April 10, 2005: Headlines: COS- Ghana: The Third Goal: New Orleans Times-Picayune : RPCV Amy Webbeking accompanies students to Ghana

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RPCV Amy Webbeking accompanies students to Ghana

RPCV Amy Webbeking accompanies students to Ghana

RPCV Amy Webbeking accompanies students to Ghana

Ghana Bound

Local students plan to go to Ghana$8,000 raised so far for $30,000 June trip

By Valerie Faciane
New Orleans Times-Picayune
April 10, 2005

They'll have to learn how to take bucket baths, live in houses without electricity and eat with their right hands even if they are left-handed, but that doesn't bother a group of students from the greater New Orleans area who are planning a trip to Ghana in June.

"If you eat with your left hand, that's disrespectful," student Lenora Varnado pointed out.

Each of the 11 students is preparing for the trip, called Project Baobab, by concentrating on a particular subject to better understand the history and culture of Ghana. They are using the Internet to research their projects.


"They are doing a world map on the wall of the library," said Amy Webbeking, a teacher at the Signature Center who will also accompany the students. "They will have bubbles coming out of New Orleans and Taviefe and will have cultural depictions of New Orleans and Taviefe."

They also will meet with village elders and chiefs.

Webbeking can share a lot with the group about African chiefs: She married one.

It was only "symbolic," she said. It happened eight years ago when she served in the Peace Corps in West Africa. The chief already had 150 wives, and she was the 151st.

Webbeking and Ellen Whitesides, a math teacher at East St. John High School who spent a year in Kenya while in college, came up with the idea of taking a student group to Africa. The idea gained momentum in summer when Webbeking and Whitesides visited Nairobi and Cameroon on a trip that incorporated both study and service. A student trip to Africa would be an eye-opening experience that would build lasting team and leadership skills as well as global awareness, they decided.

"They'll have to learn how to take bucket baths," Webbeking said with a smile. "I think these kids are really brave."

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