On my second trip to Heritage Academy this summer, it felt like my home away from home. It was hard to believe that I could feel so attached to a place after visiting only once, and for such a short period of time. But the towns around this school are unique in their inviting people and spirit. It is easy to feel the positive energy and support that surrounds the school and community.
This summer I also had the privilege of helping to coordinate some of the volunteer operations both at Heritage during the teaching day and at the guesthouse where the volunteers stayed. It was a very humbling and educational experience to help new volunteers and first time teachers acclimate to the new setting. Having worked at Heritage last summer, travelled throughout Ghana, and volunteered for the Schoerke Foundation for a year, I was hoping that I would have some helpful insights to offer those who were just discovering the beautiful country, culture, and Heritage Academy. However, as in many circumstances in life, you go into a situation hoping to teach something and end up learning far more than you could have ever imagined. The diversity of the group of volunteers this year was both surprising and inspirational. We had individuals of all ages, from all walks of life, and hailing from all over the world. There were high school students and teachers, a banker, two professors, a registered nurse, and volunteers from USA, England, China, and Thailand. Each person that I had the pleasure of living and working with had a unique perspective on life and a unique reason for being there, in this tiny little town in the middle of nowhere; in Ghana, West Africa. It was inspiring!
Heritage Academy is a very special place. It is special to the people who work there, special to the children who benefit from it‘s innovative strategies in education, and it is special to the volunteers, who no matter where they are from and for what reason they are there, end up benefitting immensely from the honor of contributing briefly to this community of bright minds and promising futures.