Traveling to region number 3-the Eastern region!

Traveling to region number 3-the Eastern region!

        I’m pleased to say that last week I was able to complete the first rough draft of my education research methods assignment.  It’s pretty rough-but that’s why it’s called a rough draft!  Along with continuing to put my nose to the grind, I found a delightful pastry in a delightful supermarket (which means a lot) and I got to visit the Eastern region-the third region of Ghana I’ve visited!  Here’s a look at last week’s activities.
For my education research methods term paper, I’m researching variables that affect Ghanaian adult English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in the classroom setting.  The idea for the research developed out of observing basic adult learners in the natural (classroom) setting.  Last week, I was able to gain the permission of these students and the professor to distribute a questionnaire to explore my research questions.  I received some very helpful information from the students.  After I explained what the questionnaire was about, the instructor told me he needed to explain again because the students said I had spoken too fast for them to understand.  As I was about to say okay, I realized that I needed to learn to communicate with the local people more effectively, so I asked him to let me try again.  When I did, I spoke more slowly and tried to use simpler words.  This time, they nodded their heads, smiled, and understood what I was saying!  It made me feel like less of an outsider once I was able to communicate effectively with them.

Thankful for this ESL class’ participation for my research study term paper, October 15, 2014

After Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) on Tuesday evening, my friend and I stopped by a supermarket for a bite to eat.  I had heard of this nice swanky supermarket but hadn’t had a chance to go inside.  I was very pleased to see Halloween decorations on the door!  When we walked in, walls were laced with spider webs and skeleton heads.  I thought the store must be owned by Americans since Americans are the main ones who celebrate Halloween.  My friend, John was explaining that Ghanaians don’t even celebrate Halloween-how sad!  The store was small but nicely laid out with with a deli, bakery, produce, and a canned goods section.  The pastries in the bakery were really lovely!  I mentioned several posts back that finding sweets is very difficult here;  pastries, cakes, and the most beautiful breads taste like water.  However, when I saw a lovely apple pastry displayed in the window, I knew I had to take a chance.  To my surprise, when I got home, heated a piece and tasted it, I was absolutely shocked.  It was so sweet, so rich, and so wonderful!  It was the sweetest thing I’ve had since I landed in Ghana, and it was absolutely delicious!  It was a pleasant break from the typical foods that I usually eat here (rice, chicken, and yam).  It’s nice to know that I’ve found a nice place to have some sweet eats!

YES, October 15, 2014

In addition to working on my research paper and finding a bakery that actually sells sweets, a friend invited me to a church service located in Nkawkaw, the Eastern region of Ghana.  We began around 5:00am last Saturday, picked up some of his church members, and drove through Aburi and on Northward to Nkawkaw.  The journey, as always, is half the fun.  Sitting in the front seat, I got to enjoy all of the beautiful scenery.  Early that morning, people were already out jogging and running up and down the hills of Aburi.  It’s amazing: Accra is not terribly scenic, but if you drive about 15 minutes out of the city, the land becomes very picturesque.  Anyone who travels to Accra should find a way to travel out, even if it’s just a few hours.  After we arrived at the church about three hours later, there were lively talks and seminars where people shared their experiences about following God.  Around 5:00pm we headed home.  As the sun melted over the tin roofs of Nkawkaw, I wanted to kick myself for not remembering to pack my camera!  All in all, it was a nice trip and a much needed opportunity to take a break from the dusty hustle and bustle of Accra, if only for a few hours!

Nkakum in the Eastern region-a nice break from the dusty hustle and bustle of Accra, October 18, 2014
The weeks here continue to be laced with papers and responsibilities.  Slowly but surely, I’m working my way out of the assignments.  I can only imagine what I’ll see and do next week!

2 thoughts on “Traveling to region number 3-the Eastern region!

  1. Excellent post and especially liked the way you were able to speak to the ESL class after getting a second chance. I love the fact that you are taking every opportunity to travel around Ghana and meet with folks in different areas. Take care.

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