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10 Interesting Things you didn't know about Ghana

We have compiled a list of the most interesting and intriguing facts about the fascinating country of Ghana! Check it out!

1. The word ‘ghana’ means ‘Warrior King’ in Mande (a language spoken all over Western Africa). 

2. There is only one natural lake in Ghana - Lake Bosumtwe - a meteorite impact crater formed over a million years ago. It is believed to be a very sacred lake and when you die this is where your soul will come to say goodbye to the God Asase Ya.

3. Maybe to make up for their lack of natural lakes, Ghana is home to the world's biggest man made lake. Lake Volta - which is over 320 miles across!

4. Ghana is where ‘fantasy coffins’ originated. Extraordinary artistic coffins are made to send people off to the afterlife, designs will be based around the interests and lifestyles of the departed. 

5. By naming your child John in Ghana you can be giving them a head start on the political ladder. All of the elected and instated presidents, since 1992, have been named John. 

6. The currency in Ghana is Cedi. The word Cedi means Cowry Shells. Cowry Shells used to  be used as currency all across West Africa. It seems that living nearer the coast could have been a great financial investment.

7. When meeting a group of people in Ghana, it is good manners to begin shaking hands with the person on the right and move to the left, not the other way around. 

8. Often before a marriage in Ghana a dowry is still paid to the Bride's family. Before the ceremony the Bride’s family will make a list of the items the Groom’s family must bring and each item will be checked before the wedding goes ahead. 

9. The official language of Ghana is English, but it is completely surrounded by French speaking countries; The Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo.

10. Ghana is home to the fastest man in the world - backwards. Ferdie Adoboe holds the world record for the fastest 100 yard backwards sprint - which he completed in 12.7 seconds. This claim to fame saw him become the answer to a trivial pursuit question in 1984. Now that is when you know you have made it!

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  • ''The teaching was great, I felt that I learnt a lot and the school seemed to enjoy having me around. The whole experience was all I'd hoped for. I can't wait to get back to Ghana one day!.''
    Charlotte Sadler , Teaching, Ghana
     
  • ''The children, the people, the volunteers, and the whole atmosphere in general, made this experience one I’ll never forget.''
    Magalee Nahas , Teaching, Ghana
     
  • ''The experience was greatly valuable to me professionally as I gained practical writing experience that I can take home and add to my portfolio and, considering how competitive media jobs are in my city, this is invaluable.''
    Sarah Kendell , Media & Journalism, Ghana
     
  • "Working on the front line on some really exciting news stories and has boosted my confidence that being a journalist is what I want to be. Amazing very relevant experience and just what I needed. Thanks to all the Changing Worlds team for making this possible for me."
    Thomas Coats , Media & Journalism, Ghana
     
  • Amazing people and amazing memories! I got a real taste for this beautiful country on the Ghana Experience.
    Gemma Hutchinson , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • There was never a dull moment on this action packed adventure. I had so much fun with the other people on the trip, I can't wait to go back to Ghana.
    James Reyland , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • I cannot believe how much we packed into only 3 weeks. Volunteering was amazing, and is was great to see the range of things that Ghana has to offer.
    Rosie Midhurst , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • ''I used this opportunity to gain work experience, and getting a new perspective of a health care service in a Third World country made me realise how much we take for granted in the UK.''
    Magalee Nahas , Medical & Health, Ghana
     
  • ''It was great fun working alongside the locals and we shared lots of laughs and stories. It also felt great to know we were leaving something behind that the community really needed.''
    Andy Hoyle , Building & Construction, Ghana
     
  • ''Ghana is a fantastic country and the people are so welcoming and warm, especially the Ghanaian staff. What makes the placement is being part of a team who all have the same viewpoint to help others.''
    Lisa Paige , Building & Construction, Ghana
     
  • “Great people, great experience and there is some great sport to be played in Ghana. Something I'll never forget.”
    Matt Pheasant , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “I have had a fantastic time out in Ghana and what they are trying to acheive out there is truly incredible. I hope to able to do something like this again.”
    Dale Bradley , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “It was fascinating to associate and live with a number of different cultures. The experience of helping other who lived an extensively sheltered and innocent life was invaluable.”
    David Holmes , Sports, India
     
  • "The most amazing experience i've ever had. From the coaching to the social side, the staff and people were amazing both within the organisation and also within the schools."
    Charlotte Williams , Sports, South Africa
     
  • "A demanding, thrilling, incredible insight into this beautiful and stunning country and to top it off: an entirely rewarding project that makes you appreciate everything."
    Ross Green , Sports, South Africa
     
  • "This was the best way to spend my gap year! Sun, sea, sand and sport all whilst coaching amazing kids. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I would jump at the chance to do it again."
    Rosie Wells , Sports, St Lucia
     
  • "My overall experience was fantastic, I enjoyed all aspects of this trip and there is never a dull moment in St Lucia! "
    Sam Evans , Sports, St Lucia
     
  • "This experience was unforgettable, I have met people that I will stay friends with for many years to come and completely fell in love with Argentina!"
    Jamie Henderson , Languages, Argentina
     
  • "I was so surprised how quickly I picked up the language! The school was great and really supportive throughout the learning process and it was amazing to practice what I had learnt in real life situations."
    Melissa Cutler , Languages, Argentina
     
  • Not only did I have tons of fun I've also gained a qualification that means I can continue my travels around the world whilst getting paid to teach English!
    Helen Turner , Teaching, Argentina
     

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