Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Our First Team Blog Post!!! Welcome to the Team!!

Here is a blog from Sophie (aka Tintoya) and Rahana on behalf of the first Yumba Team from International Service. 

This is TEAM YUMBA. We are working at the YUMBA Special School in Tamale until the 12th December 2014. We are very excited to be the first cohort of volunteers working on this brand new project and to work with the school. We would like to help children with learning disabilities get the best education and learn important life skills. We hope to bring about some positive changes and make an impact on the children, teachers and the local community.

Here’s our team selfie:
Alex is holding the camera; Sophie and Steph complete the front row; Mildred and Rahana are on the second row; Sisu (with head against the wall) Sylvia and Gifty (giving thumbs up); and Frankie at the back.

And here’s some brief information about ourselves:

Name: Frankie (Team Leader)
Age: 27
From: Birmingham (B-TOWN!!!!), England, UK
Likes: football, rugby, cricket – he’s very sporty!!
Dislikes: rudeness, inequality
Siblings: 5 brothers
Interesting Facts: he was an International Service Volunteer in Burkina Faso before going on to be team leader. He almost died on a volcano once!!!

Name: Alex aka Bangba
Age: 24
From: Gloucester, south-west of England, UK (but now lives in London)
Likes: reading, travelling, making friends
Dislikes: spiders
Siblings: He has 1 younger brother
Interesting Facts: can scuba dive

Name: Ayine Gifty aka Fortune
Age: 21 years old
From: Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, Ghana (moved to Tamale 7 years ago)
Likes: Learning new things, singing, put smiles on people’s faces, cooking, and acting
Dislikes: Arguing
Siblings: She has 5 siblings, 2 boys and 3 girls. She is the first-born child.
Interesting Facts: Can speak 5 languages. Father is a chef so taught her how to cook. She can cook Banku. Okoro is her favourite food.

Name: Mildred
Age: 23 years old
From: Nandom, Upper West Region, Ghana
Likes: Playing games on her phone, Banku with okra
Dislikes: Football, rice water
Siblings: She has 2 brother (1 older, 1 younger) and 1 sister (younger)
Interesting Facts: She can speak 4 languages (English, Twi, Dagaare, Dagbani)

Name: Rahana
Age: 24
From: Tamale (T-TOWN!!!!!), Northern Region, Ghana
Likes: Music – hip hop, making friends, movies, Cooking: T2, Jollof, Banku
Dislikes: football, arguing
Siblings: She has 4 siblings – 1 brother and 3 sisters
Interesting Facts: excited to work with kids

Name: Sisu
Age: 22
From: Tamale (T-TOWN!!!!!!), Northern Region, Ghana
Likes: loves food, football
Dislikes: war and poverty
Siblings: 7 in the family
Interesting Facts: he likes making friends but only when they’re nice

Name: Sophie aka Tintoya
Age: 22 years old
From: Solihull near Birmingham (B-TOWN!!!!), England, UK
Likes: watching films, TV, listening to music
Dislikes: playing sports, spicy food
Siblings: 1 older sister and 1 older brother
Interesting Facts: volunteer English teacher abroad in Cambodia

Name: Stephanie aka TiYumba
Age: 23 years old
From: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Likes: music, spending time with family and friends, pizza
Dislikes: meat, fish. but she eats chicken
Siblings: she has one younger brother and he is 20 years
Interesting Facts: She has 36 tattoos. She often takes walks because she lives around the beach.

Name: Sylvia
Age: 21
From: Nandom, Upper West Region, Ghana
Likes: listening to music, making friends, cooking TZ with veg soup
Dislikes: feeling disappointed
Siblings: 4 in the family
Interesting Facts: has never left Ghana

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