Volunteers

Coconuts, Banku and wild Kids

It’s been only a month that I spent here in Ghana, but Elmina already feels like home. Here I am living in a room in the house of the director of AIM Ghana, Solomon Appiah. Unlike former volunteers I’m not staying in the village of...

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This is the end…

11 Months have passed and there are only three weeks left of this one whole year here in Komenda. This fishing town at the Ghanaian Coast, that one year ago I only knew by name, I didn’t know the streets, I couldn’t speak the language...

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Workshop Motivation

  For our workshop we had big plans this term. We wanted to organize an excursion to the parliament to Accra and moreover we had also made exact plans for the lessons with our students. Unfortunately, in the end, we had to realize that we could...

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Out and about with my camera

And again it was time for travelling. But this time it was all about work. For my movie-project I visited the Volta-Region and it´s prestige object, the Akosombo dam. This Hydrological plant is in charge of one third of the ghanaian electricity system. Above that...

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On a journey

As the pre-christmas time was reserved for planning and performing of shooting dates for my Documentation about the energy system in Ghana and Aim´s Solar Panel Project, where I took interviews with different people beeing relevant for the Topic, the time from Christmas into the...

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This year’s ICT holiday workshop

[caption id="attachment_25460" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Big run on the ICT vacation workshops. - This year we offer 8 courses for a total of 96 students. Each course encounters twice a week for 2 hours and the course size is limited to the number of available working...

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Time flies by

With rapid strides the end of the first term passed. After a bit more than two months all the workshops go into a longer break for six weeks, to give the students time for preparate their exams and of course their well-deserved vacation. This gives...

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ghanaian feel-good atmosphere

Very fast i get used to the normal rythm of the everyday ghanaian lifestyle. And this means especially waking up very early. It becomes normal for me to get up in the morning dawn, to do some sport activities. Under the week i go running...

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The first month

Everyone who is wondering what a typical first month in Ghana looks like will not find his answer by looking at the experience we had. Because our first four weeks were anything but typical. Though pinning down a standard is already hard enough, our time would even...

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Let’s get it started

  The lessons at the Junior High schools in the K.E.E.A. district have begun and so have the AIM. workshops. Hence, it is about time to inform you about this year’s ICT-workshop. After 10 years of preparation, the workshops now take place at the brand-new, freshly...

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The first workshops

The time flies and although I can't believe it, already almost two months full of new experiences and encounters have passed since we arrived in Ghana. Slowly I start feeling at home in this place. Everyday life has begun and luckily also the workshops are...

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First Steps

After a Month and first steps as a teacher in the Movie-Workshop, it is about time to resume for the Aim blog what i experienced so far. Planning and performance of the grand Aim training center opening, which i unfortunately couldn`t attend because of a...

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The end

The video project ended with a great presentation. Teachers, students and guests participated at the presentation. They could see pictures and videos which the members of the movie workshop produced during the entire year. In the end of the workshop the members created their own...

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Opening of the sugar factory in Komenda

About one month ago the New Komenda Sugar Factory was inaugurated. Komenda has had a sugar factory almost as big as the new one many years ago, but it had to be closed in the 1980s because of mismanagement. Now the government of Ghana under President...

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The end of the third term

Our workshop went on continuously. After finishing the camera exercises and the group finding each teams (Team Wonderstarts, Team Seastar, Team Victorious und Team Morning Star Multimedia) started to shoot the planed movie. So the Kids shoot all the scenes on their own, only with...

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The stage is yours!

9 months already… It’s unbelievable, it really does not feel like we have been here for such a long time. It feels so much like home but soon we have to leave again, even though I would like to stay for longer.. But that is enough...

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Time is running

Half of the time for the video workshop is already over. Lois und me are leading the video workshop in Ayensudo. Approximately 12 students are coming to the workshop. It is so much fun for the youth to act in front of the camera and...

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Will the magazine work out?

The first weeks of this term already passed by. Unfortunately our plan for these weeks didn’t work out how we expected it to be. A lot of workshops couldn’t take place: Sometimes there were sporting activities at school, any kind of meetings, public holidays or...

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The training center

Slowly the Training Center is ready to move in. So now in the third trimester we try to start the workshops there. In the moment we are still working on a new concept. Not only because of the limited space in the Training Center but...

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It will start soon

Since one month I am in Komenda and really happy to be here. I much appreciate the warm welcoming here, especially from AIM. Ghana. I will join the film workshop. I am writing my master thesis about the film workshop. At the moment I am...

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The students are the motivation

Still we are on vacations, both the students and us the volunteers. But we deserve the free time after we poured so much work, patience and lifeblood into creating and launching the first magazine.   Next week we are going to resume the Workshop and new plans...

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The Magazine is finished!

Especially in the last weeks we had a lot of work to do. We had to correct articles, layout the magazine and organize the printing, but finally we got it: The 7th edition of the AIM Youth Magazine is published. We organized a big launching ceremony...

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Workshopfree time

­­­We are currently in a Workshop free time, as our students are on holidays. That means a lot of time to travel, work on various projects or just time to relax. Last one is very easy here, thanks to the beach, permanently nice weather and...

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New volunteers selected

Already last Sunday we had our first selection seminar for the voluntary generation 2016/2017. All 9 candidates were able to convince during the all-day seminar at Treffpunkt Freiburg. Ultimately, we had the possibility to choose 5 volunteers who will provide optimal support to our project...

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New Laptops

AIM. received ten donated laptops from Germany last month. These laptops have been checked now and are going to be added to the already existing six AIM-Laptops. A very big thanks to: Free University of Berlin,  Kirsten Remde, Paul Remde, Max-Planck Institute Potsdam-Golm, Regina Attula-Rütz, Beate...

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New school for the movie workshop

The second term has started and the movie workshop was located at another school. We have one week of workshops behind us. In Ayensudo we make up where we left off at the end of last term. But there is a new, one hand sad the...

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The first weeks of the movie workshop

The movie workshop took place in the Komenda Junior High and in the New Town School in Ayensudo for a few weeks. At the Aim seminar we worked out the projects goal for each of the three school year terms with our mentor Francis. Term 1 Basics...

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