From the Field: Life at the Umoja Centre

By: Natalie Daley

I’m happy to say that I’ve been in Tanzania for just over one month, and although it’s gone by far too fast, it has been an incredible experience. As soon as I left the Kilimanjaro Airport and began heading west to Arusha, my eyes were busy taking everything in, though not nearly big enough to capture everything that there is to see! There’s an underlying sense that everything here feels very alive. There are always many people walking and chatting, children playing and heading to and from school. Men lounging on motorbikes and women elegantly balancing bowls and bags of food on their heads. Herds of livestock constantly moving throughout neighbourhoods, and in the countryside, cows and goats happily moving along. The landscape is stunning and vibrant, with Mt. Meru in the background and beautiful jacaranda trees with purple flowers hanging over the streets.

Arusha landscapes

Arusha landscapes

Shireen and myself are the two newest YCI Youth Ambassadors in Arusha. We are staying together in the same home-stay, and are grateful to have been welcomed into such an enthusiastic and warm family. Our ‘Mama’ works for the Lutheran Church organization in Arusha where she speaks to pastors and Sunday school teachers about how to incorporate HIV/AIDS education within the church and to children. She often visits and monitors projects outside of the country and has spoken to us quite a bit about perspectives on HIV/AIDS and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) in various African countries. I really enjoy speaking to her because I learn a lot about prevalent issues in this area of the world. She is very animated when she speaks which makes her all the more lovable! I am working on my Kiswahili, but am able to greet people politely (in at least 4 different ways; I could likely learn a new way to say hello each day!) as well as saying thank you’s, have-a-nice-day’s, dinner-was-delicous, etc!

I have been volunteering at The Umoja Centre, located just outside of Arusha in an area known as Njiro. The Centre is very warm and welcoming and offers a lot to the youth attending through a holistic curriculum. The property is deceivingly large – when you first walk in you see the main office building and schools but there are three other buildings; two classrooms and a library. As part of our community development project, we will work with the students to improve the educational environment of the Centre, building upon a previous YCI volunteer’s work with the students to create a mural and brighten up the Centre. We want to repaint some of the classroom walls so they are a bit brighter and more inviting for the students, enabling their learning to be heightened and contributing to the warmth of the classrooms.

The Umoja Centre

The Umoja Centre

The students are split into Beginner and Intermediate groups depending on their level of English comprehension and previous schooling. Tanzanians don’t learn English until they reach secondary school and oftentimes families cannot afford to send their children there. All public primary school education is free, but the youth are often prevented from attending school as a result of family circumstances, lack of money, isolated communities, etc. I am mostly helping teach the Life Skills classes with a fellow YCI volunteer, where students identify their personal attributes and skills, and set goals and create a plan for the future. Since I have been here we have been working with the students on their resumes, which is interesting for me as I recently revamped my own resume in my careers class from my post-graduate program I completed in May. I know how difficult it can be, and I ended up seeking the advice of a career advisor many times to help fine tune my resume. While the beginners can be challenging to teach because of the language barrier, the students are very responsive and I hope that they have felt empowered and gained confidence by acknowledging their skills, and seeing the final product of a CV and cover letter. My favourite part of assisting with life skills classes is getting to know the students’ career ambitions individually, even if its briefly when I’m offering suggestions for their resumes and cover letters and learning more about what they hope to pursue in their future.

Natalie with students at the Umoja Centre

Natalie with students at the Umoja Centre

I have taken on an additional task while I am here; to increase the number of marketing and communications materials for Umoja. I really enjoy taking photos, so each day I have been watching the students interact and try to capture moments that really show the students’ personality – because they have a lot of it! I have been updating powerpoints for fundraising purposes, and using my creativity to make new communications materials for donors, sponsorships and any other uses. Hopefully these new materials will make it easier for Umoja to fund-raise and spread the word to people about how essential it is for these students to be sponsored and receive donations. They are truly very intelligent and motivated, with enormous potential to succeed given the opportunity. Sponsoring a student for a year of post-secondary education is minimal compared to what we pay in North America. Simply raising $1000 at a school in Canada and asking a local business to match the donation would go so far for these students. They have so much potential and drive to succeed and create a more sustainable life for themselves and their families.

