2006.08.24: August 24, 2006: Headlines: COS - Ghana: Sudbury Town Crier: Carol Kamm served in Ghana from 1982 to 1984 and while it was "a great cross-cultural experience for me, and I think for the people I lived with," she still finds it hard to adjust to the fact that she made such a small difference in imparting practical skills

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Carol Kamm served in Ghana from 1982 to 1984 and while it was "a great cross-cultural experience for me, and I think for the people I lived with," she still finds it hard to adjust to the fact that she made such a small difference in imparting practical skills

Carol Kamm served in Ghana from 1982 to 1984 and while it was a great cross-cultural experience for me, and I think for the people I lived with, she still finds it hard to adjust to the fact that she made such a small difference in imparting practical skills

"I came back with the feeling that I took more than I gave. I have a feeling of gratitude at being immersed in a culture and experiencing another way of life," said Kamm. "Itís hard to measure what I affect I had on them. I keep wondering what they took away."

Carol Kamm served in Ghana from 1982 to 1984 and while it was "a great cross-cultural experience for me, and I think for the people I lived with," she still finds it hard to adjust to the fact that she made such a small difference in imparting practical skills

Their time with the Corps

By Carole LaMond/ Staff Writer

Thursday, August 24, 2006

[Excerpt]

Carol Kamm served in Ghana from 1982 to 1984 and while it was "a great cross-cultural experience for me, and I think for the people I lived with," she still finds it hard to adjust to the fact that she made such a small difference in imparting practical skills.

Sometimes Kamm found that deeply-ingrained superstitions and cultural practices made it difficult to cross cultural barriers because there was no common frame of reference for people who had spent a lifetime in the same small village and an American.

Kammís task was to set up womenís groups in a small village.

"I came back with the feeling that I took more than I gave. I have a feeling of gratitude at being immersed in a culture and experiencing another way of life," said Kamm. "Itís hard to measure what I affect I had on them. I keep wondering what they took away."

The simple things

"Ghana was a hardship post at the time. The country had just gone through a drought and food was quite scarce," said Kamm who shared a house with a Ghanian woman and her children in a small village. "People in the village spent most of their time trying to meet their basic needs."

Kamm spent a lot of time growing her own food, and halfway through the first year the Peace Corps started delivering food supplies for the volunteers in the area.

Every three months Kamm would ride a broken-down bike to get supplies. Her small ration of tea and sugar became a luxury.

"I had to use it sparingly and just having a cup of tea would release the tensions and make me happy. I realized you donít need all of the trappings," said Kamm who also appreciated having enough water to bathe under the stars. "Iíll always look back on how those two things could improve my state of mind, and that those simple moments can fill you with such peace."





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