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VWA Volunteers Getting out in to Ghana

VWA Volunteers Getting out in to Ghana

Date Posted: 18/06/2015
This weekend the current VWA volunteer team took a well earned break to get out and about and enjoy some sights, sounds and R&R...
VWA Volunteers unwind at the weekend?

The current Volunteer West Africa team of volunteers embarked upon our 4 day trip and the first stop was at Opeikuma, a village outside of Kokrobite on the way to Cape Coast, Ghana. The villagers were extremely welcoming and embraced us with open arms, proud to show us around their community and explain their hardships, predominantly stemmed from their rural location and a lack of clean water. We paid a visit to Opeikuma school, and from start to finish it was a busy few hours! Upon speaking with the headmaster we were informed that the school has over 720 children enrolled ranging from kindergarten to senior high school; this is continuing to increase due to migration to the developing area of Opeikuma. We were fortunate to meet the school committee team, partnered through Volunteer West Africa with a school in the UK, and were additionally privileged to meet Sarah, an orphan who is supported by VWA. We spent the evening at Opeikuma and were looked-after by Chris, VWA team member and proud Opeikuma community member with the vision for supporting his village to develop for children to access education to grow and prosper. Whilst there, Chris explained that his farm allows him to donate some of his crops to children and families that otherwise find it difficult to afford to feed themselves, supporting those less fortunate. A staff member at the guest house also pampered us ladies and we were very spoilt to receive a pedicure!

On Friday we made our way towards Cape Coast, and so did the rain as we are mid-tropical wet season right now! However this didn't dampen our spirits. One we had arrived we visited Elmina Castle, undertaking an hour long guided tour. The tour was full of historical information, including the European governance of the castle and the dynamic changes that the locals faced during the periods of slavery. It was startling to hear of the vast amount of individuals who had passed through the doors of Elmina and their harrowing treatment whilst there. The evening allowed the locals the opportunity to show off their dance moves, whilst also allowing us to enjoy the luxurious fish that had been freshly caught that day, as Cape Coast is notoriously recognised as a successful fishing town. 

Saturday began with a quick breakfast pit stop and we visited Kalkum National Park. The national park boasts an array of scenic picture-perfect moments within the forest and homes a range of animals, however tourists tend to frighten these animals and unfortunately we were unable to observe too many. During our visit to Kalkum, we all agreed to undertake the Canopy walk, some 40-50 feet above ground level, amongst the forestation within the park. It was safe to say that this was an experience not for the faint hearted, but I am proud to report that we all completed the 6 canopy walks and survived to tell the tale; photos were few and far between as Katy, a current volunteer at VWA with a degree in photography, braved her fear of heights resulting in a general distraction from photo taking! Saturday evening boasted the traditional entertainment of tribal dance and song; an extremely impressive and energetic piece of musical entertainment! Sunday saw our departure from Cape Coast and our journey back to VWA base, all in all an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable weekend was had by all!
Author: Volunteer West Africa

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