by Ryan Trinidad
We land safely and at that moment I have nothing to say. Not because my mood is down, but because I am so ready to start my experience. We get off the plane and the heat hits instantly. The air is thick, and it is hot. It’s about 85 degrees, oh and did I mention it’s wintertime here in Ghana?
As we walk through the airport the sign read, “Akwaaba, Welcome to Ghana, Gateway to Africa.” All I can think is, it is real, we’re really in Africa! It’s just like in the movies when some random person holds up a sign waiting to pick up total strangers. I instantly saw a sign saying “Kokrobitey Institute” held by our new friend Yaw. We waste no time and fill up the Trotro (kind of like a van) and head to the Kokrobitey village.
As we ride through Accra it is obvious that we are foreigners. The locals stare at us, but rightfully so. We stand out and it’s kind of funny to me. I’m guilty of it as well, but our tourist attitudes were at an all-time high. I actually caught someone taking a picture of the sidewalk. I thought in my head, “we have those in America too, you know that right?” I couldn’t stop laughing.
We finally make it to the Kokrobitey Institute and Jonas opens the gate for us. We are welcomed by our coordinators: Nathaniel, Raina, and Lauren. I love this place already…