Students during dance club

Students during dance club

I’ve been trying to get to know the students as much as possible, and they all have a different and unique story that brought them where they are today. It’s easy to get attached quickly, as they are all warm and very friendly. A couple of weeks ago some of the students who normally work as leaders for a program called ‘YES! Tanzania’ led sports games for the students and volunteers, which was a great way to get to know the other students outside of the class. I’ve also gone with the students twice now to Global Cycle Solutions, a local organization that offers workshops to the students to teach them about innovative products and ignite their imagination to create efficient and affordable agriculture and energy products. It’s great to see the students interact together and see some students become so much more engaged when they can express themselves in their native language of Kiswahili.

A student asking questions during UN day events

A student asking questions during UN day events

This past Friday we hosted an event for UN day to celebrate the accomplishments and mandate of The United Nations. We asked the beginner students to prepare a presentation of research on a UN member country. The intermediates were given two separate debate topics related to the MDGs. We were fortunate to have a guest speaker from the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, located here in Arusha. The students enjoyed learning more about history, law and the career path of the prosecutor who presented. She was great in telling them to follow their dreams, no matter how difficult it may seem to achieve at the moment. I have no doubt that the students here at Umoja will do incredible things in their bright futures.

Natalie Daley is a YCI Youth Ambassador currently working in Arusha, Tanzania. To get involved in YCI’s Ambassador programs in Ghana, Tanzania or Costa Rica, check out our program calendar.

Guest Blog: The Words of a Twelve Year Old Girl That Forced Me To Question My Role in Development

By Chelsey Acierno

This post was originally published on The Undercurrent Journal’s blog, The Underblog.

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In January of 2013, I participated in an exchange through SFU to the University of Cape Town in South Africa in which I was fortunate enough to secure an internship with a grassroots HIV/AIDs organization. Having previous experience in the field, the organization welcomed me onto their projects. Among other things, I was tasked to liaise between the women working diligently in the townships and a group of high risk HIV+ youth from a black township ten minutes outside Cape Town. As a young person myself, the woman saw me as a tool to connect with the younger generation of “born frees”, the generation of South Africans who have lived their lives absent of the racist and segregated Apartheid regime, but who are living amongst the families suffering from generations of anger, loss, and the scars of an oppressive regime.

As my time progressed in the townships, I began to (slowly!) gain the trust of these young girls, a cohort of 12-18 years old of which the organization identified as the most at risk in their group. An at risk youth in South Africa falls among the usual: substance abuse, gang activity, criminal behavior, and family degradation. Additionally, though, these young girls are suffering immensely as victims of sexual violence and rape. South Africa has long been in the headlines for the atrocious violent rapes that have cast the country as the ‘rape capital of the world’ and of this cohort, 6 of the 12 girls acquired HIV from rape, the other half from mother-to-child-transmission. The sad reality of this small group of girls is that of those 6, the majority were raped by members of their own family.

So when a 12 year old approaches you in full trust, asking how to stop her father from raping her, what does one say? As many people who enter development, it is not rare to be thrown into situations where one is not qualified to assess the situation. We are often asked to do things or find ourselves amongst situations that we do not have the answers for. So what do we do?

When that little girl spoke those words out loud, my heart shattered into a million pieces. I asked myself “what are you doing here!? You cannot answer this! You will never understand her life.” I began to panic internally, realizing that until that moment, I was able to deal with what had been thrown my way, though not easily. I knew that whatever I could tell her to do, or do to attempt to help her (with the aid of the organization and police intervention), this, or things like this, would continue to haunt her life just by nature of the prevailing systemic issues within South Africa’s townships decades past Apartheid. But in these moments of absolute helplessness and complete incapacity to alleviate ones suffering, we still need to do something. We are often asked to do things or find ourselves amongst situations that we do not have the answers for. So what do we do?

As all these emotions and thoughts circled through my brain, I still had a wide eyed, beautiful little girl sitting in front of me, asking for help. I learned that I was the first person she had ever admitted this to and slowly we walked our way through her horrid late night encounters with the man who was supposed to protect her from all harm.

