The second week in Freetown started off rainy. More rain than most of us could ever imagine.
Yanoh woke up to a gloomy Monday, saying that “one of the biggest challenges is getting out of bed when it’s gloomy and raining and just the perfect temperature in the blankets!” We could certainly all relate to this, especially her colleagues. Joanne hadn’t had much sleep because of the weather either.
We are about to kick off our second week in Freetown! It’s been an incredible experience for our lecturers, who have had time to reflect on their first week, their relationships with the students, and the town. Keep reading for some of their amazing experiences, and drool-worthy photos!
The weekend started early in Sierra Leone with the students providing some local delicacies as a thank you for the PROWIBO team.
Professors got to try some fry fry and rica akara, among other delicacies
Joanne went into this experience never having been to West Africa. She recently completed her PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and decided to get involved with our program in Sierra Leone. She wrote to us about her first impressions about Sierra Leone and the first couple of days teaching at Fourah Bay College. Read her experience below:
Some brief first impressions:
The view from our house is spectacular, with the hazy blue bay on one side and the verdant valley stretching out on the other. While the weather is not searing hot, the humidity is draining for one who is used to cooler climates.
Photo taken by Joanne in Sierra Leone
Late last week, Charlie, Yanoh, Joanne and Majeks arrived in Freetown. For some it was their first time in West Africa, for others – a return to their family’s home.
Joanne and Charlie were the first to arrive in the house, and managed to get an excellent night’s sleep before Yanoh joined them the following day. Despite the lack of WiFi in the house, the professors were quick to send London HQ a photo of their spectacular view.
A cloth shop in Freetown
We would like to extend a massive thank you to Yanoh, Joanne and Charlie for leading the program in Sierra Leone this year! We are excited to read about their experiences; for some, the first time teaching in Africa, for others, old hands but new students.
We hope you will enjoy reading about our adventures in Sierra Leone and join us for more stories in Thailand and Uganda this summer 2017!
The team at Professors Without Borders
Our team in Freetown, Charlie, Joanne, Yanoh and Majeks
The time is drawing near and we are soon off for our 2017 visits.