I used to have this slide show presented as a google docs slide show, but it took a really long time to load, so I changed the post to simply display the slides from the show.
I tried to make the presentation interactive so we learned a few Twi language phrases throughout.
Not surprisingly, no one in the class knew where Ghana was!
Since Ghana and Colorado are similar in size, this made for a handy comparison.
I mentioned that the Christians and Muslims seem to get along fairly well in Ghana.
A couple of people knew the day of the week they were born, but not many, so this bit was of limited value I think.
Ghanaian by birth, now a US citizen, Freddy was a big deal a few years ago.
I like this slide, the kids liked it too.
Time for another phrase:
This got a laugh.
Talked about how awesome kente is ;-)
And the many adrinka symbols of course.
Explained how they used talking drums to communicate between villages. before cell phones, of course.
Leading into some slides of my village:
The view from my school
Oh yes, the word you'll hear most often!
A good launching point for the ant story.
And my only picture of Mr. Africa, my right-hand man.
A good shot to illustrate how run-down everything is.
talked a bit about corporal punishment here, you know, public canings for misdeeds perpetrated by the students.
Wanted to make sure they could see that the kids were pretty much just regular kids.
And a shot illustrating how simple the furnishings were.
The primary school furnishings were really simple!
School lunch cafeteria
Of course a good discussion on fufu, and getting used to eating fufu.
And a story about the first time I bought a plantain and thought it was a great big banana.
And last but not least a grisly description of kenke, and how I eventually learned to love it.
Illustrating the importance of eating with one's right hand. My napkin is permanently in my left hand to prevent any social faux pas.
Fried yams and pepper sauce. How I miss it.
The unique Ghanaian way of eating oranges. Slice the top off and squeeze.
You know you're in the big city when you see fan ice. So good.
My favorite egg sandwich stand. The man was a genius.
Ladies looking good and probably on their way to a funeral, judging by the clothes. Funerals are a big deal in Ghana.
Everything is named. This bus or tro-tro is named "Ringo!" Love it.
Wish me luck! If they're anything like the students I had to teach in Ghana, I'm doomed. Just kidding, I'm sure it will be fine. I just hope I'm not too boring. Oh yes I will pull out the ant story, no question ;-)