Four graduates of Youth Fed’s summer ‘18 programme and members of our NCS Cheshire East Local Youth Board, have just returned from an 11-day ‘African Adventure’ to Faith International School in Ghana during their Easter holidays.
The adventure organised in partnership with African Adventures, first began during the graduate’s summer NCS programme where they were first presented with the opportunity. The grads rose to the challenge and began their fundraising and collection of donations ahead of the trip which departed on 6th April.
The team left Manchester airport and after a lengthy journey of planes and buses, we arrived on the ‘Golden Coast’ of Woe in Ghana. The team settled into their accommodation and met an in-country host, Stephen, and were soon introduced to the school that they would be supporting for the next week; Faith International.
The hard work began on the Monday as the team began to make bricks by hand which would soon be used to build new classrooms for the school. The graduates also helped the school’s teachers to deliver English, Maths, Art and IT lessons to a range of different age groups and spent plenty of time playing games with the children during their break times.
The graduates had plenty of opportunities to explore the local community, experience traditional African drumming and dancing, try local delicacies and even had their own African shirts/dresses made. During the weekend, the team travelled to Cape Coast for an adventure weekend. They visited Cape Coast castle which was used in the transport of slaves for hundreds of years and then ascended into Kakum national park to a 130-foot-tall canopy walkway amongst the trees (a few were trying hard not to look down…)
The final day in school ended with an incredible ceremony of dance and music as we presented the school with donations and gifts that had been collected from back in the UK. The donations included stationery, games, books and sports equipment for the school to use.
The adventure was an experience never to be forgotten and the team witnessed first-hand the incredible work that volunteers from both Ghana and the UK were doing to support young people in their education and to give them the best chance of success in the future.
NCS Grad, Matt, said the trip was “a once in a lifetime experience to meet incredible people with incredible stories. Ghana is truly a place of rich cultural heritage and with such a strong welcoming you can’t help but become immersed in it.”
Our thanks go to all those that have supported our team throughout the trip, the African Adventures team for making it all possible, and everyone we met in Ghana who made our trip an incredible experience.