Our first week in Ghana has gone in the blink of an eye. During this time, we have completed our essential training, met our project team, and enjoyed a swathe of Ghanaian culture. Excluding the mammoth journey (Which consisted of over thirty hours, three plane rides, and a lot of time in airports), it’s been an amazing and eye-opening week.
Of all the sights we have seen thus far, the town market sticks in the mind most prominently. An absolute barrage of sights and smells, it typifies the Ghanaian entrepreneurial spirit. All kinds of goods are sold here, and it also serves as the hub of the town; taxis swarm and people gather, the noise is incessant and the smells are persistent, it is brilliant to the outsider, and everyday to the local.
Our work space however is in stark contrast to the noise of the market. The RAINS office is a beautiful workspace; trees and greenery combine with the structure of the building to create a peaceful and serene office. Work on our project has also begun in earnest, the planning and preparation phase is going well, and it is reassuring to see the team working together in such a good spirit.
At the end of the work day we return to our host homes. Based in the community of Sagnarigu, my counterpart and I have been made to feel extremely welcome by our hosts. Aside from cooking some fantastic local cuisine for us, special mention must be made for the patience and humour with which they put up with my Dagbani skills!
I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a genuine and wholehearted thank you to the people who have donated to my journey. None of this would have been possible without you, and I owe you more than you can possibly imagine!
Furthermore, I’d like to thank my counterpart Joachim for putting up with my incessant questions, and my team for taking to our work with great humour and a clear spirit.
Lastly, I want to say thank you to the all of the ICS volunteers taking part in this cohort, the trials and challenges we will face over the next ten weeks will test us, but we are brilliant enough to overcome them.
(To Florence and Meera, I hope you feel better soon!)