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Sunday, November 15, 2015

My ICS Experience so far in Northern Ghana. Ruth Holland :)

At Mole Game Reserve.





As I begin to write this blog I am coming to the end of my 4th week on this ICS placement. These past 4 weeks have gone by so unbelievably fast. Time is just flying. I'm Ruth, I'm 18 years old and I'm from Manchester. I am a part of the RAINS project in Ghana. 

After 4 weeks of being here, life is starting to feel normal. I have settled in here much better and faster than I thought I would. Everyone has been so friendly, especially my host family. I have met some of the most amazing people since being here. My host mum is very inspirational. She not only has 5 children and a full time job as a teacher, she is also involved in running an orphanage. How does one person do all that? She is truly incredible. 

At RAINS office during a monthly clean-up exercise. 
The family has been so welcoming and helped me get involved in daily family life. Family life here has taught me a lot. It is so different from mine at home. The children do so much around the house. They cook, clean, hand wash their own clothes. Personally, I struggle to make a piece of toast without burning it.

 The first time I hand-washed my own clothes I found it really hard, the children were laughing at me because I was so bad at it. The children always want to help when they can. If they see me carrying something they run over asking me if I need any help. They are just truly lovely children. 

At BICAF Bolgatanga!
I don't think I could have asked for a better host family, they are so loving and have accepted me into the family. I am so grateful to them for this. Before arriving here I was so worried about moving into my host home. I didn't want them to think I was intruding. Feeling uncomfortable living in someone else's home was also a massive worry but I feel so comfortable living there. My host home is starting to feel like my home. 

Since being here the thing I have struggled with the most with has to be the food. I have tried so many unfamiliar but also wonderful new foods. I have also learnt how to cook some of Ghana's most famous dishes including delicious banku and t.z. It took me a few days to discover some foods that I like but now I am used to the food and I really enjoy the food here. 

My experience here so far has been so eye opening and life changing. I'm sure my experience will just keep getting better and better.