Hello, my name is Nathan Gonsalves and I have just finished my third year of Civil Engineering with International Development. I am taking part in the International Development Co-op opportunity and have travelled to Accra Ghana to work at Zoomlion for three months. Zoomlion is a waste management company. While working at Zoomlion I will be assisting in the development of a new landfill site and the implementation of waste transfer stations.
I am traveling with my fellow classmate Matt. We arrived in Accra on May 7 and were taken to our hotel by Richard, who works at Zoomlion. For the rest of the week Matt and I familiarized ourselves with the neighbourhood. We noted some important areas where we could buy water and a meal. Later we travelled to the mall and did some grocery shopping.
On the weekend, drivers from Zoomlion took us to buy phones and showed us the Centre for National Culture. There, you can buy any souvenir you want: clothes, masks, sculptures, paintings, jewelry and many other things.
Our first week at Zoomlion was spent getting to know our colleagues. Monday May 12, after we were introduced, we went to the engineered landfill in Tema. There, we were given a quick tour by the site manager. Wednesday May 14 we were also at Tema. That day we: inspected the gas vents, started dumping in a new cell, and took part in an operations meeting. On Thursday we went on a road trip measuring distances to a new proposed landfill location. At the proposed site we took pictures of the landscape. We also went to an open dump that may be converted to a transfer station.
Overall it was a fast paced week and I think they will continue to be this way. Our boss Peter informed us on the first day that we would be spending most of our time out in the field collecting data and imputing some of our own ideas.