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PWA Volunteer teaching music in Ghana, West Africa
PWA Volunteer teaching music in Ghana, West Africa
PWA Volunteer working on the International Schools Partnership Programme
PWA Volunteer teaching music in Ghana, West Africa
PWA Volunteer getting some chill time from her work placement

A day in the life of a PWA volunteer

Date Posted: 04/12/2016

Read about a day in the life of Lucy who was working with Partner West Africa for 3 months jointly at the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre and on the International Schools Partnership Programme.

Monday 28th November

After a rest over the weekend I woke up at 7:15am and got up, dressed, and ready for some breakfast. After a couple of months I seem to have just about got the knack of the toaster here at the volunteer guesthouse! At 9am was the daily ‘toolbox talk’ where we all chat about the coming day, and then I got going with some work. I spent the morning doing a presentation to use at an assembly at a UK school in a couple of weeks [as part of the PWA International Schools Partnership Scheme], and getting ready to go to a local primary school this afternoon, the other school in that partnership. I also joined the children at the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre outside at break and lunch which is always fun – they have so much energy!

After lunch, I went to teach my weekly music lesson in Kindergarten 2 class in the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre. It’s always loud (we play recorders!) but always fun. We have also been using everyday objects as instruments lately, e.g. a tin and sticks for a drum, two stones to hit together, or the rustle of the pure water bags that we drink from! They have such rhythm – I’m amazed by it!

At 2pm that lesson finished and I quickly got my stuff for the primary school visit. It’s about a 10-minute walk so by the time I get there I’m always very hot! It was a big day for the School Partnership Programme as we recorded a performance of ‘Jingle Bells’ on the recorder for their partner school after a few weeks of recorder lessons, which will form part of the assembly I’m delivering in the UK when I’m home. I was so pleased with the performance and have really enjoyed this project. The other volunteers came to watch and support too, which was really nice! A successful visit.

When we got back to the volunteer guest house (about 3:15pm), I had a quick shower to cool off and then a group of us went out to get a drink at the beach. We found a really nice little beach bar that we hadn’t been to before - I would definitely go there again! An ice-cold Club (local beer) by the sea was a great way to wind down after the day.  We got home to the great smell of dinner cooking! Then at 6:30pm we all sat down together to have our evening meal (always a highlight of the day!!)  This is a really nice way to catch up with everyone and find out what we’ve all done. Today’s meal was Red-Red (bean stew with red palm oil) and fried plantain. This is definitely a favourite in the house!

After sitting around chatting and eating, suddenly it’s 8pm! Time flies. 8pm can only mean one thing…time for tea and biscuits before an early night!

Author: Lucy - PWA Volunteer

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