“It was impossible not to be excited! The staff in Kumasi was very welcoming and friendly but I was still affected by culture shock for my first few weeks, but looking back I’m glad that my experience was not always easy as I feel like I gained so much more from it that way. During my time in Kumasi I grew to absolutely love the Ghanaian culture. Without exception the people were so friendly and helpful; everyone just wants to chat to you all the time and make sure you’re ok! It never worried me if I was lost because I knew I could ask anyone for help and they would go out of their way to take me right to my destination.
Kumasi is such a colorful and hectic place. It’s full of people, wearing bright colors and patterns and carrying huge amounts of heavy goods on the top of their heads. Goats, sheep and chickens wander around all over the place. Wherever you go you’re followed with calls of “Obruni! Obruni, what is your name/where are you going?!”. The color of my skin attracted countless, harmless marriage proposals from Ghanaian men, caused people to wave at me as I passed and groups of children to follow me, holding my hand and chanting “Obruni”- you can never blend into the crowd!,i was volunteering in a government run orphanage called the Kumasi Children’s Home. It was outside the city centre and was a big area divided into different blocks with a play area and football pitch in the middle. There was also a school and day care on the site. On my first day I was shown around each of the blocks and decided to work in the girls’ section, where the children were mostly aged from babies to about 11.All the children were so excited when I arrived and literally climbed all over me!“
3o years of age France