Jeffrey Worthington

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Jeffrey Worthington
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Country Ghana
Years: 1977-1979
Site(s) Kpando
Region(s) Volta Region
Program(s) Education
Assignment(s) Secondary-Ed Sci.warning.png"Secondary-Ed Sci." is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.
Jeffrey Worthington started in Ghana 1977
Matthew Patrick, Jeffrey Worthington
Region: Volta Region
Jeffrey Worthington
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Scott Christian, Wes Day, Cate Lane, Roger Myers, Kathleen Ryan, Jeffrey Worthington
Other Volunteers who served in Ghana
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Marian Baciewicz, Scott Christian, Wes Day, Roland Alexander FOULKES, Susan Fagan, Eugene Galgas, Kalman Hahn, Cate Lane, Roger Myers, Matthew Patrick, Don Pierce, William Reiser, Kathleen Ryan, Kate Schachter, Robert Whitfield … further results
Projects in Ghana
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Beaders' Community Workshop, Business Camp, Camp BALL, Capacity-Building Workshop on the Health Benefits of Moringa, Cape Coast Field Trip, Community Rabbit-Rearing Project, Computer and Library Access, Computers for Junior High School, Cultural Club, Daughter to Work Day, Environment Club, Expansion of Rainwater Harvesting System, Fufulso Schools Rainwater Collection System, Ghana Longboat HIV Educational Expedition (GLEE), HIV/AIDS Educational Murals, HIV/AIDS Outreach Radio Broadcast, HIV/AIDS Peer Educator Workshop for Tea and Kenkey Sellers, Health Club, High School Kitchen, Household Compost Latrine Project, ICT Computer Lab for JHS, Kindergarten/Nursery School, Know the Facts: HIV/AIDS Film Shows, Kumasi Ventilated-Improved Pit Latrines for Community Schools, Lebali Group Work Structure and Business Training, Love Life: Valentine's Day Football Gala, Men as Partners (MAP), No Wealth Without Health, Polytank for a High School, Reading Clubs, SHS Computer Lab and Internet Cafe, Sex Workers HIV/AIDS Awareness, Shea Butter Facility and Machinery, Tolon Girls HIV/AIDS, Trees for the Future, Trekking Tour, Village Bicycle Project, Volta Outreach to Island Communities Expedition (VOICE), We're Ghana Play Basketball
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READ ME: I taught Chemistry at both the Ordinary ("O") and Advanced ("A") Levels according to the West African Examinations Council, (WAEC) syllabus, which I understand to be based on a similar British syllabus. The A level of chemisry is more advanced that typical high school chemistry classes in the United States, it is more at the level of "college-preparatory."

Bishop Herman Secondary School, also known as Bishop Herman College (BiHeCo), is an all boys catholic school located on a hill overlooking both the town of Kpando (also spelled Kpandu) and one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, Lake Volta. During my 2 year tenure at BiHeCo, I also served as a Form Master, which is equivalent to a "home room teacher" and was asked to provide briefings on various subjects such as ediquette to the students. Also, as Form Master, I took my turn during the 7-9PM study times to monitor student studying rooms. I also participated in lengthy teacher staff meetings.

While I was at BiHeCo, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the School and held a durbar. BiHeCo at that time was home to many volunteer and other expatriate service teachers including teachers from Britain, India, Japan, Canada, Netherlands, and France.

Sometime into the first year, I began a daily ritual of eating fufu for lunch at the "Always Always Chop Bar," near the lorry park in Kpando. Wanda, the owner of Always, Always, presided over a large bowl of soup. The price included the fufu and soup and additional charges were made for the meat. The meat was usually grasscutter, a large rodent similar to a nutria. A typical hunk of meat was a large cube tied with plant fiber and it often included the skin with some fat. Eating meat was a real treat.

The Ghanian economy was not doing so well at the time, and I remember that it was so difficult that about 50% of the volunteers quit in the first year. Our volunteer stipend when converted back to its real value was approximately $50. A houseboy, a vital need for shopping, cooking, and cleaning costs about $5-10. The remainder was barely enough to feed anyone with a healthy appetite.

While I was there, three other Peace Corps Volunteers came to teach for a short time and lived with me in the 3 bedroom home provided by the school on the campus. These homes and attached cooking a houseboy quarters were very nice living conditions for Ghana. The Head Master, Father J. B. Eleeza, was very supportive and helpful to expatriates working and living at the school.

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