Situations and questions like these flooded my ears as the youth began to see that someone would listen. Do not get me wrong, the women who work within the organization are doing incredible things in the Townships, but identifying with young people have always been a struggle for organizations. My experience in South Africa demonstrated that my qualifications have limits and within professionalism, need to be passed off to those who have the skills to deal with situations like these. However, I learned that I may not be qualified (yet) on paper, but I will always be qualified with my heart. Often our hearts are our strongest weapon if we are prepared to sit and listen, wipe tears, and be an ally. I know I cannot tackle rape and masculinity in South Africa; cracks and scars are heavy in the hearts of those who lived through decades of racial subjugation and unfortunately, these young girls are just one small group living through the country’s quest to heal itself. I learned things in South Africa that no human should ever experience, yet these young girls face them every day and still have the courage to keep on living. I was shown the power of the human heart for those who have the courage to open it up.

Chelsey Acierno is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, where she majored in International Studies within the stream of International Security and Conflict. Throughout her degree she has focused on HIV/AIDs and Youth Development. This story is of an experience in an internship in Cape Town, South Africa, while doing an overseas study exchange through SFU at the University of Cape Town. Chelsey

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From the Field: Workshop Facilitation in Koforidua, Ghana

By: Nicole Heaney

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It has officially been four weeks since Judy and I arrived in Ghana. Although we have yet to meet the half-way point, I think I can safely say we have developed a flair for workshop facilitation! This task has proved to be easier than expected due to the help and support of our team; this includes YCI members, YMCA mentors, and volunteers and partners from local NGOs in Koforidua such as 4H Ghana.

So far we have successfully implemented 9 workshops! The improvements in these workshops are due to general observation, feedback from our YMCA mentors and our new M&E (monitoring and evaluation) system. This new M&E system consists of a pre- and post-test to accurately measure workshop participant’s knowledge on our subject matter to improve our future workshops. We decided to test participants’ knowledge on the subject matter of our workshop before and after the workshop, using the same questions, to measure how much they had learned. From our M&E tests, we have discovered that the topic of Youth Advocacy is a relatively new term for most workshop participants, particularly for the Junior High students. Although this term is new, it has not distracted the students from being active and eager to learn. I am so impressed with the energy from all the participants, but I must say the energy from the Junior High and High School students is my favourite; they are so lively, friendly and full of fresh ideas for their communities. On days when I feel tired, or might be suffering from homesickness, these students never fail to lift my spirits up and I become absorbed with their positive energy.

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This past weekend, Judy and I went to a beach club nearby on Lake Volta. We were accompanied by our coworkers, and our close friends William and Theo. The club was called Sajuna Beach Club and consisted of various activities for everyone to enjoy: a pool, football field, beach volleyball, trampoline, boat tours on Volta Lake, and a restaurant to get food and drinks in. I really liked this spot, and I hope we can go back because unfortunately we spent the whole time in the pool and never got to enjoy the other facilities! I am especially interested in the boat tour. Judy and I had a lot of fun swimming and trying to teach our friends how to swim (or even just float!) Everyone at the pool was very friendly to us, and we had a lot of fun playing pool games.

As we approached our third week, we hit our biggest struggle thus far: a national school strike. Teacher unions across Ghana are striking against the government for unsolved pay and reimbursement of transfer funds and vehicle maintenance. The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) are all on strike, so basically all of the school institutions are affected. With a full schedule of workshops taking place primarily in schools, this strike has the opportunity to bring our programming to a halt. Our program coordinator, William, has further impressed Judy and I with his negotiation skills and has managed to convince most of the teachers to come into the schools so that we may still facilitate our workshops with the students. This has resulted in some rearranging of the time slots, with most workshops being moved to the early mornings, but at least they are not being cancelled altogether!

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I am astonished to see so much support from the local teachers who genuinely care about their student’s education. They welcome us with open arms and have expressed great gratitude for our services. Despite the strike, they are there to support their students, which is a refreshing sight. I hope the government of Ghana and the teachers can come to an agreement soon so we can continue our programming. Judy and I feel confident with the workshops we have been perfecting, but are still aware that there is always room for improvement. Next week we have some school debates which will be new for us, but I am personally very excited about them. We also have a Go Girls Conference this weekend that we are eagerly preparing for. I can’t wait to see what ideas these Ghanaian youth change-makers will develop!

Nicole Heaney is a YCI Ambassador currently working in Koforidua, Ghana.

To learn more about YCI’s Ambassador programs and how you can get involved, check out our program calendar.

