Service work, crocodiles, and tomato baseball

We have spent the last two days in Bolgatanga, a town in northern Ghana near the Burkina Faso border. The students complete all of their service work in and around this town. They spent part of one day helping to construct a school in a nearby community. This is the same school project that we worked on with the last Off The Map program, two weeks ago.
We took some time off from the service work to play a game we made up called “tomato baseball,” which is a combination of baseball and kickball. A tomato is pitched to a batter swinging a large wooden spoon purchased at a nearby market and the batter must explode the tomato, then kick a soccer ball and run around the bases, as per baseball/kickball rules. The game was a lot of fun and made for some great photographs.
We also went to the same crocodile pond from my post two weeks ago. I tried to get some different pictures than the last time and I think I succeeded.
After the croc pond we managed to pay a visit to the Burkina Faso / Ghana border. One of the border guards was a nice guy named ‘Free Will’ and he let us pass through to get some photos in the no man’s land between the two countries.Tomorrow we head to Mole National Park, where I hope to get some more pictures of the elephants that roam around the hotel grounds.

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