Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Volunteer

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On August 30, 2011, I was swore in as a Peace Corps Volunteer by the US Ambassador to Ghana. The completion of my three months of fast paced training was a relief and now the marathon of 24 months of work begins. I am looking forward to this period and am now located at my assigned site in Brong Ahafo Region. School will begin on September 13, but still not sure what subject I will be teaching. Maths is the most likely.

I am finding it much different than training as I am the only Volunteer in the area and that situation is the one thing that the training program has difficulty preparing you for. I believe it will take some time and effort on my part to make new relationships with the many Ghanians that show an interest in the new resident of my village.

August 30, 2011 was also the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps program. The very first PC Volunteers came to Ghana and arrived August 30, 1961. For that reason our group of volunteers were invited to meet the President of Ghana and make an identical picture of that first group being welcomed by the then President of Ghana. A nice opportunity to meet the President and see his official residence and work place. It is of interest to me as in 1962 when I graduated from U. of Florida I went to an interview to join the Peace Corps. I joined the US Navy instead.

I continued to be in good health and look forward to this assignment.

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