Reflecting on my time in Ghana

By: Aleatha Bedard-Poole

Today marks two months since I returned back from my travels to Ghana with Youth Challenge International. It feels much longer than that and that’s mostly attributed to the fact that I deeply miss all that Ghana offered me in such a short period of time. During my 5 weeks there, I learned a lot about myself and had plenty of time to reflect on where I am and where I want to go in this lifetime. I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you one of the many teachings I received while in Ghana specifically, on the matter of faith.

This is a scary topic to approach and note immediately that these are solely my views but believe they are worth sharing. Prior to our departure I did some research on Ghana although never delved deeply enough to know the level of faith that exists in this country. Being forewarned prior to my departure that Ghana was seen as one of the most religious countries in the world, I simply did not believe it! Honestly, I am unsure which countries I would peg as the most religious but I definitely did not anticipate the level of worship I experienced while there. This quickly became apparent even before I stepped on Ghanaian soil; it actually began on the lengthy plane ride to Accra, Ghana. My neighbour for the next 14 hours was a pastor and he did not hesitate to delve into the discussion of faith. Admittedly my relationship with God then was non-existent, simply put I would find myself in a church usually only for weddings and funerals. Notably, I can appreciate that faith is experienced far beyond the church yet, those unexplained events I would encounter were usually deemed a coincidence.  Now that you can see which end of the spectrum I resided at, I can confirm some concern that my many hours on the plane beside this gentleman were going to turn into a lengthy discussion on why I should bring God into my life. To my surprise, the exact opposite occurred – we spoke about many aspects of faith and through the hours I divulged more than I ever had to anyone in my life!  He offered me impeccable insight and in the end challenged me to challenge myself. With a shift in my mindset, I approached my time in Ghana differently than I had previously. I know his kind and thoughtful words made this trip much more than it could have been – a gift in disguise that was far from coincidence.

I found the pastor in my thoughts regularly once I was in Ghana, especially during those tough moments. While there my health was challenged at times and at one point I needed to be hospitalized. That was quite an experience which I won’t attempt to share in detail, but faith yet again played an unforgettable role. A nurse began to take my information naturally beginning with my first and last name followed by the question of which religion I self-identify with. Confused and feeling quite unwell at that moment I quickly responded “next question.” She looked at me seemingly confused with her pen remaining on that question box and clearly adamant that this question required a response.  Unsure why my religion would be her second question to me during the triage period, I then proceeded to ask “what does religion have to do with my health?” After a gasp and assessing the shocked look on the nurse’s face, it became clear that faith had everything to do with my well-being! The coordinator thankfully stepped in and handled the conversation from there but I could not shake that situation from my mind. Did faith really have everything to do with my health or more importantly the health of others? If so, why do the most faithful still suffer? Fortunately these questions were addressed the following Sunday…

We were encouraged to attend church while there and experience various denominations. Although my experiences in church have been quite limited, I found it important to experience and undoubtedly the pastor on the plane played a big role in my curiosity. During the service attended with our home-stay mother, the pastor spoke on the topic of self-pity. I can note that it is easy to revert to feeling sorry for yourself when things do not go as initially planned, I know I’ve found myself asking “why me?” at times. The pastor noted – if not you, then who? This hardship would have made itself onto someone else if not you and would you want anyone else to face your struggles? Personally, for the most part my answer to him is no. He continued to note that whatever we face whether it is good, bad and everything in between, it is for a reason. We are given what we can handle and struggle was placed upon us to overcome and remain resilient. For me, this was quite an epiphany and one I surely can’t deem as solely a coincidence.  It was a simple teaching yet one that will remain with me forever, yet another gift.

The concept of “managing the bouncing balls” was once explained to me and quickly discounted until recently as I finally understand what that person was trying to tell me. The concept is that we are all constantly receiving, returning, dropping and missing all together experiences (the balls) in our life – good, bad and everything in between. If we do good, this ball and possibly other good balls are likely to come bouncing back our way – same with the bad which is similar to the idea of karma. Notably, if we aren’t aware of these balls, we can miss catching them meaning we miss out on opportunities to return them to others and back to ourselves. In addition, we also miss out on appreciating these balls for what they have to offer if not caught and if we don’t catch the ball someone else will. As such, it is ever important to pay it forward as well as back and help others do the same if they’re open to doing so. What I have learned more than anything in Ghana is that we simply can’t take anything for granted. There is always a reason for our experiences although unexplainable at times, coincidence for me is no longer an explanation in itself but merely a missed opportunity to be grateful. I am challenging myself to be more self-aware and have since witnessed several times over that these figurative bouncing balls do in fact exist.

