Week 10

March 25, 2019 | Lee, Honours-International Development and Globalization, Uniterra, Farm Radio International (FRI), Communication Officer

Currently, I’m halfway through my tenth week in Ghana. My last post mentioned how fast time has passed but that was an understatement. February disappeared in a flash and March seems to be following the same mentality. As my time winds down in Ghana I am torn with how to feel. On one hand, I am excited to get back to Canada and see all my family and friends. On the other hand, I know I will miss the people, lifestyle, and the constant need to see and understand as much of the country as possible.

Since my last post, I’ve been exposed to much more of the expat community here in Ghana. A community which is so tight nit that if you’re just meeting someone then there is a high chance that the two of you have several mutual friends. What’s funny is I’m no longer the “new kid” instead I have been the person showing a couple of new people around the city and recommending what sights to see around the Accra area.

I feel as though I’ve been able to get into the rhythm of things in Accra. From bargaining in markets to taking the tro-tro’s everywhere to greeting the locals in twi while passing to and from work, I’ve been able to feel comfortable and build a certain daily habit that I’m enjoying. I no longer feel like I’m being stared at but instead see myself to have integrated into the local community around my house. There are always six people that I will see daily who greet me and engage in simple conversation and that’s all.

These feelings are constant through work as well. I feel as though I’ve made friends within my work environment where I’m able to relax and speak to everyone. This has translated in my work as I’m more confident on who to ask for what information and how the organization operates.

The next couple of weeks will fly by with how busy I am at work and all the things I still want to do/see again. Before I know it, I’ll be packing my bags and heading back to Canada. Ghana has allowed me to meet such a diverse number of people in a very personal way that I didn’t think I would have prior to departure. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how I will feel about leaving until I’ve sat down in the airplane and the captain says ready for take-off. But until then, I’ll continue my internship and make the most out of the next three weeks.

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