Time to look back: it seems to me, a very long period, that I have been here. From the other side, it passed quite fast. For a long time this year this assignment was part of my life. First the decision to apply, then waiting for an answer. After that, the great joy to get this special opportunity! Then the time of preparation with vaccinations, work and team tasks to be completed and all the things to do from the personal side.
Middle of July, the day of my arrival here in Accra. It was a big culture shock for me and I was not sure the first days, if I would be able to stay. Everything has been so different, than what I was used to know or had seen before.
And now, looking back, I am proud and very happy, that I took the opportunity to stay and to develop this new culture, this country and myself for the last months.
Ghana is a very peaceful and lovely place with generous and affectionate people. But it is also a developing country where a lot of people are struggeling daily with challenges we do not even think about it in “our” world. The lack of electricity for example, or the lack of running water and a real “home” to live in.
Opportunity International is a leading Microfinance Institution in different developing countries. Here in Ghana, Opportunity Internationals Saving and Loans is committed to transform the life of their customers. The employees bring financial services to individuals, groups and communities. This services are tailored to the needs of the entrepreneurial poors. And there is a strong culture and commitment to help people and bring this country forward. It has been a great experience and honour for me to be part of this institution.
During my stay here, I have been living in a luxury way compared with the majority. I have been to nice restaurants and places, meeting other expats or people from Ghana. And walking out of my air-conditioned apartment, I have been directly in another world. Having had contact with all different people, struggeling with many challenges, I believe, that I have done a great personal development.
I will miss this country, I will miss so many persons I built up great relationships. I will also miss the way of living and beeing together.
But now it is time:
….to say goodbye to friends and lovely people I meet
….to be grateful for all this experiences
….to say thank you Ghana!
And time to go back home…