NATALIE E. WILLENS (BERKELEY, CA, USA)
I came to Ghana on June 3rd, 2009 and volunteered with GCS for three weeks. I lived in a home stay in Akoefe with my host mother Aku, her niece Pearl, and Becca from Oklahoma. I taught English and Math in the primary school for the first week and then moved on to teaching computer classes. Because of the language/accent barrier, I think my efforts in the computer classes were much more effective as there was a visual medium to communicate through and the children’s interest and motivation were generally higher. I also worked at Ho farms, a farm and training center doing mushroom farming, rabbit feeding, and citrus tree planting. I feel that with specific projects such as the mural painting (which Becca and I initiated at the school) and the daily computer classes made possible by the computer room at Ho farms made my experience more meaningful to both me and the students.