The impact Ghana has had on me is tough to put into words, but I am trying to articulate it. Perhaps this is why I have held off sharing many of my stories and pictures with most. With that being said, I am forever grateful of my time in Ghana and the experiences will remain close to my heart and deep in my mind.

Below is a photo of one of my favourite spots visited in Ghana –  beyond the gorgeous view, it was a wonderful opportunity to reflect! This was our last weekend in Ghana and we decided to go visit Cape Coast where we spent the day touring the Cape Coast Castle. An incredible experience and plenty of history that I am sure to share with my future children regarding their roots!

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Aleatha Bedard-Poole worked as a YCI Youth Ambassador during the summer of 2014. To learn more about YCI’s Youth Ambassador programs in Ghana, check out our program calendar.

Why?

By: Aleatha Bedard-Poole

When I mention my upcoming trip, the second most common question (first being where is Ghana?)  is – why? What follows the “why” varies but answering this question can be quite difficult to articulate.

There are a few conscious drivers: opportunity to travel, exposure to other cultures, resume building, need for a change in day-to-day and addressing youth issues.  Digging deeper, what caused me to act and engage with Youth Challenge International? As a relatively recent grad, I feel strongly about continuous improvement and learning outside of the classroom.  After attending Leadercast this spring, the day was focused on Beyond You leadership and Andy Stanley provided a suggestion that really resonated with me.  It was the concept of “emptying your cup,” an effort of doing all that you can to help others succeed (especially those you fear will surpass you!).

Treading in the deep end of the 20 something pool, it is easy to doubt yourself amongst your highly successful peers, more over believing that you actually have something to offer.  Inspired by the event, I began my search for an opportunity to leverage my current education and experience by sharing it with others in an effort to help foster youth entrepreneurship.

The focus on youth entrepreneurship is majorly driven by the positive impact a small business owner had on me. A leader in her family, business and community, she helped instill a strong work ethic and customer centric mentality that has been a significant contributor to my successes.  She effectively “emptied her cup” for me and it is now my turn to start doing the same!

We are all leaders and have the capacity to be great leaders by fearlessly empowering others around us! Hopefully this post helps answer the why and what motivates me!

Aleatha Bedard-Poole worked as a YCI Youth Ambassador during the summer of 2014. This post was written before her departure for Ghana.

To learn more about YCI’s Youth Ambassador programs in Ghana, check out our program calendar.

Hidden Traffic Rules

By: Ting-Yu Wei

To know what the local rules are is critical for a newly arrived traveller. In developing areas, these rules can be unpredictable or implicit. One must learn from experiences. Here is my story.

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“You did not take your passengers to the destination and you charge me for the full amount?!” I stared at the fare collector of the tro-tro and questioned him.

I had been on the bumpy road for hours. This was the third vehicle that I was on. My first taxi was inspected by the police, which dragged the time. The second tro-tro crashed with a taxi and everyone, luckily unharmed, had to wait for another transfer. The fare collector of that tro-tro had returned the full fare to us. Now the third one announced that they were not going forward anymore. This journey should have been a straightforward one and under three hours. I should have been at my destination by this time.

The tro-tro crash

The tro-tro crash

Another passenger took me with him and found another tro-tro going towards our destination. However, the collector of the previous vehicle appeared and demanded the full fare of the ride. I had the fare ready, however I did not think that I should pay him as the tro-tro had failed to get us to the destination. He was busy collecting money, yet firmly blocked me from boarding the next tro-tro. I tried to reason with him, yet he did not respond.

The fourth tro-tro was about to depart. If I missed this one, I would have had no idea how long it would take for the next one to come. Irritated and tired, I handed over the seven cedis to the previous collector and re-stated my previous question; was he still making me pay even though he had not taken his passengers to their destination?

He let me pass. I settled on the seat and turned my stare to him again. The next moment, I found him paying the three-cedi fare to the fare collector of the tro-tro we are on.

