Please find below reflections from Grade 11 students who took part in the CAS/Service Learning trip.
CAS Reflections – Akorlikope Health Screening Committee
My service trip to Akorlikope was an absolute eye opener. The process taught me how to collaborate with my friends and even with the nurses from Rabito, and one thing I took away from the planning process was to always plan ahead. At Akorlikope, I was mainly part of the health screening process which was extremely challenging because I had to make sure I understood the patients and communicate well with the Rabito team and Doctors. From that experience, I learnt the art of patience and commitment because there were times where I really wanted to give up. Throughout our time there, I constantly reflected on my life and kept telling myself how extremely blessed I am to have food to eat and good water to drink every day. All in all, I must say my trip to Akorlikope has taught me to be grateful for everything I have and to always give back to the less privileged. – Aku Addo, Grade 11.
The Akorlikope trip was a very nice experience. I got to visit a village for the first time. I noticed that the school, Graceland Academy, needs a-lot of help to fully finish developing. Helping them made me feel very good. I was part of the Rabito Clinic team, so I got to help the people of Akorlikope get screened for Hepatitis B and other things. Working with the Rabito team was a very interesting experience because I got to work with actual nurses and I got to learn a bit of Ewe. All in all, being a part of the Health screening team was very amazing – Danielle Manteaw, Grade 11.
Our trip to Akorlikope was an amazing and educational one. At Akorlikope we carried out a massive health screening with almost 100 participants. This was done in partnership with the Rabito Clinic in a bid to spread awareness of Hepatitis B and prevent its further spread in countries like Ghana. Participating in the health screening at Akorlikope was an eye opening experience. The majority of the people spoke no English and were not literate. So we had to use our best communication skills to get the right message across without confusing anyone. The level of community in Akorlikope was so strong. Everyone was looking out for their neighbours. If someone didn’t understand English or couldn’t read or write, someone who could, would quickly chip in to clear any confusion. The people there, despite their lack of privilege were so happy and optimistic. They were so thankful to us for educating them and helping them out. Many people in the town who were older were surprisingly spry for their age. Ninety year olds were walking kilometres to the school to participate in the screening. It was amazing. This journey to Akorlikope was one I would be glad to repeat. So many new skills were acquired and I am genuinely glad to have had a hand in positively influencing so many lives – Etornam, Grade 11.
It was an interesting experience even though it was a bit difficult because of the language barrier but in the end we were able to get everyone screened. It was also nice to see how happy the children were, even though they don’t have much, especially after we gave them the books and pencils. It really made me think we need to appreciate what we have and strive to work hard to help those in need – Sophia, Grade 11.
Reflections from Tetteh Ocloo State School for the Deaf
I was overjoyed when I was told I was going to the School of the Deaf. I was excited to learn a different language and interact with the students. Initially, I was really scared, because I did not understand sign language I was scared I may offend the students or I may not be able to interact with them at all, but that was not the case in any way. The students were very welcoming and they even taught as the basics of sign language and I am proud to say that I can say the alphabet in sign language as well as I learnt a poem in sign language. Despite the challenge of not being able to use sign language, the experience was worthwhile. One thing I took from this trip was I need to be more grateful, there are people who do not have as much as I do but they are content. That is one thing that will forever remain in my heart and it will continue to push me to make an impact in my community – Ayeyi Hammond, Grade 11.
One of my best experiences was when I stepped foot into the Tetteh Ocloo State School of the Deaf. The previous days, when my friends and I were discussing what the experience would be like, I did not know what to expect. The experience exceeded my expectations. From learning sign language to interacting with the beautiful children, it was all so amazing. I am very grateful to the CAS team for letting my classmates and I embark on this trip for we learnt a lot and had too much fun. It was a marvelous experience and I hope to visit all the kids there again. – Ama, Grade 11.
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