and someone is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar having a meal they say ‘you are invited’, welcoming us to join them in eating their food. Mostly I decline but sometimes they insist after they find how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar out I’ve never had whatever ghanaian delicacy they are eating.

My timetable changed at the start of the week after how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a new maths teacher was employed, meaning that praises (maths and french teacher) could take on more french classes. This has meant that I am now doing more science how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and ICT which I am very excited about. I’m teaching P4 and P5 science which is a lot how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of fun but also very tiring because they won’t sit down half the time. The P5 class is made up of 5 very sweet how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar boys who have to share a classroom with the louder how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar P4’s, so there’s normally a shouting match between the classes telling the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar other side of the room be quiet, this doesn’t normally help the situation as you can imagine.

We have started going to the orphanage two times a how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar week to play with the children and read with them. On tuesday we went and read the cat in the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar hat with some of the younger kids. It’s only until you’re older that you can appreciate what a legend dr how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar suess was, the combination of the story, rhyming words and pictures had 10 children captivated, they made us read it twice over.

On thursday we visited again, this time bringing the hunchback of notre dame which is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar not very good for people whose second language is english. Words like sanctuary, molten lead, gargoyles and quizimodo (or whatever his name was) stumped all the children. This year our main priority is to help all the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar pupils with their reading as their ability in this is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar not very good since very few of them have ever how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar been given their own textbook let alone a book to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar read by themselves.

At the orphanage I went with priscilla (P6 student) down to the river to collect water which is used how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar for showering, washing etc. I was expecting a 5 minute trip but when we how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar got down there all the boys jumped straight into the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar river and started swimming around. It is a perfect place so myself and priscilla sat how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and chatted on the rocks about school and what she how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar wants to be when she’s older (a doctor). She has been at the orphanage for 6 years now how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and when I asked what she liked best about it how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar she said it was all good.

Our evenings are spent planning lessons, learning ewe, eating (ghanaian chocolate is the best thing ever), relaxing, listening to everything my ipod has to offer, planning holidays, cleaning, washing, reading, visiting people and relaxing, again. It’s pretty chilled out. One thing I wanted to do this year was get how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar into reading again as I hadn’t read a book in a long, long time. I think I’ve already read 5, so mission accomplished.

Living in ve koloenu is perfect for many reasons but how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar one of the main ones is how close we are how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to other project trust volunteers. Last thursday was a school holiday so myself and megan how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar made a plan to visit sarah and sally at their how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar project in the beautiful village of liate wote which is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar at the base of mount afatjato which is said to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar be the highest point in ghana (however it is beside mountains that are taller but these how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar are in togo). We set off on wednesday evening in a shared taxi how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar with a friendly taxi driver called alfred and arrived as how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the sun was setting. The town is ridiculously picturesque and is just the right how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar amount of rural. We met up with sarah and sally and had our how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar tea with them, in the room where they have their food there were how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar also 4 belgian girls who were visiting for a couple how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of days and were also climbing the mountain the next how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar day. One of them had been to ghana for her year how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar out so this was her yearly visit and she had how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar brought her flatmates along. They planned on climbing the mountain the next day but how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar at noon. We said we were going at 6am, as suggested by every ghanaian ever, ‘the sun is too much, you will not make it’.

The alarm went off at 5am the next morning, we all slowly got up and had a feast of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar peanut butter and jam sandwiches. We then set off with our guide, secondary school pupil jacob who was in flip flops, towards the mountain. Even though it was disgustingly early it was still boiling how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and we had to take a number of stops. We walked up a vertical jungle and maybe an hour how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar later we reached the top.

Tegba falls is probably one of the prettiest places I how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar have ever been and it felt even better since this how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar is our first proper ‘ghaventure’. We swam right behind the column of water and it how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar was insane, saying something ‘took my breath away’ isn’t something I’d normally say but the look on sally’s face and probably mine summed it all up. We took far too many pictures trying to capture how how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar good it was but none of them really do it how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar justice. We will definitely be going back.

More recently we have been to hohoe and we went how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to carlitos, a pizzeria, that chloe and victoria introduced us to and we had how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar western food and it was amazing. In hohoe so far we have been to the taste how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar lodge and carlitos, both have very friendly staff but carlitos’ food is quicker and there’s a lot more choice. However these meals cost about 20-30 cedi (roughly £5) whereas in ve koloenu you can get a whole meal how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar for 2 cedi (40p). The best ghanaian food so far for me has been how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar sweet potato which is mashed with chillies and dried cassava how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar or kenke which is made from maize with a tomatoy how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar sauce.

It’s coming up to 3 weeks that we have been how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar here and I feel pretty much settled in. Our routine is beginning to become consistent and we’re getting used to all the household jobs that seem how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to take up so much time. The language is still something I struggle with but we’re slowly getting there with the basics and this week how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar we are going to start doing lessons with naomi. This week we will also start doing reading clubs at how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the orphanage. I brought fantastic mister fox with me from home and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar I’ve found the cat in the hat at school so how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar these can get us started. The children at the orphanage are unbelievably cute and enthusiastic how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and emelda (she looks after all the children and is our host) is basically a saint. She feeds 40 kids every day at the orphanage and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar cooks for the whole school at lunch along with providing how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar myself and megan with our tea. She has created a place where all the children call how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar their home and after meeting bless a boy who has how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar left the orphanage and is now at university we have how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar begun to realise how they are all one big family how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar who look after each other.

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