I am in 8th grade and finally a senior! (I turned 14 in December.) My mom said that would make some of you say "Wow." At least now I'm a bonafide teenager. Anyway, the Senior Class Trip this year is to Ghana, with a stop over in Turkey. I haven't been to Africa since I was 5 and I don't remember anything about it. I can't imagine what it's going to be like going back, but we'll see...
MY TRIP LAST YEAR TO INDIA
SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS YEAR'S GHANA TRIP
"¢ Visit schools and donate supplies.
"¢ Meet Prince Anayan and see the Royal Court in Tiebele.
"¢ Visit Donkor nsu (Slave River) where captives were forced to have their last bath. Pour libation for ancestors.
"¢ Visit Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti.
"¢ Tour village of Apatrapa. Meet and dialogue with 8th graders.
"¢ Have clothing made by dressmakers and wear it to a grand feast (I'm designing a dress.)
"¢ Go to Kakum National Park and do canopy walk.
"¢ Take Day Tour of Istanbul, Turkey.
QUESTIONS OUR CLASS WILL EXPLORE TOGETHER
ï¿¼"¢What pre-conceived notions did I have about West Africa and how were they formed?
"¢What if anything do we notice about the culture of West Africans that reminds us of the culture of people in the African Diaspora?
"¢ What do West Africans know and teach about the slave trade and slavery? How does it compare to what we have learned in school?
"¢ How do I define poor and rich? In what ways are West African peoples poor and rich?
"¢What are schools in Ghana like and what does it take to get a high school education?
"¢How do their schools compare to ours?
"¢ We have studied African Dance and Drumming in school, and seen lots of African textiles and sculpture in the United States; what if anything new have we learned about African dance, drumming, textiles, or sculpture as a result of actually going to West Africa?
"¢How has my perception of Africa and my worldview changed as a result of this trip?
Travel and Hotel - $2800
Visas - 240
School Travel Uniform - 100
Spending Money - 200
Immunizations - 160
New Passport and Miscelaneous - 120
Gofundme Fundraising Fees - 360
Total $ To Raise $ 3980*
*As we did last year, if I raise more than my budget, I will donate it to the school's Global Travel Fund.
MESSAGE FROM MY MOM
I believe that the world has changed so much, our young people can't afford not to be exposed. So I'm not just sending Zinou, I'm raising money - as I did last year - to send other students in her school, as well. If you would rather support that effort, please do go to the Razoo Website below. And if you have ideas on how I can expand my work to help more and more of our young people have global educational experiences, please share with me. I am becoming a person on a mission.
To Give to Zinou: Click the "Donate" button on the top-right of this messge.
To Give To The School: www.razoo.com/story/TLT-Ghana
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Perhaps you have a mailing list and can spread the word to your friends/family, organization or colleagues.
WHAT I WILL BRING BACK
Knowledge. I will create another PowerPoint for you or an essay and art inspired by my trip.
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