My three months in Accra, Ghana have come to an end. I’ve enjoyed my time here and have had some experiences that will stay in my memory for a life time. I met some good people, I saw some cool attractions, and I hope I’ve spent my time wisely here and have made a difference. Ghana is a beautiful country with friendly, lively people, and I know I will miss it all.
During the last month, we visited a waterfall and private beach. To get to the waterfall, we first had to travel down steps while surrounded by an African jungle. There are two water falls side by side. According to local myths, the right waterfall is said to be female while the left is male. Near the falls, there was also a cool rock formation in the shape of an umbrella. It was hard to believe that a massive rock could be supported by a smaller one. The private beach was to the west of Accra. Once there, we got a sea food buffet with lobster and barracuda. The beach had a row of tall palm trees along the edge and was great for walking along.
The last month of work was spent finalizing my transfer station design and putting together mine and Nathan’s final report. I presented my transfer station idea of using a retaining wall to all my coworkers and boss who believed it was a good solution. A few potential transfer station sites have been picked out and my design may be used for them. The final report consisted of a series of proposals and new techniques that Nathan and myself developed. I hope we made a difference while working at Zoomlion.
Thank you for reading my blogs! I have learned a lot from my experience in Accra, Ghana and it has made me seriously consider international development as a career choice. I strongly recommend traveling abroad to others considering a summer co-op, it is a truly life changing experience.