Investigating Tinkebell: A case study of charity in Africa
What happens when a Dutch artist spends $30,000 to drive a Winnebago full of IKEA furniture to Guinea-Bissau (West Africa) so she can help "save" an African family? This 9-minute mini-documentary takes a look at the pros and cons of direct charity to developing countries.
"Investigating Tinkebell" is a production of West African Vocational Schools.
Message from a teacher
If you haven't had a chance already, watch this 2-minute special video message from one of the WAVS English teacher, Belinda. It's a great example of how WAVS is training its students to become future teachers!
How to speak Guinea-Bissau Creole
The primary language spoken in Guinea-Bissau is a Portuguese-based Creole. It’s a language unique to just Guinea-Bissau and its island neighbor Cape Verde. WAVS now has an audio-guided primer and a video lesson (above) for learning some basic greetings in Creole. Click here to check out the audio-guided primer.
The Good, the Confused, and the Guinea Pig: Twitter world shocked to discover that Guinea-Bissau is a country
During the London Olympics opening ceremony, the world was shocked to discover that a country called Guinea-Bissau exists. Below are some Tweets that reveal:
Approximately 10% of Twitter users believe Guinea-Bissau is a fictitious country
The most common word following "Guinea-Bissau" in tweets was: “WHAT???”
20% of Twitter users believe the Guinea Pig comes from Guinea-Bissau (for the murky origins of how the Guinea Pig really got its name, click here).
15% of Twitter users believe Guinea-Bissau should merge with the three other Guineas in the world -- Guinea-Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Paupa New Guinea -- to save time during the opening ceremonies.