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Monday, July 3, 2017

The one where they all go to Ghana



                Welcome to Tamale, Ghana. Where else can you get a taxis for twenty pence, wake up naturally at six in the morning and feel cool in 30 degree heat? We, Cohort Seven of International Service have been in Tamale – a city in the northern region of Ghana – for just over a week and already feel completed immersed in Ghanaian city life.

Team Leader Katie's Birthday!


                It’s been a wild ride from the moment we left Heathrow up until now. We arrived in Tamale on the Thursday night and met our wonderful host families. We’ve learnt to navigate the taxis system in Tamale, which functions as a car-based version of the London Underground. We’ve learnt the language and the many different greetings which are used in Ghana, when you will undoubtedly use the wrong answer many times. We’ve learnt when mangos are good for eating (and when they are good, they are good). And finally, we’ve learnt about sustainable development in Ghana and what we actually came here to do.

                We are working for a charity called RAINS (Regional Advisory Information Network System) on a project called ‘Safe choices’ that aims to educate children on how to make better long-term decision for their future. For us, this mainly involves encouraging children to stay in school and teaching them about sexual health. Also we go into the communities to make sure the people there are provided with accurate information about sexual and reproductive health.
Emily, Bronte and Katie in Nanton-Kurugu


This cohort we are beginning to investigate the rates of teenage pregnancy in communities and, by the end of it, we hope to have gathered enough information to establish the first women’s community club. We will also be establishing more Children’s Community Clubs in the communities and doing a lot of baseline research. We believe its important that the children have the right information at the right age but we also believe its important that parents have the information too. So a lot of research will be done on how we can spread information to people and make sure that the work we are doing is sustainable.


                Ghana is an incredible place to live. Everyday something surprises you. Hopefully we’ll be able to wrap our heads around living here soon. But even in the first seven days we’ve had many experiences that we will never forget, who knows what the next three months will bring!