Wales High’s African Adventure


This summer 20 sixth form students and 4 staff travelled to Ghana for a school trip with a difference. After months of planning, bag-packing and car washing, the group left Wales High School full of gusto early on a sunny Wednesday morning to make the long trip to Accra, Ghana. The journey to Ghana went smoothly and we even bumped into Paul Scholes whilst waiting for our flight! After a long journey and a night in a very hot hotel in the heart of Accra, we travelled to the rural community of Woe in the Volta Region.

Whilst in Woe the students were overwhelmed by the friendly welcome and the dancing and drumming that greeted us everywhere we visited – by the end of the trip we were all experienced at doing the legendary Ghanian ‘chicken dance’ – or at least that’s what we called it! The students worked incredibly hard over ten days to renovate classrooms, coach football to local children and teach in the classrooms of Woe and Tegbi E.P. schools. This was no easy task in the scorching heat and unusual conditions – by the end of the trip the students became accustomed to a chicken wandering into the middle of a lesson or a cheeky visit from a kindergarten student looking for someone to play with!

Although the students spent the days working hard, weekends and evenings allowed the students to participate in a range of fun cultural activities. These included a lesson in the local language, a talk about Ghanian marriage, a visit to the local market to buy some juicy sugar cane, a trip to the beach and a slave fort, a visit to the local town to watch the World Cup Final and we even attended a funeral! Overall the trip was an awesome and enriching experience that the staff and students will remember for a very long time!