The day started at 6:45 a.m. with a delicious breakfast outside on the patio which shows a picturesque view of the town of North Ola in Cape Coast. We ate scrambled eggs, avocado, papaya and mango. The fruit here in Ghana is so sweet and I have no idea how I can go back to fruit in the United States. Immediately after breakfast, I was excited to get dressed, because this would be the first day that I would be able to wear my newly made African clothes to volunteer at work. Along with Christi, Cidney and Lin, I caught a taxi to Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School. At this school I teach 4th grade English and Math. My favorite thing about being at this catholic school is not necessarily teaching the kids in a classroom setting, but it is the time that I get to actually to spend talking to the children in an informal setting. There were so many questions that the children asked me due to the fact that I was American. Children asked me things such as: Did I get up every morning at 5:00 a.m. to jog and also if I had a laptop. I am guessing that these children have these ideas from the media. These comments from my students were especially interesting, because they associated these American stereotypes with me, but I see myself as a black man before I see myself as an American. I assumed that these kids would see my dark skin and automatically assume I was the same as them, but because of the way that I talk and my slightly lighter skin tone, they knew that I was different from them and this is why I received all of these questions.
During the night time, I went to a bible study at a local church with Carmen. Carmen and I wanted to do something different today that we have never done in Ghana. We went to this church because one of Carmen’s co-workers invited her and I wanted to go, because I was interested in seeing the similarities and differences between my church at home and churches in Ghana. This church looked like an old factory on the outside, but looked very similar to the various churches that I have been to in the states. The teacher took us through various verses in the bible that referenced how Christians should desire to be big trees that grow good fruit, so that we can be strongly rooted in our faith and also allow our fruit to spread to others. Going to this church was a great experience, and even though I am in a completely different part of the world this experience reminded me of my home church, which was a great feeling. Today in Ghana has caused me to reflect a lot both on my relationship with God and me as an African American man in the place where my ancestors originated from.