I took a deep breath. I misunderstood his behaviour. In this case, I did not have to pay more for this ongoing tro-tro, as I originally suspected. Later on, I confirmed the rule with our local program coordinator. In Ghana, oftentimes, if one tro-tro fails to take the passengers on, they pay another tro-tro with the fare for the remaining journey to send the passengers to their destinations. Yet sometimes, they would return the full fare as the collector of my second tro-tro did after the accident had taken place. Regardless of which action is taken, people take responsibility and do their best to send you to the right place. Honourable people, the Ghanaians.

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It takes time to realize how things are being done locally. There may never be a standard procedure to deal with these incidents. There is always space to learn. Living in a foreign land, we encounter people who behave differently from what we are accustomed to. Any tiny bit of difference in perspective could cause misunderstanding, as both sides perceive things through different lenses. Be respectful, be receptive, be observant and be introspective in these encounters. You will find yourself not only able to connect with the locals you work with, but will also come to see yourself in a truly universal context.
Looking into the world, be wide and open-minded
Ting-Yu Wei is a YCI Youth Ambassador who worked in Ghana in August 2014.

To learn more about YCI’s Ambassador Programs in Ghana, Tanzania and Costa Rica, check out our program calendar.

From the Field: How to Conduct a Workshop in Ghana

By: Judy Cerovski

This week we began implementing workshops, and it started off as a bumpy road. Nicole and I make up the YCI Koforidua team and arrived in Ghana last week along with our colleagues, the Takoradi team. The first week was a bit of a whirlwind, as we spent the first several days in Accra participating in orientations. The remainder of the week was spent settling into our new homes in Koforidua and meeting our home-stay family, who are very friendly and wonderful. Although, we were unfamiliar with the area, we did manage to take an excursion to a nearby site, Boti Falls with our program coordinator William, who has been a lifeline contact here.

Students at Jumapo JHS engage in a brainstorming session on issues that they can advocate for in their communities

Students at Jumapo JHS engage in a brainstorming session on issues that they can advocate for in their communities

Our second week in Ghana was spent preparing for our workshops, which was no simple task. In order to understand the context in which we would be volunteering, we had to meet with many of the stakeholders involved in the project. Our workshops are focused on building the capacities of youth in the topics of civic engagement, leadership, and HIV/AIDS awareness in the Koforidua area. The workshops will be conducted at junior high schools, senior high schools, vocational colleges and other youth organizations. The YMCA is also a key contact, with local YMCA mentor volunteers guiding us and co-facilitating workshops. After all the meetings, Nicole and I had one day to prepare for our first workshop, which was on Communication and Youth Advocacy. In the following days, there would be three more workshops at various locations. The challenge lay in the fact that we didn’t really know what to expect. We were unsure of the target audience and their level of knowledge on the subjects. We were also unsure about the spaces in which the workshops would be facilitated. There were many questions, and we were panicking – probably more than we should have. The logistics of preparing workshop materials was an additional challenge, as we were unfamiliar with the city and the how things work here. There is no one-stop shop in Koforidua; if we wanted Internet, photocopying, or supplies we had to go to separate shops scattered throughout the city. Due to frequent power outages, the limited use of electronic equipment was also a factor.

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Over 400 students watch a peer-led role-play on effective communication skills at SDA Polytechnic College

When the time came for our first workshops, we were very nervous that they wouldn’t be received well. However, it seems all our time preparing and planning paid off, and the workshops for the most part were successful! That is not to say that there wasn’t room for improvement, because there were a lot of lessons we learned for our future workshops. For instance, we learned that our accent is very difficult to understand, and that there are a lot of shy participants. We also learned that we had to be flexible, since sometimes more workshop participants attended than expected (at our Friday workshop we originally expected 50 students, but received 400).

Facilitating a workshop at Jumapo Junior High School on the topics of Communication and Youth Advocacy

Facilitating a workshop at Jumapo Junior High School on the topics of Communication and Youth Advocacy

We are still learning and improving upon how to conduct these workshops, and are expecting next week’s workshops to run a bit more smoothly. One of the most important things we have learned in facilitating a workshop is to be prepared as much as possible for the unexpected. The support of co-facilitators such as local volunteers and our project coordinator was also very important. Without them we would not be successful.

Judy Cerovski is a Youth Ambassador with YCI, currently working in Koforidua Ghana. To learn more about YCI’s Ambassador programs in Ghana, Tanzania and Costa Rica, check out our program calendar.