|At Ko-sa beach resort|
The day I decided to visit Africa as part of my study program, I really did not know what to expect. To tell you the truth, it felt unreal until I really was on the plane with Ghana as my final destination: the first west African country I ever visited.
I am writing this now while sitting by the beach in a resort located approximately two hours from the capital of Ghana Accra, and I still feel overwhelmed and shocked from what I have seen in Ghana. One thing I can confirm by now: life in Africa is different.
I have always asked my friends and family for a shocking travel experience, as I usually travel in more western countries which I feel like I am already used to, therefore no shock is ever experienced when traveling. However, my African experience in Ghana so far is certainly fit to be a shocker, and I am so happy about it.
Following my travel posts, I have decided to write a series of posts to feature my two week trip to Ghana, which honestly has been a very eventful one which I can tell hundreds of stories about. Today I will share the reason behind traveling to Ghana, which to many of you might have been perceived as a 'random' destination.
As part of my study program, our third year should include a few courses in which you must prepare yourself for your master choice. In addition to that, one can have a free module in order to learn something new out of pure interest in the field. I consider myself a traveler, and human related issues such as development and human rights hold utter importance to me as a person, therefore it was no surprise when I opted to do a program which combines both aspects that I care deeply about.
So I joined 'crossing borders': a program which focuses on international grand challenges including energy, education, health and environment. This year the destination is Ghana, which is a perfect location to research the grand challenges mentioned previously. Personally, I am doing a small research on clean technology and how businesses in Ghana use it and its impact on waste management and energy preservation.
Alongside the research, it was also possible to enjoy the many beautiful landscapes in Ghana. Similarly, a few touristic attractions have been visited such as Elmina and cape coast castles which are home to amazing stories dating back to 500 years ago, which are related to human rights. All the information and details that I believe is worth telling will be shared on the series of posts named 'Akwaaba in Ghana', where the word Akwaaba means 'welcome'. It is the first word I have learnt in the local language in Ghana.
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