I am elated to announce the following dates for two African-themed Travel Channel specials that I assisted with during my year in Ghana with YES Abroad.
Fast Foods Gone Global: January 2, 2013 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Street Foods International: February 13, 2013 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
EDIT: The show will replay on Wednesday, March 13 at 3:00 PM EST!
While I want to keep some aspects of this experience secret until the shows air, I do want to answer two questions about the experience in advance:
How did they find you?!
The first show I helped out with is Fast Foods Gone Global. Coincidentally, I wrote a blog posted called Ghanaian Fast Food. Tremendous! Entertainment found this post, and we exchanged e-mails for multiple months. Eventually, I was asked to be their Production Assistant.
‘Production Assistant’ sounds fancy, what on earth did you do?!
Basically I assisted with scheduling, local-food knowledge and on-camera talent. Occasionally, I did voice-overs for the writers so they could know exactly what they were looking at being filmed.
For Fast Foods Gone Global, I was involved behind-the-scenes, although I may have a cameo or two. Both shows showcase all of Africa, so Ghana will be featured for roughly 6-10 minutes of the hour.
For Street Foods International, I filmed segments with Auntie Charity (my cooking school teacher), and with my fellow YES Abroad students. It was a blast getting everyone involved, and I look forward to seeing the end result.
I would like to thank Matt of Tremendous Inc!, Patrick, Mike, Carl, Robin, Eunice, Auntie Charity, and everyone else I had the pleasure of working with during my three-day stint as Production Assistant. Our brief time spent filming was the pinnacle of my Ghana experience, and gave me a fantastic means to share everything I learned throughout my year abroad.
And once again, another thank you to the fabulous staff and volunteers of YES Abroad, AFS-USA, AFS-GH, the American-Ghanaian Embassies, Flair Catering, and fellow exchange students to Ghana. I would not have had such a monumental experience without the effort of each and every one of you, and cannot thank you enough.
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