During the moments when we were kind of okay to move, we got to explore the beauty that is the Volta Region. The small village we stayed in (the quietest town we have stayed in yet, barely anyone yells Foreigner! at us in their native tongue and nobody has tried to rip a piece of my white skin off to see if it’s real, is surrounded by lush mountains, including Mount Afedjato, the highest mountain in Africa. We also visited Volta Lake, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary (we got to feed monkeys in the forest and have them jump on us!), visit some markets, and hike the Wli Waterfalls, a very intense and steep hike. Michael, our native Ghanian friend from Accra, even came to join us. He also brought up a debate that I feel passionate about when it comes to Ghana…littering! He threw a biscuit wrapper into the forest, claiming that it was okay because everyone else had done it. Because this angers me beyond belief, I scolded him. When Stephanie threw a banana peel on the ground, however, Michael scolded her. Apparently, the belief is that people slip on banana peels, not plastic. Our response was that banana peels are biodegradable. Judging by the pollution in Ghana, I am guessing many people go with the thought that because others do it, it is okay. Ironic, since there are so many signs saying “Keep Ghana Clean!” and “Buy Your Garbage Bins!, which are very hard to find.
Overall, I have enjoyed this trip thoroughly, especially becoming close with the children and meeting new friends in Ghana, salsa dancing with foreigners, drinking wine on the beach, exploring new villages, and learning about the culture. If anyone is planning on traveling to Ghana and has any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at JDFESTA@gmail.com.