Homestay Family

Today we left the place we were growing rather comfortable with and traveled north-east three hours to a farming village situated in the foothills. This will be our home for the next 10 weeks! We had a little ceremony where everybody was called up to meet their host family. Sweet Rose & Nana showed up in their traditional Ghanaian best and greeted us with hugs and kisses. They also gave us new names. Chris is Sasu Kwame (Saturday born) and I am Serwaa Adjua (Monday born). The first names are family names and the second names are the days we were born in Twi. It is common in Southern Ghana (Akan people) for part of people’s names to be the day of the week they were born.

When we got back to the compound they showed us around and Rosebegan supper (cooking is done outside). We unpacked our things and explored a bit before Chris settled into a game of football  with our 14 year old brother and I chatted with Rose while she cooked. I showed Rose some pictures of our family and friends back home. Nana joined in and shared with me how he and Rose met, courted, and married. We talked a little more about Ghanaian culture and before long Nana and Rose were giving us our first Twi lesson.

After dinner, I took my first bucket bath under the stars! It went much better than when I tried to use the outhouse (basically a throne you climb and squat upon) after dark, which was swarming with critters. Let’s just say there’s a reason they provide a bucket in our room for nighttime hours…

Tomorrow is our language announcement. There are 5 different languages our group will be learning. The language we are assigned will also indicate the region that will become our home site after we finish training and swear in. Chris and I are secretly hoping for Twi since that’s what Nana and Rose speak, but we shall see!

Chris in the middle of our village
Chris in the middle of our village

photo 1 (1)  Mama Rose showing me the Ghana way of doing laundry

Chris pounding "fufu" a very popular dish here- while our mother and grandmother laughed hysterically
Chris pounding “fufu” a very popular dish here- while our mother and grandmother laughed hysterically
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