5/26/16: After 18 hours of flying, we touched down in Accra, Ghana! (Shout out to Turkish Airlines for a great flight). I flew with two other girls in the program, which made it a much smoother travel experience . I highly recommend flying with people if you can, while studying abroad, or traveling in general. It is also a great bonding experience!
On the first day, we had lunch with representatives from nonprofit organizations to get paired for our internship placements, and one lady asked me what my motivation was for coming to Ghana.
Personally, I felt like studying abroad is an experience I’ve always wanted. After taking international politics classes and getting involved at Rutgers, I realized the world is becoming more globally minded. The workforce is increasingly more diverse. It just makes sense to increase your understanding of what is around you.
I met a guy at the airport that struck up a conversation with my sister and I, who summed up my motivation perfectly, “Your culture is what you breathe everyday, and you can’t understand the culture without stepping outside of the air”