What To Pack

The following list provides a guideline for students planning to visit Ghana and the Bosomtwe Community School:

  • Antimalarial drugs and other required medicine. Please click here for more information on health advice and packing tips.
  • A pair of gloves to prevent blisters when using a shovel at the school work site
  • A pair of shoes/trainers/sneakers that are allowed to get dirty
  • Flip flops and sandals are allowed, but protect your feet when working around mud, cement, shovels and bricks
  • Flashlight
  • Clothing sufficient for 1 week. Don’t overload on clothing, it is advisable to prepare an outfit for each day. For girls, make sure to bring appropriate shorts and shirts that cover and respect other Ghanaian culture so don’t wear any clothes too revealing. Long sleeve shirts are recommended for evenings when mosquitoes are likely to come out.
  • Gadgets and valuables are expected to stay at home. Even for bus rides it is encouraged to socialize or look out the window. You can bring your phones but we will have a school phone if you need to reach your family and we will send periodic updates to all parents.
  • An Adapter. Ghana has English plugs for chargers.
  • A camera if you are one of the photographers. It is advisable to discuss among students who will take photographs, instead of having everybody constantly take pictures on their phones.
  • A small soccer ball to play outside with (Optional)
  • A bathing suit in case we spend time at the Bosomtwe lake. The lake does not contain the schistosomiasis worm and ZIS students swam in the lake before.
  • Feel free to bring granola/cereal bars or any kind of snack with you when feeling hungry. Peanut butter jars and nutella jars are also great, as we often eat bread for breakfast. (Optional)
  • Sunblock, sunglasses and a hat
  • A towel
  • Don’t worry about bringing water bottles, we will bring enough for all students throughout the week
  • Hand sanitation that contains alcohol
  • Deodorant, you will get tired and hot when working at the school
  • A pen or pencil and notebook for those who would like to keep a journal during their stay (Optional)
  • Any old clothes, toys, books, or other educational materials you may have can be donated to the students at BCS (Optional)
  • A mosquito net is highly recommended, make sure you know how to set up the net before you go to Ghana (Optional)
  • Toilet bag with toothbrush and toothpaste

For any questions regarding what else to pack, please contact your trip’s supervisor or leave a comment below.

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Description

The school we are at is called the Bosomtwe Community School. It is outside of the city. It is in the country side (around the school there are a few houses, some fields and mainly trees.) It takes about 40 min to drive from where we live to school. We take the school bus in the morning. Either the children use the school bus or they walk to school.

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The school itself is very small. There are about 80 students in total. The school has 5 different classes: KG 1, KG 2, 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade. The main school building has only 2 classrooms and one storages room.Since there are only 2 classrooms, 3 of the classes are taught outside on the porch. The porch is used by 1st , 2nd (which are combined) and 3rd grade. The school has 5 teachers and one principle. 

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There is no electricity at the school. So there are no computers, lights or Smart Boards at the school. So the teachers write on black boards (they are like white boards, just instead of using markers they use chalk). The children use mainly slates, as they don’t have much paper. Slates are like mini black boars, so the children use chalk to write on them. One cool thing about slates is that you can use it, then easily erase them and use them again, just like a white board!

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The school building does not have taps for water; instead, there is a water pump. However at the moment the pump doesn’t work, so in order to get water the teachers walk to the near by village to get water and bring it back. 

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The children usually sit outside in the schoolyard before and after school as well as for recess and lunchtime. The schoolyard has 2 big trees, which have benches around them. For most of the time the students sit on those.The other school building is the dinning hall, but it is not quiet finished yet. It’s brand new and is very big. This is where the children will have their lunch. The dinning hall will include the kitchen. Currently the kitchen is a small single room hut. At the moment it is the place where cook cooks. She cooks using a really big pot and cooks over a fire. The new dinning hall will also have the bathrooms as well as storage room for supplies.

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This new building is nearly finished. Here is the progress so far:

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